Board of Directors



Joy Smith,
President/Executive Director

Joy Smith and LouiseJoy Smith founded FieldHaven Feline Rescue with her sister, Jann Flanagan in 2003. Prior to starting FieldHaven, Joy worked as a volunteer with various California animal organizations in Marin County, Benicia and Santa Cruz.

Joy is a Partner in The FieldHaven Group, a healthcare revenue cycle consulting company. A percentage of all income to The FieldHaven Group is donated to FieldHaven.

Joy and her husband Preston enjoy boating in classic wooden boats and riding with Red Rock Hounds.

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Members at Large

Vicki "Scout" Valentine

ScoutMy relationship with FieldHaven began in 2006 when I was the Education Coordinator at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. I was organizing the event Rescue Me to showcase the diverse rescue organizations in the Sacramento area. I had heard that FieldHaven was a great group to invite to talk the public about TNR. Several volunteers came out to the event and FieldHaven has been a resource for information for the Zoo since that time.

When I retired from the Zoo in June 2009, I contacted FieldHaven. Living in Lincoln I thought it would be the perfect organization to volunteer with. I had seen a flyer about Classics, Cats and Cabernet and called Joy Smith to offer my help as an event planner. I attended several planning meetings and have never looked back. I was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2009 and became a part time staff member in 2010. Although I have had an exciting career working with big cats like tigers, mountain lions and bobcats it truly is the small domestic kitties that capture my heart.

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Laura Morin

Laura MorinLaura was born and raised in Palo Alto Ca. A True California Girl! Rather than playing with dolls, she played Vet with her many stuffed animal friends. When she was just 12 years old, she started rehabbing native wildlife.

She applied, got in and graduated from Moorpark College's, Exotic Animal Training and Management Program. She moved to the Central Valley with her husband Gary, where they had a 10 acre farm, and owned a Feed Store in the small town of Hughson. Laura did fostering for a local rescue group. A Foster Failure, 'Charlie', a black and white Tuxedo cat caught her heart and made her see how cool cats can truly be. When someone says they aren't a cat person she tells them 'you just haven't met the right one'.

From there, they moved to the Foothills where Laura found Wild About Cats and became a caregiver and handler of Exotic cats, including her dream, Cheetahs. Shaka and Zulu helped raise over a million dollars for wild cat conservation worldwide. Laura has worked in the Veterinary field and just recently retired after 11 years of being an Animal Control Officer. She volunteers with Gold Country Wildlife and this past year started volunteering for Fieldhaven at the Snap it Up thrift shop. Laura currently lives on a 8 acre farm with Gary, 2 cats, 2 dogs, a Cockatoo, llamas, goats and several species of tortoise and is looking forward to her time here at FieldHaven.

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Preston Smith

Preston Smith, husband of Joy Smith, founder of Fieldhaven Feline Center, has had a love of animals even before marrying Joy over 30 years ago.

Preston grew up in rural New Jersey working on local dairy and cattle operations and riding horses with the local 4-H groups before attending the University of Arizona in Tucson. Soon after his University of Arizona days, Preston made his way to Northern California and entered into the heavy duty truck business.

With a strong mechanical background and excellent people skills, Preston began his sales career in the commercial truck business. Preston has been employed by PACCAR Inc. Peterbilt Motors Division for over 22 years and holds an executive level sales position. During this time he obtained a Business Management degree from the University of Phoenix, San Jose, Calif.

Preston currently oversees the day to day operations of the retail thrift store Snap it Up! in Lincoln - a fundraising enterprise for FieldHaven. He enjoys many outdoor activities including riding his horse on weekends and boating in the summer months.

Angie Barreto

AngieI was born and raised in the San Francisco area, although after nearly 25 years in Rocklin, I am now feeling rather native to the area. I grew up mainly with dogs in our suburban household and then luckily I was exposed to my first cat, which came with my first apartment. Since then, cats have been part of my world with only a brief week in over 30 years without the feline friend(s) and companion(s).

I am currently an independent real estate broker with 15 years experience in the South Placer area, enjoying helping my clients fulfill their dreams. I spent several years training and mentoring new agents before starting my own business. Prior to real estate, my background includes over 16 years of project accounting and administration experience for civil engineers and construction management.

