At Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society, we are dedicated to operating as a transparent organization. The organization was founded in 2010 by Christie Arlotta, Michelle Arlotta, and Amy Iervolino, nee Vinopal.

Please read on to learn more about our Board of Directors.


Board of Directors:

Christie Arlotta – President

Christie is a founding member of Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society. Her passion for animal rescue evolved from volunteering during college, to coordinating volunteers, to starting and running this organization! She was our Executive Director for over 10 years before retiring from the daily grind. Christie holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. Prior to starting Karma Cat + Zen Dog, she worked for an international consulting firm as a licensed Professional Engineer where she focused on wastewater treatment facility design and construction. She now lives in Morristown with her six rescued cats: Karma, Emmett, Spitfire, Keiki, Choppy and Missy and one rescued dog: Kona (AKA “Cat #7”).

Fun Fact: Christie is a metal-head who practices yoga at least four times a week.

Tom Daily – Vice President

Residing in Old Bridge, Tom has spent 44 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 kitty, 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 5.

Elaine “Lainie” Polites – Secretary

A 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 16 years at Middlesex Academy of Dance in Milltown.

Mark Schmidt – Member

Currently residing in North Brunswick, Mark has been working as a Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Country since 2002. Working with people is part of his passion; Mark loves serving and helping others, letting them know how important they are is part of his motivation every day. One of his greatest accomplishments was fighting and winning against a town that was making his clients’ home sale impossible. Through his hard work and determination, he was able to sell that home. When Mark is not motivating others or selling homes, he enjoys making videos, reading, volunteering, and building relationships with everyone he meets. Mark also enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and his cockapoo named Daphne.

Fun fact: Mark hosts a weekly show on YouTube called “Monday Mornings with Mark!”.

Interested in joining the Board of Directors?

Serving on the board is a rewarding experience and an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Please review our website, social media channels, and the Board Member Agreement/Responsibilities document. We are happy to answer any questions you have – you can email BOD@karmacatzendog.org

When you are ready to apply, please fill out this Board Member application. We look forward to hearing from you!

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