We’re a group of outdoorsy cat lovers who started AdventureCats.org as a resource for people looking for safe ways to explore the great outdoors with their feline friends. We also want to challenge negative stereotypes about cats and the people who love them in order to increase shelter cat adoptions.
Editor-in-chief and Co-founder
Laura has been an outdoors lover and total cat lady all her life. She’s written about pets professionally for more than seven years, and her work has appeared on National Geographic Family, Fodor’s, Mother Nature Network, The Huffington Post, Yahoo, Forbes, HowStuffWorks and Atlanta Pet Life. She’s also the pet columnist for Simply Buckhead Magazine. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, and she’s the mother of a timid rescue dog and two mischievous rescue kitties whom she’s clicker trained and leash trained.
Creative Director and Co-founder
Cody has been involved in the design world for more than 10 years and been an animal lover and outdoorsman for even longer. He’s worked as the art director for an international automotive magazine, as well as the director of design for an Atlanta marketing agency, specializing in national restaurant chains and a variety of tech startups. He’s also a talented nature photographer, private pilot and guitarist, and is well known in the feline world for providing an excellent lap for cat napping. He’s the proud father of the same rescue dog and kitties as AdventureCat.org’s other co-founder.
Jamie is a marketing and communications professional with more than eight years of experience at award-winning advertising and PR agencies. She has managed integrated marketing campaigns for national brands in industries including health, beauty, fitness and technology. Jamie has been a self-professed cat lady since she rescued her first kitty, Boo, while she was in college. She is now a proud parent to her second cat, Spiffy J. Brooks. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina.
Anna Norris is a prominent Atlanta cat photographer and co-owner of Snowflake, a prominent Atlanta cat model. Anna has written about cats, flowers, funky bugs and a variety of other nature-related topics for Mother Nature Network’s Photo Blog, and is passionate about all things social media. She brings years of experience photographing nature, special events, [cat] portraits and more to AdventureCats.org. She has a degree in journalism from Georgia State University and has worked with such organizations as the Wanderlust Yoga Festival, the Georgia Aquarium and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Email Anna.
Kristen Bobst is a new-media writer based out of LA. She has a cat named Sherman and a boat named Kraken, and she hopes that one day Sherman will sail the seas when the Kraken is released from port. Kristen is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Screenwriting MFA program. She has written environmental-educational apps for kids as well as several scripts featuring talking animals. Sherman believes he will be the feline star of her next screenplay, and he just might be right!
In the early 1980s, Liz’s parents gave her a box of crayons, and she hasn’t stopped drawing since. This passion for art led to a degree in graphic design and illustration, and since then, Liz has worked as a freelance designer. She’s brought her gift for illustration to books, classroom materials, logos, signage and even her own line of greeting cards. Liz often draws inspiration from her pets — two rescue cats and a rescue dog — and says an illustration isn’t complete until her cat Indie gives her the required nibble of approval. Learn more about Liz.
Melissa Veres is a reformed feline hater, writer and oh-my-god-where-did-you-all-come-from family wrangler. She has a penchant for chocolate, alcohol, kitten snuggles, all things Harry Potter and books that are impossible to put down. When she isn’t writing smutty books, she’s cheering on the newest adventure cat in her life and praying her kids and dogs will stop eating the cat poop. She also thinks you are beautiful, and did you do something new to your hair?
Dr. Alisha Tran
Dr. Alisha Tran is a small animal veterinarian in the South Bay region of Los Angeles. She spends most of her free time climbing and getting outdoors whenever possible. Her goal is to travel around the world to climb, sightsee and take awesome Instagram photos. She’s also the proud — and often exasperated — owner of Bishop, an aspiring crag cat who accompanies her whenever and wherever he can. Follow Alisha on Instagram here.
Nicole has been a storyteller her whole life, and she’s grateful to call it her career. She’s created narrative videos for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and governmental and independent organizations. When she’s not behind a camera, she writes children’s picture books under the pen name Birdy Jones. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her family, which includes three cats: Egon, Shark, and Hopscotch. She is not below working for doughnuts — or kitten snuggles.