I am excited to be working with everyone at FieldHaven and look forward to helping them make a continued impact to the community. I enjoy listening to music, attending concerts and the theater, travelling to warm and tropical destinations with beaches, boating, swimming, wine tasting, and spending time with my husband, dog Luna and cat Zorro, along with my extended family and friends.

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Mira Bogen Sanchez, DVM

Dr. SanchezDr. Sanchez was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside, in 1988 with a BS in Botany and Plant Sciences. She received her DVM in 1997 from the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. Mira joined FieldHaven Feline Center in 2012 and loves it!

In addition to Working with FieldHaven, Dr. Sanchez works at local small veterinary day practices, a large 24 hour referral and emergency veterinary hospital, and has been the veterinarian for The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary for the past 12 years. In addition, She has extensive experience with orphan kittens and feral cats from her involvement with the UC Davis feline medicine club while attending UC Davis.

Mira shares her home with a Bengal cat, a barn cat, two feral cats; a macaw, three dogs, a Harris hawk, sulcata tortoises, a tarantula, a donkey, cows, horses and chickens. She has two sons in college.

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Jen Paul,
Program Manager

JenJen has oversight of our SNAP and TNR teams, Community Outreach, Volunteer Teams, CAT Team and the FieldHaven Spa. Jen will typically be at the shelter Monday-Friday 9-2.

Born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, Jen moved to Lincoln in 2000 and was inspired by FieldHaven's founders, Joy Smith and Jann Flannagan. What started as a volunteer position evolved into the position of Shelter Manager in 2005.

Jen is a self proclaimed "crazy cat lady" in love with her job. Before landing at FieldHaven, Jen's passion for animals and nature led her to the following; Environmental Studies Major: San Jose State University; Lead Coordinator, Earth Day Events: Skyline Jr. College; Pool Safety and Health Inspector: Santa Clara Co. Health Agency; Activist Coordinator: Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Earth Island Institute S.F., CA; Project Coordinator: Friends of the Ferals, San Mateo, CA; Assistant Manager: Tropical Rainforest Museum, Sunnyvale, CA; Adoption Counselor, Foster Mom, TNVR team member: Homelesss Cat Network, San Carlos, CA; Intern, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, San Mateo Co. Environmental Health Services, CA; Instructional Asst. Special Ed. Dept: Lincoln High School, Lincoln, CA.

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Natalie Mark,
Animal Care Coordinator

NatalieAs Animal Care Coordinator, Natalie oversees the health, care and comfort of all the cats during their stay at FieldHaven. She works with Drs. Peterson and Sanchez to ensure that all our felines receive the very best of care while awaiting adoption.

I spent the last 10 years volunteering as a vet technician at a high volume spay/neuter clinc and working as a behavior therapist with children and adolescents in Kansas, but always felt like something was missing. I made the decision in March 2014 to leave Dorothy and Toto behind and moved to Sacramento to go back to school to get my DVM at UC Davis.

I found FieldHaven looking for places to volunteer to gain more experience. In a very short time at Fieldhaven I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Sanchez who introduced me to another veterinarian she works with and I was hired on as part time vet tech. Soon after, I was offered the incredible opportunity to work part time at FieldHaven.

I am a huge cat lover as well as horse lover. I currently have two wonderful crazy black cats and hope to someday have a horse who can go Fox Hunting with me.

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Benay Clark,
Animal Care Assistant

BenayBenay is our Shelter Assistant and master of all trades!! She provides oversight of the shelter and our volunteers on the weekends.

My journey to FieldHaven began in 1994 when my family and I brought my cat, Lenard, with us from the San Fernando Valley to live in Wheatland. My good fortune continued in 2003 when I retired from Verizon and got to spend 4 years at home with my daughter, Mallory, during her high school years. Together we built some of the best memories.

In 2008, Mallory and I began volunteering at FieldHaven together and did that for a year, before she moved to Vancouver, WA. I stayed on at FieldHaven; volunteering and adopting the kitties as my new family to help overcome my empty nest syndrome. It is like my second home. I'm lucky my husband, Randy, understands my love for cats. Recently, a dream came true for me when I became a FieldHaven staff member. Every day I get to revel in the blessings of all the good work that goes on at FieldHaven and all for the love of cats.

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