Board of Directors

Debborah S. Knowles, President

Deb joined the board in 2013 and became president in 2016. She has always had a passion for animals and a soft spot for those who just can’t get a permanent family the first time around. She is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Her home and business are both here in Alameda. Deb is active in the community and serves on other nonprofit boards as well; she is president of the Alameda Rotary Endowment Foundation and secretary of the Downtown Alameda Business Association. Deb previously served board terms with Girls Inc. of the Island City, Rotary Club of Alameda, and Alameda Food Bank. Deb and her wife, Susan, share their lives with two Australian shepherds, Nick and Nora. While Nora lives her retired life in leisure, young Nick has many ambitions. He is currently gainfully employed as the official greeter at Deb’s office on Park Street.


Janet Davis, Vice President

Janet joined the board in July 2011. When she learned the city was planning to close the animal shelter, she panicked to think of surrounding shelters being overcrowded with Alameda’s animals. She believes Alameda’s homeless animals deserve a well-run shelter of their own to care for them until they are adopted. Janet owns one of the oldest owner-operated pet-sitting businesses in Alameda, JD’S Pet Care. She also has been the national director of the rescue for Akbash dogs for more than three years, and writes for the Akbash Sentinel. She specializes in dog training and behavior both professionally and in her volunteer work. She has two rescued Akbash dogs:Tash, from the Fremont shelter, and Dara, from the Placer County shelter. Their favorite places for walks are local dog beaches.

Steve Busse, Secretary

Steve joined the FAAS board in 2012. He is the Hospital Manager for Park Centre Animal Hospital in Alameda. Park Centre has worked closely with the animal shelter for many years, and it was a big supporter of FAAS when the group took over the shelter to prevent its closure. Steve has served in the Alameda Photographic Society and on the board of the Park Street Business Association. He and his wife have two dogs, Kylie and Suzie. They also have Dexter, a Burmese cat.

Gail Artikaslan, Treasurer

Gail has been a board member since July 2014. She is an Enrolled Agent in Alameda with a master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University and has been a tax consultant for over 35 years. She has always been passionate about animals and has been a sponsor of the FAAS After the Ball fundraiser since 2012. She is thrilled to help FAAS continue its mission of educating the public and finding forever families for our furry friends. She lives in Alameda with her husband, Ahmet, their lab mix rescue, Allie, and their rescue "diva cat," Lily.


Michael Miller, DVM, Member At Large

Dr. Miller joined the board in 2012, a month after adopting his two cats, Zinnia and Farallon, from FAAS. He has lived in Alameda with his partner, Steve, since graduating from UC Davis in 1998 and is now a veterinarian and owner of Providence Veterinary Hospital & Clinic. He enjoys travel and working on his home on Alameda's Christmas Tree Lane. He is honored to help FAAS serve the pets and people of Alameda and strengthen FAAS’s position as the community’s leading steward for animals.

Jim Moore, Member At Large

Jim specializes in sustainable urban development. He has 30 years of experience in retail project management, construction and development in the Bay Area. His company, Store Development, managed the store development process for retailing giants such as Pet Food Express, Home Chef, and Smith & Hawken. In recent years, he has enjoyed using his experience to help small nonprofits such as PAWS, Cat Town Cafe, and Fix Our Ferals with building projects. Jim is a member of the Oakland Planning Commission, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland Land Use Committee, the Oakland Retail Advisory Committee, and the Oakland Builders Alliance. 

Ken Werner, Member at Large

Ken joined the board in 2014. He most recently was the senior advisor for the Office of Global Diversity at Chevron Corp. where he was responsible for more than 30,000 employee members in Chevron’s 12 worldwide employee diversity and inclusion networks. His master’s degree in organization development from Pepperdine University continues to be put to good use in his career and makes him a natural fit for his role on the FAAS board. Ken and his husband, Steve Ferguson, have lived in Alameda for nearly 30 years and have three rescue dogs: Poundcake and Wilson, who are FAAS alumni, and Rocky.

Kathleen C. Woulfe, Member at Large

Kathie has been a big FAAS supporter since its early days; she was the second person to give a financial donation when the group was founded in 2009. She joined the board in 2012. Kathie serves on numerous other boards in Alameda including Meals on Wheels, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, the Alameda Education Foundation, Rhythmix Cultural Works, the Alameda Family Service Agency and the Alameda Chamber of Commerce. Professionally, she is the Endowment Coordinator and head of Community Relations at the Alameda Council Boy Scouts of America. She has worked as a project manager at PK Consultants, and as development director for both the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda and St. Joseph Elementary School. She and her family share their home with a seven-year-old indoor cat named Molly.


Nancy Evans, Founding Director

Nancy helped cofound Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and was board president from September 2009 to December 2015. She has been a shelter volunteer since 2008. When the shelter was in danger of closing, she spearheaded a Save the Shelter campaign that resulted in FAAS assuming control of shelter operations from the City. She has been an Alameda realtor since 1989 and works for Harbor Bay Realty. All of her dogs -- Buddy, Toto and Murphy -- were adopted from the shelter and she enjoys walking them, playing with them, or just hanging out with them.

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