Board of Directors
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. She is a political activist alongside her husband Theodore Gatsas (Excecutive Council). She has made great strides for the shelter as well as wildlife in New Hampshire.
Cassandra was instrumental in getting the building moved to it's current location. She created the commemorative brick courtyard that stands at the shelter to this day. Cassandra is known at the shelter for her generous heart and love of all the animals. She created the Jungle Room in memory of one of her cats. This room is designed to allow shelter cats to be able to runaround and climb without living their lives in cages. She added the Roy Building which allowed the shelter to have three additional cat rooms and a large dog room for training and adoption meetings. She continues to help the shelter and serves as co-chair on the annual Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser. When she is not serving on the board, you can find her spending time with her husband and three legged rescue cat Princess Aruba Ruby. She also enjoys educating the community on responsible cat care, serving other non profits such as New Paws For Life as well as being instrumental in helping to end Bobcat hunting while serving on Governor Lynch's task force for prevention of cruelty to animals.
Journey has been in the animal rescue field for over 20 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. Over 7,000 cats have been fixed through the Quick Fix Program and over 1,000 pit bulls have been altered for free through the Fix-a-Pit program. Journey also implemented the Pet Food Pantry, Southern Dog Transport Program, Reading to Dogs Program and our newly established Humane Education Program.
In 2006, Journey was voted Volunteer of the Year by her peers. In 2013, she was named one of Union Leader’s ’40 Under 40′ and that same year received WZID’s 20 Outstanding Women’s award. She also received the The Spirit of New Hampshire Awards for her volunteerism in state of New Hampshire. She served as Vice President of both Animal Allies and Animal Rescue Veterinary Services.
Journey chairs the annual Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser. She shares her home with her two dogs, Cooper and Weston, both adopted from FMAS. Her beloved dog Glory, a rescued Pit Bull, and many cats who have all since passed away will always remain in her heart.
Shannon Katz, CPA, MSA
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 husband 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 a pittie and cats. Her most recent brood consists of two cats, Sita and Laci, who are both rescues from Florida, and Nova, a Great Pyrenees/Pitbull rescue from FMAS!
Donna has been part of the Merchants Fleet’s senior leadership team for the past 20 years.. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from NHC (now known as SNHU). Joining the board in 2019, she brings to FMAS many years of operational discipline and financial proficiency. Donna and her family have a passion for animal welfare and have adopted several pets and taken in strays that have found their way to their homes. Donna currently lives in Hooksett with her rescue dog Charles (adopted from FMAS) and cat Ollie.
Giovanna “Gia” Bonilla is the Director of Events & Partnerships at Boston Billiard Club & Casino. Boston Billiard Club has been open in Nashua, NH for 20 years and Gia has been employed there for over 15 years. She started as a server and worked her way up to her current position through dedication and hard work throughout the years. The Casino was added to the club in November of 2016. Boston Billiard Club & Casino donates 35% of the Casino revenue to NH charities. To date, the company has donated over 6 million in just 3 short years. She is passionate for animals and with a strong background in business and event coordinating will continue to use those skills to advocate for animals. Gia lives in Nashua, NH with her family that includes her partner Justin and their fur babies: Toy Poodle Bailee, Black Lab mix Harley, Golden Retriever Reagan and her beloved Pomeranian mix Marlowe who recently crossed the rainbow bridge.