MEET THE TEAM

RACHEL HOLZHAUSER

Executive Director

Rachel and her husband relocated from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in July of 2019. Prior to coming to Cat Haven she worked in grant development and economic development for the State of Oklahoma. Rachel holds a Master’s in Investigative Forensic Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has three small lovable pups at home and one Cat Haven addition. She loves cooking, watching competitive cooking shows, and eating. She is a fierce advocate for the humane treatment of animals.

WHITNEY BERNARD

Development Manager

Whitney is the new Development Manager at Cat Haven, and she plays a big part in helping sustain resources for us to continue working toward our mission. Whitney plans and promotes events and advocates for donors and sponsors. She graduated with her Master's Degree in Nonprofit Administration in December 2019. She is a Lafayette native who commutes to Cat Haven daily because she cares deeply about our mission and the kitties we rescue! Whitney has a rescue Bengal mix cat named Osha, and a toy Australian Sheppard called Renly that are inseparable best friends! She enjoys spending time with her family in her free time, playing with her fur babies, and hiking!

EMMA MEEKER

Operations Director

Emma Meeker started working at Cat Haven on Sept. 29th and is taking over as our Operations Director. She has previous experience working with felines from her time at Companion Animal Alliance. Emma has her BS degree from Loyola University New Orleans in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in social work at Tulane University. She is recently married and they have 4 pets together (2 cats and 2 dogs)! Emma has a creative side and loves to write and paint in her spare time!

BRIANA TUMMINELLO

Shelter Manager

Briana, 24, 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 recently promoted to Shelter Manager. Briana will also be taking over as Volunteer Coordinator. 

KYLIE SANDERS

Adoption Manager

Kylie is originally from Gilbert, AZ and moved to Denham Springs in 2012. She started working with Cat Haven in 2019 as a Animal Care Specialist and was promoted shortly after. Her favorite thing about working at Cat Haven is getting to educate the public on how to properly care for their felines and finding them fur-ever homes! Kylie has two beautiful rescue kittens, Charlie and Ellie. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, fostering, and spending time with her family!

MARY RUBENSTEIN

Animal Care Specialist

MJ, a native of New Orleans, is a 23-year-old LSU student who is working towards an undergraduate degree in psychology. She has a 2-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. 

GRAYLIN HORNER

Animal Care Specialist

Graylin, 29, is a graduate of LSU who is currently at BRCC to become a licensed vet tech! She started working at Cat Haven in May 2021. Prior to working at Cat Haven, Graylin was a kennel tech and was accustomed to working with dogs. She loves cats and has one at home named Tulips. As an Animal Care Specialist, Graylin assists our shelter manager with tasks and helps care for our felines!