At Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society, we are dedicated to operating as a transparent organization. Read on to learn more about our Board of Directors, as well as our team of Directors.
Board of Directors:
Janie Carroll – President
A native of Milltown, Janie is the owner of the Rabbit’s Den Tattoo Parlor, also located in Milltown, where she has been the proud owner for the past 7 years and tattoo artist for 15 years. Owning a business and having that business win awards and change the way people view tattoo studios and what they represent has been one of Janie’s biggest accomplishments. Artwork is Janie’s passion both professionally and personally. When she is not running her business, Janie loves photography, camping/hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband Tom, 2 kids Kiernan and Caroline and her “furbabies” – Clinton her goofy mutt, Peebs and Frankahlin kitties, Acorn the hamster and a tank full of fishies including a couple of betas here and there.
Fun Fact: Janie worked at a florist shop while going through college.
Tom Daily – Vice President
Residing in Old Bridge, Tom has spent 43 years as a CPA where he is currently a Manager at a CPA firm in NYC. Every year in January, Tom gives a tax seminar to his entire firm; although it’s nerve wracking, when he’s done, he feels like he has accomplished something that he is very proud of. Tom is very passionate about doing an excellent job and animal rights, which is one reason why he accepted the position as Vice President. In Tom’s down time, he enjoys playing guitar and singing with his wife, volunteering at church and playing golf. Tom also has 2 sons and one kittie, Lillybelle.
Fun Fact: Tom’s family has had 4 cats since he was 6 years old. The first one lived to 18, the second to almost 20, the third to 16.5 and Lillybelle is 4.
Elaine “Lainie” Polites – Secretary
Another native of Milltown, Lainie works as a Center Operations Director for Concentra where she has been for 19 years. Patient care is something that Lainie is very passionate about, and her hard work has paid off for she has led her center to receive the title of “Center of Excellence” for 2 years in a row. When Lainie is not taking care of patients, she spends her time tap dancing, doing yoga/pilates (which she is also passionate about) and creating jewelry. Lainie has one son, 2 dogs and 3 cats.
Fun Fact: Lainie has been tap dancing for 15 years at Middlesex Academy of Dance in Milltown.
Meredith Kendall – Treasurer
A resident of East Windsor, Meredith works at Edgebrook Animal Hospital as a Hospital Manager. Working in the field for 15 years, one of Meredith’s greatest accomplishments was being promoted to her current role, where her passion for animal care and rescue has driven her to succeed. She is the mom to 7 furbabies: 2 dogs (Xavier & Scout) & 5 cats (Mama Kat, Savannah, Magneto, Owen & Kismet), acknowledging that 1 dog and 4 cats are KCZD alum. When Meredith is away from work, she enjoys hiking with her dogs and family (husband Carlos, son Justin & daughter Brianna), coloring and cooking.
Fun Fact: Meredith has hyper-flexive joints.
Residing in South River, Nanette has been working as a Human Resources Business Partner for 7 years, and as a Fitness Instructor for 14 years. Nanette is passionate about helping others succeed, nothing gives her more satisfaction than to see someone (including animals!) promoting or accomplishing something they never thought they could. During her down time, Nanette enjoys spending time with her husband John kayaking, fishing or riding their Harley’s. She also enjoys crafting, canning, but most of all loves cuddling up with her deaf pittie Titus.
Fun Fact: the only bone she ever broke was her nose.
Executive Director: Christie Arlotta
Assistant Executive Director: Krystal Hasard
Adoption Director: Debbie Mattson
Adoptables Marketing Director: Gina Dwyer
Development (Fund Raising) Directors: Rebecca Smith & Amy Nieskens
Foster Director: Janet Gorman
Marketing Directors: Heidi Orpilla & Brian Kondas
Medical Directors: Lisa Coletta & Niki Thornton
Medical Consultants: Carlos Aguado & Vickki Rock
Merchandise Director: Leslie Wriggins
Milltown Adoption Center Manager: Colleen Gillen
Operations Director: Matt Bendel
Feline Socialization Director: Marina Godich
TNR Director: Nancy Scalzone
Volunteer Directors: Michelle Gold, Lisa Zoda & Jim LaCanna