New Board of Directors for EB Cat Project Explodes With Diverse Expertise
Updated: Nov 21
Euclid Beach Cat Project welcomes new members to the board of directors, adding a wide range of expertise to support its mission. EBCP is committed to building a diverse board to help grow stronger, more transparent to their donors, and be a reflection of its values to the communities in NE Ohio that they serve.
In 2006 a group of concerned citizens began a project to help the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park with an overpopulation of cats on their grounds. That quickly spread into the community of Collinwood, a neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. In 2013 they incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization named “Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project, Inc.” In 2015 EBFCP expanded into a small foster program and began helping cats in the surrounding areas with foster care, adoptions, and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). They focused on the friendly cats and kittens found at TNR sites. EBFCP’s foster program expanded and began helping cats and kittens throughout Greater Cleveland, including those with severe medical. By 2017 EBFCP started doing business by the name "Euclid Beach Cat Project" because more than 90% of free roaming cats were not "feral", but abandoned and neglected. From a group of 6 citizens, to a team of over 100, EBCP's needs have continued to expand, and the organization has become a well known and respected asset to the communities they serve in. With growth, the need for a more diverse and larger board of directors was needed.
Euclid Beach Cat Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer group that services cats in the Euclid Beach area and across Northeast Ohio. We believe that all cats deserve a chance, from those with seemingly hopeless medical situations, to those with their spirits broken by the ones they trusted. Whether they are fostered or in community cat colonies, we work to heal not only their bodies, but their hearts as well. We provide Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services, medical care, socialization, adoption services, and community awareness
New Euclid Beach Cat Project board members include:
Employment:Retired Pediatric Dentist
“What’s mommy’s favorite animal?” I’d ask my then two-year-old daughter. “CATS!” she’d scream in reply.
My house has been a cat house since birth. I’ve always been around cats and thoroughly enjoyed their company. I didn’t realize it when I was young, but growing up our cats were all rescues. I continued the tradition into adulthood adopting cats from a variety of situations, including injury, abandonment, animal hoarding, and feral colonies.
One evening after having dinner, my kids and I decided to drop in to a Pet Supplies Plus to buy some litter for our cats. We were greeted by friendly staff and sweet cats available for adoption. After socializing with the cats for a bit, we decided that as a family we would like to volunteer to help care for the cats in the store. I’ve found caring for the cats under the umbrella of EBCP to be a truly rewarding experience. Not only have I made many furry friends, but I’ve come to know and appreciate the dedication of the volunteers in the organization.
A sudden, unexpected medical condition forced me to retire from pediatric dentistry. I did a small amount of research grant work as an academic, so I am excited to help EBCP help even more animals by coordinating grant research and applications.
Employment: Business Intelligence Manager @ Applied Maintenance Supplies & Solutions
On a random Friday evening I walked into Pet Supplies Plus Brooklyn with my daughter “just to see the cats”. I found my soulmate. He became a member of my family that Sunday. Three months later, I decided he needed a friend when I saw a post on the EBCP Facebook page of a lovely ginger girl that was waiting way too long for her forever home. When she joined our family from the Twinsburg Pet Supplies Plus, I knew then that I wanted to give back to this organization. I volunteered as a ring steward for a cat show in January 2023 and became a weekly volunteer for the PSP Brooklyn in February, where my journey with EBCP started. As the months went by I started building relationships with other volunteers and board members and realized I have more to contribute. With my background in Finance, Marketing and Data Management, joining the board as its Finance coordinator was a natural fit. I am so looking forward to helping this organization serve the community and finding our felines in need their forever homes.
Employment: Lease Administrator managing the Northeastern United States leased portfolio for Progressive Insurance for the past 18 years.
I am passionate about all things cat, graphic design, craft and technology. I live in Seven Hills with my better half and my 3 cats – Butters, Piper and Luna. I have an Etsy Shop, Adcat Designs, through which I sell cat toys, blankets and decals, etc… to raise money for non-profit animal rescues. I also serve on the board of Ohio Paws with Purpose, whose mission is to help the underserved community with pet food, veterinary care and more. I’ve followed Euclid Beach Cat Project for about 6 years now and have always been in awe of all that they do for cats in the community. I was SUPER excited to hear that they were looking for board members and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with EBCP as the data coordinator and to be part of this amazing team!
Events and Fundraising Coordinator
Employment:Great Lakes Veterinary Specialist-Warrensville Hts
When I first became involved in the rescue community in 2015 I had no idea how incredibly rewarding my experiences would be. It's a family passion in my home and everyone is involved, in one capacity or another, to help any animal we can to thrive. Myself, my husband and our 2 sons live in Mantua, OH with our many rescue animals. One of my passions is to promote rescue and humane education to the community through events and fundraising. In my free time I am an avid sewer and love designing and creating safe and functional accessories for pets.
In addition to the new members, EBCP board members also include: Vicky Sprouse (Director), Heather Hawk Frank (Secretary), Dina Torres (TNR Coordinator), Monica Occhetti (Treasurer), and Andrea Latessa ( Legal Advisor)
Euclid Beach Cat Project's love for cats motivates them to strive to learn and grow, and continue to make the biggest impact in their communities. Together we can change the world, one heartbeat at a time!
Seeking motivated individuals to join our Board of Directors
Candidates must be committed to our mission, ready to take on a leadership position, and want to help direct a growing organization. We are seeking members who can actively engage and guide efforts to shape and strengthen our direction, vision, stability, and community presence. The ideal candidates are people who can be effective in their roles, and can create committees, delegate responsibility, and can carry out tasks in a timely manner.
We are currently filling these board positions:
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