Zoey Knittel
Executive Director

Zoey Knittel serves as the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles’ Executive Director, overseeing the organization’s management, programs and development.  Zoey joined SNPLA in its infancy and immediately developed internal management procedures and participated in the strategic planning process defining SNPLA’s long term goals and vision. With over ten years of development and non-profit management experience, Zoey successfully developed SNPLA’s comprehensive fundraising plans which serve as a launch pad for the organization’s complex operations. She also serves as SNPLA’s external spokesperson to raise awareness about under-served populations as well as to ensure SNPLA continues to meet the needs of the ever-changing Los Angeles community. Zoey previously served as the managing director of a non-profit literary arts foundation and her award-winning writing has been widely published. Her screenplays have been produced by Rock The Vote for MTV, her short films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on MTV, and were awarded the Peabody Award For Excellence in Television. Recently, Zoey, her husband and cats have fostered and found homes for a three-legged Pitbull, an eighteen year old senior kitty, and a litter of bottle baby kittens. She is proud to be able to support SNPLA’s mission to provide the best quality care for those pets in need of the most help.


Elaine Lukic, D.V.M.
Medical Director

Elaine Lukic is the Medical Director of SNPLA

Dr. Lukic graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, she practiced both general and emergency medicine in South Florida. In 2006, she moved to Southern California to pursue her passion for shelter medicine with OC Animal Care. She has been involved with non-profit, low-cost spay/neuter programs for almost 15 years both domestically and internationally. She has participated in numerous animal welfare projects abroad including programs with Christian Veterinary Mission in Bolivia, Project HEAL in Ecuador, and Animal Balance in Samoa as well as local efforts throughout Florida and Southern California. Dr. Lukic has been working with SNPLA since July 2010. She believes in providing exceptional quality medicine and treating all animals with genuine care and concern as if they were her own pets. She shares her home with a spirited Golden Retriever and three affectionate and mischievous cats.

Janet Sepulveda
Director of Operations

Janet has felt great compassion and love for animals since she can remember. She has 10 years of experience in animal welfare. She began her career with animals as a volunteer caring for puffins at the Aquarium of the Pacific. She later worked at an animal shelter, veterinary hospital and finally SNPLA. She has simultaneously worked for several nonprofit spay and neuter organizations in Los Angeles. She recently became an RVT and is attending Cal State Fullerton for a business degree. She is very proud to be a part of SNPLA and the positive impact on animal welfare.


Sandra Park, D.V.M.
Veterinary Surgeon – San Pedro

Dr. Park was born and raised near Chicago. She received her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She then completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. She worked in emergency medicine and general practice in New York City and Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles in 2012.

Dr. Park currently resides in the South Bay with her husband, son, and 3 kitties – Nori, Skippy, and Elsa. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, quilting, and reading.

Nicole Marquez
Programs Manager 

Nicole grew up around the corner from SNPLA and is currently the Clinic Manager at our San Pedro Location. She has been a technician at SNP for 5 years, after starting out as a volunteer, and loves the vision of SNPLA. Animals have always been a passion of hers, and she has grown up rescuing and rehoming stray animals. Recently Nikki graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with her Bachelors in Science and Zoology.  She is excited to apply her knowledge in the animal field. Currently Nikki resides in Long Beach with her kitties and bearded dragon.

Maricruz Roman
Lead – Los Angeles

Maricruz is Los Angeles’ lead technician.

wendy bio

Wendy Ochoa
Director of Administration

Growing up in Sunny California, Wendy has always had a passion in Animal Welfare and takes pride in helping SNPLA’s mission of providing veterinary services that are affordable and accessible to all pets in Los Angeles and undeserved communities. With over 8 years in the Veterinary field and management, her career expanded, as she continues her education in Business Administration. Her hobbies play a major role in her creativity today, and spending quality time with her rescued dogs.

Caitlin Mendoza-Price
Development Coordinator

Caitlin Mendoza-Price was an animal lover from an early age and has worked much of her adult life honing her skills to positively impact as many lives as possible. Her early professional background was in political campaigns where she helped to elect an animal welfare friendly candidate to California State Assembly. It was during door to door voter outreach for this campaign in 2012 that Caitlin came across a colony of community cats, instantly falling in love with 3 kittens who she soon adopted. So started her career in animal welfare where, coincidentally or not, she worked with community cats for two and a half years. During her time with Best Friends Animal Society she personally trapped over 2,200 cats and kittens for spay/neuter and return. Caitlin joined SNPLA in 2017 to help the organization save over 1,000 kittens from euthanasia. She is excited to save more lives every year in the future to realize a no kill Los Angeles and a no kill nation.

Olga Peraza
Mobile Clinic & Outreach Coordinator

Olga is SNPLA’s Mobile Clinic & Outreach Coordinator, overseeing more than a dozen mobile vaccine clinics each month. Olga is passionate about helping animals and has followed this passion throughout her life. Olga has worked and volunteered for multiple non-profit foundations and rescue groups dedicated to helping communities with spay and neuter assistance. Olga’s life mission is to end shelter pet euthanasia through adoption and spay and neuter awareness. Olga possesses more than 10 years’ experience in customer service and animal welfare. She is proud to be part of SNPLA and the shared passion and dedication to saving animals. In her spare time, with the help of her family and friends, Olga aids the rescue of homeless animals, distributing donated food, treats, toys and blankets to animals that often go without the basic necessities. She currently has four dogs and six cats, all rescued pets. Olga loves to travel with her son Anthony and spending afternoons with Anthony at the nature center exploring the outdoors.