The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter Staff

Shelter Veterinarian
Dr. Timothy Krone

Dr. Krone received his undergraduate and doctorate of veterinary medicine degrees at Michigan State University. He completed a one-year internship at The Veterinary Teaching Hospital of Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington. After finishing his internship, Dr. Krone practiced on the east coast, calling Dover, Delaware, home for three years. He was part of a busy, mixed practice doing both small animal and equine work. During this time, his passion for emergency small animal care emerged.

Dr. Krone moved to Tucson in 2005 to work overnight emergency services. In 2009, he began graduate studies at the University of Arizona and joined VCA Animal Health Hospital in 2010. Much of his time outside of the practice is spent as that of a graduate student. He is currently working a field project looking at the significance of Chagas’ disease in the Tucson area.

In addition to his studies, Dr. Krone has a love for the outdoor recreation that Arizona has to offer. He is also an avid pilot, happy to use this skill to volunteer as a pilot for Angel Flight West and the Civil Air Patrol.

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Amber Nix

Amber joined the Hermitage staff in August of 2017.  She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and began working full time at the age of 18.  Amber lived in Arizona until the age of 25 when she moved to Ketchikan, Alaska and started her family.  Amber has worked for non-profits in education and medical and is excited to now be working in the animal welfare sector.  Amber states, “I am thankful to wake up and go to a job I can feel good about doing every day.  I know my effort at the shelter impacts and improves the lives of the kitties and it is an awesome way to earn a living!”

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Karina Levine

Karina joined The Hermitage staff in October of 2015.  She was born in Tucson, AZ and has lived in a variety of areas throughout her childhood and adult life, including California, New Mexico, and Nevada. Karina has both a Bachelors in Criminal Justice (BCJ) and a Masters in Criminal Justice (MCJ) from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM and worked in the field of Criminal Justice for ten years in New Mexico and Arizona, primarily as an investigator for state probation and parole agencies. At the age of 36, Karina decided to completely change her career aspirations and joined the compassionate forces of Animal Rescue. Karina loves all animals and has been a crazy cat lady her entire life. She is very passionate for everything The Hermitage stands for and wants to continue to help The Hermitage grow and thrive in whatever way she can. Karina states “It was very scary to change careers and go into a field I had only once dreamed of being a part of. I am very happy I took that leap of faith, because I have never been happier! The Hermitage has become my family, the kitties are my furkids, and I will always advocate for their health and happiness! Adopt don’t shop! Save lives!”

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Holly Simon

Holly joined The Hermitage staff in January 2019 as a Cat & Facility Sanitation worker before moving into her current position as Adoptions Coordinator. She has volunteered and worked for numerous animal welfare agencies in a variety of positions. Holly is a Veteran who worked as a correctional officer and sergeant for over 10 years. She was just one of a small number of females selected to be a Class Sergeant, leading cadets from their first day at the academy to graduation day, seven weeks later. Holly currently has four cats and two dogs…all are rescue pets.

Community Outreach Coordinator & Foster Coordinator
Ashley Davis

Ashley joined the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter in 2016 as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Since then she has added the role of Foster Coordinator, but unofficially, she is Hermitage’s Cat Matchmaking Specialist. Ashley graduated from Northern Arizona University with degrees in Psychology and Social Work. Prior to joining the Hermitage family, she worked and volunteered for several non-profit organizations for over 15 years. She is a mom to two humans and four cats. “Working at Hermitage is more than a job for me,” Ashley has said, “it is my calling.” Or, as her partner puts it, “Ashley is making the world a better place . . .with cats!”

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Development Coordinator
Allyson Israel

Allyson joined the Hermitage staff in May 2020, but she has been a member of the Hermitage family since she began volunteering in 2015. She recently received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. Born and raised in Tucson, she has ample experience volunteering and interning at other local nonprofits, including serving as a board member at Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Aside from her passion for social justice, Allyson has always been an animal lover, and grew up with dachshunds. Her transformation into a crazy cat lady became complete when she adopted her two feline furbabies a few years ago.  Her love of animals combined with her fierce drive for justice and advocacy make her a strong addition to the Hermitage team.

Donor Relations & Program Coordinator
Emma Crawford

Certified Veterinary Technician
Nancie Hubbard

Veterinary Assistants
Kaitlynn Martin
Cara Wirth
Jerrett Lopez