Board of Directors

Board members serve a three-year term. Each is eligible to serve two consecutive terms, and then a one- year hiatus is required before each can be eligible to run again for a term. Directors serve without compensation.

Elizabeth Royalty

President (1st Term expires 2019)

Small business owner and animal-lover. Worked over 30 years in the Accounting field, holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting & Finance from Miami University in Ohio, and a MBA from University of San Diego. Before settling down in Las Cruces, spent 8 years full-time RVing with her husband, traveling throughout the USA. Been volunteering at the Thrift Store since 2014, and known there as one of the “Book Ladies.”

Kathy Scholljegerdes

Vice President (1st Term expires 2019)

Holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Park and Recreation Administration from University of Minnesota. Worked at a law firm for 31 years before retiring. Was a member of City Park Board and Animal Control Board. Currently is a volunteer with SHAS. Has two rescue dogs, a cat and a turtle. EVERY ANIMAL MATTERS.

Lynn Ellins

Secretary (1st Term expires 2020)

Former Dona Aña County Clerk and now Chief Deputy County Clerk, Lynn is serving his third three year term as a Safe Haven Director. Raised in New York City, where he received his Bachelor and Law Degrees from Columbia University. He retired from the JCPenney Company Legal Department after 22 years of service, and after living in Colorado for 30 years he moved to Las Cruces in 2002. He is the proud owner of 3 miniature schnauzers.

Carl Brown

Treasurer (1st Term expires 2021)

Natalie Bitting

Director (1st Term expires 2019)

Marketing Associate for a local business is Las Cruces. Graduated from UNM with a bachelors in University Studies with focuses in History, English, Communication, and Family Studies. Moved to Las Cruces after graduation to help with college outreach at NMSU and continues to be involved in working with millennials. Has a strong background in Media, IT, and Graphic Design. She also shares her home with her dog Jaz, who always makes sure to help with the laundry and her human’s exercise regimen (usually by “borrowing” a sock.)

Candis Stern

Director (1st Term expires 2020)

Retired part time to Las Cruces in 2009 and full time in 2013. Work experience was in development for Planned Parenthood and the University of Michigan, and as editor of a University of Michigan alumni publication. Served in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the boards of the Humane Society of Huron Valley, Soundings (women’s organization), the Washtenaw Community College Foundation (Ann Arbor, MI) and on committees for the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. At present is the guardian of one canine (Sollie), and three felines: Zorra, Navarre, and ScoBlo.

Monica Arvin

Director (1st Term expires 2020)

Monica spent a large portion of her career as a Continuing Medical Education Coordinator for a Community Hospital in Monterey, CA. Where she also volunteered in the hospital’s pet therapy program along with her dog, Bee. Together they visited hospice patients in private homes and skilled nursing facilities providing comfort and emotional support. More recently, Monica has served as a volunteer dog walker with SHAS since 2016, inspired by the unique work done in a no-kill shelter as well as the organization’s communication on the reality of being a responsible pet owner. Her role within the organization expanded when she was named the newest director of the Board in June 2017. Monica and her husband reside in Mesilla with their dog, Taz, a SHAS alumni.