Our Animal Loving Team
Carolyn Vander Horst, Director of Operations
Carolyn joined our shelter as Assistant manager June 2014. Prior to that Carolyn had been volunteering with FMAS since 2000 serving in many different capacities. She served on the Board of Directors, as well as the Shelter Dog Behaviorist to evaluate dogs for adoption placement and educate volunteers that work with the dogs on training to help make them more adoptable. Carolyn had also been involved for over 7 years as the Foster Coordinator for our shelter’s southern transport program. Carolyn is also a mentor for the dog training program through Animal Behavioral College. Carolyn’s compassion for animals and dedication to our organization is evidenced by the many hours she has devoted.
Prior to her joining our shelter, Carolyn worked as a clinical laboratory supervisor where she developed organizational and leadership skills that is put to use in the daily operations of the shelter. It is evident by her smile working with the animals and people that she loves what she does. Carolyn shares her home with 5 dogs and 6 cats all adopted through FMAS.
Lisa Caputo, Manager of Animal Care
Lisa has always been an animal lover. But the dire situation for abandoned pets following Hurricane Katrina convinced Lisa to dedicate herself to animal welfare. After travelling to New Orleans as a volunteer to rescue unclaimed pets, she returned to her home in Delaware and eventually found herself managing the Sussex County Animal Shelter for the Delaware SPCA where she had served as a volunteer for many years. Since moving to New Hampshire in 2013 to be closer to her family, she has held positions for the Upper Valley Animal Shelter and since 2014, with FMAS. With over 10 years of experience in animal welfare, she is now the Manager of Animal Care for the Manchester Animal Shelter. Lisa lives in Henniker with her three labs: her 14-year old chocolate lab, Jedi, her 13-year black lab, Maverick, and her 12-year old yellow lab, Lola.
Cassandra Gatsas, Co-President
Political activist and proud wife of Manchester’s Mayor Ted Gatsas. Member of FMAS since its inception, as well as a member of the Board of Directors since 1995. Currently serves as Co-President. Proud owner of 3 cats: King Scotty Kimba, His Majesty Cufki and Emma.
Journey Ewell, Co-President
Journey has been in the animal rescue field for over 10 years. She has been with FMAS since March 2003 and joined the board in March 2006. Journey’s passion has always been spay/neuter, the only way to end the over pet population. In 2009, she established two successful spay/neuter programs for FMAS; the Quick Fix Clinic and Fix-a-Pit. Journey also implemented the Pet Food Pantry, Southern Dog Transport Program and Reading to Dogs.
In 2006 Journey was voted Volunteer of the Year by her peers. Journey is heavily involved in fundraising for the shelter. She chairs the annual wine and chocolate event held in October. Journey shares her home with her rescued cats and her adorable rescued Pit Bull named Glory. She also serves as the Vice President of Animal Rescue Veterinary Services.
Marcia Rosenn, Secretary & Treasurer
Marcia Rosenn joined the board in the fall of 2008 after getting involved in animal rescue a year earlier. She graduated from Amherst College with a degree in psychology and received her law degree from Boston University. After prosecuting felonies and misdemeanors in Superior and District Court for over a decade, Marcia transitioned back to private practice, where she specializes in criminal defense, guardianship and probate law, and civil litigation at Sheehan, Schiavoni, Jutras and Magliocchetti, LLP in Haverhill, MA. Marcia and her husband share their home with three cats, all rescues, and often have feline house guests, as they foster cats and kittens. Marcia also does adoption counseling occasionally, as she wants to help kitties make sure they find good homes, especially the ones she has fostered!
Tiffany began her career at Baker Newman Noyes in 2005 after working as an auditor with a medium-size firm in New Hampshire. She is a Manager in the firm’s Audit Division specializing in healthcare, not-for-profit and employee benefit plan audits. Tiffany earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Accounting from Plymouth State College. Tiffany has a love of cocker spaniels and currently resides in Weare with her husband, two cocker spaniels and one kitty. One of her cocker spaniels, Mumford, was adopted from the Manchester Animal Shelter.
Mark Hopkins is a Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Patientkeeper, a leading provider of healthcare applications for physicians. Mark is a veteran of the US Navy having served as an electrician. Mark worked as a Marine Electrician before entering the tech industry. Buddy, at the time, a 9 month old feral domestic shorthair cat, found Mark in another state while Mark was working on a project, and adopted him.
Sandy Kenney is a family law attorney at Upton & Hatfield, LLP in Concord, NH. She studied Biological Sciences at Rutgers University and worked in pharmaceutical sales for over eleven years before graduating from Hofstra School of Law in 2010. When she moved from NY to NH in 2011, she worked in the insurance industry for several months before beginning her law practice. Prior to her move, Sandy volunteered at the North Shore Animal League in Long Island assisting with pet adoptions. She is happy to now be on the board at the Manchester Animal Shelter where she can continue her goal of helping animals in need find loving homes. Sandy has owned many cats and several dogs her entire life and hopes her love of animals will only serve to benefit the Shelter.
Katie began volunteering in the animal rescue field over 13 years ago and joined FMAS in 2011. A graduate of West High School and UNH she holds a bachelors degree in psychology and communications. She is a project manager at CCA Global Partners in Manchester; helping independent entrepreneurs across the world thrive in their marketplaces. She enjoys using her expertise in project management, marketing, technology and budgeting to help non-profits succeed in their missions. Katie shares her home with her 3 rescued dogs and loves to have fosters come to stay with her on their way to their furever homes.
From guinea pigs to African tree frogs to cats, Kria Sakakeeny has always lived with an animal in her life and owes much of her daily joy to her pets. Kria Sakakeeny is a Boston native and moved to New Hampshire in 2005. She works as a broadcast news reporter for WMUR-TV where she also anchors the weekend evening newscasts. Kria became involved with the Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter by fostering litters of kittens and eventually adopted one of her foster cats, Lilly, who she adores. Kria eventually joined the FMAS Board of Directors in the winter of 2008.
Since moving to New Hampshire Kria earned her Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development from SNHU. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Boston University. Kria believes strongly in community service, she has worked with Literacy Volunteers of America and Emcee’s annual events for charitable organizations throughout New Hampshire. Her commitment to FMAS is largely in honor of her cat Eartha, who has passed away but whose love is ever present.
Jen is the Principal at On Demand Marketing, a virtual marketing agency that helps technology companies with plan, create, implement and measure marketing and advertising programs – she designed and developed this very website for our Shelter! Jen has always had animals from day one – cats, dogs, horses, chickens – you name it! Now that she lives and works from her home office in Manchester, she resides with her two kitties, Lily and Sophia, that were adopted from the Manchester Animal Shelter.