2020 Conference

The 2020 New Mexico Humane Conference:

2020 Vision

Coming August 6, 7 & 8, 2020 to a computer near you! 2020 Vision is going VIRTUAL!

We are in the process of creating our awesome 2020 event. Check back regularly for event updates!

If you have any questions about information on this page, please contact us.

We are thrilled to announce that for 2020 the New Mexico Humane Conference is going VIRTUAL!

We want to ensure our amazing speakers and attendees stay safe during the current coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean that learning should stop! We’ll be offering the same amazing speakers and sessions to help you expand your life-saving work via a virtual platform.

We will offer three full days of educational session: Thursday, August 6–Friday, August 7–Saturday, August 8.

Registration opens June 15, 2020. More details about our virtual platform will be released in the coming weeks.

President & CEO, The Association of Animal Welfare Advancement (formerly SAWA)

Jim Tedford has been actively engaged in the animal welfare movement for more than 35 years. He currently serves as President & CEO for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (formerly known as the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators), a professional association of leaders in the fields of animal welfare and animal care & control. Tedford has been CEO for animal welfare organizations in New York, Louisiana and Tennessee. He served as a regional director for The Humane Society of the United States. He spent a number of years on the for-profit side assisting organizations with direct response fundraising strategies and served as Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives for Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corporation representing PetSafe and Invisible Fence brands. Jim has presented at national and regional conferences on various animal welfare issues, organizational development and not-for-profit management. Tedford received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee. Jim and his wife, Ann, share their home with two high-energy terriers, a macaw and an almost 30-year-old quarter horse.

Director of Educational Programs, The National Kitten Coalition

Rosemarie Crawford is a licensed veterinary technician with a long history of helping animals – particularly kittens.  She is co-founder of The National Kitten Coalition and has almost 20 years’ experience in animal welfare.  As a medical staff member in a high-volume, open-access shelter in IL, Rosemarie worked closely with the shelter veterinarian to provide for the animals’ medical and surgical needs.  She assisted in developing and implementing progressive, proactive protocols for the care and treatment of kittens in the shelter’s kitten nursery room as well as for those in foster care.  Additionally, Rosemarie served in two shelters as the foster coordinator and understands the challenges and rewards of creating, expanding and maintaining foster programs.  In addition to presenting training sessions for The National Kitten Coalition, Rosemarie works at a six-doctor veterinary practice in northern VA, and in her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband or fostering kittens needing medical care. 

Education & Outreach Coordinator, Animal Care Services San Antonio 

Josie Espinoza, is a certified humane educator since 2017 and the Education and Outreach Coordinator with the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS). 

 In her role as one of the shelter’s original Education Coordinators, she revitalized the decade’s long school-based program through effective humane-centric curricula that bring empathy and compassion into local classrooms. Thousands of local students have participated in her fun, interactive presentations. Each lesson focuses, not just on humane pet care, but also the human-animal bond and helping children understand how being compassionate towards animals also reflects in their relationships with one another and their community. 

 Josie’s leadership in the humane education field isn’t limited to schoolbased programs A recent innovation saw her creating a pet related learning game based on Loteria, a bilingual bingo style game popular in Spanish speaking communities. The San Antonio version created by Josie is aptly called Pawteria and it’s already making educational inroads with both adults and children. 

Community Programs Manager, Pima Animal Care Center 

Bennett Simonsen is the Community Programs Manager at Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson Arizona. He is developing a network of pet support programs designed to keep pets in their homes, including efforts to directly provide support to pet owners facing homelessness and pet owners who are possibly facing citations due to a lack of resources. Previously, he served as the Community Outreach and Pets for Life Manager at the Humane Society of Charlotte in North Carolina. A former teacher, Bennett is passionate about the intersections of animals, race, and class and is dedicated to providing resources to those who have traditionally been excluded from animal welfare. 


Courses for Thursday, August 6, 2020

Courses for Friday, August 7, 2020

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Friday, August 7, 8:30 – 9:30 am

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Course for Saturday, August 8, 2020

Registration for the 2020 New Mexico Humane Conference opens June 15, 2020!

Registration fees:

  • With our new virtual platform, we anticipate an adjustment to our costs. More details coming soon!

Need help to attend?

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to offer a limited number of complimentary registrations to individuals representing small or rural shelters, or privately funded rescue groups. To find out if your registration might qualify and apply, email [email protected] after June 15, 2020.

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More information about continuing education credits available for the 2020 New Mexico Humane Conference coming Spring 2020.


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