Meet Our Team
Jan was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and educated at the University of Illinois with an emphasis on math and music. Jan and her husband, Jim, founded Coffee Masters, Inc. in 1985. The company grew to 100 employees and over $15M in sales before selling the business and retiring in 2002. The management, sales and marketing skills Jan possesses gives For the Love of Cats, Inc. the many resources needed to be a successful organization. Jan is the recipient of the 2005 Woman of the Year award from the Fort Myers News-Press and also the 2009 recipient of the Walter Turken Award from the Naples Humane Society.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jim started with a career as a vaudeville entertainer, at the age of 5, with his parents. Jim graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in music education and was a percussion major. Jim was a high school band director for 10 years at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois until 1985 when he and Jan started Coffee Masters in Spring Grove, Illinois. Jim and Jan have always been animal lovers and after seeing the plight of the abandoned cats on Marco Island, they started For the Love of Cats in 2002. Jim enjoys playing the piano and boating.
Cassandra was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of Washington state. The sunshine and beauty of Southwest Florida brought her and her husband to Naples in 2011. As an educator for over 21 years and volunteer at Collier County Domestic Animal Services for over three years she brings a wide variety of experience to For the Love of Cats. Working with For the Love of Cats is a perfect fit to combine Cassandra’s passion for helping animals and their families, as well as her skills as a teacher and leader. In her spare time, Cassandra enjoys being in nature, particularly gardening in her butterfly garden and tending to her orchids. Her love of animals began at a young age with cats. She is the proud mom to three silly cats, Young Boi Ace, Little Horse, Big Horse, and their friendly dogs Mr. Green and Gary.
Heather brings extensive digital marketing and social media management skills along with her love of animals to our team. She first forayed into digital marketing in 2018 as a way to utilize her visual eye for design to help small businesses make an impact in the online landscape. Heather grew up in Hollywood, Florida with family cats Pumpkin, Peter, and Missy. Without a doubt, Heather’s mom Cathy, is to blame for her love of cats. Over the years, Heather’s family helped trap, fix, and care for stray cats and kittens throughout the neighborhood, adding a few furry companions along the way like Shadroe, and Lucy. While in college, Heather had a beloved cat named Mrs. Pickles, and it’s where she met her fiancé and fellow cat-enthusiast, Nic. Currently, they are the proud parents of 2 adorable Mini Australian Shepherds. Heather and Nic can hardly wait to add a cat (or 2!) to the family after their wedding in 2023!
Linda and her family moved to Marco Island in 2003 to enjoy the Island lifestyle which they became so familiar with after vacationing here annually since 1998. A retired Media and Corporate Communications executive at an international investment bank in New York City, Linda brought her expertise to Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, Wells Fargo and then to Wasmer, Schroeder where she once again retired. Realizing she did not want to stop, Linda found For the Love of Cats which fulfills a life-long passion to work with our four legged friend in non-profit setting where she is so excited to share her creative side. In her spare time, Linda enjoys gardening, cooking/baking, eating – mangos in particular, reading, crocheting, and walking their dogs, Tucker and grand-pups, Homer & MillieMay.
Melody Kauppauf | Secretary
Melody moved to Marco in 1997, far, far away from the cold winters of northern Indiana where, she owned a wedding and party planning business for many years. Upon arrival on Marco she began working at the Island Country Club, first as the Events Director and then moved into the position of Director of Membership and Marketing. Her responsibilities at the club led her to become involved in several of Marco Island's business forums, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Realtor Support Network and served on the board of the Marco Healthcare Center for several years. She was a founding member of the Membership Directors Association of Southwest Florida and served as the president for eight years. She was also president of the National Professional Club Marketing Association's Southwest Florida Chapter from 2008 to 2014. Melody retired in 2016 but continues to stay very active. She enjoys spending time with her husband and granddaughter, boating, reading, running, traveling, and loving on all of her rescued cats.
Ann Daly | Treasurer
Ann is a Certified Public Accountant, Tax Director at CliftonLarsenAllen in their Naples office with over 25 years experience. Ann works with small businesses and individuals creating opportunity for growth. She has been volunteering with AVOW Hospice for 7 years and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Finbarr, Naples. She lives in Naples with her husband Frank and her 4 year old rescue cat Peanut. Ann is excited to help the Love of Cats continue to meet their goals while fulfilling their mission.
Bobbie Confer | Board Member
Bobbie is a former executive of a large regional bank on Long Island, New York. While in New York, she was a director of a large historical society and active in numerous charitable events. Bobbie moved to Florida in 1996 at which time she became a Coldwell Banker Realtor. Her ties to the corporate community and professionals living in Marco and Naples, helps with fundraising events and TNR awareness in the community.