About Us


Currently there are five Directors who serve on the APET-SPCA Board. They are as follow:

CJ Thatcher, Chairman

CJ moved to Wood County in 1986 and has lived in Mineola, Lindale and Winnsboro. After working for KMOO Radio and the Mineola Monitor, she became a teacher at Mineola ISD in 1988. She later left MISD to become a secondary principal at Yantis ISD, and most recently at Hawkins ISD. CJ has loved animals of all kinds her whole life, and joined APET in 2004. She served as Board Secretary for many years and currently serves as Board Chair.  When she isn't working at the APET thrift store or animal center, she is actively rescuing and fostering dogs and cats in need. CJ shares her home with five dogs and two cats.

Roberta Edwards, Secretary

Two years ago, Roberta and her husband Mark moved permanently to East Texas from the DFW area after regular weekend visits to their property which they have owned for 30+ years. East Texas with all its beauty and hospitality has always been their target for retirement. Roberta has worked for the same company, Bank of America for 40 years. Once settled in to their new home, Roberta went to the APET Shelter to look for opportunities to become a volunteer in her local community. After supporting local adoption events,  she was approached to join the Board as a member, which she gladly accepted  Her love for all animals goes far back to her roots in Georgia, 45+ years, where her Mom and Dad rescued feral cats, had them neutered or spayed and either adopted them, or if too wild, released them back where they found them. After moving to Texas, she continued on with their legacy by supporting local rescue groups in the DFW area in pet adoption events, clear the shelter events and transporting animals from local shelters to rescue /foster groups within the state. Her passion is and will always be protecting all God's animals.

Tim Cagle, Treasurer

Tim and his wife Glenda moved to Mineola from Dallas in 1980. He formerly worked as an auto mechanic at the Porsche dealership in Richardson, Texas. He graduated from UT Tyler in 1986 with a BA in computer science. Tim worked at several jobs in information technology and software programming at various firms in the East Texas area before retiring in 2013. He and Glenda enjoy caring for a fifteen year old Dachshund named Maggie they raised from a puppy when they were first experiencing being empty nesters. Tim joined the APET board in 2016. He believes all young people can benefit from the opportunity to care for and interact with our animals.

Leslie McClure, Director

Five years ago, Leslie and her husband Jim moved to East Texas looking for a slower pace than DFW. After learning Mah Jong and Canasta, Leslie wanted something more. A friend introduced her to APET three years ago, and she's been on the board for most of that time. Leslie has always had dogs and cats, and most have been rescues. She started fostering but her husband asked her to stop since she kept failing! Leslie manages the thrift store Facebook page, works with volunteers, plans fundraisers and helps with adoption events. Her love for animals and background in event planning and marketing have helped her to help APET.

Cheryl Stephenson

Cheryl has lived in Wood County since 2005, when she left the hustle and bustle of Dallas and her career as a software engineer. She has loved animals all her life and has wanted to work with them for a long time. Combining her love of animals and photography, she volutneers time and photography skills to capture moments in the lives of some wonderful, homeless pets to help find them a loving, forever home. As manager of the Facebook page, Cheryl posts all new pets, announces pet adoptions, and provides other useful and fun information about dogs and cats, as well as pointers to becoming a good pet guardian. She will advertise fundraisers, adoption event information, and lost pet flyers as well. You will find her at the shelter at least once a week with camera in hand or helping a pet lover choose their next best friend.