Melissa’s interest in animals began while growing up on a farm in rural Texas and followed her to the East Coast, where she interned at various animal rescue organizations while a student at Boston University. Now working in the financial services industry, she has happily found her after-hours niche as volunteer director for Heaven on Earth, whose board she joined in 2010. Melissa also has served on the event committees for Heaven on Earth’s last three fundraising galas. She and her husband, Fred, live in the San Fernando Valley with their spoiled rescue kitties Felix and Lady, a Heaven on Earth alum.
A lifelong animal lover, Lisa combined this passion with her work in the film industry by creating a grassroots group to successfully manage the feral colony living on a motion picture studio lot, achieving zero population growth through the humane practice of TNR (trap/neuter/return). Along the way, she discovered Heaven on Earth and joined the board in 2012. When not trapping, rescuing and/or fostering cats (and the not-so-occasional dog), she pursues a varied career that has included everything from legit stage manager to voiceover actress to goat shepherdess. (Really.) Lisa lives in Los Angeles in a home full of happy former strays.
Jacklin has had a deep connection with and a love for animals since childhood. She learned from her father and grandfather to care for and rehabilitate injured and abandoned neighborhood cats, dogs, rodents, and birds by the dozens. As a teenager she visited local shelters to adopt as many ‘unwanted’ occupants as she could. Joining the board of Heaven on Earth in 2016 marks a turning point in Jacklin’s evolution from animal lover to animal advocate. Jacklin works as an attorney and lives in Los Angeles with her family.
Robin’s interest in cats began in the early 70’s when her godfather taught by example—leaving food in allies, trapping and transporting for spay and neuter while the 7-year-old Robin watched. Fast forward to today, as Robin now drives all over the Valley in support of area cats, spending most Saturdays working adoption events and every day caring for her own feline houseful. She has fostered for Heaven on Earth since 2004 and is a registered foster parent for Los Angeles Animal Services, specializing in bottle feeding and weaning litters of kittens. Robin makes her living as a controller and brings that skill set to the Heaven on Earth board, which she joined in 2012.
Monika grew up in a small town in Slovakia and moved to this country at the age of 19, becoming a model two years later. That left just one more dream to pursue—helping animals. It was a video on animal testing that prompted her to take action, so in addition to changing her purchasing habits, she began to volunteer at area shelters. Monika lives in the San Fernando Valley with rescue dog Meryl, pulled from the pound on the day she was to be killed, and rescue cats Maly, Mini and Dusty. She joined the Heaven on Earth board in 2011.