About Candis Stern

Board Member

Candis Stern grew up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and then moved to San Diego where she spent 15 years.  She spent a large share of her life subsequently (31 years) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was very active with ballot measures to ban the target shooting of mourning doves and to forbid trophy hunting and commercial trapping of wolves – both winning measures. She then moved to Las Cruces, N.M., and has been there for 12 years. She is there year-round now. 

She was born into an animal-loving family, with cats and dogs. She also had a horse and is today a guardian for three cats and a dog. She worked in development for Planned Parenthood and the University of Michigan Business School and as editor of the alumni publication at the U-M School of Public Health.

She served on the board of the Humane Society of Huron Valley for 6 years and helped raised the money for its new state-of-the-art shelter which opened in 2009.  She also served on the City of Ann Arbor’s Animal Ordinance Committee.  She was the Washtenaw County (where Ann Arbor is) representative for an animal protection political action committee in the 1990s.

She served on the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Distribution Committee, the Washtenaw Community College Foundation board, and the Soundings board (a non-profit for displaced homemakers).

More recently, she served on the board of Safehaven, a no-kill shelter in Las Cruces. 

She is deeply committed to the mission of Animal Wellness Action and has been a supporter of the 501(c)(4) and also AWA PAC.