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


Jane Brunt, DVM, CATalyst Council Executive Director


CATalyst Council Board Members:

    • Adrian Hochstadt, JD, CAE, Veterinary Medical Association Executives
    • Angela Roberts, Chief Marketing Officer, American Veterinary Medical Association
    • Anne Ward, DVM, Royal Canin/Mars Veterinary
    • Chris Ragland, Animalytix; LLC, Axxiom, LLC
    • Craig Wallace, CS Wallace Investments + Strategy
    • Elizabeth Kabbash, ZED Graphic Communications
    • Gina Fortunato, MBA, Independence Pet Group
    • Irene Mak, Boehringer-Ingelheim
    • Kristin Wuhrman, Basepaws/Zoetis
    • Linda Block, Industry Consultant, Marketing
    • Mariana Silva-Aranha, DVM, MBA, Merck Animal Health
    • Martha Cline, DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition), Nestle Purina
    • Melina Duran, DVM, MBA, Zoetis
    • Tina Bearden, DVM, Boehringer-Ingelheim

Council Advisors / Former Board Members:

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

CATalyst Council Staff:

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