Meet the TeamFRAs current Board Members
PresidentDawna 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.
Vice PresidentHeather 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.
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”.
SecretaryMichele 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.”
Member at Large
Cara was born and raised in Texas. After 31 years in public education, Cara is now teaching at a private Christian school in Mesquite. She and her husband raised their two children in Rowlett and have been a part of the community since 1994. They are now empty nesters except for Oreo, their beagle/blue heeler mix who was a rescue 10 years ago. She also babysits her 3 granddogs on occasion.
In 2015, Cara began her journey with Friends of Rowlett Animals by working our biggest fundraiser, Pooch Plunge. After working events, socializing at the shelter, and helping with fundraising she became the Volunteer Coordinator where she currently serves. Supporting volunteers and making sure they know how much their time means to the homeless animals in our community is important to her. “My favorite part of FRAs, besides the obvious passion for all animals, is that there are so many different opportunities in which to get involved. There is something for everyone.