Dara McKinney, an attorney, spent 12 years in private practice in Los Alamos and Santa Fe before transitioning to In-House Counsel, Trust Officer, Compliance Officer, and then Senior Business Analyst at Los Alamos National Bank. She is now a regulatory compliance enforcement coordinator at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dara has served on several nonprofit boards including United Way of Northern New Mexico and Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos. She has a B.A. from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

“What can I say—I’m that person who wants to say “hi” and pet every dog I see. It breaks my heart to know there are dogs, cats, and other animals, suffering out there and not receiving the love and attention they deserve. Española Humane is an amazing organization that stretches every dollar to help animals in need and to serve the surrounding communities with animal education, veterinary clinical services, and so much more. It is crucial to Northern New Mexico that Española Humane continues to be a viable and thriving organization.”