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 enables the lifelong health and welfare
of companion cats.


Vision Statement:

All companion cats receive the care they deserve.


Impact Statements:

Through the continuing efforts of the CATalyst Council:

  • Pet owners are connected to and understand the importance of regular veterinary care for their cats.
  • Veterinarians provide a positive experience for cats and cat owners and believe that caring for cats is an essential part of a profitable, sustainable practice.
  • Shelters and veterinarians work as partners to educate adopting families on positive cat care practices.


CATalyst Council Values

  • Using evidence-based resources for promoting the best outcomes for all 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, Zoetis
  • Steve Zeidman, CAWA, Pethealth, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Kabbash, ZED Graphic Communications
  • Ross Barker, MBA, Kinship
  • Heather Jensen, AVMA
  • Adrian Hochstadt, VMAE
  • Craig Wallace, Hannah The Pet Society
  • Chris Ragland, Animalytix
  • Mike Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Colorado State University
  • Gina Fortunato, MBA, ASPCA Pet Insurance
  • Brad Kaegi, Merck Animal Health
  • Ulriki (Rikki) McCray, Merck Animal Health
  • Anne Ward, Mars / Royal Canin
  • Melina Duran, Zoetis
  • Tina Bearden, Boehringer-Ingelheim
  • Sarah Cloud, MBA
  • Mariana Silva-Aranha, Senior Brand Manager, Merck Animal Health
  • Ainsley Bone, Director Vetrinary Communications, Nestle Purina

Council Advisors / Former Board Members:

  • Alexis Nahama, DVM, Ark Animal Health
  • Ted Gannon, Zoetis
  • Adam Little, DVM, Future Pet; Texas A&M
  • Chris Dollar, Consultant
  • Ralph Johnson, VMAE
  • David Stansfield, BVSc, MRCVS, Veterinary Industry Consultant

CATalyst Council Staff:

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