Meet the Team

FRAs current Board Members

Dawna Carabajal

President

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.

pres@friendsofrowlettanimals.org

Michele Orahood

Vice President

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.”

vpres@friendsofrowlettanimals.org

Molly Stovall

Treasurer

 Molly was born and raised in rural New Jersey and studied accounting at Penn State.  She currently works as a corporate accountant for an electronics manufacturer in Dallas.   She and her husband and two children have lived in Rowlett since 2007.  Their cats, Oscar & Livi, were both adopted from local shelters.  

In 2015 when her son needed volunteer hours for Boy Scouts she discovered Friends of Rowlett Animals.   “We were searching for a local organization that would allow a young teen to volunteer.  Since we both love animals, and especially cats, FRAS was a great fit for us.  We enjoy caring for the adoptable cats at PetSmart Rockwall and fostering cats and kittens in our home.  The volunteer opportunities fit well with our busy schedule and we can spend quality time together doing something to better our community.”    

When she’s not working, volunteering, shuttling kids to soccer practice, boy scouts or band events Molly enjoys quilting, reading, baking and watching “Survivor”.  

treasurer@friendsofrowlettanimals.org

Monica Mercado

Secretary

 secretary@friendsofrowlettanimals.org

Monica has been a volunteer with FRAs for several years.  She was looking for something to do with some of her free time since her kids were all in school.  She went to the Rowlett Animal Shelter to see if they needed volunteers or fosters, and they directed her to FRAs!  At the time she had just brought in their new puppy Bella, so she took a few months to get her adjusted at home before becoming active within FRAs.  Monica is a Foster Coordinator and PetSmart Adoption Center Coordinator.  And if that wasn’t enough (those are big jobs!), she joined the board to help be more involved behind the scenes. 

Melissa Thomas

Member at Large

vol-ambassador@friendsofrowlettanimals.org

Melissa grew up in Kaufman, Texas and raised her two daughters who both love animals. She has been a pharmacy tech for almost 20 years. She started volunteering at the SPCA in 2014, and her passion is working with fearful and abused dogs. She was there about 4 years then went to the DFW Humane Society in Irving, and is now with FRAs! She moved to Rowlett in June of 2018 and knew she needed to help local animals here. She is the Volunteer Ambassador, Shelter Animal Handling Trainer, Senior Volunteer Lead and now the Member-at-Large on the board. She loves going to the shelter, walking the big dogs, taking pictures and videos to network them for adoption. She says, “My mission is saving animals one at a time. My dream is one day we will not need shelters, and all animals will have loving homes.”

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