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Meet The Team

Holly
HOLLY CAREY

Executive Director​

​Holly Carey joined the Cat Haven team as the Executive Director on November 1, 2021. Holly brings to Cat Haven more than 30 years of experience as a registered veterinary technician from both the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and private veterinary practice in Baton Rouge. Although she has worked with many species of animals in her career, Holly has a special passion for cats and has three of her own, along with two dogs, a leopard gecko, and two teenage boys. Holly is an active member of the animal welfare community, having previously served other local non-profits on the board of directors and in a volunteer capacity. Holly enjoys live music, relaxing at the beach, and time with her two sons and their menagerie of pets.

Amber
AMBER HARRELL

Development Director​

Amber Harrell, a Baton Rouge native, has never known a life without cats around.

She has two kitties of her own at home and, currently, shares an office with Corey (Coriander). Amber is very passionate about cats and hopes to lead Cat Haven to a larger facility that includes a Cat Cafe (she's also very passionate about coffee).

In her "free" time, Amber is a part of Forum225 and serves on the board of Mid City Merchants as president. 

MJ
MARY RUBENSTEIN

Shelter Manager

MJ, a native of New Orleans, is a LSU student who is working towards an undergraduate degree in psychology. She has a 4-year-old cat at home named Nova. She was a rescue from Cat Haven! When MJ isn't working, she enjoys playing the piano and ukulele, reading, and playing video games. Her favorite thing about working at Cat Haven is that she gets to help make a difference in the lives of so many cats who are in unfortunate situations. 

Briana
BRIANA TUMMINELLO

Operations Director

Briana is a Louisiana native who cares deeply for animals. She recently graduated from LSU with a degree in Animal Science. She has her own rescue cat at home named Stella. Briana came to Cat Haven to learn more about felines and to advocate for those who don't have an owner to advocate for them! Briana started working for Cat Haven as an Animal Care Specialist and was then promoted to Shelter Manager. Briana will also be taking over as Volunteer Coordinator. 

Toban
TOBAN THOMPSON

Adoption Manager

Before moving to Baton Rouge in October 2021, Toban lived in Seattle. He loves cats and began working at Cat Haven to help make a difference and positively impact animals' lives. As the Adoption Manager, Toban is responsible for getting to know the different personalities of all our rescues so that he can match them with happy, forever homes and review adoption applications to ensure the cats go to loving homes. Toban has 3 cats of his own - Piper, an 11-year-old orange tabby, Quincy, 3.5-year-old flame-point Siamese, and Cat Haven alumni, Oslo! In his free time, he likes to read and write and is not adverse to a glass of wine from time to time. 

Kiersten
KYRSTIN LEBOUEF

Animal Care Specialist

Kyrstin LeBouef is from Lafourche Parish and moved here to Baton Rouge in 2023. She has over five years of experience working in animal care, both canine and feline, but has a special place in her heart for cats. She is very passionate about neonatal kitten care, spay/neuter, and cat behavior. Kyrstin has three cats and one dog at home and loves to spend time with her animals. In Kyrstin’s spare time, she enjoys clay sculpting, photography, and collecting trinkets/oddities!

Carley
CARLEY HARRELL

Animal Care Specialist

Carley is extremely passionate about senior cats and animal welfare in general. She is currently studying at Baton Rouge Community College for Veterinary Medicine and plans to attend LSU. Carley and her sister have 5 cats together. Carley is also involved in TNR (Trap, Neuter or Spay, and Release) in the community, focusing on getting community cats fixed. In her spare time, Carley likes to paint and create art pieces. 

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