Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for Town Cats is an all volunteer board.
Beth Ward, President
Beth joined the Town Cats Board in late November. She brings to our board nearly twenty years of experience in the nonprofit animal welfare world. Beth is the Vice President of Community Alliances at Humane Society Silicon Valley. Prior to joining HSSV in 2001 she was the Director of Animal Care for Peninsula Humane Society.
In 2008 Beth helped to form the WeCARE alliance dedicated to saving lives of homeless animals in Santa Clara County. Town Cats became one of the six shelters that was instrumental in ensuring that ALL healthy animals were saved in 2011 and every year since. Beth is a passionate feral cat advocate and has a personal mission to increase the number of feline lives saved in Santa Clara County. Beth embraces this opportunity to be part of the Town Cats mission and to make a difference for cats in our community.
Ann Wondolowski, Treasurer
Ann Wondolowski joined the board in June. She is a retired Information Technology Leader who spent over 25 years in the high tech industry. She served as the Chief Information Officer at Force10 Networks, and prior to that held a variety of senior level roles at Sun Microsystems. In her “Second career” Ann has started working in the Nonprofit sector, and most recently has been a Project Manager at the Humane Society Silicon Valley. She has worked as a volunteer with a variety of Nonprofit groups, including SeniorNet of San Jose, Community Leaders at the Service of Society (CLASS), MentorNet, Junior Achievement and Golden Gate Lab Rescue.
Ann holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University. She has two dogs (both Labradors who were rescued through Golden Gate Lab Rescue), one cat who was recently adopted from the Humane Society Silicon Valley, and the occasional foster dog. She is excited at the opportunity to work with Town Cats and help make a difference for the cats and the community.
Heather L.S. Dotto, Process Analysis & Documentation
Heather Dotto currently lives in Monterey. While in college she worked for Town Cats of Morgan Hill and later as an assistant veterinary technician for a feline practitioner. Having grown up in a home with cats and dogs, she has always viewed pets as members of the family.
Heather obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts with a double minor in Museum Studies and Education from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2002. Following her graduation she enjoyed a career as a high school teacher, teaching art history and photography and serving as department chair for the visual and performing arts department. In her career as an educator Heather had the opportunity to travel through Europe, but her heart was never far from her early education in animal care. In nearly every country she visited stray cats and dogs could be found, serving as a harsh reminder that animal neglect is a global issue.
Heather owns and operates a metal fabrication company with her husband. She is responsible for marketing/advertising, managing employees, facility procedures and general bookkeeping. Heather chose to take a temporary leave of absence from teaching as she helps to build the family business and raises her growing family. Heather and her husband have four cats, two foster cats and a bulldog! In addition to the Dotto family pets, the number of privately rescued and placed cats, dogs, birds, opossums and ducks continues to grow annually. A favorite quotation of Heather’s comes from Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Paula Massa, Secretary
Paula Massa is an administrative professional with many years of experience in the high tech industry. She developed skills in organizing, planning, meeting facilitation and critical thinking through a long career with Intel Corporation. Paula currently works as a Learning & Development and Communications Specialist for NVIDIA.
A native Californian who has called San Jose home for many years, Paula has a deep appreciation for the abundance of wildlife in the Bay Area. She volunteered for several years with the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley providing animal care, editing several issues of their newsletter, and serving on the Grant Committee and Board of Directors. Paula and her husband Ken are the proud guardians of a mixed breed dog whom they found through Nike Animal Rescue. In addition, they share their yard with whatever species of wildlife cares to spend time there.