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Guest Vets

A number of wonderful vets have helped Big Cat Rescue, including:

Vet-GuestDr. Callum Hay

Dr. Kane

Dr. Tammy Miller

Dr. Peak

and more.

Meet the Big Cat Rescue Team. See a typical day at the sanctuary.


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Pamela Rodriguez

PAM RODRIGUEZ BOARD OF DIRECTORS Pam is a Green level partner, long time volunteer and generous donor who serves as an Independent Director. She puts in an enormous amount of time in our gift shop and is known for her wonderful tours given in her sophisticated British accent. Pamela has been vital in making sure new volunteers get a chance to visit with the cats. Meet the Big Cat Rescue Team. See a typical day at the sanctuary. Read More

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Kim Mahoney

Kim Mahoney BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kim has been a long time supporter of Big Cat Rescue and her education and credentials include a BSN, Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing at Kent State University. She is the owner and CEO of St. Pete MRI which offers Diagnostic Imaging services: Sleep Lab, High field MRI, Open MRI, Ultrasound, XRay, CT. Special advanced technology with DTI, SWI,CTA, MRA and Breast Imaging. ACR and JCAHO Accredited. Meet the Big Cat Rescue Team. See Read More

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Vince Pavese

VINCE PAVESE BOARD OF DIRECTORS In his capacity as COO of North America Card payments business for FIS, Vince oversees the day to day operations.Previously, he was Executive Vice President - International for Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), a Fortune 500 company with over $6 billion in revenue. Earlier experience included roles at Certigy as Senior Vice President and Group Executive - International, and serving as Vice President Finance for Equifax Payment Services. He served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Tampa Read More

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Keith Lawless

KEITH LAWLESS BOARD OF DIRECTORS   Keith is Vice President and Market Manager, Cox Media Group Tampa. The six area Cox Radio stations have provided enormous support to Big Cat Rescue in the form of public service radio spots featuring our events, tours of the sanctuary, and messages about the issues surrounding private ownership of big cats. Keith Lawless always has some creative idea up his sleeve. Meet the Big Cat Rescue Team. See a typical day at the sanctuary. Read More

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Darren Kipnis

DARREN KIPNIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Darren is a Vice President & Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch's Global Private Client Group.   He and his partners operate a wealth management practice for the benefit of affluent families and corporations. Our process encompasses Financial management, legacy implementation, estate coordination, retirement management and tax minimization. He is a Past President of The Rotary Club of Tampa, the area's oldest and largest Rotary Club, is currently Co-Chair of Major Gift’s for Rotary District Read More

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Mary Lou Geis

MARY LOU GEIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mary Lou is an Independent Director and has been a dedicated volunteer since 1997.  She holds the record for the volunteer who has sent the most advocacy based letters via our system. She has been a donor of both time and money to the sanctuary. Mary Lou gives of her time and energy and even donated a home to the sanctuary to help us care for the animals at a time when money was really scarce. Mary Lou is a Green level keeper at Big Cat Rescue. Meet the Big Cat Rescue Team. See a typical Read More

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David Ganje Esquire

  DAVID L. GANJE, ESQUIRE ADVISORY BOARD   David L. Ganje lives in Florida but maintains a practice in SD and NY where he is a natural resources attorney and commercial law and commercial litigation attorney. David has grounded his legal experience as a practicing attorney, a former commodity arbitrator, a member of the board of directors of an S&L and an adjunct professor to hone his skills in these areas of practice. In his natural resources practice he handles matters related to mineral law, oil and gas law, energy law Read More

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Afton Tasler

Afton Tasler MEDIA PRODUCER Afton has been a Green Level Keeper at Big Cat Rescue for years, and has a terrific sense of humor.  You can hear her laughing all across the sanctuary with an infectious laugh. When our Media Producer moved to California, Afton was a natural choice.  Check out her funny cat videos on our YouTube site. Meet the Big Cat Rescue Team. See a typical day at the sanctuary.   Read More

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Honey Wayton

HONEY WAYTON GIFT SHOP MANAGER Honey Wayton is responsible for merchandising and maintenance of inventory for our gift shop.  On a typical day, you will find her greeting our guests, answering our phones, running our cash register, maintaining the appearance of our gift shop and tour waiting area, and coordinating the responsibilities of our Partner Volunteers in the gift shop. She also fills orders for our online gift shop and is our onsite intern housing representative. In 2010 Honey's management of the Gift Shop resulted in over a quarter Read More