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The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter Staff

Executive Director
Karen T. Baden, MBA, MSL

Born in Cartagena, Colombia S.A, Karen came to the United States in the early 90’s and lived most of her adult life in Philadelphia. She moved to sunny Tucson in June 2010.  Karen holds a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and also a Master of Science in Leadership, which makes Karen an expert in business and leadership. She comes with 15 years of experience in the no-profit sector and has been with The Hermitage since May 2017. Her love and passion for our kitties is evident the moment you meet her! Karen’s goal in life is to help as many furry friends as possible find their forever homes! Karen states, “I am extremely happy to be part of The Hermitage family, and my dream is to help The Hermitage grow and thrive!”

image of Shelter Veterinarian Dr. Beth NeumanShelter Veterinarian
Dr. Beth Neuman, DVM

Dr. Neuman received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 2004. She comes to the Hermitage with a love of cats and a passion for improving the lives of our shelter kitties until they find forever homes.  Dr Neuman’s special areas of interest are emergency medicine, internal medicine, and GI diseases.  She owns both Twin Peaks Veterinary Center and Dove Mountain Veterinary in northwest Tucson, where she focuses on providing terrific client care services to both cats and dogs.  In her long ago life, she was a writer, a customer service specialist, and even managed a movie theater. She spent several years working as a veterinary technician before deciding to pursue a career as a veterinarian. She has been married for almost twenty years, has three children and shares her home with multiple dogs, cats, and a revolving door of foster animals. Most of her free time is dedicated to her children and volunteering.  Her devotion to her own family and pets help keep her focused on the need to make veterinary care a family oriented service for the members of her community.

picture of staff member Amber NixExecutive Director Assistant
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!”

image of Volunteer Coordinator Karina LevineVolunteer Coordinator
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!”

image of Adoption Coordinator Julianne GathersAdoptions Coordinator
Julianne Gathers

A Tucson transplant, Julianne Gathers grew up in Southern California and lived there until her family relocated to the Copper Star State. Her love for animals runs deep, having done volunteer work with her Girl Scout troop at the Humane Society of Ventura County to socializing with displaced dogs and cats that were evacuated from the Monument Fire in Cochise County. When she is not at The Hermitage, Julianne is involved with an education based non-profit organization that focuses on artisanal crafts such as making textiles, woodworking and brewing to keep alive the trades that might otherwise be lost. Julianne always had ambitions of being able to work in animal welfare, and will tell anyone who will listen that being the Adoption Coordinator is her dream job.

Donor Relations & Program Coordinator
Emma Crawford

Creative Marketing Specialist
Rachel Broderick

Community Outreach Coordinator
Ashley Davis

Maintenance Assistants
Joshua Desmerais
Robert Howard

Veterinary Technicians
Lauren Brooks, Certified Veterinary Technician
Shannon Racadio

Veterinary Assistants
Desteny Flores
Rebekah Heaton
Nabeh Mixton
Katie Strider