Board Of Directors

Board Of Directors

Laura Reed, President

Laura joined the Board of Directors in January 2017, taking over as Secretary that same year. After two years on the Town Cats Board, in January 2019, she stepped into the role of President. Laura is excited to take on this role and continuing the meaningful work Town Cats has been doing for over 20 years.

Laura has been a lifelong animal lover, and cats are her favorite. She has had a multitude of cats over the years, as well as dogs, a rat, turtles, and iguanas. She currently shares her home with three cats, one of whom is a Town Cats long-term foster. She served as Secretary of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at Santa Clara University School of Law, and currently serves as a volunteer attorney for Animal Legal Defense Fund. She also ran an ultramarathon to raise money for ALDF, and is looking to bring her unique talents and dedication to Town Cats as well.

Laura is a practicing attorney and works for a small biotech firm in the bay area. When she’s not busy at work or serving in her role on the Town Cats Board of Directors, she likes to spend her time hiking, running long distance, kayaking, camping, skydiving, and (slowly) learning to play bass. She also loves to knit, and plenty of Town Cats cats and kittens have received her blankets through Town Cats’ partnership with Comfort for Critters. Laura is always looking for more ways to help save cats and is excited to take on the role of President. Her hope is to expand on the great work that has been done by the Board, other volunteers, and the dedicated staff over the past 20+ years and lead Town Cats into the future.

 

Heather L.S. Dotto, Vice President

Heather Dotto has served on the Town Cats board since its inception in 2013, most recently serving as President from 2017 to 2019. In February 2019 she handed the reigns over to Laura Reed, and moved into her current role as Vice President. Heather’s history with Town Cats began in 1999 when while in college, Town Cats founder and Heather’s Aunt, Rosi Mirko asked if she would assist at the shelter and serve as a foster during kitten season.

Heather holds a BFA in Visual and Public Art from Cal State Monterey Bay. Following her graduation she enjoyed a career as a high school teacher, teaching art history and photography and serving as a department chair. Today Heather owns and operates a structural and architectural metal fabrication company with her husband. She is responsible for marketing/advertising, managing employees, facility procedures and general bookkeeping. Heather currently lives in Monterey with her husband John, along with their children (2 human, 4 feline and 1 canine). Heather is incredibly proud of the work that the board and the Town Cats community has accomplished since her Aunts passing and she looks forward to the continued growth of our organization and mission.

 

Melissa McKenzie, Secretary

Melissa joined the board in May 2018, bringing with her expertise in marketing. In February of 2019, she took over the role of Secretary when Laura moved into the President role. Melissa has worked in a variety of marketing and journalism roles over her career, currently working as a Copywriter at 25th Hour Communications and also as a freelance journalist. Originally from southern California, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Culture Studies from Chapman University. She has experience working with nonprofits and also serving on nonprofit boards. She has been a bottle baby kitten foster with various rescue groups in the South Bay Area, and is excited to bring these skills to Town Cats. Melissa lives in Santa Clara with her husband, two year old son, and 4 rescue cats (two of whom were “foster failures”).

Ann Wondolowski, Treasurer

Ann Wondolowski  has been the Treasurer of Town Cats since 2014, when she joined the Board.  She took a leave from the Board from August 2016 to May 2017, while she served as the Town Cats Interim Executive Director, but returned back to her role as Board Treasurer in June 2017.

Ann is a retired Information Technology Leader who spent over 25 years in the high tech industry. She served as the Chief Information Officer at Force10 Networks, and prior to that held a variety of senior level roles at Sun Microsystems.  In her “Second career” since leaving the high tech industry in 2011 Ann has worked as a volunteer with a variety of Nonprofit groups, including SeniorNet of San Jose, Community Leaders at the Service of Society (CLASS), MentorNet, Junior Achievement, Humane Society of Silicon Valley and Golden Gate Lab Rescue. She also served as the Operations Director for the Parents Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park for 3 years from 2014-2017. 

Ann grew up in the Bay Area, and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University. She has three dogs (2 Labrador Retriever rescues, and one Dachshund), along with her cat Layla (who rules the house). She has enjoyed working with Town Cats for the past 5 years and is excited to work with Laura and the rest of the board in their new roles.

 

Advisory Board

Dr. Michelle Forgy

Dr. Michelle Forgy is the co-owner of Pinnacle Animal Hospital in San Jose. Pinnacle is an AAHA-accredited clinic and one of the area’s only Gold Level Certified Cat Friendly Practices (from the American Association of Feline Practitioners). Dr. Forgy is a Fear Free Certified veterinarian with a special interest in feline behavior. She holds a B.S. from Stanford University and earned her DVM from Tufts University. She is excited to help support the mission of Town Cats and help more cats get adopted into loving homes.

 

Cristina Munks

Cristina spent two years on the Board of Directors, from 2016-2018. When her term came up in 2018 she decided to step down from the Board, but has agreed to stay on with us in an advisory capacity on our newly formed Advisory Board. She has been working in the Human Resources field for the past 10 years, working for small and large companies across multiple industries. Cristina holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and also obtained her PHR Certification in 2013. Cristina has always been an animal lover, having grown up with cats, dogs, horses, goats, and about every other animal you can think of. She enjoys donating her free time to various animal rescues across the Bay Area and has been known to take in foster animals from time to time. Cristina has two cats of her own and hopes to rescue a dog in the near future, assuming the cats agree to it!

 

Karie Tanabe

Karie joined our Advisory Board in June 2018. She has been an avid Town Cats supporter contributing to the success of Town Cats mission and vision ever since she adopted Miso from Town Cats in 2009.  Karie has spent the past 30+ years in the high tech industry.  Her career started in Human Resources and later evolved to Information Technology where she worked for companies such Dictaphone, Dysan and Sun Microsystems.  Karie currently is the Director of HR Technology at Oracle Corporation and she leads technology implementations to support the Human Resource function, where she can use her HR, business, technology and program management skills to make a difference.  Karie holds a BS in Business Administration.

While Karie has a love for all animals, she is passionate about cats.  She says that she has “been owned by cats” for the past 15 years.  In addition to spending time with her husband and cat, Karie enjoys running, hiking, biking, travelling, gardening, and crafting.

 

Beth Ward

Beth served as Board President of Town Cats for 3 years. She is currently the Director of Animal Services for Contra Costa County.  From June 2001 until November 2015 she was the Vice President of Community Alliances at Humane Society Silicon Valley.  Prior to joining HSSV in 2001 she was the Director of Animal Care for Peninsula Humane Society. In 2008 Beth helped to form the WeCARE alliance dedicated to saving lives of homeless animals in Santa Clara County. Town Cats became one of the six shelters that was instrumental in ensuring that ALL healthy animals were saved in 2011 and every year since.    She brings to our board over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit animal welfare world.   We are fortunate to have her working with us in an Advisory capacity.