What is CATalyst Council?


CATalyst Council, a non-profit entity, was created to connect three distinct groups: Veterinary Medicine, Shelter/Animal Welfare, and related Industry entities such as Foundations and Cat Fanciers, the Media, and commercial companies. By virtue of the open and inclusive structure of the board, these bodies are able to represent a broad range of diverse stakeholders in feline healthcare and welfare. Working together, the Council intends to make a difference in the way the United States experiences and values cats.

Watch our Executive Director, Dr. Jane Brunt, explain what CATalyst does, who we are and how we can help you.

Why we exist:

CATalyst Council 2020-2022 Strategic Framework


Mission Statement:

Catalyst Council accelerates innovation in feline care to enhance quality of life for cats and their people.


Vision Statement:

All companion cats receive lifelong care.


CATalyst Council Values

  • Using evidence-based resources for promoting the best health outcomes for all companion cats
  • Embracing community-wide relationships to further the well-being of companion cats
  • Celebrating the human-feline bond

Who We Are – Leadership


CATalyst Council Board Members:

    • Linda Block, Industry Consultant, Marketing
    • Steve Zeidman, CAWA, Pethealth/Independence Pet Group
    • Elizabeth Kabbash, ZED Graphic Communications
    • Heather Jensen, AVMA
    • Adrian Hochstadt, JD, CAE, VMAE
    • Craig Wallace, CS Wallace Investments + Strategy
    • Chris Ragland, Animalytix; LLC, Axxiom, LLC
    • Mike Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Colorado State University
    • Gina Fortunato, MBA, Crum and Forster/Independence Pet Group
    • Brad Kaegi, Merck Animal Health
    • Anne Ward, DVM, MBA Royal Canin/Mars Veterinary
    • Melina Duran, DVM, MBA, Zoetis
    • Tina Bearden, DVM, Boehringer-Ingelheim
    • Mariana Silva-Aranha, DVM, MBA, Merck Animal Health
    • Irene Mak, Boehringer-Ingelheim

Council Advisors / Former Board Members:

    • Alexis Nahama, DVM, Bioscience Executive Leadership and Strategy
    • Ross Barker, MBA, Michaelson Foundation
    • Sarah Cloud, MBA, Boehringer-Ingelheim
    • Rikki McCray, DVM, PhD, Merck Animal Health
    • Ted Gannon, Zoetis
    • Adam Little, DVM, FuturePet
    • Chris Dollar, Senior Technology Executive
    • Ralph Johnson, Association Executive
    • David Stansfield, BVSc, MRCVS, Veterinary Industry Consultant
    • Bruce Truman, MBA, BLT Technology and Innovation Group

CATalyst Council Staff:

    • Jane Brunt, DVM, CATalyst Council Executive Director
    • Jody Jones, CATalyst Council Program Manager
    • Betty Cox, Finance