Jan Rich, President & Founder
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.
Jim Rich, Vice President & Founder
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 when he is not at Petsmart adopting cats and kittens.
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.
Melody Kappauf, 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.
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.
Jan Dutmers, Director
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jan is a former General Manager of Residence Inn hotels across the Midwest. While living in Michigan, Jan eventually left her decorated career in hotel management to raise her two daughters and run the family business, Lakeshore Publishing. She moved with her husband, Matt, to Marco Island in 2012, where they live with their three cats – Will, Jack, and Eliot – all of whom were adopted from For The Love of Cats. Jan began her involvement with For the Love of Cats in 2014 and eventually went on to serve as the shelter’s Administrative Assistant. Jan is grateful for the opportunity to remain involved in saving the lives of abandoned cats and kittens in the community.
Debbie Lanham, Program Specialist
Debbie has recently moved to Naples from Virginia. She shares her life with her husband, Kevin, her 2 sons, Chad and David, and her 2 cats, Angel and Ginger. Her passion for cats is in addition to her love of theatre, music, writing, travelling and gardening. Debbie has the full time responsibility of promoting our cause and growing our programs.