I see a glimmer of hope for the Hermitage. At last, one of the board members has the courage to come forward and admit in public that some very unfortunate events occurred in the past. New board members and management are working to restore the shelter's reputation and to mend fences with former volunteers. I wonder if this is possible as long as members of the old regime are still trying to block their progress.
There is no way the Hermitage can return to its former glory days unless Taylor Heidenheim and Tom Tulowitski resign. As a former volunteer who was banned (one of 70!), I know that the incompetence of these two men helped ruin this organization. I would like to hear from Mr. Tulowitski and Mr. Heidenheim why the assets of the Hermitage dropped from $360,000 down to $30,000 since they took over. This is money that was donated by people like me - please give us an explanation. I would also like to know why Dr. Karter Neil, who was responsible for so many unnecessary euthanizations, is still the veterinarian for the Hermitage.
The first defendant to be tried in the Cerberus case was given a slap on the wrist by Utah judge Clark Waddoups. On September 17th, he sentenced Jeanne Redd to 3 years probation and a $2,000 fine. Redd looted not only artifacts but human bones and teeth taken from ancestral Pueblo graves were found in her possession. How would you like it if someone dug up your great grandma and put bits of her on display on the coffee table? It looks like it's not just the public that needs to be taught to respect archaeological sites, it's the judiciary too! Waddoup's extraordinarily lenient sentence will only serve to encourage looters. Kudos to local Site Stewards who are volunteering their time to protect our endangered archaeological sites from vandals.
Hermitage board members Tom Tulowitzki, Taylor Heidenheim and Ron Zack gave their full support to whatever heinous acts the executive director committed. As long as this Gang of Three remains at the helm, the Hermitage is headed for disaster. These three board members not only failed to protect the cats in their charge but they also allowed close to a hundred dedicated staff and volunteers to be cruelly maligned in public. If there's any hope for the Hermitage to be restored to its mission as a sanctuary, these three, and the veterinarian who so heartlessly carried out the mass killing of the cats, have to go.
The Hermitage Board of Directors seems to be deliberately trying to bankrupt the organization. Why haven't they gotten rid of Mary Jo Spring, who is so obviously incompetent and is blundering her way through all the Hermitage's assets. $350,000 reduced to $32,000! Can anyone suggest to me why the board is allowing this to happen?
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