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.
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!
Sarah is the Executive Assistant to the President of AutoFair Investors, LP. Originally from Kentucky, Sarah moved to New Hampshire in 2006 by way of Florida. While living in Florida, she received her certification as a pet therapy handler with a nonprofit organization where she volunteered. She, and her dog, would visit local nursing homes and spend time with the residents.
Sarah’s love for animals began at an early age as she and her family would rescue stray cats and dogs. As a child, she spent most of her weekends volunteering at the Louisville Zoo, where her father worked. Sarah currently lives in Amherst with her rescue cat, Campbell (Cami), whom you can follow on Instagram @cami_winikitty.
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.