Members

The following members are dedicated to the success and growth of the Friends of HSTJ
organization. The health and safety of all the animals of Tijuana is our main focus and we will
continue in our effort to educate as many residents of Tijuana as possible in order to aid in the
health and safety of the animals.
Richard N. Massa - President
Richard Massa is a founding member of Humane Services Tijuana
(formerly Humane Society de Tijuana) and also serves as President
of the Friends of the Humane  Services Tijuana. He is a professional
educator and retired from his last position as executive dean and
vice president of San Diego City College in 1996. Prior to that he
served as dean of the School of Math and Science at San Diego Mesa
College where he administered the development of the first Animal
Health Technology program south of Los Angeles. During the
Vietnam conflict, he was a commissioned officer in the United States
Army and assigned to a team of educators who developed the first
Clinical Specialist Course at William Beaumont Army Hospital in
Texas and where he taught Surgical Nursing and Field Medicine to
corpsmen and nurses. Prior to that he was a  professor of nursing at
Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing; now known as Wright State
University School of Nursing.
Michelle S. Grycner - Vice President
Michelle Grycner is a founding member of Friends of Humane
Services Tijuana. She is a San Diego State University graduate with
a Bachelor's degree in History. Michelle is currently employed as a
paralegal with the San Diego law firm, McKenna Long and Aldridge.  
As a long time resident of San Diego and the border area, she has
always felt passionate about animal overpopulation which leads to
abandoned, suffering animals and truly believes that all animals
deserve a chance at life regardless of their location on the map.
  David Yoshida - Member of the Board of Directors
  Vicky Bravo - Member of the Board of Directors
Alex Arias - Secretary
Alex Arias is a founding member of Humane Services Tijuana
(formerly the Humane Society de Tijuana) and also serves as a
board member for Friends of Humane Services Tijuana. He is a
graduate of Universidad Occidente in Sinaloa, Mexico, holds a
Licenciado en Derecho [Law Degree] and works as a property
administrator. He has been involved in animal welfare and rescue
work for eight years. He knows the city of Tijuana well and has done
volunteer work in several of its poorest neighborhoods.
  Jesus Vera - Advisor to the Board of Directors
Jesus has been a supporter of FHSTJ and its mission for more
than a few years now. Having grown up with dogs and cats,
he is confident that FHSTJ is consistently having a huge impact
in the city of Tijuana, and is deeply touched by the life
changing opportunities given to the street animals we help.
Aside from his full-time job, Jesus has focused on helping
FHSTJ with fundraising and development ideas for the
organization. In his time off, Jesus enjoys teaching fitness
classes and running half marathons.

"Have questions on how you can help? Email me. Want to help
fundraise? Email me. Want to help us at events? Email me."
-Jesus Vera
jesus@friendsofhstj.org
  Serena Ruiz - Advisor to the Board of Directors
  Vicky Godoy - Advisor to the Board of Directors