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Bennie Muliere

Executive Director


Bennie Muliere is a Vietnam-era Veteran and Executive Director of Service Dogs Of New Mexico. With her own service-related disabilities, she started looking for a solution to help other veterans.

Bennie worked in corporate America for IBM for ten years. She's also a rodeo cowgirl and horse trainer with 30 years experience... an entrepreneur, professional model, soldier, holistic health-care provider, wanderer and animal advocate.

Bennie is certified as a Fair Housing Consultant in New Mexico and partners with a national organization to help those with service dogs in areas of housing and work discrimination. She has been very successful in mediation regarding housing, public access and dog-breed related issues.

Gary Muliere

Nuts and Bolts


Gary, Veteran and Renaissance man, is considered the "nuts and bolts" of the SDNM program. His many years in sales, marketing, customer service and transportation bring vast expertise to his integral role of planning, events, computer work and everything in between. As a member of the team, he is the builder, project manager, researcher, photographer, accountant, driver, animal transporter/caretaker, grounds-keeper, and so much more. Most importantly, he is beloved by all dogs matriculating through the SDNM program.

A native of Chicago, Gary left a successful career in sales to move to New Mexico and pursue his dream of working in the field of natural medicine to enhance the health of people, the environment and the earth. His passion for Service Dogs Of New Mexico coupled with his love of dogs, makes him an integral driving force. Gary's and his Service Dog Titan, serve as a wonderful advocate team for Service Dogs and for Pit bulls.

Dana Striker

Nuts and Bolts


Dana recently retired from Sandia Labs after 30 years in many roles. She has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management, a Bachelors Degree in Business and Management, an Associates Degree in Business Management. She has received many prestigious awards for her work in and out of the office. Dana’s passion for helping people and her love for animals makes her the perfect fit for her role as President for Service Dogs Of New Mexico. Her business skills and animal expertise as well as her warm and engaging personality are an asset to this organization as President and Board Chair. She partners with the organization’s leadership to promote the non-profit. She will conduct board meetings to ensure that the directives are implemented and monitored. She will call and conduct meetings of the executive committee consisting of officers and executive officer. She will create committees as they are needed and appoint committee chairs. She will collaborate with the executive officer to carry out Service Dogs Of New Mexico’s mission and ensure accomplishment of goals. She will have access to and review reports, records and support the direction of members and their various roles. Dana coordinates between Service Dogs Of New Mexico and their trainers with Duke City Dog Academy to make sure all schedules and reports are coordinated and on schedule. She has a registered, certified and ensured Therapy Dog and is a K-9 Ambassador at the Albuquerque Sunport Airport. Her love of dogs and the Service Dog industry makes her a true asset for this Organization.

Terri Fattor

Nuts and Bolts


Teri Fattor is a high school mathematics teacher, Air Force (Ret) wife, and mother of four children; a Marine, Air Force pilot, nurse practitioner, and a registered nurse. She received an undergraduate degree from the College of Santa Fe in Secondary Education with an endorsement in mathematics (Cum Laude) as well as a master’s degree from Purdue University in Education Administration. As a military spouse, flexibility and change became part of the package; following her husband throughout his career in the Air Force required many sacrifices and changes. Teri began her professional education as a computer science and engineering major and eventually converted that math and science knowledge/experience into a career as an educator. While currently a teacher, she has a unique and varied background in business and management. She has worked as an office manager for an insurance company, been an executive assistant, secretary, as well as a licensed real estate agent. In addition to her almost 20 years of teaching, Teri has served as a board member for variety of organizations holding executive and non-executive positions such as University of Notre Dame Alumni Club of New Mexico, Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd Auxiliary, and Consultative Council for St. Pius X High School. Some examples of her volunteer service includes working with Dismas House, Barrett House, Mad Against Hunger (MAH), Roadrunner Food Bank, Substance Abuse Review Board (SARB), Prison Ministry, Eucharist minister, and math tutor. Teri is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She comes from a large family with a long history of service; five plus generations of military service as well as civil service.