Our Team - Purrr
 
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Learn about all the wonderful humans who work so hard to keep our kitties happy and healthy.

Tanya Lynn Heller

FOUNDER AND CLOWDER QUEEN

Andrew Heller

PRESIDENT AND KITTEN KING

Angie Paul

DIRECTOR OF OPURRRATIONS

Cristina Martinez

SENIOR CARE SPECIALIST AND TRAINING PAWFFICER

Camila Bastidas

SENIOR CARE SPECIALIST AND ADMEOWNISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Meagan Nehls

WELLNESS ADVOCAT

Natalia Hernandez

WELLNESS ADVOCAT

Sam Rugamas

COMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

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    Tanya Lynn Heller
    Tanya Lynn Heller
    FOUNDER AND CLOWDER QUEEN

    Tanya Lynn Heller, our Founder and Clowder Queen, grew up in Michigan loving all kinds of animals. The study of feline behavior has always been a special passion for her. Tanya has worked in Animal Medicine and related industries for over 4 decades. While living in Washington DC, she worked extensively in referral animal medicine, pet stores, and zoos. While working with the Smithsonian and The World Wildlife Federation, she vastly expanded her knowledge of exotics. In Washington DC, Tanya ran the very popular and successful Capital City Ball for over 8 years (a charity that raises awareness and money to fight human trafficking domestically in the United States). Although she did not always work directly in the pet industry, she always worked hard to improve the quality of life for all animals through her fundraising efforts and hands-on volunteering. When Tanya moved to Fort Lauderdale, she and her husband, Andrew Heller, undertook a massive estate renovation. During the first construction phase, the neighbors and contractors discovered Tanya was the perfect person to contact when a stray cat was discovered alive or dead. As the first summer wore on, the amount of calls concerning cats skyrocketed. Tanya rescued, tamed, and placed cats & kittens in the homes of her contractors, her friends, her family, her friend’s families’ contractors… Just about everyone she knew got hit up hard to take on a friendly feline. But just as soon as she placed two kittens, it seemed a new mom kitty with kittens would show up in her back yard. Tanya and Andrew were amazed by the unending flood of kitties wandering around her neighborhood. Though most rescues shy away from working with the truly fractious ferals, Tanya discovered that with great time and saintly patience, most of these furry devils could be turned into warm and loving furry family members.

    Tanya, with the generous help of her kind, handsome, and brilliant husband, Andrew, created a cat charity to attack the critical feral cat problem in their community. They created a cat sanctuary where cats can thrive in a loving, safe environment. Tanya and her wonderful staff work tirelessly to trap feral cats and provide behavior therapy to help them live long, happy lives in forever homes. Tanya and her staff at Purrr also work to educate people and cats on how to live harmoniously together.

    Currently, Tanya has her own private zoo living at Isla Bahia. Her zoo consists of two tanks of Tropical fish, three conures, a bearded dragon, a box turtle, two sulcata tortoises, 3 guinea pigs, 5 bunnies, two rescue potcake puppies, and multiple clowders of kitties to love!

    Tanya enjoys working with all the local shelters, rescues, and charities. She believes it is only by working together that our hard work and combined knowledge will create a better world for Cats!

    Andrew Heller
    Andrew Heller
    PRESIDENT AND KITTEN KING

    Andrew Heller has devoted himself to charitable efforts throughout his life. He co-founded Purrr, Inc, in 2019 with his wife, Tanya Lynn Heller, to help capture, spay, neuter, and domesticate feral cats and kittens in Broward County and find forever homes for them. He has deepened his love for animals and regularly helps rehabilitate and care for a variety of rescue cats and dogs including a variety with health challenges such as blindness and other health issues.

    Andrew was a Member of the Board of Overseers and of the Graduate Advisory Board of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for 21 years. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale which is associated with Nova Southeastern University. And he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jack and Jill Children’s Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, a preschool and elementary school serving underprivileged children. He is the Trustee of the Andrew M. Heller Family Foundation.

    Professionally, Andrew founded Heller Capital Corporation in 1986. Heller Capital has provided financing for start-up companies and acquisitions in manufacturing, financial services, medical technology, real estate development and finance, and natural resource exploration and development.

    Andrew received a BA in Math and Economics from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT in 1977. And he received an MBA in International Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.

    Angie Paul
    Angie Paul
    DIRECTOR OF OPURRRATIONS

    Hi! I’m Angie. My passion for animals has been lifelong and all-consuming. I have never stayed long in a home where I could not have pets (seriously, I bought my first home specifically so that I could have more fur babies). I’ve pranced along many different career paths throughout the years, but helping establish and maintain a strict standard of excellence for Purrr is the first thing I’ve ever done that truly felt like home.

    I honed my skills in marketing, planning, and management in the corporate world, earning several awards and commendations along the way, but I always felt like something was missing. Joining Purrr has given me purpose and drive, knowing that even the tiniest thing I do is making the biggest difference in the lives of animals that may otherwise have been looked over. I simply cannot see myself doing anything else – this is my dream job and I look forward to taking Purrr to new heights!

    Cristina Martinez
    Cristina Martinez
    SENIOR CARE SPECIALIST AND TRAINING PAWFFICER

    Hey there! I’m Cris. I’m so grateful to be working with Purrr! I began as a Care Specialist in 2018 and am ecstatic to be overseeing new trainees and procedural changes now. I have been surrounded by animals my entire life as they are a huge passion of mine. I absolutely love what I do! Every animal here is precious and special in their own way!

    Camila Bastidas
    Camila Bastidas
    SENIOR CARE SPECIALIST AND ADMEOWNISTRATIVE SUPPORT

    Hi, my name is Cami! I always had pets as a child and as an adult my love for them has grown even more. I have been working for Purrr since 2018 as a Care Specialist and am now helping with our sanctuary’s administrative work as well. Being able to combine my passion for animals into my everyday work has been a dream come true!

    Meagan Nehls
    Meagan Nehls
    WELLNESS ADVOCAT

    Hi, my name is Meagan. I am a Wellness Advocate for Purrr. Animal care has been a huge part of my personal and professional life. I have had the opportunity to experience the exceptional and incredible care that Purrr has to offer to all our pets since 2019. It’s an honor to work here and be able to care for all of our feline family members!

    Natalia Hernandez
    Natalia Hernandez
    WELLNESS ADVOCAT

    Hey there everyone, my name is Natalia! My passion for animals has been present my whole life. I have fostered and adopted many pets over the years, and I have the pleasure of being part of the Wellness Advocacy team here at Purrr. My day-to-day consists of making sure all our beautiful babies have the best care possible!

    Sam Rugamas
    Sam Rugamas
    COMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

    Hello, my name is Sam and I am incredibly happy to be a part of Purrr! I’ve been an advocate for all walks of life for as long as I can remember, from the time I was 5 when I began caring for orphaned baby chicks to my most recent 2-year volunteering endeavor on the Caribbean islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama.

    Over the course of my corporate professional life, I found myself leaning more towards non-profit work; where I could exercise my passion and love for human and animal rights. I feel honored to work for such a wonderful organization and team of dedicated, heartfelt individuals. Together we are doing big things to save the tiniest of lives!