Dr. Apryl Steele

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Role: President and CEO, Dumb Friends League

How are you connected to CSU Spur?

The League is working together with CSU Spur to operate the full service, subsidized veterinary hospital that will serve pet owners who simply cannot afford care for their sick and injured pets. We will also operate a cat spay and neuter hospital, a pet resource center, and we will have a comprehensive humane education program at the facility.

When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you? 

I got involved years ago during construction conceptual phases, and the League’s input has been solicited throughout the entire design process. Spur, through this CSU-DFL collaboration, is going to address suffering in thousands of animals while inspiring inner-city youth to explore STEM careers. This work is vital to not only families who are directly impacted but also to the future of veterinary medicine and animal welfare.

What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur?  

We expect to share the work of veterinarians and animal welfare with hundreds of thousands of people every year resulting in excitement about career opportunities, healing of thousands of animals, and community support for this vital work.

What would you like others to know about Spur?

Spur is about healing, learning, inspiring, and changing the world. The potential impact of this space is extraordinary, and it is a model that other communities will hopefully replicate.


Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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