Staff

Samantha Sullivan – Operations Manager

The Operations Manager and Development Manager comprise the senior staff leadership for Town Cats, and report into the President of the Board. As our new Operations Manager, Samantha is the senior staff member responsible for managing all operations within Town Cats. Samantha grew up in Littleton, Colorado but has since lived all over the US. For the past 6 years she has been living in Los Angeles and is excited to make the transition north. She has over 15 years of experience in animal welfare including emergency and day veterinary clinics, animal shelters, humane law enforcement, and zoological settings. In addition, she has nearly 20 years of experience working in business management including retail and small business ownership. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, an MBA and is in pursuit of a Masters in Biology focused in wild cat conservation. She lives with her husband Nich, and four black rescue cats; Susu, Mister, Pixie and Kindle. Samantha is passionate about cats, animal welfare and conservation. When she is not working or at home she can be found in a yoga studio, hiking the trails or listening to live music. Samantha is excited to be working for Town Cats and cannot wait to help the organization grow and continue to help the cats of Santa Clara County.

Gingy Cody – Development Manager

The Development Manager is responsible for all aspects of planning and executing fundraising and development activities. The Development Manager and Operations Manager comprise the senior staff leadership for Town Cats, and report into the President of the Board. Gingy Cody has accepted the position of Development Manager, and is now fully in this new role. Gingy has been an integral part of Town Cats since 2014 and has implemented and led significant programs, most notably our Working Cat program. Gingy has a wealth of experience in animal welfare. Originally from the Midwest, she served as director of humane education and director of programs at a Chicago area humane society where she also launched a TNR and Working Cat program for feral cats. In addition, she founded and directed a Thoroughbred racehorse adoption non-profit. Gingy has volunteered for over 25 years with rescue groups and humane societies in various capacities. She holds a BA in political science and graduate work in psychology.

Gingy lives with her husband, daughter, cat, 2 dogs and 3 horses. In her free time she enjoys dressage training with her horses, yoga, gardening and reading. She can oftenbe found ringside supporting her daughter, who is a competitive equestrian. Gingy is excited to help Town Cats build a solid dvelopment program that will help us thrive in the future.

Dr Tiva Hoshizaki, Veterinarian

Dr. Tiva Hoshizaki is a 2012 graduate from Massey University, New Zealand. She completed 3 years of advanced training in shelter medicine at Cornell University and has always worked exclusively with shelter pets. Dr. Tiva loves every kind of cat, but is especially fond of neonatal kittens and geriatric cats. She has worked and consulted in a wide range of shelters, including kitten nurseries and foster networks. At home she is a bottle-feeder for very young or critically ill kittens. In addition to fostering, Dr. Tiva also adopts and provides hospice care for elderly cats. When not taking care of animals, she also works at a tech startup, designing shelter software, and teaches shelter medicine for the University of Florida.
Dr. Tiva is very excited to join the Town Cats team and is looking forward to helping out cats in the community!

 

 

Danielle Carr, Shelter & Intake Coordinator

Danielle has been a team member at Town Cats since 2014 starting off as a cat care associate and is now in the role of shelter coordinator.  Danielle has previously worked in veterinary assisting, as well as, volunteering and fostering for SPCA since high school.  She has a strong passion for working with special needs cats, senior cats and socializing cats who come into our shelter from difficult situations.  She lives at home with her boyfriend Dario, and her 6 cats, Neko, Topaz, Little Sis, Whitey, Mama and Tiger Girl.  Danielle enjoys volunteering with people in recovery and people with developmental disabilities.  When she is not at work, she enjoys reading epic fantasy novels, singing in performance artist groups, hiking, and going to punk and metal shows. Danielle is extremely passionate about all of the work we do at Town Cats and is excited to see what the future holds for our organization!

 

Megan McHugh, Foster Coordinator

Megan is a “jack of all trades” when it comes to her experience. She’s managed her husband’s restaurants for the past six years, worked in a small animal hospital for a couple years prior to that and has always been a part of a couple rescue organizations. During her time in the Vet clinic, she fostered many “bottle baby” kittens and saw that they got adopted into loving homes. She has always participated in volunteering, donating, being involved in the shelter’s blanket drives and participated in NIKE animal fund’s walk-a- thons. As a working mom, her passion and love for animals drove her into a career that can also balance her family/work life. She is beyond excited to work for Town Cats and be a part of such a wonderful organization that helps animals in need. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and horseback riding. She lives in San Jose with her husband, three year old daughter, Bob the Pug and rescue cat, Peanut.

 

Melanie Silva, Cat Care Coordinator

Prior to working at Town Cats, Melanie started out as a volunteer for the organization. She has worked at our shelter as a clean care staff member caring for all of our long term cats, and those who are just passing through on the way to our adoption centers.  Now she helps coordinate and train our adoption center volunteers, finalize adoptions, kitty transport, and can still be found at our shelter several days a week.  She has always loved cats, and since her feline overlord didn’t share her passion, she turned to cats in need! When she’s not working, she enjoys dorking out with anime and games, hiking, and spoiling her cat, Elphie. One day she aspires to reach the final form of Cat Lady Extraordinaire!

 

Jilliann Matteucci, Customer Service & Programs Coordinator

Jilliann has 17 years of experience in customer service, serving in both retail and healthcare industries. She worked as a Human Resource Manager in the home improvement industry before leaving to pursue a career in healthcare. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, she worked in a high volume medical clinic specializing in chronic pain management. She has volunteered for various organizations, focusing on under-served community service. Her love for animals has spanned her entire life, as she was dedicated to cat rescue even as a young girl. She and her family and their 16 year old cat Serena and 7 year old dog Sophie currently live in Gilroy. In her spare time, Jilliann enjoys cooking and baking, as well as taking day trips to the beach with her family.