Meet The Team

Current Board of Directors and Officers


Sue James - President

Mike James -  Secretary

Rosalyn Simon - Treasurer

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Board of Directors

Mike James

Sue James

Janine Collins Lappin

Sharon Silbert

Stephen Wickersham

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Key Team Members

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Nancy Mandell

Kitten Program Coordinator
Nancy Mandell joined us as the Kitten Program Administrator in September 2019. Nancy has over 10 years of experience working in the computer technology industry at companies such as PeopleSoft, EMC and Ingram micro. Her most recent job was being an administrative assistant at the Clorox Company in Pleasanton where she won an award for being the administrative assistant of the year.
Nancy also has writing experience including news copy, newsletters and corporate presentations and wrote news stories on a daily basis for a television station.

Nancy has a BA degree in Communications. In addition to her work experience, Nancy is an animal lover at heart, and volunteered at a local horse rescue in her spare time. Nancy’s four-legged family members include three horses and two rescue kittens.

Lisa Grade

Dog Program Assistant
I have always had a passion for animals and joining TVAR as a volunteer in 2007 gave me the opportunity to care for homeless, shelter pets and provide a foster home for those in need.

Working with the foster dog program for the last 3 years has been a very fulfilling experience as we have been able to save so many that may not have had a chance otherwise. It is amazing to see the dogs transform and flourish once they have been placed in a loving, foster home and then go on to their forever homes.

Sarah J. Pereira, RVT

Veterinary Technician
Born and raised here, in the Tri-Valley, I've grown up loving and caring for animals of many types. From a house full of pets to bringing home the stray dog, orphaned kitten, or injured bird - it was there, in my youth, that I knew I would have a career in veterinary medicine. In 2013, I started my career in the field. Fast forward to today - I hold my degree and am licensed nationally and by the state of California. I hold experience and continue to work in both hospital and shelter / rescue settings.

Working for TVAR has been such a rewarding experience because, instead of just caring for these animals, you truly are giving them a second chance at life. When I’m not working, I’m with my family, taking adventures and taking advantage of all that life has to offer!