Board of Directors

Nancy Evans, President

Nancy helped found Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and has served as president of its board of directors almost continuously since 2009. Nancy started volunteering at the shelter 2008, when it was still operated by the City of Alameda. In 2009, she and handful of other volunteers formed the all-volunteer not-for-profit Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). Its mission: to help the City care for its shelter animals by raising extra money for medical and other needs. In 2011, when the City announced it was considering closing the animal shelter due to budget constraints, Nancy spearheaded a successful "Save Our Shelter (SOS)" campaign. In 2012, she helped FAAS assume control of shelter operations from the City and hire its own paid staff. Nancy first served as board president from 2009 to 2015. She rejoined the board in 2018 and resumed the role as president in July 2019. She also has served on the board of her homeowners association. She has been an Alameda real estate agent since 1989 and currently works for Compass. She adpted all of her dogs –Toby, Buddy and Murphy – from FAAS.  

Debborah S. Knowles, Vice President

Deb joined the board in 2013 and served as president from 2016 to 2017. She has always had a passion for animals and a soft spot for "those who just can’t get a permanent family the first time around." Deb both lives and works in Alameda as a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Highly active in the community, she also serves as president of the Alameda Rotary Endowment Foundation and secretary of the Downtown Alameda Business Association. Deb previously served board terms with Girls Inc. of the Island City, Rotary Club of Alameda, and Alameda Food Bank. Deb and her wife, Susan, share their lives with an Australian shepherd. 

Gail Artikaslan, Treasurer

Gail has been a board member since July 2014. She is an Enrolled Agent in Alameda with a master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University and has been a tax consultant for more than 35 years. She has always been passionate about animals and has been a sponsor of the FAAS After the Ball fundraiser since 2012. She is thrilled to help FAAS continue its mission of educating the public and finding forever families for our furry friends. She lives in Alameda with her husband, Ahmet, their lab mix rescue, Allie, and their rescue "diva cat," Lily.

Julie Wasserman, Secretary

Julie brings a passion for animals and a 25-year career in business and education to the FAAS board. As a manager at outdoor retailer REI, Julie spent 15 years running retail stores. Most recently, she spent seven years as the executive director of Prime Time Early Learning Centers, a small chain of child care centers. She has a BA in business from Miami University and an MS in education administration from Indiana University. Julie began her work with animals more than 20 years ago as a "foster fail" for the Humane Society in Tennessee. Today, she and her husband, Jeff, and their son, Ethan, share their home with their fourth rescue dog, Moshi, a six-year-old white shepherd mix who was found dirty and malnourished on the streets of San Francisco; and their rowdy teenage boy cat Aiko, who they adopted from FAAS. Julie and her family also are avid outdoors people and often can be found hiking, biking, camping, kayaking or sailing.  

Janet Davis, Member at Large

Janet joined the board in July 2011 and was elected president in July 2017. She believes Alameda’s homeless animals deserve a well-run shelter of their own to care for them until they are adopted. Janet owns one of the oldest owner-operated pet-sitting businesses in Alameda, JD’S Pet Care. She also has been the national director of the rescue for Akbash dogs for more than three years, and writes for the Akbash Sentinel. She specializes in dog training and behavior both professionally and in her volunteer work. She has two rescued Akbash dogs:Tash, from the Fremont shelter, and Dara, from the Placer County shelter. Their favorite places for walks are local dog beaches.

Richard Lee, Member at Large

Richard Lee brings a passion for animal rescue and a professional background of legal expertise to FAAS. He has been an attorney since 1975, representing nonprofit organizations, businesses and independent filmmakers. His practice includes estate planning and probate work. His office is in Oakland near Jack London Square. Richard helped organize a Jack Russell terrier rescue organization in Northern California and has volunteered with other nonprofits, including the Legal Services Section of the State Bar and the Alameda County Bar Association. He lives in Alameda with his spouse, a Jack Russell terrier named Tucker, and another terrier named Polo that looks like an ewok.

Jim Moore, Member at Large

Jim specializes in sustainable urban development. He has 30 years of experience in retail project management, construction and development in the Bay Area. His company, Store Development, managed the store development process for retailing giants such as Pet Food Express, Home Chef, and Smith & Hawken. In recent years, he has enjoyed using his experience to help small nonprofits such as PAWS, Cat Town Cafe, and Fix Our Ferals with building projects. Jim is a member of the Oakland Planning Commission, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland Land Use Committee, the Oakland Retail Advisory Committee, and the Oakland Builders Alliance. 


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