Nancy Evans – President
Nancy is the Co-founder and has been the President of FAAS since it was founded in September 2009. She has been a volunteer at the shelter since 2008. She currently works for Harbor Bay Realty and has been a Realtor in Alameda since 1989. When the shelter was in danger of closing, she and the board began the “Save the Shelter” campaign that resulted in the partnership with the city and the Police Department to run the shelter. All of her dogs, Buddy, Toto and Murphy were adopted from the shelter and she enjoys walking, playing or just hanging with them.
Alison Botts – Vice President
Alison is a founding member of the FAAS Board of Directors, and currently serves as Vice-President. She has worked at the Placer Title Company in Alameda since 1987. She is very active in the Alameda community through her volunteer work. Alison worked with Girls Inc. of the Island City for two years. When she heard that the shelter had no funds to pay for medical or other expenses to care for the animals, she decided to do something and join FAAS at its earliest stage. Charlie and Lucy are her beloved pets, and she and her husband take them on their travels as well as share their home with them.
Janet Davis – Member at Large
Janet joined the FAAS Board in July of 2011. She is the owner of one of the oldest owner operated pet-sitting businesses in Alameda, JD’S Pet Care. Janet has been the national director of the breed rescue for Akbash dogs, for over three years, and writes for the Akbash Sentinel. She has specialized in dog training and behavior both professionally, and with her volunteer work. When Janet learned that the city was planning on closing the animal shelter, she panicked at the idea of overcrowding the areas surrounding overburdened shelters with Alameda’s animals. She felt Alameda’s animals deserved a well run shelter to care for and adopt out our cities homeless animal population. Janet has two rescued Akbash dogs. Tash, from the Fremont shelter, and Dara, from the Placer County shelter. Their favorite place for walks is the areas dog beaches.
John Lipp – Member at Large
John has served on the FAAS Board since 2011 and currently serves as Chair of the Development Committee. Professionally, John is the National Director of Volunteer Engagement for JDRF, the world’s leading funder of research to find a cure for type I diabetes. He has been working in the nonprofit and public sectors for nearly 25 years and served as the CEO of Pets Are Wonderful Support/San Francisco and worked for the City of Tempe, (AZ). John has also served on the Board of Directors of The Humane Society Silicon Valley. John is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers, and was a columnist for Wag Magazine. He joined FAAS because animal welfare is very close to his heart and he did not want the Alameda shelter to close. He is honored to offer his time and talent (and donations!) to FAAS. John and his husband Peter share their Alameda home with two dogs, Marty and Primo, and the boss of the house, their cat Rex. They love taking the dogs hiking in the East Bay hills and cuddling with all three pets on the family couch.
Steve Busse – Member at Large
Steve joined the FAAS Board in 2012. He is the Hospital Manager for Park Centre Animal Hospital in Alameda. Park Centre has worked closely with the shelter for many years, and it was a big supporter of FAAS when they were taking over the shelter to avoid closing it. This was the primary reason why he decided to join the FAAS Board. In the past, he has served in the Alameda Photographic Society and the Board of Park Street Business Association. He and his wife have two dogs, Kylie and Suzie. They also have Dexter, a Burmese cat.
Mike Miller, DVM – Treasurer
Dr. Miller joined the FAAS Board in 2012. A veterinarian and owner of Providence Veterinary Hospital & Clinic, Dr. Miller has lived in Alameda with his partner Steve since graduating from UC Davis in 1998. He enjoys traveling whenever he can and working on his home on locally famous Christmas Tree Lane. Dr. Miller has two cats, Zinnia and Farallon, whom he adopted from FAAS a month before joining the board. He is honored to help FAAS serve the pets and people of Alameda and strengthen FAAS’ position as the community’s leader and steward for animals.
Kim Vaughn Evans – Secretary
Kim joined the FAAS Board of Directors in 2013. She has been a big supporter of FAAS since its early days and organized and hosted a fundraiser to benefit FAAS in 2010. She has also been a FAAS volunteer since 2012, spending time in Canine Support as well as helping with special events. Kim currently works as an Attorney in Alameda in the areas of Estate Planning and Corporate Law. She is very active in the Alameda community through fundraising with groups such as the Alameda Business Network and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Kim and her husband share their home and their hearts with their two beloved Boston Terriers, Leo and Buster.
Kathleen C. Woulfe – Member at Large
Kathie joined the FAAS Board of Directors in 2012. She has been a big supporter of FAAS since its early days and was the second person to give a financial donation when the nonprofit was founded in 2009. Kathie is the Endowment Coordinator and Community Relations at the Alameda Council Boy Scouts of America. She has also worked as a Project Manager at PK Consultants, as Development Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda as well as for St. Joseph Elementary School. Kathie serves on numerous Boards of Directors in Alameda including Meals on Wheels of Alameda, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, and the Alameda Education Foundation. She also is on the Advisory Board of Rhythmix Cultural Works. Kathie and her family share their home with an indoor cat named Molly who is four years old.
Debborah S. Knowles – Member at Large
Deb joined the Board in 2013. She has always had passion for animals and a soft spot for those who just can’t get a permanent family the first time around. She is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Her home and business are both here in Alameda, where she has lived for the past 24 years with her partner Susan. Deb is active in the community and in non-profit board service as current Vice President on the Alameda Rotary Endowment Foundation and Director At Large of Park Street Business Association. Deb previously served board terms with Girls Inc. of the Island City, Alameda Rotary Club and Alameda Food Bank. Deb and Susan share their lives with two Australian Shepards, Nick & Nora. While Nora lives her retired life in leisure, young Nick has many ambitions. He is currently serving as the Team Mascot for the Four Leaf Clovers AGSA softball team and is also gainfully employed as the official greeter at Deb’s office on Park St.