James Christofferson, Community Cat Coordinator
James came to FCCRSNC first as a generous donor and supporter, and then began volunteering with the organization in 2008. After three years of dedicated support and exemplary service, the executive director invited James to consider taking a paid position with FCCRSNC as Clinic Manager. He accepted and was hired in December 2011, becoming the organization's first male employee. James also has served on the Board of Directors of Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals since its inception in March 2009. He hasextensive experience in feral cat trap-neuter-return (TNR), having performed more than three dozen TNRs, averaging 70 cats and kittens each time. His first-hand knowledge of the effects of
an uncontrolled breeding animal population has made him a passionate proponent of pet spaying and neutering, and an excellent manager of a community cat program.
Judy Miotke, PAL+ Coordinator
Judy began working for FCCRSNC in August 2007 as the
spay/neuter clinic receptionist and shortly thereafter moved to a position working more directly with the rescued cats at the shelter. Over the next three-and-a-half years she performed the duties of both Client Services Representative and Animal Care Technician, switching hats as needed to meet the demands of the growing organization. In July 2011 Judy took on the role of Outreach Coordinator, providing humane education to the community and spreading the word about the PAL+ program and the importance of spay/neuter. Her efforts helped to increase awareness of PAL+ to the point that the program needed a dedicated staff member to process the growing stack of applications. In spring 2012, Judy became FCCRSNC's first PAL+ Coordinator, finally allowing her to put her B.S. in Human Development from Colorado State
University to work for the benefit of both humans and animals. The skills she developed in the 1990s while working as an income maintenance tech for the Aid to the Needy Disabled program at Larimer County Department of Social Services have translated perfectly to her position interviewing PAL+ applicants to determine eligibility.
Mariah McCulley, Director of Operations
Start Date: 2017
Mariah has had a lifelong passion for animal welfare. Her first professional experience was gained through pet grooming before earning a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Colorado State University. Mariah joined the shelter staff at FCCRSNC in 2011, then transitioned to the clinic as Client Service Representative. She has played an active role in assisting and educating the public during surgery and vaccine clinic days and was promoted to Clinic Manager in April 2014. For a change of pace, Mariah returned to the shelter in October 2015 to be Shelter Manager, moved to the new position of Adoptions Program Manager in March 2016, and was promoted to Director of Operations in November 2017. When she is not at work helping animals and expanding the knowledge of pet owners, she loves to snowboard or spend time at home with her kitties.
Ashley Boothe, Director of Development
Start Date: 2017
Ashley Boothe has been an active animal advocate for decades. She grew up in Little Rock, Ark., where she volunteered with the Little Rock Zoo and Sherwood Animal Shelter and worked at Allen Veterinary Clinic. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Arkansas State University and has a professional background in newspaper and catalog copy editing and page design. She served on the board of directors of Wagon Tails Animal Rescue in Sidney, Neb., where she was active in feral cat trap-neuter-return. Upon moving to Colorado in 2010, she volunteered with Animal House Rescue & Grooming in Fort Collins before joining Fort Collins Cat Rescue & SpayNeuter Clinic in January of 2011, first as a Client Services Representative.
Sarah Swanty, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2006
Sarah has had a lifelong passion for helping animals and began working in a veterinary clinic at the age of 17 with plans to become a veterinarian. While pursuing the veterinary track at Colorado State University (B.S. in Zoology) and gaining experience through her work in veterinary clinics, she began volunteering for a local animal sanctuary and found her true passion to be in animal welfare. In June of 2006 she co-founded FCCRSNC. Sarah submerged herself in the animal welfare world and has grown into running a successful, community-supported nonprofit organization. She became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator through SAWA in 2013.
In ten short years Sarah has turned FCCRSNC into a highly effective animal welfare organization with 35 employees and a million and a half dollar annual operating budget that has adopted out over 11,000 cats and altered over 41,000 dogs and cats.
Gloria Matsushita, Staff Veterinarian
Gloria was hired as the first Staff Veterinarian for FCCRSNC in June 2009. Gloria graduated from Colorado State University with her DVM in 2008 after being admitted early with only three years of undergraduate schooling. She began volunteering in our clinic in 2009 to gain more experience with anesthesia and surgeries. Her amazing ability to learn quickly and her friendly nature are what led Sarah to offer her the job as Staff Veterinarian. Before working at FCCRSNC, Gloria gained much clinical experience by working as a veterinary technician at a local veterinary hospital for a year. She had
developed a love for shelter medicine while in high school where she spent her junior and senior years volunteering for her local animal shelter. She attends continuing education training as much as possible and spends a fair amount of time researching issues in shelter medicine.