Meet Our Friendly and Caring Team
Nancy joined Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter as executive director in February 2015. For more than 20 years, Nancy has served in executive leadership capacities or as an independent fundraising consultant for Bay Area nonprofits, including Shelter Network of San Mateo County, the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, Legal Assistance for Seniors, Poplar Re-Care, and the San Mateo County Office on Homelessness. Before joining FAAS she was director of operations, programs and development for the Regional Parks Foundation, a sole-purpose foundation that supports the East Bay Regional Park District. She earned her master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on nonprofit management from San Jose State University.
Nancy lives in Walnut Creek with her two children, Henry and Bella, and their three dogs, Jack, Andi and Princess. Jack is a wire-haired dachshund, Andi is a Chihuahua/Norfolk terrier mix, and Princess is a "chiweenie,” part Chihuahua and part dachshund.The family adopted all its dogs from animal shelters, including FAAS, from whom they adopted Princess in 2015. Outside of work, Nancy can often be found walking the dogs in Walnut Creek's Open Space parkland.
Ariana graduated from UC Davis in 2010 with a double major in animal science and psychology. She started her shelter work at the Milo Foundation as an animal care attendant and adoption associate. She eventually moved into a management role, but after two and a half years she left to accept a position at Berkeley Humane. There she worked as the community and foster programs coordinator in charge of the foster program as well as the PAWS and Pet Food Pantry programs. As animal behavior coordinator for FAAS, Ariana is responsible for overseeing the behavior, training, and enrichment of all the animals that enter the shelter. She specializes in working with shy and withdrawn animals. In her spare time she hangs out with her three rescue dogs: Tom, an Australian shepherd mix; Chloe, a pit bull mix; and Jake, a pointer and hound mix. She also loves to travel as often as possible.
Cindy specializes in fostering pets with special medical, mental or emotional needs and making them healthy. Her love of special-needs pets led Cindy to volunteer with the Oakland SPCA, which quickly turned into a paid volunteer management position. After several years, Cindy left to join the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society as its volunteer and special events manager. When budget cuts eliminated her position, Cindy decided to donate time to her own community and joined the board of the newly formed nonprofit Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. When FAAS assumed responsibility for operating the Alameda Animal Shelter in January 2012, Cindy left the FAAS board to become the shelter's first volunteer and special events manager. She currently serves as community outreach coordinator.
Carla is a native Texan who moved to the Bay Area after receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked for several publications on the Peninsula before embarking on a successful freelance editing and writing career. In 2014 she began helping FAAS with social media and graphics design and in September 2015, driven by her love for animals and homeless pets in particular, she made a lifelong dream come true by transitioning to a full-time career in animal welfare. She spearheads FAAS fundraising and communications efforts.
In her spare time Carla hangs out with her husband and their pets: Louie the macaw and three Chihuahuas named Phoebe, Lucy and Chester, all adopted from shelters.