About Us

Meet our Board of Directors

Tenth Life's direction is carefully steered by a group of volunteer leaders, who ensure that all we do adheres to our ultimate mission. Please meet them! 

Elizabeth Frick, President

Ms. Frick founded Tenth Life on January 2, 2009, in response to the fact that fewer resources for stray cats and kittens existed in St. Louis; particularly those with special needs and medical conditions. Elizabeth lived in Chicago, IL for 10 years, where she completed an undergraduate degree in sociology and a masters in elementary education. Initially a 5th grade teacher, Elizabeth spent much of her free time volunteering, and eventually working, for Tree House Humane Society - an organization after which Tenth Life is modeled. She lives near Tower Grove Park in the city of St. Louis, with her group of permanent feline family members, as well as two children, Olive and Ingrid, and husband, Adam.

Kathy Jarowicz, Secretary

Kathy had been working in adoptions at a local municipal shelter when she caught wind of a new cat rescue in the area. She immediately contacted Tenth Life to see if the new group was able to transfer needy cats from her shelter. The organization and its work had such a positive impact on Kathy that she became a foster parent in 2010. Shortly thereafter, Kathy became a dedicated member of the board, while also continuing her service as a foster and volunteer.  She currently works at St. Louis County Animal Care & Control, working passionately to transfer pets with the greatest needs into area rescues. Kathy is also a volunteer and board member of the Bi-State Pet Food Pantry. A 2003 Chicago transplant, she currently resides in St. Louis near the Hill with her feline and canine kids.


Erika Ebsworth-Goold, Director

Erika Ebsworth-Goold is an award-winning former journalist and currently works in the Office of Public Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to Tenth Life, she also serves on the board of Friends of Tower Grove Park and previously served on the board of St. Margaret of Scotland School. She makes her home in south St. Louis with her husband Derrick and their son, Ian.



Jennifer Nitchman, Director

Jennifer Nitchman joined the board of Tenth Life Cat Rescue in 2014.  A native of New England, she moved to St Louis when she accepted a position as a flutist with the St Louis Symphony. She considered herself a dog person until 2005, when she adopted and fell in love with her two cats Henry and Harriet. She and her husband Nick have renovated a historic home in Tower Grove East. In her free time, she is an avid cook and attempts to grow her own vegetables in the Tower Grove East Community Garden.


Sondra English, EDD, Director

Dr. English’s passion for animals began as a child when her father read Winnie the Pooh to her.  At that point, animalsbecame more than words on a page.  They came alive with personalities and families and showed that they have a unique place in our natural world.  In 1997 while living in Iowa, Sondra and her husband, Peter, adopted Lynx, a kitty with medical needs.  Since then,they have also welcomed Smokey (the skittish one) and Quail (the one-eyed, tabby pirate) into their family.  Sondra has fostered kittens and volunteered with animal rescue groups.   Sondra joined the board in 2016, and hopes to utilize her higher education leadership and administrative skills, in combination with her experience volunteering in animal welfare and having fostered kittens, to encourage people to give Tenth Life kitties the lives they deserve. 

Allison Price, Director

Allison has been involved in animal rescue in one capacity or another over the last sixteen years.  She currently fosters forTenth Life and previously fostered for other local rescue groups.  She believes she has cared for nearly one hundred cats and kittens over the years before they found their forever homes.  Allison is Conflicts and Ethics Counsel with  Bryan Cave LLP where she assists with risk management and conflicts resolution efforts for the global law firm of over 1000 attorneys. She lives in St. Louis city with her partner, Krista, two small dogs and three cats.