The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter Board of Directors

Captain Felix – Honorary Feline Director

Captain Felix is the master of the front desk, keeping all of us in line and to our work duties. He enjoys helping our Adoption Coordinator “work” by sitting on her paperwork, typing up funny emails (lots of ossssspojskjlhf;aelkhrfas because he isn’t the best at typing), begging for treats, and taking her chair. He is a very chatty boy so he will gladly tell you all about his day. You can easily win him over by giving him loves, treats, or cat nip; he loves his nip! He isn’t the strictest of bosses, but miss one feeding time, and we never hear the end of it! Ha! Come meet our Captain Felix, you’ll be glad you did and doesn’t he look so dapper in his tie! Meow!

Kristen Vann – Board President

Kristen has lived off and on in Tucson for the last 43 years.  She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree, and obtained her master’s through Northern Arizona University.  Kristen has volunteered at The Hermitage for almost two years, and is the current volunteer facilitator and a mentor. Kristen has two grown children and three feline children, Star, Stormy, and Charlie. She believes in The Hermitage, and is so grateful that such a cat haven exists with its dedicated staff and volunteers.

Tyler Bator – Vice President

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Bio coming soon!

Cathy Peterson – Treasurer

Photo of Cathy Peterson - Board MemberBorn and raised on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin, Cathy developed an appreciation and love of animals at a young age. She moved to Arizona in 1999 to pursue her career in healthcare and recently retired as the Chief Financial Officer from the Children’s Clinics. She is the doting mother of two cats and one dog. Retirement has allowed her to expand her love of animals and join the Board of the Hermitage to pursue their mission of advocating for animal rights and ending needless euthanasia of at-risk felines through protection, adoption, and sanctuary.

Jean Parker – Secretary

Jean Parker, Ph.D., is on the faculty of Regis University where she teaches in the Global Nonprofit Leadership Program in the School of Business and Economics. She also facilitates courses on economics for the Wilmette Institute in Chicago. She lived and worked as a radio journalist in India for ten years where she became interested in animal welfare. She is a lifelong crazy cat lady.

Dr. Kimberly Olson – Director

Kim was born on Long Island, New York though moved with her family as a child to Jacksonville, Florida. She attained her undergraduate degree, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with a certificate in shelter medicine at the University of Florida. Prior to obtaining her degrees, Kim worked for over ten years as a small animal emergency technician and still enjoys emergency and critical care medicine today. During veterinary school, Kim became involved in wildlife rehabilitation, zoo and exotic animal medicine, which remains a passion. Kim also studied and participated in shelter medicine including high quality high volume spay and neuter services, TNR, shelter animal behavior and welfare, and animal cruelty and forensics investigation. Kim is excited to be an advocate for the Tucson feline community. Her four spoiled rescue cats at home cheer her on in the Hermitage mission!

Katie Foust – Director

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Katie is a Certified Veterinary Technician with a BS in Veterinary Science from the University of Arizona and an AAS in Veterinary Technology from Penn Foster Academy. She was born and raised in Tucson and has worked locally in the veterinary field since 2001. In 2011, she joined Pima Medical Institute and began a career path as a veterinary technician educator. Katie is dedicated to serving animals and spends most of her time volunteering or working with local animal welfare organizations. She is grateful to be a member of The Hermitage’s board of directors and join in their mission to provide sanctuary for at-risk cats.


Natalie Meier – Director

Photo of Board Member Natalie MeierBorn and raised in rural Indiana, Natalie came to love and appreciate all of the animals that showed up on her family’s doorstep. Before moving to Tucson four years ago, she worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician in Oncology and Internal Medicine at a specialty center in Indianapolis. Natalie served as Technician Supervisor at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson before joining the faculty at Pima Medical Institute in their veterinary programs in 2017. She lives with her husband, their dogs, and their beloved Hermitage cat, Walter. She is excited to continue her dedication to advocating for animals that have no voice.

Mary Grant – Director

Mary is a native of Connecticut, where she spent far too many years shoveling snow and retired to Oro Valley and sunshine four years ago. In Connecticut she was a paralegal for over twenty years, working in Family Law. In retirement she has finally been able to devote some time to giving back. She and her husband have been volunteers at the Hermitage for four years, and members of the foster group for the past two years. She traveled with one cat from Connecticut, adopted one from the Hermitage after three months and foster failed with two sisters who were born in their home.

Sandi Fox – Director

Sandi was born in Pennsylvania, a 40+ year resident of Tucson, Sandi is a semi-retired Registered Nurse (RN), former Air Force nurse, and teaches Yoga. She adopted a mother cat and her kitten and lives happily with her two cats. Love and concern for animals led her to join the Board of the Hermitage. She now has time to volunteer and work to ensure the safety, sheltering and sanctuary for cats.

Kristen Newbold – Director

Kristen was born and raised here in Tucson, AZ.  She loves Tucson and will probably never leave! She is a Leap Year baby.  She went to Booth, Fickett and Palo Verde and then on to Northern Arizona University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management.  She had worked in the hotel industry for many years then got into the health care field in the late 90’s.  As a family growing up, they would travel every summer around the USA.  She and her two older brothers learned a lot traveling with their parents.   She loves to travel and has been to 35 different countries. Kristen really started to get involved with community services about 15 years ago.  She has helped with Fundraisers, Jim Click’s annual “Party” for the Boys and Girls Club, donations of food, clothing, dog beds, dog and cat food for our homeless Veterans, The Ronald McDonald House, food and other items for a Dachshund Rescue group, The Children’s Cancer Center at UMC/Banner hospital, We Honor Veterans Program, Stars for our Troops and now with the Hermitage Cat Shelter. Kristen has always had pets growing up and out on my own.  She loves Dachshunds and has 4 right now plus an adorable grey stripped cat she calls Kit Kit that adopted her, her house, her yard and her dogs back in May. She got to know the Hermitage Cat Shelter because her mom has a semi feral cat that keeps giving birth in her back yard.  “We had trapped two sets of kittens and brought them into the Hermitage Cat Shelter and they were so gracious if I had to cancel at last minute due to us not being able to capture the kittens and so sweet to my mom and I that I wanted to be a part of the Hermitage Cat Shelter and I offered to help with fundraising events and volunteers and now I am on the Board of Directors with them!”

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.

2019 Board of Directors Candidate Application