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Board of Directors

Janet Davis, President

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.


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 over 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 travel 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.


Nancy Evans, Member at Large

Nancy helped found Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) in 2009 as an all-volunteer group to raise money for the city's animal shelter. In 2011, when the City of Alameda announced it might close the shelter, she spearheaded a successful Save Our Shelter campaign. In 2012, she helped guide FAAS as it assumed control of shelter operations from the City and hired its own paid staff. She served as president of the FAAS board of directors from September 2009 to December 2015 and returned as a board member in 2017. She is still an active FAAS volunteer. Nancy has been an Alameda realtor since 1989. She works for Compass. All of her dogs -- Buddy, Toto and Murphy -- were adopted from FAAS. Nancy also serves on the board of her homeowners association.

 


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 would include six weeks of 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 during fiscal year 2016-2017. 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. She is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Her home and business are both here in Alameda. Deb is active in the community and serves on other nonprofit boards as well; she is 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 two Australian shepherds, Nick and Nora. While Nora lives her retired life in leisure, young Nick 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. 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. She has been involved with FAAS 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 lives in Alameda with her husband, Rich, and their four indoor-only rescue cats, Maggie, Molly, Simba and Shadow.


Kathleen C. Woulfe, Member at Large

Kathie has been a big FAAS supporter since its early days; she was the second person to give a financial donation when the group was founded in 2009. She joined the board in 2012. Kathie serves on numerous other boards in Alameda including Meals on Wheels, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, the Alameda Education Foundation, Rhythmix Cultural Works, and the Alameda Family Service Agency. Professionally, she is the Endowment Coordinator and head of Community Relations at the Alameda Council Boy Scouts of America. She has worked as a project manager at PK Consultants, and as development director for both the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda and St. Joseph Elementary School. She and her family share their home with a seven-year-old indoor cat named Molly.

 


 

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