board of directors
Gary Catalano | president
Gary is a native of San Jose with over 39 years experience in the computer manufacturing industry. He has always been an animal lover and he and his wife, Bonnie, volunteered for SVACA before joining the board of Friends. Their dog, Sammy, is a SVACA graduate.
Eva Schimtz | treasurer
Eva was born and raised in the Bay Area and has always had a deep commitment to her community. In addition to her role on the board of Friends, she socializes dogs at SVACA as a volunteer. Eva is an accounting manager at All Metals Inc and runs a collectibles business at The Willow Glen Collective. Eva has two dogs and two birds.
Sayaka Nethercutt | secretary
Sayaka volunteers with SVACA in addition to acting as the Friends board Secretary. She finds taking animals to offsite events to interact with the public particularly rewarding. Although she works in high tech now, her dream is to one day leverage her animal communication and Reiki skills to team up with an animal to provide therapy-related services to others. Sayaka and her husband have one cat, their beloved Maggie.
Bonnie Silva | director
Bonnie is a retired account manager who has been volunteering at animals shelters, including SVACA, for over a decade. She loves all animals, although her favorites are dogs and horses. Bonnie has logged the most volunteer hours at SVACA for many years in a row, in addition to serving on the Friends board. She and her husband, Gary, take their dog Sammy with them everywhere.
Alex Leung | director
As a child, Alex had pets, but dogs always had a special place in his heart. When he lost a beloved cocker spaniel after 13 years, he came to SVACA looking to fall in love again. A two pound ball of fur named Maia pulled Alex opened his heart again and now keeps him very busy. Alex has been a SVACA volunteer committed to helping animals find new homes ever since.
Lisa Bourgault | director
Lisa works as a technical writer when she is not volunteering as a photographer and social-media content creator for SVACA, or as the website director for Friends. Her goal is to work full-time as a pet photographer and she is enjoying getting loads of practice as a volunteer. She and her husband have three cats, all SVACA rescues.