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Board Of Directors

Board Of Directors

Ann Wondolowski, President

Ann Wondolowski has been on the Board since 2014, serving as Treasurer from 2014-2021, and moving into the President role in 2021. 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 a dachshund Ollie, along with her cat Layla (who rules the house). When she is not volunteering with various nonprofits, Ann enjoys spending time with her 11 great nieces and nephews who live in the Bay Area, as well as hiking, reading, and gardening.

Laura Reederson, Vice-President

Laura joined the Board of Directors in January 2017, and initially served as Secretary. She served as President from 2019-2021, and has recently moved into the Vice-President position.

Laura has been a lifelong animal lover, and currently shares her home with three cats, one of whom is a Town Cats long-term foster. She has served as Secretary of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at Santa Clara University School of Law, and as a volunteer attorney for Animal Legal Defense Fund.

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, 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 her hope is to help 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, Secretary

Heather Dotto has served on the Town Cats board since its inception in 2013, most recently serving as President from 2019 to 2020. In February 2021 she replaced Melissa McKenzie in the role of Secretary.. 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.

Brooke Bueno, Treasurer

Brooke is a recent addition to the Board, joining in March of 2021. Brooke has worked as the Accounting and Finance Manager at Humane Society Silicon Valley for the past 8 years. Prior to HSSV, Brooke held various Finance positions in the high-tech industry, over a 23 year period. She brings a wealth of financial and animal welfare experience, and we are thrilled to have her join the team. Brooke holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from San Jose State University.

Brooke also volunteers fostering bottle baby kittens and puppies, and recruits, mentors, and transports animals to new foster parents. Bella, the 16-year-old tabby cat queen graciously shares her home in Campbell, CA with Brooke, her husband (Aaron), two sons (Radford – 11 & Ryder – 8), the senior Labrador retriever duo (Jambo & Layla) and chickens (Buster Posey & Pidgey). In her spare time, Brooke enjoys running, yoga, playing sports and going on adventures with the family.

Eugenia Gutman, Director

Eugenia is the most recent addition to the Board, joining in April of 2021. She immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1996 and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since then. She has a wide variety of experience in the Technology Industry, having worked in Database Project Management, Product Management, and Data Analyst roles. She also has experience as a small business owner, having started her own business a few years ago. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University, an MBA from Cal State Hayward, and a professional certificate from the Institute for Statistics Education.

Eugenia is a long time animal lover,  having loved playing with cats and dogs and watching them since she was a kid. She says she worked very hard to convince her parents to adopt their first family cat. She always wanted to be a veterinarian but never followed up on that dream, so working with Town Cats is at least a step in making a contribution to the wellbeing of the cats. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog, listening to her cat’s purrs, swimming, camping, and reading.

Melissa McKenzie, Director

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. In February of 2021 she moved back into a Board Director 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 Campbell with her husband, two children, and 4 rescue cats (two of whom were “foster failures”).

John Nickel, Director

John joined the Board in 2019, and brings strong technical skills and business savvy and experience to Town Cats. He has lived in the Bay Area since 1984, and has worked in a variety of companies with a range of skills and technologies. He has worked on the design of scientific instrumentation, drug development, network support and design, and audio/video systems. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow with Rahi Systems.

He has a love of animals and nature that has led him to respect and want to help our fellow travelers on this planet. He has been privileged to experience diving with sharks, photographing polar bears, watching the whales and other marine mammals in Monterey Bay and various other adventures with animals. But he says his most fulfilling experience is to come home to his cats. Over the years he has shared his family life with several strays that wandered into his house and became part of the family. He has also adopted a cat from Town Cats (Sir Wilson), who has integrated well into his family. All of the cats have brought joy into his family, and he views working with Town Cats as a way to help our four legged friends that do not have a voice.

Kim Reederson, Director

Kim joined the Board in February 2020 as an avid cat lover and enthusiastic Town Cats supporter. She brings with her expertise in staffing, human resources, and organizational development.

Raised in Southern CA, Kim moved to the Bay Area 15 years ago to pursue a B.A. degree in Political Science with a minor in Literature from UC Santa Cruz. She supported hardware engineering recruitment in the high tech industry for almost a decade, most recently with Apple for their Apple Watch, Airpods, Apple TV, and Special Projects divisions.

In the past year Kim has transitioned out of her career in tech to start her own investment business, turning her passion for trading commodities and equities into a profitable new venture. When she is not busy keeping up with world events and the state of the market, you can find her hiking, playing guitar, cuddling one (or all) of her three cats, or surrounded by stacks of books.

 

Lauren Wickman, Director

Lauren Wickman is our newest Board Member, joining the board in May of 2021. Lauren is a Bay Area native from Sunnyvale, who has over 15 years of experience in various operations roles with nonprofit and for profit organizations. Throughout her career as an operations leader, she has sought out organizations that are focused on revolutionizing the industry, education, and bringing joy to others, and has been passionate about creating innovative employee, animal and client experiences. She had the privilege to work at the world’s first cupcakery, Sibby’s Cupcakery, where she spent many days as a mad scientist creating new flavors. She was even asked to be on the TV show Cupcake Wars.

After that, she moved into Animal Welfare and the nonprofit industry, where she got to be part of an amazing cohort that helped create the world’s first model animal shelter, Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV). HSSV achieved all the standards set forth by the Association for Shelter Veterinarians in 2017 to accomplish this significant feat.  Lauren held a wide variety of senior management roles in her time with HSSV, and brings extensive animal welfare expertise to Town Cats. She currently works for VetnCare, the only veterinary owned and led community of Fear Free certified and AAHA accredited hospitals in America.

On the personal side, growing up you could always find Lauren hanging out with animals. She had 6 cats, 2 dogs, hamsters, and geckos, and fostered many stray bottle babies and kittens that she found. She also spent her summers at her grandparents’ ranch in Southern California where she got to care for bottle baby kittens, horses, sheep, chickens, and cows, and even learned to drive a tractor. Lauren has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a fun sense of humor and a love for creating spreadsheets. She says her “superhero power” is bringing people together for a common goal.  In her free time she can be found tuning in to webinars to enhance her leadership skills, going hiking with friends, baking for her family, watching sci-fi with her fiancé or getting bossed around from her dog (Ms. Mj) and her cat (Anakin Skywalker).

 

Board Advisors

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 Hernandez

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 and stay on with us in an advisory capacity. Cristina has been working in the Human Resources field for the past 15 years for small and large companies across the Bay Area. She is currently the Senior Manager, Human Resources for the San Francisco 49ers, managing the day-to-day HR operations for the organization.

Cristina holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has obtained her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. 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!

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.