The people that make up our organization are the oil that keeps the engine running. From the veterinarians to all the staff, managers and board of directors they are all vital to the success of Hill Country Animal League, S.P.C.A. Inc.
Bernie Page, DVM
Dr. Bernie Page joined Hill Country Animal League as Medical Director in January, 2016. He brings a wealth of knowledge and spay/neuter experience to our organization. After graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1972, he served as Associate Veterinarian at several clinics across Texas. In 2010, he joined New Hope Alliance as veterinarian and staff surgeon, providing spay/neuter at a low cost before joining Animal Services for The City of El Paso. He continued his role as surgeon for the city’s low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinic. Dr. Page has been actively involved in the veterinarian community serving as a committee member on Texas Veterinary Medical Association Shelter Medicine Committee and the Governmental Relations Committee.
Amy Mackrell, DVM
Amy Mackrell, DVM was born Amelia Ann Thompson in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating high school, she attended Texas A & M University where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She has since practiced small animal medicine for several years at various hospitals in the San Antonio area.
Dr. Mackrell is married to Regis P. Mackrell. They have five wonderful children Reid, Rory, Claire, Riley and Rhett. They have several pets Miracle, the chiweenie, indoor cats Lilac and Ruby, outdoor kitty Delilah, and Missy the ferret.
She joined HCAL because it was in Boerne and would be a good fit for her family schedule. She enjoys working at HCAL because she realizes what a valuable service HCAL provides to the community and she says she works with some of the nicest people she knows!
Mack Fudge, DVM
Dr. Fudge graduated from Texas A&M University’s veterinary college and is licensed in Texas.
Jackie Palmer, Executive Director
Jackie’s excellent leadership skills, dedication to service and volunteerism, and love of animals is well known in the Hill Country area. She is a valuable asset to the Hill Country Animal League organization and its mission. She is driven without a doubt to make HCAL stand out and stay on top in the Hill Country area through educational and public relations efforts.
Jennifer “JJ” Blackson, Clinic Manager
JJ’s background in animal care knowledge is amazing and her dedication to the animal world is top notch. She began her career in animal services at the Hawaii Zoo and followed that in California at Moore Park College earning an Associate’s degree in Exotic Animal Training. She worked for the City of Boerne Animal Shelter, as well. She was born an animal lover and will remain dedicated to the care and wellness of those animals she encounters.
Beth Hill, Thrift Store Manager
Beth is dedicated to Hill Country Animal League and its mission and understands that the donations and the revenue collected through the sale of those donations are our main resource to support the HCAL organization and its mission. She is a great leader for the organization and her staff.
Rebecca Yarbrough, Programs Coordinator
Rebecca combines her skills and knowledge of the spay/neuter arena together with her project management abilities to track and analyze statistics associated with several Hill Country Animal League programs. These programs include animal services, education and training, interns and volunteers, as well as donations and fundraising.
Dianne Valdez, Senior Veterinary Technician
Dianne comes to us after a successful career with the United States Army, IT Consulting, and IT Help Desk administration. She came to us seeking volunteer work, but quickly became a candidate at our high volume spay/neuter clinic. Dianne’s leadership skills are superb, but it’s her ability to lead a TEAM that really shines. Because of her ability to quickly learn all the technical aspects of managing the surgical suite including prep, sterile and aseptic procedures, and proper administration of controlled substances, she quickly moved up to the role of Senior Veterinary Technician. Her loyalty and dedication to our spay/neuter and preventive care mission is impeccable.