Board of Directors
Bryan Kortis is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and has worked as an attorney and filmmaker (WTC Uncut, Neighborhood Cats, How to Perform a Mass Trapping, Trap-Neuter-Return: Fixing Feral Cat Overpopulation.) He learned TNR and began a life with ferals when he saw firsthand the dire situation for street cats in New York City. Currently, he works as a Program Manager for PetSmart Charities, overseeing their Free-roaming Cat Spay/Neuter grant program.
Meredith Weiss joined Neighborhood Cats in February of 2000 after learning the basics of TNR and successfully implementing the method in the many colonies in her then lower Manhattan neighborhood (now she practices TNR in Brooklyn!) Currently, Meredith serves as Neighborhood Cats ' TNR Director where her responsibilities include overseeing hands-on trap-neuter-return projects throughout New York City, and frequently serving as instructor of Neighborhood Cats TNR Workshops. In addition, she has been widely recognized for her compelling photography of feral cats, her work appearing in Cat Fancy, the New York Times and Newsday, among others.
Emma Cobb, a longtime practitioner and advocate of TNR, co-directed the award-winning instructional video, How to Perform a Mass Trapping. She has a special interest in holistic veterinary medicine, particularly homeopathy, as well as animal hospice care. When not looking after cats indoors and out she works as a writer, editor and sometime filmmaker.
Dr. Gordon Stull, DVM, is director of the Burlington County Feral Cat Initiative (BCCI) in New Jersey, veterinarian for the Burlington County Shelter and President of Millennium Wildlife Sciences. The TNR program run by BCCI has been credited by the Burlington County Health Department with contributing to a drop in cat intake rates at the county shelter after ten years of rising rates. Dr. Stull is also in the forefront of research to humanely manage black bear populations through targeted chemical sterilization.
Anitra Frazier, author of The Natural Cat, pioneered the holistic care of cats when she first published her book in 1981. A recently updated version is now available and includes a new chapter on feral cats and orphaned kittens. Anitra introduced the idea of Trap-Neuter-Return to the founders of Neighborhood Cats when they were struggling with how to help their first feral cat colony.
Susan Richmond, Executive Director of Neighborhood Cats, has devoted her career to helping animals. After working at the Humane Society of New York (HSNY) for twenty-four years, rising to the position of Co-Executive Director, Susan joined Neighborhood Cats in the fall of 2010. A graduate of Syracuse University, Susan managed a full-service veterinary clinic at HSNY which handled more than 30,000 animals a year, helped launch a carriage horse adoption program, supervised the Animal Emergency Appeal, providing free medical assistance in critical cases, and headed the agency’s fundraising program.
Assistant TNR Director
Lois McClurg's deep compassion for all living things led her to what she claims is her calling. She's a proactive ambassador for Trap-Neuter-Return and actively manages five colonies in her Brooklyn neighborhood. After moving to New York in 2005, she was overwhelmed by the amount of homeless cats struggling to survive on the streets of her new neighborhood. She discovered Neighborhood Cats and TNR'd her colonies. In January 2009 Lois became Assistant TNR Director with Neighborhood Cats. She has assisted hundreds of fellow caretakers with the planning and implementation of their TNR projects as well as teaching the Neighborhood Cats TNR Workshop. One of Lois' greatest rewards comes from working with others who are dedicated to improving the lives of feral and homeless cats. Lois lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband George and their three cats.
Board of Advisors
Cat behaviorist and host of Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell"
Rachel Hirschfeld, Esq.
Pet Trust Attorney
Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
University of Florida
The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States