City to host shelter manager finalists

The City of San Marcos will host a meet and greet to introduce the Animal Services Manager finalists at the San Marcos Rec Hall on Thursday, January 20 at 5 p.m.

Candidates will introduce themselves at the start of the event, and community members are welcome to come and go as they please. The meet and greet is part of a two-day assessment that will give the community an opportunity to provide feedback to the hiring committee.

The first runner-up is Christie Banduch, who has 20 years of experience in the animal welfare and care field and currently serves as the Acting Animal Services Manager at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter.

Banduch has been at the shelter for two years. She took courses in veterinary technology and biology at Palo Alto College. While working at the town of Kirby, she gained support for a neuter and trap release (TNR) program that reduced the admission rate of cats and kittens by 80% over a period of two years, spearheaded an awareness initiative for low-cost neutering/sterilization, and established vaccination services, wellness clinics, a pet food pantry, and training programs. human education.

Over the course of her career, Banduch has established partnerships in the animal welfare community, including rescue groups, animal control agencies, and animal foundations. Banduch was the recipient of Maddie’s Fund Hero Award in 2017 in the rescue category and received a $10,000 grant that was used to subsidize spay/neuter vouchers for low-income pet owners.

Allison Harper, the second runner-up, has 14 years of local government experience in animal welfare and care and currently serves as Animal Services Manager for the Town of Brenham. In 2020, Brenham Pet Adoption Center was chosen to participate in American Pets Alive! Human Animal Support Services (HASS) which resulted in a 50% reduction in intake compared to the previous year.

Harper holds an associate’s degree in commercial photography from Seattle Central Community College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Kaplan University. Harper has raised over $30,000 in donations and grants and enhanced shelter adoption programs across multiple agencies, resulting in increased adoptions and the development of strong relationships with local veterinarians and local rescue organizations to promote a positive image.

Lauren Hartis has 15 years of local government experience in animal welfare and care and is currently the Animal Services Director/Guardian for the City of Humble and Secretary of the Boards of Texas Animal Control Association. Hartis received an associate’s degree from Animal Behavior College and completed a shelter medicine and veterinary technology program through Texas A&M.

Hartis has set up free spaying clinics, rabies programs and organized local events in the town of Humble. Hartis has developed several TNR programs that have improved adoptions through partnerships that support adoptions nationwide. Through a successful marketing campaign, which included coordination with agency partners, Hartis established a tracking program that allowed lost animals to be reunited with their owners prior to admission to the shelter. The selected finalist

The finalist selected through this process will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter. For more information re

For more information regarding meet and greet, contact Linda Spacek at [email protected]

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