Board of Directors

Harry Carpenter

Kevin Katajamaki
Vice President of Administration

Kevin was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Kevin grew up with animals and it has been a way of life for him since childhood. Kevin married Jennifer in 2012 bringing together their dream of one day becoming part of a shelter. When Jennifer took on the role of Shelter Manager, Kevin’s dream also became a reality by pursuing a role on the board.
Kevin received a Bachelor’s degree at Michigan Tech University in 1994 and his Master’s in Business Management at Cardinal Stritch in 2002. He is a Plant Manager of a large manufacturing plant and currently resides at home with his wife and their kitties.

Gretchen Demarah-Pammer
VP of Fundraising

Gretchen is married to Michael Pammer and lives in Bourbonnais, IL. She is a proud mother of two human children and three grandchildren, and six furry children still at home!
Gretchen works at Giavanni's Salon and Spa as an esthetician for 36 years. She loves to make people look good and feel good!
Her life with cats has been a life long journey! Gretchen’s involvement with New Beginnings began with the adoption of their cat Larry. This was followed by Curly, Moe and Shemp. Later came Sookie and Monique!
Gretchen and Mike were captured by the vision of Pam and Harry Carpenter to rescue and shelter cats. We chose to support them in every way we could.
Serving on the board since 2011, Gretchen has found great satisfaction in fundraising! New Beginnings has given her another purpose in life. To help the feline companions find homes.

Barb Goodrich

Debbie Peters

Mark Baron
Pamela Carpenter