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.  

Steve Busse, Vice President

Steve joined the FAAS board in 2012 and became vice president in June 2017. He is the Hospital Manager for Park Centre Animal Hospital in Alameda. Park Centre has worked closely with the animal shelter for many years, and it was a big supporter of FAAS when the group took over the shelter to prevent its closure. Steve has served in the Alameda Photographic Society and on the board of the Park Street Business Association. He and his wife have two dogs, Kylie and Suzie. They also have a Burmese cat named Dexter.

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.

Michael Miller, DVM, Secretary

Dr. Miller joined the board in 2012, a month after adopting his two cats, Zinnia and Farallon, from FAAS. He has lived in Alameda with his partner, Steve, since graduating from UC Davis in 1998 and is now a veterinarian and owner of Providence Veterinary Hospital & Clinic. He enjoys traveling and working on his home on Alameda's "Christmas tree lane." He is honored to help FAAS serve the pets and people of Alameda and strengthen FAAS’s position as the community’s leading steward for animals.

Shelly Gable, Member at Large

After noticing that some of the dogs adopted from FAAS were being brought back due to behavior problems, volunteer Shelly Gable knew there had to be a better way. She started the Sasha Training Fund so that every FAAS dog adoption could bundle six weeks of free canine behavior classes. Shelly named the fund after her beloved German shepherd Sasha. As a young dog, Sasha was so difficult to control Shelly almost surrendered her to a shelter. Instead, she decided to invest in training. Sasha became a wonderful member of the family who lived to be 15. Shelly has a degree in finance from Iowa State University and earned an MBA from the University of Iowa. She and her daughter, Samantha, live in Alameda with their Yorkshire terrier, Synta; a German shepherd named Sklya, adopted from the Milo Foundation; and Shepard, a stray tuxedo cat they rescued while on vacation in Iowa. 

Debborah S. Knowles, Member at Large

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 named Nick, who has many ambitions. He is currently gainfully employed as the official greeter at Deb’s office on Park Street.

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. 

Cecilia Trost, Member at Large

Cecilia joined the board in 2018 but has been a FAAS volunteer since 2010, when she co-wrote the business plan that was presented to the City of Alameda, showing how the shelter could be privatized under FAAS and run as a non-profit. Cecilia earned a degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California. She spent 18 years in various engineering and operations leadership positions at AT&T, then co-founded and led a successful technology engineering firm based in Alameda, and later in Oakland. Retired now for almost a decade, she and her husband are accomplished sailors and travel extensively, leading trips to places like Africa, Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and sailing destinations around the globe. They are both passionate about their cats and have rescued or adopted more than 25 cats since their first rescue in 1985. Cecilia and her husband, Rich, live in Alameda with their four indoor-only rescue cats: Maggie, Molly, Simba and Shadow.

Julie Wasserman, Member at Large

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.  

Kathleen C. Woulfe, Member at Large

An ardent animal lover and native Alamedan, Kathie has supported FAAS since its founding and been a board member since 2012. Kathie advises numerous other East Bay organizations representing causes about which she is passionate. She is on the boards of Alameda Meals on Wheels; the Alameda Chamber of Commerce; the Alameda Education Foundation, for which she chairs the Adopt A Classroom program; and the Diversity in Health Training Institute serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties. In addition, she is a member of the Alameda Chamber's Government Relations Economic Development Committee (GREDC), and on the advisory boards of Rhythmix Cultural Works, the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda, and the DreamCatcher Youth Services program of Covenant House in Oakland. 

Professionally, Kathie consults in numerous areas including philanthropy, government affairs, political campaigns, leadership and development, and community and nonprofit relationships. Kathie and her husband, Bob, have a 12-year-old indoor rescue tabby who runs the household.  


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