Cat Care Society is governed by a board of directors, who serve as volunteers and who meet monthly (or more often as needed) and oversee all aspects of the operations and strategic direction of the shelter.
Diane is a sales and marketing consultant at Aon Corporation, the world's largest commercial insurance broker. Previously she was an Assistant Vice President and Communications Services Supervisor for Lockton Companies’ Denver office. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Diane earned a B.S. in Written Communication (concentration in technical writing) from Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Michigan) and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Prior to moving to Colorado in 2005, Diane spent nearly 20 years as a technical writer, database administrator, and program coordinator for an engineering firm, a small software development company, a worldwide IT consulting company, and Ford Motor Company.
After earning her M.B.A. and moving to Colorado in 2005, Diane served as marketing manager at a leading Denver-based IT consulting firm, and joined Lockton in 2008. Diane was formerly a director-at-large, then secretary, and then treasurer of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Denver from 2006 – 2010. Diane joined the CCS board of directors in 2008, served as vice president beginning in 2010, and was elected president in 2011.
Diane has two cats: Zoe (a.k.a. Punkin - gray), a stray who adopted Diane while Diane was working as a marketing intern at the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving in Americus, Georgia, and Lucy (f.k.a. Arlene – black), whom Diane and Zoe adopted from Cat Care Society in 2006.
Maggie Holben specializes in media relations, the strategies and tactics necessary to achieve impactful editorial placements in international, national, trade and local media - both traditional outlets and the social media channels, including blogs. She is the principal owner of Denver-based Absolutely Public Relations, the PR consulting firm she founded in 1999.
With more than 25 years experience, Maggie is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and is a member of its Counselors Academy. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has taught both advertising and public relations at the university level. Maggie currently chairs the Communications Committee for the Colorado BioScience Association and is a past two-term director for the trade association.
Maggie’s “Seven Ways To Get The Media Attention You Deserve” article was published in the PRNews Media Training Guidebook. Further. Her firm offers Public Relations Newsroom, Expert411 - Expert Information for Journalists and Denver PR Newsroom to help clients achieve media relations success. She blogs pitches and placements at the AbsolutelyPR.blogspot.com and tweets from Twitter.com/AbsolutelyPR.
After many years as a supporter of Cat Care Society, Maggie joined the board in 2011. She provides pro bono media relations services for the organization. Maggie and her husband Steve have two cats: Corporal Reggie Waddle (black), adopted from CCS, and Rita (calico).
Marggie has been an accountant for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Financial Management since 2004. Prior to Federal civilian service, she held financial positions with Richfield Hotel Hospitality, Chevron USA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Marggie has a B.S. in Accounting from Metropolitan State University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Regis University.
Marggie’s lifelong love of cats brought her to the Cat Care Society’s (CCS) Board of Directors. Her connection with CCS began when she visited the shelter to keep the cats company, attended CCS functions and started making donations to CCS.
The current feline companions in Marggie and her husband Bill’s home are Lilli, the huntress, Gus, a/k/a Asparagus, and Simon, the good-natured goofball. These delightful creatures get along surprisingly well, despite differences in gender, personality and age.
Gail has been a supporter of Cat Care Society since the 1990s and became a volunteer in 2008. In 2010 she wanted to become more involved and so joined the board of directors.
Gail brings CCS more than 30 years of federal government contracting experience utilizing her degree in business administration. She and her husband are active in multiple Denver area non-profit organizations. Gail has redirected her cats’ care to The Clinic at Cat Care Society for her two favorite cat fans, Spot & Trouble. She is adamant about the message, “It's all about the cats here at CCS,” and encourages supporters to consider establishing a legacy, as she has, to help continue the wonderful work being done at CCS.
Clyde Dawson is enjoying retirement after 22 years working in public broadcasting in four cities. Most recently, Clyde was Director of Membership for Colorado Public Radio (Classical Music KVOD and NPR News KCFR), and Vice President of Marketing and Development at KBDI Colorado Public Television.
Prior to public broadcasting work, Clyde spent many years in the apparel and textile industries, including several years in the export end of the business, in charge of marketing and sales in Latin America and Europe.
Clyde served for eight years as a director of the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico -- Albuquerque's principal animal shelter. He has served three years on the Cat Care Society board. Clyde’s favorite pursuits in retirement are travel, reading (American and French literature), language study, and the immensely fulfilling work of the Cat Care Society.
