President & Director
Career – Hospice Nurse for Middlesex Hospital for over 19 years
Started the Cat Tales organization in 1999 from her passion of rescuing cats since the age of five.
I have hand raised hundreds of kittens and puppies over the years and completed 4 years of vocational agriculture as a youth. In the years before Cat Tales I gained more experience working part time for two years as a veterinarian technician at a cat only clinic.
I married my soul mate Michael, who for the over 24 years has supported me and believed in me while my vision of Cat Tales became a reality. We currently live with 18 cats (most of them special needs) and enjoy camping in our motor home (when we get a chance to get away).
Vice President (Board Member since 2010)
Career – Retired – Program Mgr & Dept of Correction Liaison for State of CT, DCF
Cat Tales volunteer since 2001 – oversees shelter medications, food, supplies as well as volunteering weekly.
I am involved with the Middlesex Habitat for Humanity – Board member, secretary and current chair of the Family Selection committee. In addition I am a member of South Congregational Church and a former Deacon and Co-chair.
I currently have four adopted cats from Cat Tales.
Treasurer (Board Member since 2010)
Career – Finance Manager for the CHNCT, Inc – Medicaid Company for CT, since 2000.
Cat Tales volunteer since 2007, oversees the financials, special event coordination, website management, and misc. organizational procedures.
Even though I’m allergic, I have a strong connection to animals and feel such pride helping animals in need. Besides volunteering and having a full time job I am a mom of a wonderful son and a wife to a supportive husband.
Secretary (Board Member since 2013)
Career – Director of Research & Development for the Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, Education (PRIME) Center at VA Connecticut Healthcare System.
Cat Tales volunteer since 2010 – Oversees TNR program, assists in special event planning, website updating, and grant writing.
I have one rescue dog and three rescue cats at home – with one of them being adopted from Cat Tales. I have always loved animals since I was little and wanted to help the less fortunate cats that have been abandoned or even worse, neglected and abused. I love to go horse backing riding and I am learning how to play golf.
Board Member (Board Member since 2013)
Career – Retired Strategic Planner/Technology PM. Worked at Travelers for over 25 years in both Operations and Technology Leadership roles.
Cat Tales volunteer since 2011 – Oversees Vet Management and Transportation.
I love to travel to our home in Maine and our household currently includes three rescue cats – Jasper, Benson and Shmuley, along with some foster kittens from time to time.
Mark Russak DVM, CVJ
Board Member (Board Member since 2014)
Career – American Animal Hospital Association, Past President, National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, American Society of Veterinary Journalists Certified, and Retired Veterinarian- live in Berlin, CT.
I am widowed with 2 Children and 3 grandchildren. I have only one pet currently due to vigorous travel schedule.
I have owned a companion animal practice in Berlin CT for 25 Years and taught at the Veterinary College at Mississippi State University for 7 years. In addition, I am a National and international Veterinary Speaker.
Board Member (Board Member since 2017)
Career – Regional Network Manager for western CT – Beacon Health Options (Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership)
Cat Tales volunteer since 2016.
Cats are my passion, having had as many as eight at a time – all rescues. I have been on animal welfare boards since the 1980’s, with a specialty in volunteer management. In 2005, I was selected as one of 40 Ultimate Cat Lovers in the U.S. by CAT FANCY magazine and am a long-time member and award winning columnist of The Cat Writers’ Association.
Board Member (Board Member since 2017)
Career – Environmental Compliance Analyst for Regional Water Authority in New Haven
Cat Tales Volunteer since 2000 – foster mom, bottle/can redemption, spaghetti dinner coordinator
I have four rescues at home (two from Cat Tales) in addition to six foster cats. The cats take up a lot of my time and I’m very lucky that my husband is super supportive. I also like to garden and trying new restaurants.