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Staff

Megan Hasenauer, Development & Communications Manager

Megan Hasenauer joined Town Cats in June of 2022. Megan is originally from Rochester, NY, but has lived in the Bay Area previously. She has been most recently living in New York and has just moved back to the South Bay (Santa Clara) this month. 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 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!

Joseph Boitano, Volunteer & Events Coordinator

Joseph Boitano joined Town Cats in 2021 after 10 years of agriculture, to return to his roots of animal love, and give back to the community. He grew up in a ranching environment and has cared for a variety of animals for as long as he can remember. When at home, he enjoys time with his cat, two dogs, and daughter. The rest of the time, he can be found exploring the mountains, tidepools, and wildlife up and down the coast.

Nineveh Parker, Foster Coordinator

Nineveh Parker joined Town Cats in 2019 and has had many careers, but one passion she has had since childhood is cats. After 10 years of working as a biochemist, followed by owning her own retail business, she is following her true passion for working in animal welfare. She has a beautiful daughter and 4 cats of her own, Bambo, Tito, Linus, and Shadow.

 

Jamie Vargas-Garcia, Adoption Coordinator

Jamie Vargas-Garcia joined Town Cats in 2021 and took a veterinary assistance class to help with graduating high school. She’s always had a love for animals but cats in particular. During her spare time, she’s a bookworm- always reading curled up with one of her cats or painting. She also loves feeding stray cats when she’s out and about and happens to see one. She’s a cat mom to a four-year-old grey cat named Willow, who’s a very independent girl that loves to guard their home when Jamie isn’t there, and a six-month-old tuxedo kitten Levi that loves to go everywhere in his Pokémon carrier cat backpack.

Ellie Bonilla, Development & Communications Assistant

Ellie Bonilla may be new to Town Cats but she is definitely not new to cats! Ellie has a background in all things social media and content creation but her passions include writing(especially jokes), theatre, and even singing(don’t pass her the mic or she’ll keep it for the rest of the night). She specializes in creating content but is really just a people person with a big heart! When Ellie is not working she hangs out with her Dog Forrest and her cat Elton.

Art Bibar, Clean 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”.

Aidan Lachance, Clean Care Specialist

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.

Michael Crill, Clean 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.