Clyde and his wife Barbara have two cats at home: 17-year old Penny (a Manx tabby) and 15-year old Alexander, a black domestic shorthair, both adopted at a Humane Society shelter in Bozeman, Montana (whose board he also served on.).
Advisory Board Member:
Linda Brandon became a CCS Pet Visitation Volunteer in 2007. She joined the CCS Board in 2008 and was Board President from 2009-2010. She is currently serving as an advisory Board Member.
Linda has a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a CPA and works for an Australian Oil and Gas Company in Denver. Her career also has included fast food franchising, real estate, and manufacturing. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado State Board of Accountancy.
She and her husband, Mark, live in Littleton with their three cats: Tyler, Miles, and Lilyana. Linda and Mark have been CCS patrons since adopting their cat Tyler from CCS in 2002 (gray and white cat on left). Photographing cats is one of their favorite hobbies.
Advisory Board Member:
Roger is an independent IT and Business Consultant currently working for several Denver-based clients. Prior to leaving a global consulting firm, Roger successfully managed and lead numerous (35+) projects for Fortune 500 companies in the United States as well as those in Europe, South America and Asia.
With over 20 years of experience in telecommunications networks, operational and business support systems, business intelligence, financial reporting, assurance, systems integration testing, network operations and RF engineering, Roger built his credentials working for Hitachi Consulting, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, MediaOne, MediaOne Labs, US West Advanced Technologies and as a Captain in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He has written and presented a number of papers at conferences around the nation as well as in Europe, South America and Asia.
Roger holds a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science, both in Electrical Engineering, from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Prior to rejoining the CSS board of directors in 2012, Roger had previously served on the CCS board and advisory board in the mid-2000's.
Roger and his wife Gayle have a 13 year old long-haired tortoise shell, Prada, who escaped the Denver Dumb Friends League by reaching out and snagging my sweater :-)
Advisory Board Member:
Richard (Dick) Swanson
Richard (Dick) Swanson joined the advisory board of directors for CCS in the fall of 2012. Dick is retired, but keeps himself out of trouble by serving as a director and audit committee chair of ADA-ES (NASDAQ: ADES), a leader in emissions control processes for the coal-fired electric power industry. He has also been a director of numerous public and private companies. From 2005 through 2011, he was a trustee and executive committee member of the Morris Animal Foundation, the world’s leading private funding organization
for animal health care and research.
For 15 years, Dick was a coach and advisor to the CEOs of more than 75 Colorado companies through Vistage International (formerly The Executive Committee), the world’s leading CEO membership organization. He has a background with Andersen Consulting/Accenture, was the CFO of a $250,000,000 business, was the founder and president of a substantial commercial real estate investment and development company, and has accomplished turnarounds of several small private companies. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Dick and his wife Kathy are owned by Minnie Monkey Doodle and a CCS painted cat.
Advisory Board Member:
Kim M. Sporrer, APR
Kim M. Sporrer, APR joined the Cat Care Society’s Board as an Advisory Member in March 2014. She is Director of Marketing & Communications for The Women’s Foundation of Colorado in Denver. Kim has nearly 26 years of diverse experience in public relations and communications, including nearly 15 years with nonprofit organizations and 11 years with public relations agencies serving a variety of corporate, government and nonprofit clients. Her work has been recognized with numerous local and national awards.
Prior to joining The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Kim was Director of Communications for Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder for three years where she was named 2010 Employee of the Year. The shelter was also the first winner of the ASPCA $100K Save More Lives Challenge in 2012. She also previously worked for Linhart Public Relations in Denver.
Kim is skilled at strategic public relations counseling and planning, media relations, writing, brand development, issues management, social/digital media, messaging, new product and program launches, key stakeholder relationship building, government and political entity/advocacy work, and community organization.
She earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2007 from the Universal Accreditation Board and currently serves on the organization’s Board of Directors. Kim is Immediate Past Board President for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Colorado Chapter and also recently served as a Board Member for Community Shares of Colorado. She earned a BA in Communications/Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa. An Iowa native, Kim moved to Colorado in 2005 and lives in downtown Denver with her cat Zoie (whom she adopted from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley) and occasionally a few foster kittens.