Our Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Jeanne Lind – Retired, Safeco Insurance

Vice President
James Petts –

Matthew Calnek – UTC Aerospace Systems

Meg Brunner – University of Washington

Kathy Centala – Retired, United Airlines

Board Members
Tracey Frankcom – Microsoft
Melanie Kelsey – Microsoft
Suzanne Lee – Grand Ridge Plaza At Issaquah Highlands
Whitney Whitworth – Close to Creative
Nancy Xia –
Toni Zonneveld – Bartell Drugs

Management Staff

Executive Director
Kathleen Olson, CAWA

Director of Community Engagement
Connie Gabelein

Operations Director
MJ Zelinka

Shelter Veterinarian
Dr. Leslie Kasper

Manager of Business Administration
Carol Lamar

Manager of Adoption Programs
Elizabeth Asher

Manager of Foster Care Programs
Susan Bark

Finance Manager
Kelsey Kohlwes, CPB

BabesJoin the Purrfect Pals Board of Directors!

We are pleased to be recruiting for new Board Members to support our organization. We are looking for candidates who possess a passion for cats, leadership skills and experience and expertise in fundraising, business administration, accounting, finance, sales, marketing, law, public relations, project management or event planning.

All Board Members are expected to attend monthly Board meetings (currently held on Sundays in Brier) and actively participate on at least one committee.

If you are interested in being considered as a candidate for openings on our Board, please email your resume to our Executive Director.