Officers

Kathryn Walton
Founder
President, Treasurer

Kathryn transports a friendly street cat to a doctor's office.


After a layover in St. Louis to attend college at Washington University, Kathryn moved from Texas to New York, where she earned a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. She grew up in a household with both dogs and cats, as well as the occasional rescued goldfish, parakeet, or turtle. Kathryn now has three cats that she calls her own, but she will neither confirm nor deny the number of additional cats in her care at any one time. When Kathryn is not architecting or zoo-keeping, she enjoys cooking, long bike rides, volunteering for 826NYC, and dabbling in screenwriting.


Susan Tang
Vice President

Susan Tang is the product of a NYPD officer who used to pick up strays in his squad car and a mother who became a vet tech in her retirement years. There was never a shortage of family pets in the childhood home. Susan’s dream of owning her own cat one day came true when she left for college and was able to adopt a 6 week old kitten from a local shelter. Presley passed away in 2010 at the age of twenty-two.

Since Presley’s passing, Susan and her family have adopted a Jack Russell and are triple “foster failures” to cats Luna, Penelope and Travi. (TASC calls it love, not a failure!) Restoring their name, the Tang family has successfully fostered and helped place into homes over 20 cats and counting.

In tandem with taking care of animals, Susan is the mom of 4 children. She is an active member of Beast Relief, a school-based organization devoted to protecting endangered species, particularly Rhinos, through fundraising and educational efforts. Susan also oversees her young daughters’ work with rescue dogs as well as their summertime pet-sitting service.


Sara Valencia
Secretary

Sara has always had an interest in animals, but she finds the plight of the street cat particularly gripping. After several melancholy encounters with local strays, she knew that making an impact in the lives of abandoned animals would be impossible to do alone. Now a foster caregiver, Sara is providing meals, play time, and a loving home to some of TASC’s most adoptable rescues. Her own cat, Matsui, also volunteers as a foster brother/Jedi Knight. When not teaching his Padawans, he loves equally to eat and to chase (through a window pane) the pigeons that land on the air conditioner.

When not volunteering, you’ll find Sara reading comics, singing with Musicocity, playing a variety of video, board, or pen & paper games, and working in the offices of The National Kidney Foundation.