If the cats could talk, they’d tell you it takes a group of dedicated, compassionate people to run a rescue organization. We’re very proud of our amazing group of staff and volunteers. From the folks on the front lines to our Board of Directors, here are the humans behind MEOW Foundation.
Having grown up on a horse farm, Alexis has loved animals all her life. Her drive to extend her compassion to all living creatures led her to her job with MEOW. She studied English at the University of Calgary and spends much of her time lending her skills to Calgary area non-profits with a special focus in the Calgary arts and culture communities. Alexis is passionate about snowboarding, hiking and adventure travel and teaches adaptive skiing/snowboarding to disabled youth. Outside of the office she works as a freelance photographer. Alexis lives in Calgary with her husband and two beloved rescue kitties Sadie and Maxwell.
Project Lead - Communications and Events
Candice has a lengthy history of advocating for people and their companion animals combined with 17 years of non-profit marketing and communications experience. She’s passionate about reducing homeless cats and overpopulation and honoured to work with the MEOW team. Candice is currently mom to GiGi, a Shepherd/Husky cross and as an animal lover, she often cares for many friends’ animals, including cats, dogs and a bearded dragon lizard.
Director - Treasurer
David Quach is a Chartered Accountant and has volunteered with numerous organizations in Calgary and is looking forward to the challenges and fulfillment of volunteering with MEOW. David is the proud owner of one cat aptly named Sass Quach, plus Ninja and Samurai.
Director - Operations
Debbie Nelson is a founding member of MEOW Foundation and currently manages MEOW’s cat programs: Intake and Adoption, SNAP, and TNR. Her life is enriched by the feline companionship of Mort and Toe. Debbie spends her free time with her family and hiking on Alberta trails and beyond.
Director - Board Chair
Derek is a Certified Management Accountant and has 20 years of experience leading accounting, administration and IT departments. He has been fortunate to have the majority of this experience working with a broad base of non-profit, charitable and government organizations.
Dr. Terri Brannen
Veterinarian Dr. Terri Brannen is a former Iowa farm girl and continues to be one at heart. She obtained her Veterinary degree from Colorado State in 1986. Terri practiced in Homer, Alaska for three years and then moved to Calgary in 1989 to practice emergency and small animal medicine. She has been a valued MEOW team member since 2001, when she adopted her first two Canadian cats, Licorice and Blaze.
Director - Human Resources
Jan Weir has a 27 year background in Human Resource Management. Jan has had general leadership and management roles in Human Resources in corporate, subsidiary and field operations. She is the happy caregiver to two cats, one feral from Yemen and one from MEOW.
Jason has 20+ years in sales, marketing, and business management in the electrical and electric motor business. He and his family are grateful to have MEOW alumni Klein and Chandler (formerly Huggles) enriching their lives everyday.
Growing up surrounded by all types of family pets, Julia discovered her passion for animals early on. She has since dedicated her life to being a voice for overlooked and underprivileged animals, and improving the quality of life for all animals in and around Calgary. In addition to being a proud member of the Meow Foundation’s team, Julia spends her time coordinating a small sanctuary for farmed animals. Her unique lifestyle allows her to work with cows, horses, pigs, dogs, and of course cats – but asking her to choose a favourite species is simply impossible! Julia shares her home with her four fur babies – Gracie and Portia the pugs, Henry the saint bernard, and Houdini the former street cat. To Julia, life is pretty puuurfect!
Kaleigh’s dream is to become a vet and is thrilled to be able to work with cats everyday as a step towards that goal. While working at MEOW, Kaleigh is going to school part time to get the credits to apply for vet school, but there’s no rush. She is already doing what she loves at MEOW!
Kaleigh is the lucky fur-mom of two silly cats, Megabyte and Dyno, and the feather friend of a rescued racing pigeon. When she isn’t surrounded by cats and textbooks, Kaleigh can be found at the local wildlife rehabilitation centre, caring for the wild ones.
Social Media Administrator
Kendall Titchener has nearly 10 years experience as a social media and digital specialist. She’s worked in industries ranging from real estate development, magazine, startups to oil and gas. She owns her own boutique digital agency and is proud to engage with the MEOW community.
Kendall has a soft spot for rescue animals and grew up with an “urban menagerie.” It was only natural that when she moved from Vancouver to Calgary a few years ago, she had her rescue cat and rescue horse in tow.
Margaret Martini has been involved with MEOW as a foster home provider since 2002 and served as MEOW’s Information Administrator from 2007 until 2015. She currently provides administration of the Spay Neuter Assistance Program. Her first love is caring for bottle fed orphan rescue kittens with her supportive family of 6. Her 2 dogs and 3 cats also play an integral part in socializing the foster cats that pass through her home.
Nathalie has felt a deep connection to animals early on, which has pushed her to volunteer in various areas such as wildlife rescue, dog and cat care, and humane education. A desire to be the voice for animal victims of abuse and cruelty pushed her to use her criminology education toward working at the legislative level to combat animal abuse. A deep connection to cats led her to pursue a position with MEOW and she is proud to be part of the adoption team. Nathalie’s home would not be complete without her two rescue kitties Bailey and Winston.
Paula Bildfell has been with MEOW since 2008. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Administration, Paula always enjoys introducing new volunteers to the various volunteer programs offered at MEOW. Black cats are her favourite (although every cat is) and she is proudly owned by her sweet Acey.
Intake and Shelter Manager
Sandra has been working with no-kill animal rescues since 2009. Changing careers to follow her love of “critters” has been a very rewarding adventure. She is thrilled to be a part of the MEOW Team!
Director - Secretary
Stephanie Sterling is a senior executive in the oil and gas industry. She has been a commercial and engineering professional for over 20 years, providing leadership and mentorship through times of change and development. Stephanie and her husband, Bob, add spice to their life with their fur-person, Nutmeg, a MEOW rescue.
Victoria Ross started volunteering with MEOW in 2001 as an Adoption Centre Cleaner and later an Adoption Coordinator. In 2005, Victoria took on the role of Adoption Manager. Victoria is very passionate about animal welfare, and helping the cats of Calgary find loving forever homes. Victoria’s life is always action-packed with her husband and three young children, along with their cat, Jack, and Boston terrier, Mack.