Board Of Directors
Heather L.S. Dotto, President
Heather Dotto has served on the board since its inception in 2013, taking over as President in 2017. She currently lives in Monterey. While in college she worked for Town Cats of Morgan Hill and later as an assistant veterinary technician for a feline practitioner. Having grown up in a home with cats and dogs, she has always viewed pets as members of the family. Heather obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts with a double minor in Museum Studies and Education from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2002. Following her graduation she enjoyed a career as a high school teacher, teaching art history and photography and serving as department chair for the visual and performing arts department. In her career as an educator Heather had the opportunity to travel through Europe, but her heart was never far from her early education in animal care. In nearly every country she visited stray cats and dogs could be found, serving as a harsh reminder that animal neglect is a global issue.
Heather owns and operates a metal fabrication company with her husband. She is responsible for marketing/advertising, managing employees, facility procedures and general bookkeeping. Heather chose to take a temporary leave of absence from teaching as she helps to build the family business and raises her growing family. Heather and her husband have four cats, two foster cats and a bulldog! In addition to the Dotto family pets, the number of privately rescued and placed cats, dogs, birds, opossums and ducks continues to grow annually. A favorite quotation of Heather’s comes from Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Melissa McKenzie, Board Director
Melissa joined the board in May 2018. She 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 Santa Clara with her husband, two year old son, and 4 rescue cats (two of whom were “foster failures”).
Laura Reed, Secretary
Laura joined the Board of Town Cats in January 2017. After enjoying a brief career as a research scientist, she went to law school and now serves as counsel for a life sciences company. In addition to working with animals, Laura likes to spend her time running long-distance races, camping, hiking, and skydiving. Laura’s been a cat lover her entire life, and has always had animals, including cats, dogs, iguanas, turtles, and even a rat. She’s worked as a pro bono attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and served as secretary for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund in law school. She ran an ultramarathon recently to raise money for ALDF and is currently serving as a cat foster for Town Cats. She is very excited to bring her experience and passion for helping animals to Town Cats.
Ann Wondolowski, Treasurer
Ann Wondolowski joined the board in June 2014, serving as Treasurer. She took a leave from the Board from August 2016 to May 2017, while she served as the Town Cats Interim Executive Director, but has now returned back to her role as Board Treasurer. 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” 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 three dogs (2 Labrador Retriever rescues, and one Dachshund), along with her cat Layla. She has enjoyed working with Town Cats for the past 4 years and is excited about the future.
Dr. Michelle Forgy
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, but has agreed to stay on with us in an advisory capacity on our newly formed Advisory Board. She has been working in the Human Resources field for the past 10 years, working for small and large companies across multiple industries. Cristina holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and also obtained her PHR Certification in 2013. 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!
Karie joined our Advisory Board in June 2018. She has been an avid Town Cats supporter contributing to the success of Town Cats mission and vision ever since she adopted Miso from Town Cats in 2009. Karie has spent the past 30+ years in the high tech industry. Her career started in Human Resources and later evolved to Information Technology where she worked for companies such Dictaphone, Dysan and Sun Microsystems. Karie currently is the Director of HR Technology at Oracle Corporation and she leads technology implementations to support the Human Resource function, where she can use her HR, business, technology and program management skills to make a difference. Karie holds a BS in Business Administration.
While Karie has a love for all animals, she is passionate about cats. She says that she has “been owned by cats” for the past 15 years. In addition to spending time with her husband and cat, Karie enjoys running, hiking, biking, travelling, gardening, and crafting.
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.