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.
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.
Bonnie Kay – Director
Bonnie is well-known as a fierce advocate for animal welfare and social justice issues. She has worked alongside such local non-profits as Planned Parenthood, Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Primavera Foundation, TROT and many more. Her philanthropy has made an enormous impact on the citizens of the Tucson community and the animals in their care.
Bonnie has been a long-time supporter of The Hermitage and is happy to further champion the cause by joining the board.
Bonnie shares her home and life with her five beloved cats.
Dr. Lindsay McCrady – Director
Dr. Lindsay McCrady grew up in Tucson, AZ and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona and earned a B.S. in Veterinary Science with a minor in Chemistry. During that time she also worked as a veterinary technician at VCA Valley Animal Hospital and became manager of the emergency service. She then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in May of 2009. She then moved to Florida and completed a specialty internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. She has eight years of experience as an emergency veterinary technician and has a strong interest in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Her other professional interests include internal medicine and small ruminant medicine. She loves her two cats and two dogs, whom are all rescues!
Cathy Peterson – Director
Born 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.
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
Susan is a long-time supporter of The Hermitage, including 8 years as a member of the board of directors. She is a retired member of the United States Air Force where she served as a lawyer. Susan’s community activism extends to her involvement in her church and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She is a proud cat owner including a couple of Hermitage kitties.
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.