Cat Care Team

 

Team MemberDescription
Jenna Genovese-Mikula
Assistant Director
Jenna and JamboJenna earned an MBA from St. John’s University in 2008 and spent the next 10 years working in corporate finance and accounting roles of increasing responsibility. In late 2018, she left the corporate world to pursue her passions and became a volunteer at Blue Bell in early 2019. Several weeks later, she joined the staff as a Cat Caregiver and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2021. She supervises the Cat Caregiver staff, helps manage daily operations, and is engaged in fundraising programs. Jenna has been caring for cats since childhood and has shared her life with 8 feline family members over the last 25 years. She is a graduate of the Veterinary Assistant program at OC Veterinary Assistant School.
Rima Ahdab
Senior Cat Caregiver
Rima and CodyRima joined the Blue Bell Caregiver team in 2014. She has been a volunteer with the Mission Viejo Animal Shelter for many years, and this is where she met and fell in love with one of our residents, Cody. After his owner passed away, Cody was placed at the shelter in hopes of finding his forever home. That did not work out, but he met Rima. When Cody came home to Blue Bell, Rima followed him here! Rima loves the mutual benefit of working at Blue Bell. She enjoys the peace of being surrounded by beautiful cats, and the cats benefit from all the love and care she gives them.
Jacob Fiegle
Cat Caregiver
Jacob FiegleJacob grew up in a Chicago suburb and developed a love for animals early in life. His family had many pets and fostered litters of kittens. He often visited nature centers and aquariums, and volunteered at a hippotherapy program at a horse stable near his hometown. Jacob moved to California in 2017 to study Illustration at Laguna College of Art + Design. Prior to joining the Blue Bell team in April 2021, Jacob worked at Catmosphere Laguna, a cat café and adoption center. This is where he adopted his cat Magellan. He loves getting to know the cats’ quirky personalities and taking care of the Blue Bell senior kitties.
Steve Johnson
Cat Caregiver & Facilities Maintenance
Steve JohnsonSteve moved to New York City from California in 1986 and spent the next 30 years restoring paintings, sculpture, and other fine art and antiques with NYC Art Conservator Steve Tatti. His conservation projects include work at The Guggenheim Museum, The Met, MOMA, the Whitney, Sotheby’s, Christie's, the Statue of Liberty, and many more. He continues to take select Art Conservation jobs. Steve is a signed artist with Virgin Records, playing, recording, producing, and writing music with friends and other musicians. He also works at New Life Animal Sanctuary. His life partner, Julie, spotted Blue Bell’s posting for Cat Caregivers in 2021 and insisted he apply. Getting to know all the cats and the people who work and volunteer at Blue Bell has been a great pleasure and "tons 'o' fun" for Steve. He thinks it's a wonderful spot in the Universe!
Karen Viotto
Cat Caregiver
Karen and Diamond Karen has been a Cat Caregiver since October 2021. She is a lover of all critters but is particularly fond of the feline species, and especially those felines at Blue Bell. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology, then taught middle school science in California for several years before returning to school to earn her master's degree in biology. After earning her master's, Karen enjoyed teaching biology at Austin Community College for over ten years. Before her teaching career, she held several jobs in various animal care settings. She worked at the Santa Ana Zoo, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, and for a small veterinarian office. Karen feels she has now come back to what she really loves most, working with animals.