Meet Our Board
Lauren is a certified cat lady (see left, circa 1989), poop-scooping aficionado, & founder of the kookiness that is Purr Catfe. After 15 years on the West Coast, several unused advanced degrees from the University of Washington, & way too many years in real estate, she ventured back home to Arkansas & realized her dream of “just wanting to pet cats all day.” Lauren is of the belief that our local shelters are stacked with some serious heroes & is committed to supporting their efforts as much as humanly possible. She has two house buds: Bea Marie Arthur, a native of Mars (or perhaps some planet as yet unknown where the cats are very strange indeed); & Marcia P. Cunningham, a certified Purr NWA bud.
Justine Lentz is one of our local shelter heroes. She has been the superintendent at Fayetteville Animal Services since 2009, from which time the live release rate has gone from 60% to over 90% (HUZZAH!) Justine is Arkansas through & through – originally from Harrison, she attended University of Arkansas as an undergraduate & continued to the U of A School of Law. Justine has four fantastic drooly dog buds, an amazing 11-year old Persian bud, Mr. Jinx, & a family that includes one cat -obsessed 3-year old girl & a very laid back husband. She lives in Fayetteville and loves reading and enjoying the awesomeness that is Northwest Arkansas. She is one unstoppable animal-saving rock star!
Michelle is a general wonder-human & boss business lady with Church & Dwight. She has a long history of impressing in the corporate arena &, on top of all her accomplishments, her love of these buds is endless. She has been integral in providing much-needed assistance to this little shop from our earliest months on. Her support, her compassion & her general I-want-to-be-that-lady-when-I-grow-up’ness make her such a positive & positively critical part of our mission.
Bianca Montoya, Texas-born but Arkansas shaped, moved to Northwest Arkansas 9 years ago to attend The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After graduating from the UofA with a Bachelors in Advertising and Public Relations, Bianca jumped on board volunteering in Northwest Arkansas. Bianca currently works for the Advertising and Promotions team, Visit Bentonville, as the Digital Director giving her the opportunity to share with the tourism industry all the exciting things going on in the area. In her spare time, you can find her working on special events and fundraising with community non-profits and networking groups. Bianca considers herself a pro when it comes to naming animals, her last cat was a rambling man named Minnesota Fats. She aspires to name her future animals, Sachmo, Frank, or Horchow.