Key leaders and supporters of the Feral Cat Caretakers
Coalition visited an historical landmark to preview construction
progress and examine the new facilities for feeding the feral
cats that have made this area their home for many years. Pictured
from left to right are:
Bohn, Rescued Pet Foundation
Rick Lamb, "The Guy On Overland"
Marilyn Tullius, Ace Words, Etc.
Dona Cosgrove Baker, President and Founder, Feral Cat Caretakers
Liz Finch, Rescued Pet Foundation
Jayne Willcocks, Operation Feral Cat!
Lauren Laster, Vice President, Director of Resource Development,
Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition
Cassandra K. Morris, Dedicated Caretaker
The work of the Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition is carried
out by its dedicated management team and the professionals.
Following are short biographical sketches of the leaders,
associates and professional specialists that are closely aligned
with our organization.
Cosgrove Baker, President and FounderDona Cosgrove
Baker comes to the Feral Cat Caretakers' Coalition with 30
years experience in the medical profession. Her career began
in 1963 in Miami Beach, Florida, as a medical office manager
and surgical assistant. She retired in 1993 as a medical business
Management Specialist for leading members of the medical community
in Beverly Hills, California. She brings with her unique professional
experience and skills necessary for the organization and management
Her in depth knowledge of feral cats was acquired through
hands-on personal experience in feeding, trapping, sheltering,
rescuing, observing and studying the plight of feral cats.
She is a consultant for corporations and teaches feral cat
caretaking. Her skills in creative writing include a manual
for Feral Cat Caretaking, to be published, along with a book
for adults and children, to give them a better understanding
of the hungry and homeless cats and kittens they often see
in their neighborhoods titled, "THE STORY OF FANNIE and
FREDDIE FERAL." Dona is a certified Yoga Teacher and
taught Hatha Yoga for 7 years. She was also a fashion model
while attending the University of Washington. Over the years
she has taken workshops which included guided imagery, meditation,
psychology of the workplace, enhancement in communication
skills and public speaking.
As Founder and President of Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition,
she assumes the responsibility of President and Chief Operations
Officer in achieving the goals and objectives of a growing
organization. Her personal commitment to each detail, from
managing the various duties entailed in running a corporation
to managing feral cat colonies, provides her with the pivotal
knowledge needed to bring each project to success.
M. Baker, Executive Vice PresidentJoseph M. Baker
spent 30 years in the automotive and entertainment industry.
In the mid 1960's his company, Baker Electronic Transportation
Systems, Inc., built custom limousines for high profile celebrity
and entertainment clients. He also designed/engineered and
manufactured promotional electric and internal combustion
vehicles for the Motion Picture and Television Industry, Major
League Baseball and The National Football League.
As an experienced builder of electronic vehicles he consulted
with small independent companies and Fortune 500 Corporations
in the research and development of electronic motion controls
systems for high performance electric vehicles. In 1996 and
in semi-retirement he began Personal Chauffeur/Concierge &
Town Car Services to generate cash flow for Dona's emerging
Feral Cat Caretakers' Coalition before it became a 501(c)3
non-profit corporation. He continues his involvement in public
relations, fundraising, marketing and general support.
Laster, Vice President, Director of Resource DevelopmentBeing
raised in a family with a great deal of love for nature, started
Lauren Laster on her path of caring about the world around
her. It didn't matter if it was a cat, bird, dog or mouse.
she wanted to care for it. However, Laurens very first
experience as a "cat mom" happened when she was
older and more settled in her life. Lauren currently owns
a sales agency that promotes environmental awareness through
clothing and home products.
Changing the planet one mind at a time through education about
daily purchases is Laurens personal goal. She is also
an owner of the Furry Angel Pet Memorial Candle Company. All
of this and Laurens deep commitment to make life better
for the animals makes her life full and extremely rewarding.
Laurens leadership skills in resource development make
her an invaluable asset to FCCC. She brings with her a vast
amount of experience in the business world in management and
development. Her intuitive and creative abilities honed for
the success of FCCC are also apparent and in full force when
working with the feral cats and kittens. Her ability "to
get the job done" is her trademark.
Stephen A. Rosenberg, C.P.A.Stephen
A. Rosenberg, C.P.A., is a graduate of California State University
Northridge, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree
in 1974. During college, Steve worked for a public accounting
firm. Following graduation, he joined a local C.P.A. firm
where he specialized in certified audits, personal and corporate
tax planning and income tax return preparation. While at that
firm, he met and worked with Phil Kaufman. Two years later,
he left the local firm and opened his Certified Public Accounting
practice. In 1977 Steve merged his accounting practice with
Phil Kaufman's to become a partner in the combined firm Kaufman
Steve is a member of the American Institute of C.P.A.'s and
their Tax Division, and the California Society of C.P.A.'s.
Additionally, he is a licensed real estate broker. Steve is
involved with all aspects of the firm with particular emphasis
on real estate taxation, accounting, and tax return preparation
and planning for individuals, corporations, partnerships and
retirement plans. He is also responsible for the firm's work
scheduling and various administrative functions.
Tullius, Development AssociateMarilyn Tullius
operates a communication strategy, consulting, writing and
editing firm known as Ace Words, Etc., in Brentwood. Her career
also includes more than 15 years as a market analyst and strategist
for industrial and technology companies. She holds an M.S.
degree from UCLAs Anderson Graduate School of Management.
Presently her workday includes meeting with clients and preparing
resumes, personal statements for admission to graduate schools,
brochures, proposals, web sites, and a wide variety of promotional
and presentation materials. Besides workworkwork,
Marilyn is a member of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
She is the biking activity leader for the Over The Hill Gang
(principally a ski club). Marilyn enjoys a weekly workshop
of ethnic drumming at a small store on Montana Avenue in Santa
Monica and is active in a music fraternity alumni group that
is committed to advancing music education in underserved communities.
In the raising of two daughters, the family enjoyed two cats,
two dogs, successive groups of goldfish, and a hamster.