CAP has a dedicated staff whose experience with animals and their care often spans several decades. The staff's knowledge and love of animals, which both employees and volunteers share, have created a welcoming atmosphere for both pets and people.

Citizens for Animal Protection

  • Sandi Mercado, Executive Director
  • Jessica Ellis, Shelter Director
  • Erica Pothier, Director of Finance & HR
  • Kappy Muenzer, Executive Director Emeritus
  • Bianca Burrascano, Marketing Coordinator
  • Katie Carrizales, Foster Care Liaison
  • Barbara Fitzgerald, Foster Care Specialist
  • Rebecca Gonzales, Transport Coordinator
  • Alice Mellado, Volunteer & Community Service Coordinator
  • Daiva Paskauskaite, FCAP Coordinator
  • Barbara Veit, Financial Assistant
  • BJ McIlvaine, Administrative Supervisor
  • Rita Lopez, Administrative Specialist
  • Ana Rodriguez, Children's Programs & Humane Education Coordinator

Clinic Staff

  • Cristalle Boyle, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services
  • Kathy Lawson, Lead Tech
  • Jamie Taylor, Senior Surgery Technician
  • Ashley Everett, Wellness Technician
  • Laura "Elle" Vargas, Senior Surgery Technician
  • Kristin Norman, IT/Clinic Coordinator
  • Will Miertschin, Client Services & Clinic Marketing


CAP Shelter Staff

Shelter Manager

  • Amanda Beebe

Assistant Shelter Managers

  • Jeremy Ellis - Canine Operations
  • Emily Epps - General Shelter Operations
  • Mary Hunt, Small Mammals
  • Mike Mantz - General Shelter Operations
  • Yvonne Moye - Foster Home Program
  • Nicole Zappella - Feline Operations


Animal Caretakers

CAP employs part-time and full-time animal caretakers. They are responsible for general care and maintenance of the shelter animals. This includes feeding, walking, grooming and cleaning. They also assist in introducing potential pet adopters to the many pets needing homes, screen potential pet adopters and process adoptions.

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