The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter Board of Directors
David Bishop, PhD – President
David has been an animal lover for as long as he can remember, but cats have always held a special place in his heart. Since taking in his first two cats on his own almost forty years ago, his home has never been without at least a couple of cats, sometimes as many as nine! Music has also been a big part of his life, having played the guitar since age 10 and earned a number degrees in music over the years (neither of which helps pay the bills!), and he cannot imagine a life without cats or music. David has been a board member for The Hermitage for over five years.
Ingrid Novodvorsky, PhD – Vice President
Ingrid grew up on a farm and has always shared her life with cats. While she and her husband currently only have two rescue cats (Kendall and Jackson), they have had as many as nine cats in their household. (The plan to breed Maine Coons and sell kittens was a flop!) Ingrid works at the University of Arizona, where she leads a team who work with instructors across campus to improve their teaching and student learning. In addition to serving on the board of the Hermitage, she is on the Arizona’s Children Association board and is currently the chair of the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus.
Tina Wolf – Treasurer
Tina has been a bookkeeper for 38 years. Her clients have included travel agencies, a cat hospital, ophthalmologists, airline shuttle services, Southland Corp. (7 Eleven), doctors, construction companies and many more throughout the years.
She owned and ran her own bookkeeping company, Tina Wolf-Bookkeeping Service from 2004-2016. Tina joined The Hermitage family as bookkeeper in 2010 and continued until retiring from the business in January 2016. In the six years she served as bookkeeper she worked with four executive directors, three board presidents and three board treasurers. After retiring for nine months at the beginning of October 2016, she was asked to join The Hermitage Board as Treasurer and remains as such today.
In January of 2017, she took on the position of Hermitage Re-Build Director overseeing the construction, planning and financial aspects of the current Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary that we inhabit today. She has a deep love for the well-being of the cats and people of The Hermitage and strives to help wherever needed to make sure the mission of The Hermitage prevails and is carried on now and in the future.
Maggie Gilmer – Secretary
Born in southern California, Maggie grew up in Prescott and lived most of her adult life in Tucson. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in general and special education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. After spending 12 challenging and wonderful years supporting K-12 students with special needs in the Arizona, New Mexico, and Alabama public school systems, she transitioned into the non-profit world by joining United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona in 2006. For the last eight years, Maggie has enjoyed working as a supervisor in the Human Resources Department. Currently, Maggie and her spouse share their home with eight cats, all of whom bring great joy to their lives every day. Being a lifelong animal lover and advocate, it was a natural fit for Maggie to join The Hermitage Board in 2016. She feels truly humbled to be even a small part of realizing The Hermitage mission.
Robert Murray – Director
Robert is a native Tucsonan born in the El Barrio Viejo neighborhood. He is passionate about protecting all of God’s creatures with the possible exception of cockroaches, scorpions and all those that can make our days unpleasant. Robert is the proud parent of one dog and four cats which includes one former feral cat who feels she may actually be a dog. Robert is a lawyer whose clients include residents of Mexico and South and Central America. He is in the process of writing a novel about customs and immigration, the border patrol and ICE with hopes to make it into a film. Robert’s goal is to get celebrity cat owners to contribute to The Hermitage.
Susan Parker-Hotchkiss – Director
The Hermitage Board of Directors meets monthly, usually on the fourth Thursday of each month. Public attendance is welcome.
If you are interested in helping by becoming a Board member, please fill out our application. Applicants are subject to Board approval.