Town Cats Staff

Megan Hasenauer, Development & Marketing Manager

Megan joined Town Cats in June of 2022. Originally from Rochester, NY, Megan has a background in nonprofit development, events management and theater production. She has a passion for animal welfare and doing what she can to ensure that all of our four legged (or less) friends can live healthy, happy lives. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, working on her garden, fostering cats and kittens and taking her Shiba Inu (Wolf) on adventures.

Katie Van Tassel, Shelter Operations Manager

Katie Van Tassel joined Town Cats in 2021, and with her, she brings 20 years of customer service experience under her belt and over a decade of management experience ranging in the fields of nonprofit organizations, retail, and the healthcare industry. Katie has always been passionate about improving the quality of life for people and for making a difference in her community. As a person who has loved animals of all kinds her whole life, she is excited to bring her diverse professional background and use it to make a difference for the fur babies and their new future families here at Town Cats! Katie is a cat mom to 3 cats (Freckle, Monk, and Squid) and a mom to 2 awesome girls Roxanne and Allyson. In her spare time, she loves to experiment in the kitchen, read manga and go listen to live music!

Aidan Lachance, Foster Coordinator

Aidan Lachance has always loved animals ever since she could remember. For a short while, she studied Vet Sciences and interned at various animal hospitals. She has three dogs and hopes to adopt a cat sometime in the future, which won’t be hard working here! She came to Town Cats in 2021 and is excited to be a part of the team to help our cats find their forever homes. In her free time she likes to paint, take care of her neighbor’s animals and play with her dogs.

Jamie Vargas-Garcia, Adoption Coordinator

After taking a veterinary assistance class to help graduate high school, Jamie knew she wanted to pursue a career in Animal Welfare. Jamie joined Town Cats in 2021 as a Cat Care Specialist and was promoted to Adoptions Coordinator in the summer of 2022. She’s always had a love for animals of all kinds, but cats have a special spot in her heart. Jamie and her fiancé, Angel, have four cats, Phantom, Loki,  Azula, and Levi. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys curling up with her cats and a good book, painting, and caring for the community cats in her apartment complex.

Miriam Loyer, Volunteer Coordinator

Miriam joined Town Cats in February of 2023. She brings over 30 years of experience in office management and customer service in a variety of industries.

She has found her true calling working at Town Cats, as she has always had a love for all animals, but especially cats. In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, hike and play with her 2 cats and rabbit, Elio, Harry and Dobby.

Tori Castro, Development and Marketing Assistant

Tori Castro joins Town Cats as the new Developing and Marketing Assistant. Her background includes event planning, in-house marketing, and content creation. Tori was born and raised in San Jose, CA, and currently lives in Morgan Hill, CA., with her 6-year-old Tabby, Bean, who she adopted from Town Cats in 2019. In her spare time, Tori enjoys hiking, hanging out with her family, spending time with Bean, or getting Jamba Juice.

Art Bibar, Cat Care Specialist

Art Bibar joined Town Cats in 2013 accompanied by his love for cats after 20 years in retail.  Along with his love for cats, Art also has a passion for the arts.  Being a drummer he has played with a handful of jazz combos, participated in the San Francisco Carnaval Parade, countless theatre productions, and many other musical engagements. Some might say that Art is “One Cool Cat”.

Michael Crill, Cat Care Specialist

Michael Crill loves animals as much as he loves art, and that’s saying a lot. Every day, Michael makes sure to draw something, and these days it’s the cats at the shelter! In between cleaning litterboxes, Michael shoots portraits of the cats for their pages, and as references for doodling later. He’s always been drawn to nature, decorating his room with driftwood and pinecones and befriending the local ravens. With every animal Michael meets, his artistic inspiration grows, leading him to dream up creature designs for animation and film.

Noah Rogers, Cat Care Specialist

Noah Rogers is the newest addition to the Town Cats team, joining us as a Cat Care Specialist in March! Noah started as a volunteer, and when a position opened up, he applied immediately. Noah is all things animals and has 4 cats, 2 dogs, 2 cockatiel parrots, and 2 lovebirds, along with 4 fish tanks! Noah has a special spot in his heart for every cat and wants to be a part of their journey to live a happy, healthy life no matter the situation. Noah enjoys riding his bike and cruising around town in his car when he is not hanging out with his animals.