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 be living in Northern California now. 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
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!
Briana Kranich, Volunteer and Events Coordinator
Briana was born and raised in Santa Cruz, and has owned cats her entire life. She developed a passion for animals at an early age, and has always wanted to do her part in helping out those in need. When she’s not pretending she’s a cat, she acclimates to human life by reading, writing, watching Survivor, listening to various podcasts, cooking, taking dogs for walks, beating other humans in strategy and puzzle games, and excessively eating gourmet food! She’s very excited to be a part of the Town Cats family, and is always open to answer any questions you may have, cat related or not!
Elena Bauske Khalar, Foster Coordinator
Born and raised in Campbell, Elena brings over 20 years of animal experience. She has worked in a variety of animal establishments including: veterinary clinics, zoological parks, wildlife centers and animal shelters. On top of running the Foster Program at Town Cats, she is also a Zoo Keeper at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose. She has worked with many exotic species, favoring big cats, lemurs and birds of prey. She lives with her husband and her three rescued cats- Parker, Deezel and Schmidty. When she is not surrounded by cats and zoo animals, she tries to visit Disneyland as often as possible. Elena is also very passionate about traveling to new places, cooking, drawing/painting and spending time with family. With a great love of cats, big or small, Elena is so happy to be working at Town Cats and is excited to watch the organization grow!
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.