Kate Boisseau’s career has been spent in non-profit education and outreach program administration. After graduating from DePaul University with a B.A. in English, Kate served as an Americorps volunteer, conducting a service-learning afterschool program and providing literacy tutoring to an underserved school.
She continued to serve her community through theatre education and outreach, but always had a desire to make an impact on the lives of animals in her work. At Tree House Humane Society, a Chicago no-kill, cageless stray cat rescue with a strong TNR program and low-cost spay/neuter clinic, this desire was realized. From 2008 to 2014, she worked at Tree House as adoption supervisor and education outreach coordinator, her commitment to serving community cats through education and her love of working with volunteers deepened.
Kate is honored to be a part of the great work that Operation Catnip does. She shares her home with her husband Niall, daughter Aoife, and adopted sweet cat Cassius.
Audrey Garrison brings over two decades of animal welfare experience to Operation Catnip. As the President of Gulf Shore Animal League in Manatee County, Florida, Audrey successfully led county-wide initiatives to dramatically reduce cat overpopulation and euthanasia. She developed programs and partnerships that transferred cats and kittens at high risk for euthanasia resulting in a 79% reduction and implemented targeted, aggressive TNR programs which lead to in a 45% drop in cat intake at Manatee County Animal Services over five years.
Audrey remains passionate in her efforts to educate the public, change government policy, and advocate for reform in an effort to end the killing of companion animals to control the population. She is delighted to be working with the dedicated animal welfare community in Alachua County, her new hometown.
The move to Gainesville included her wonderfully supportive husband Jim, six family cats, one large dog, and five foster kitties in need of a change of venue.
After moving to Gainesville in 2005, Melissa began her work in animal welfare as a volunteer for the rescue group Puppy Hill Farm. Volunteering at adoption events evolved into fostering for the organization, and since 2012, Melissa has socialized and fostered hundreds of cats and kittens in preparation for finding their forever homes.
After graduation from the University of Florida in 2011 with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology, she incorporated her passion for animals into a career. She spent six years with PetSmart, first as a dog trainer, then as a manager, where she was in charge of leading the team that cared for all of the in-store animals.
She broadened her horizons further by spending 1 year as a veterinary technician before joining the Operation Catnip Team. She considers this her dream job, a place where she can truly combine work and passion, and do, as her husband says, “what you’d be doing on your day off anyway.” She shares her home with her very supportive husband, Jared, three black cats, and an ever-changing number of foster cats.
Martha Young graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences. Her work experience at Alachua County Animal Services led her to secure a position as our Return-To-Field coordinator here at Operation Catnip. She is currently pursuing a degree in Clinical Lab Science in addition to working with OC.
Martha is our rock star in the trenches. She leads large-scale trapping projects and helps caregivers who are struggling to catch cats on their own. A lifelong animal lover, Martha shares her home with her husband, Robert, four dogs, six cats, five horses, 1 donkey, as well as chickens and fish.