Meet the Team

FRAs current Board Members

Dawna Carabajal


Dawna has spent nearly 20 years working in Corporate America. However, it is her work she does for FRAS that is her true passion. Dawna first got involved with rescue when she started caring for a small colony of feral cats at her husband’s auto shop. Also, it seemed every stray dog seemed to seek her out for help, to the point where one day she opened her backyard gate to find a small dog sitting outside her gate staring at her as if to say “I have been waiting here for you, where have you been?”. Dawna joined FRAs in 2011 and in 2013 was elected President. Dawna is also a member of the Rowlett Animal Shelter Advisory Board. Dawna is married to her best friend and together they have 4 loving pets they spoil rotten.

Heather Moynihan

Vice President

Heather Moynihan grew up in Southern California and made her way out to DFW in 2009, and in late 2009 moved to her residence in Rowlett.  Being passionate about her own animals, 2 dogs – Sampson and Sunny – and 1 cat Delilah, Heather decided in 2013 to start helping the homeless animals in her community.  Heather found Friends of Rowlett Animals on Facebook, and started helping at the Rowlett Animal Shelter during their photo sessions and offsite events.  She was elected Vice President of FRAs in 2014 and has been helping the organization expand and grow ever since.

Kathy Papenmeier


Kathy is the CEO of 2Pandas Accounting and Consulting.  She first got involved in animal welfare in the Chicagoland area, and continued after her move with her family to Texas in 2015.  Kathy’s two cats came from local Texas shelters, and she was interested in doing more for the Rowlett shelter. Kathy is able to give back to and be involved in her community via her rescue volunteer activities.

Michele Orahood


Michele grew up in the Dallas area with pets in her home ever since she can remember.  From dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, turtles and even a rat! She began volunteering with FRAs after researching and making sure the organization truly centered on the care and rescue of pets. Beginning with caring for the cats at the adoption center at PetSmart, she has been involved in the Witness Purr-tection Program, fundraising, fostering and working adoption events.  Michele is married to Chris, and together they have 5 children, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 gerbils, 2 finches and countless foster kittens. She gets asked a lot how she is able to foster and let them go.  “Letting them go is the goal.  The happy stories of families fulfilled by one of my fosters makes it all worth it.”

Jennifer Sarver

Member at Large

When Jennifer was a child, she heard the same story growing up. She had a love for cats since day one. When she was a baby, hermother would take her to her grandparent’s house and ask, “Where’s the kitty?” Jennifer would crawl around the house looking forthe cat. Jennifer’s mother would say, “Even as a baby, seeing a cat would make her stop crying.” She now has four cats and one dog.After Jennifer’s three children had been in school for a couple of years, she found Friends of Rowlett Animals, and decided to helptake care of cats at the PetSmart located in Rockwall that are waiting to be adopted.

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