Lisa Caputo, Director of Operations
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 a member of Manchester’s Executive Council Ted Gatsas. Cassandra has been a 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
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!
Shannon Johnston, Treasurer
Shannon is a Senior Associate at LitmanGerson Associates, LLP, a public accounting firm. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida State University and a Master of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University. She grew up in Rhode Island and moved to New Hampshire with her Fiancé in 2016. Shannon joined FMAS in 2018, but has been a lover of animals her entire life. She lived on a horse farm in Florida and has owned various pets from bearded dragons and gerbils to an American Staffordshire Terrier and cats. Her most recent brood consists of two cats, Sita and Laci, who are both rescues from Florida.
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.
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.