Our Team


Meet the individuals devoted to our mission

Alex Murphy, Co-Founder

Alex Murphy is a former pediatric nurse, mother of 3, and animal welfare advocate. As a young child, Alex was always bringing home sick or abandoned animals and some things haven’t changed. Alex has volunteered her time fundraising for multiple animal welfare charities. Her current focus is on improving the landscape for Philadelphia’s homeless animals through TNR/SNR.

Jennifer Rice, Co-Founder

Jennifer Rice is devoted to many charitable organizations with a focus on the arts, education, women’s rights, and animal welfare. She serves on the boards of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, Big Picture Philadelphia (Vaux and El Centro high schools), and ACCT Philly (Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia). She is a member of the Philadelphia Equity Alliance education committee, the Gender Wealth Institute Advisory Council for Women’s Way, and is former board chair and current honorary trustee for The Philadelphia School, an independent, progressive school in center city Philadelphia. Jennifer, and her husband Michael Forman, are the founders of the Forman Arts Initiative.

Shauna Frey, Director of Operations

For as long as she can remember, Shauna has been an avid animal lover and as she has gotten older she has become increasingly involved in animal rescue. She is particularly passionate about homeless cats and dedicating her efforts to reduce the suffering they endure. Shauna was a co-founder of the group PURR-Philadelphia Urgent Rescue and Relief, whose primary focus was on Trap-Neuter-Release efforts to help the plight of homeless cats in the Philadelphia area.

In 2020, Shauna was fortunate to meet Jen and Alex and work with them through a number of mass trapping projects. Through the like mindedness of these three individuals, the idea of The Cat Collaborative was born. Shauna is excited to be a part of this organization where she can use her passion and efforts to bring about lasting change.


JJ Francis, Executive Director

JJ was brought on to lead The Cat Collaborative from behind the scenes. While working with our founder Alex Murphy for years he always knew there was a big problem with the overpopulation of cats in Philadelphia. He quickly realized the need for TCC and wanted to bring his leadership and business acumen to the group. While JJ handles all day-to-day admin for TCC he is focused and determined to change the way Philadelphia handles this problem and grow TCC effectively and efficiently.


Julianne Davis, Outreach Coordinator

Julianne moved to Philadelphia for college and began to see how bad the cat problem was. She started volunteering for ACCT as a baby bottle foster, and this showed her just how many cats are truly being born in the city each year. Unfortunately, some of them even took their last breaths in her arms. This solidified Julianne’s belief that spaying and neutering cats is the only way to improve the lives of the cats in Philadelphia! In 2021, Julianne started volunteering with TCC and quickly became one of our most valuable members. She has since joined our staff part-time as our Community Outreach Coordinator.

Nicole Legg, Operations Manager

Bio coming soon!

Linda HanlonCommunity Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Hilary CoulterVolunteer Coordinator

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