Meet The Board

Brenda Hart; Executive Director / Founder
Brenda moved to rural Fort Lupton, Colorado in 2012 where she was exposed to the wonderful world of free-roaming cats. Seeing huge colonies of cats in almost every block of her subdivision, she decided to do something about all the suffering cats and started trap-neuter-return in her area. She feeds 4 colonies, traps, fosters and provides medical care for the cats. She has been a volunteer with Forgotten Felines of Denver since 2013. Brenda is a mural painter and owns a wholesale Peruvian jewelry business. She lives with her partner and 6 cats — Joe, Sweepers, Smoochy, and more recently Barnaby, Nacho, and Yolanda  — all acquired from a few years of trapping.

Spencer J. Goossen: Vice President
Spencer grew up in rural Arkansas where stray cats were always an issue, but there were never many outlets to help solve the problem. His mother would only let him bring in so many strays before she said “enough.” He spent a year as a vet tech at a local animal hospital, but left after a bad experience with an excess of strays at the local shelter. After spending about 5 years in construction, in 2012 he decided to moved to Denver. A few years later, Spencer started a career with Only Natural Pets in Boulder, where he focuses on pet nutrition and managing their retail stores. Spencer makes time to do his part in the animal community, to make up for the animals he can’t save. He lives with his 4 dogs, 1 cat, and wonderful wife Milena.

Michelle Ruzich; Secretary
Michelle has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 1999. She is in charge of finding and writing grants for Front-Porch Felines. Michelle has been a physical therapist with Westminster public schools for the past 20 years. She completed her doctorate degree in Science and specializes in pediatrics. She can’t remember a day in her life when she didn’t have 1 or 2 stray cats to love. Michelle lives with her son and her 17-year-old kitties, Oliver and Olivia.

Maureen Megan; Treasurer
Maureen has lived in Denver, Colorado since 2001. Her first experience with cat rescue occurred in the Wisconsin fields, when a cat was accidentally baled along with the farmer’s hay. Over the years, Maureen has lived in several large cities, while pursuing a wide variety of careers that include: theatrical roles; film and TV work; licensed stockbroker; hospital administration; business owner; and operations leadership for one of the first global sustainability ventures. She received her BA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently at work on her first novel. Maureen has three grown sons and lives with her husband Will.

Helen Knode; Press / Media Relations
Helen Knode has had an action-packed career in academia, print and radio journalism, and is currently working on her third novel.  As the board member in charge of media and public relations for Front-Porch Felines, she sees many possibilities for publicizing the work of FPF, and for connecting with other rescue groups in this corner of Colorado.  She has a B.A. with honors in English Literature from the University of Kansas, and a masters degree in Theater Studies from Cornell. She has supported animal-welfare non-profits — helping everything from bull terriers to elephants — for a long time. Front-Porch Felines would be her first hands-on experience in that world. Although Brenda’s cats Joe, Smoochy and Sweepers treat her with unwavering indifference, not to say contempt, Helen doesn’t hold it against them or any cat.