Meet our Board of Directors
Founder and CEO
Stacey Richolson, RVT
Stacey Richolson is a Registered Veterinary Technician that graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Gwinnett Technical College in 2004. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Auburn University. She has been in the Veterinary field since 1996, but has worked exclusively in feline medicine since 2004. Stacey also was the owner of Sophisticated Mane In-Home Feline Grooming until she decided to devote all her time to PNCA.
From the time she was a child, Stacey has loved cats. She would even “adopt” the neighborhood strays, and tame and take care of them. Stacey currently shares her home with her husband and several cats of her own, plus fosters. Stacey continues to attend lectures and seminars to stay up-to-date with the latest in feline medicine and behavior. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, attending music concerts/festivals, and reading.
Founder and CFO
Tara graduated top of her class from Reinhardt University with a BS in Biology and Associate Degree in Business Administration. She decided to apply her education to helping cats, rather than pursue a traditional career, after the loss of her first rescue cat, Sierra, in 2014. Since then, she has helped rescue thousands of cats and placed them in loving homes. Tara’s dedication to saving animal lives and tenacity to achieve her goals is apparent to anyone who knows her. Her hands are always busy, one permanently attached to a coffee cup; the second, busy responding to calls, texts, emails, and voicemails about the cats she loves. She believes team work and education is the key to a better community and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others while enriching the lives of cats. Tara shares her home with a kitty crew of seven foster ambassadors.
Shannon Huskins, RVT
Shannon is the owner of Paws and Purrs Feline Services, a professional cat sitting and hospice care business focused on quality care and education. She is a registered veterinary technician with experience working in feline-only practices since 1996. She has spent the last 19 years discovering her passion for felines and truly learning to “speak cat”! "All of the kitties I have known over the course of my career have taught me the true meaning of compassion, patience, empathy, joy, trust, and sadness." Shannon has committed her career to enhancing and enriching the lives of our feline companions.
Carrie graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 2013, and she currently practices medical optometry in the local community as an independent contractor. She maintains her status of being therapeutically licensed to practice optometry in the states of Georgia and Florida. Prior to her optometry degree, Carrie received her two undergraduate degrees in anthropology at University of South Florida and chemistry at The University of Tampa.
Carrie has always been passionate about animals, especially cats, even from an early age. In fact, she hopes to live on a farm one day with lots of goats and roosters alongside her willing husband and fur babies. Carrie’s husband, Dwayne, shares her love of animals, which includes our gassy bulldog, three needy cats, and lovely foster kitties. Thankfully, Dwayne is in the business of IT engineering, and she can rest easy, knowing he’ll be able to fix any computer she breaks. Lastly, Carrie also loves to spend time painting with acrylics/ watercolors/mixed media, practicing yoga, surviving cross training workouts, reading vampire novels, and baking all kinds of sweets.
Mary Ashley Jantzen, DVM
Dr. Jantzen received her degree of veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University in 2013 and began working at The Animal Hospital of Towne Lake/Cat Clinic of Woodstock shortly after. Dr. Jantzen provides her patients with quality, well-researched care while also providing an unmatched comfort to her clients. Her whimsical style and quirky humor always keeps everyone’s spirits high and motivation up. Her eagerness to learn, willingness to do whatever it takes, contagious energy, and experience will contribute to PNCA’s success and mission. Dr. Jantzen lives in Marietta with her husband, Will, two free-spirited daughters, Piper and Poppy, and 3 fur-babies.
Alan Weissman is the owner of Sunsational Travel a luxury travel company specializing in upscale cruises, tours and all-inclusive resorts. Alan has been active in the travel industry for over 30 years and has a passion for making your vacation stress free.
Alan started his working career with Wendy's Hamburgers learning the fast food business and eventually moved into management and was responsible for operating two stores in the Tampa Bay area. Alan then went to school to become a licensed Optician and was offered a position as a Sales Representative for Gucci Eyeware covering North and Central Florida. Alan continued his education and became licensed to sell Property and Casualty Insurance. He assisted in formulating and developing the rates for the newly established state run Citizens Insurance Company in Florida. Alan was then bitten by the travel bug and opened Sunsational Travel and has had the opportunity to assist hundreds of clients fulfill their dream vacations. Alan hopes to lend his business and entrepreneurial expertise Purr Nation so they can continue grow and prosper.
Alan lives in Woodstock with his wife Dr. Rachel Myers, PHD an Associate Professor of Nursing at Kennesaw State University, and their cats Bodhi and Peanut. Alan enjoys travel, camping and visiting breweries.