Our Board Members

Our current board members are:

Samantha Perez

Her love for cats started at a very young age, although she did not own a cat until she was an adult. Her desire to help community cats began two years ago during kitten season, when she tried to help a pregnant stray around her block, Muffin. Through the help of another local non-profit organization, she was able to take in Muffin and her three kittens. Originally she had planned to socialize them and put them up for adoption, but that changed with Muffins unexpected death. She opted to adopt them in order to keep the little family together. This opened up her eyes to what cats and animal rescue groups go through every kitten season. She joined UCFCC in July 2016 participating in monthly TNR's, adoption events, helping sick cats and feeding cats in her nearby cat colony.

Samantha also works and goes to school full time. She is currently attending Molloy College in Long Island where she is studying Music Therapy. She has previous attended Essex County College, receiving her Associate's degree in Music and graduating with honors.

Fenella Tigner

Fenella is happy to share her love of felines with the UCFCC. Prior to joining the UCFCC Board, she volunteered at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, CO, where she cuddled kitties and cleaned cages. An active cat lover since she was a child, she looks forward to working with the UCFCC Members to nurture and grow our organization so it can help all the cats in our community live long and healthy lives. She shares the UCFCC goal of helping our local towns to put a shelter in place and adopt humane animal control practices.

Fenella is an insurance broker at Marsh in New York, where she serves as Vice President and Multinational Client Adviser to global corporations. She has over ten years of insurance experience designing and implementing insurance programs outside the US. Before joining the insurance industry, she was a public relations executive at a Fortune 1000 company. She graduated with a BA in English from Boston University.

Fernando Portes, MBA/MEng/MPS/PMP/CQE

Portes has been feeding colonies outside Troy Towers since 2007. In 2012 his family lost a cat of 21 years, and when he tried to do something in memory of this great cat, he found nothing in Union City to support organized and sustainable cat activities. As a result, he approached other cat loving friends and this led to the TNR of the colonies around Troy Towers. We all did not want these efforts to be isolated, one time activities and wanted other cat loving individuals to use what we had obtained (traps, holding space, organization). As a result they led to the formation of the UCFCC to ensure that those successful initial efforts could be replicated to other areas of Union City and adjacent towns.

He is a Principal at Best Project Management, www.bestpjm.com, which he founded and own, and an Adjunct Professor of Project Management at Fordham University . He taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels in four universities. He has over twenty years of managerial experience, and very successfully managed a $240 million project in Summit, NJ. He published more than ten managerial and technical publications, and is listed in Who is Who in Science and Engineering, in Who is Who in the US, and in Who is Who in the World. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA). He speaks Spanish and French and can be contacted at portes@bestpjm.com.