CAF Employees


Kim Class, RVT

"I founded CAF in June 2002 because, at the time, Humboldt County was euthanizing between 5-6000 animals with approximately 75% being cats. It's hard to imagine a single animal, let alone thousands in our small corner of the world. I wanted to create a space for the community to come together and do what we call "the good work". 2015 saw us euthanize less than 100 animals. Isn't that the goal of life, to bring beauty and goodness wherever we land? Thank you dear, sweet community members for supporting this organization. Most of all thank you from all those who cannot tell themselves, our beloved animals."

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Veronica Chapman
Office Manager

"As CAF's Office Manager I bring over 30 years of experience in nonprofit administration to our organization. I am dedicated to insuring that CAF maintains accurate and essential records. By doing so, CAF meets all state, county, and city business requirements as well as all nonprofit status requirements. We are especially conscientious in regards to contribution from our donors, grant reporting, and fundraising documentation."

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Diana Stockwell

"I love working for CAF because it's a group of people who are incredibly passionate about finding loving homes for cats, dogs, and even other animals on occasion. They all need and deserve care and companionship, and I am happy to be a part of providing that for them."

Sunny brae Staff


Natasha Braziel
Sunny Brae Volunteer Coordinator/Blue Lake Thrift Shop

"I love being one of the thrift store clerks at CAF and ensuring that our shoppers/supporters get not only quality items but a friendly feeling every time they choose to visit us. I am a Navy veteran, originally from Tennessee, and have made a lifetime devotion to the betterment of animals. In my off time, I am currently a senior at Humboldt State University seeking a degree in Environmental Science and Management: Policy and Planning as I hope to one day work in Wildlife Conservation efforts. I am also lucky to be accompanied by my 2 emotional support cats, Sophie & Filia."


Shanna Gunn
Animal Care Technician

“I have always loved animals and wanted to work closely with them, more specifically to help animals in need. After completing my Associated Degree in Animal Science in Massachusetts, I relocated to Arcata to continue my schooling and begin the search of finding a career that fulfilled my need to work with and help animals. I am currently enrolled in Penn Foster's Veterinary Technician Associates program and proud to call myself the Lead Animal Technician at Companion Animal Foundation. When I'm not working or studying, I can often be found in the redwoods with my two dogs, snuggling in the couch with my three cats, or spending time with my partner, Chris, and close knit family.”

Margaret Kelly

Adoption, Foster, and Social Media Coordinator

“Working for CAF is a dream come true. I am passionate about helping my community, particularly with non-profits, and I absolutely love animals. While I grew up in the Bay Area, I have always wanted to live in Arcata and have happily lived here since 2010. I think that the beauty of Humboldt lies in the community support that we foster with each other. Every day at CAF is a touching experience to see the generosity and thoughtful support of our staff, donors, volunteers, thrift store shoppers, and animal visitors! When I’m not here at the Sunny Brae store I’m either at school finishing up my degree or at home with my incredible partner and our (CAF adopted!) sweet dilute tortoiseshell cat Bumblebee.

Trena Neel

Blue Lake Staff



Thrift Store Employee

Cathy started working at the Blue Lake thrift store in May 2018. She is a Massachusetts College of Art graduate with a BFA in sculpture and fibers. Cathy is a cat lover, has traveled from coast to coast and enjoys staying creative by making abstract sculptural crochet puppets and mobiles using wire and found objects.  "I'm passionate about upcycling. I love seeing people give new life to discarded objects." 

Our Beautiful  Board of Directors

Kim Class
RVT, Executive Director

Sarah Henricksen
Board Member
Special Events Committee Lead

Jamie Meyers
Board Member
New Board Member Committee Lead

Cahaela Class
Board Member
Mobile Unit Committee Lead

Special  Thanks to ALL OF OUR dedicated VOLUNTEERS!