About Us

Our Volunteer Management Team!

Tenth Life daily operations are run by a team of committed, passionate volunteers. Please meet them! To email any of these folks, just click on his or her name.

Founder & Executive Director, Elizabeth Frick
In 2009, Elizabeth felt that St. Louis needed more resources and assistance for cats in need, so she founded Tenth Life with one cat, one foster home, and $50. She is the executive director of the organization and coordinates most of the daily operations. Elizabeth has a handful of perma-kitties, foster cats, and two human children with her husband, Adam.

Associate Director, Megan Fogliano

In 2010, Megan attended Tenth Life's annual Trivia Night. It was there that she met a very chubby cat named Butter, and she was hooked, becoming a dedicated full-time volunteer. She resides in Dogtown and wonders why St. Louis has no Cattown (we're with you, Megan!). Megan fosters Hippo and Walter, and as associate director wears many hats - all of them with silly cat ears attached.

Adoptions Coordinator, Bethany Cooper

Wanting to do something meaningful to help animals in the community, Bethany began fostering kittens for Tenth Life in 2010. She has been volunteering as Adoption Coordinator since 2012. She says, "working to find the perfect homes for stray and special-needs cats is truly a rewarding job."

Tenth Life Cat Companions Coordinator, Rachael Ludwig
Rachael has a passion for working with individuals with special needs and a love for animal rescue, so when she came across Tenth Life, it seemed like the perfect combination! It took no time for Rachael to become enamored with Tenth Life's very special cats. She has a sweet furry feline family of her own, including her four-year-old Alice and one-year-old Tenth Life alumnus and Companion Cat, Quita (pictured).

Veterinary Coordinator, Fawn Duve
Fawn began volunteering for Tenth Life in the summer of 2012 - she "loves the mission, as well as working with other volunteers, but most of all the great feeling that comes with helping the kitties." She has two cats at home - Annie and Siena, who are each appropriately spoiled.

Volunteer Co-Coordinator and Outreach/Adoption Events, Lori Burkhardt
Lori discovered Tenth Life thanks to a partner vet in 2011. She fostered two kittens requiring socialization and now fosters cats with special needs. Lori arranges weekend outreach and adoption events for Tenth Life, attends Vet Tech school, and works at a cat-only clinic. Lori's household has a nice number of furry family members - here she is holding one of her special fosters, Albie.

Volunteer Co-Coordinator, Gina Keckritz

Gina "became addicted to Tenth Life" when she started frequenting the storefront on Cherokee to visit and play with the resident kitties and "quickly fell in love with not only the kitties but also with the amazing group of people who run this organization." Currently, Gina's own furry household includes two 1-year-old former Tenth Life foster cats, Hank and Judy, and her three older gals, Ellie, Lucy, and Tillie, who try very hard to put up with the youngsters.

Volunteer Co-Coordinator, Jan Hilti

Jan has a special love for older cats, blind and differently-abled cats, and black cats... what a great fit she is for us! Jan currently has an older, blind tuxedo... a kitty trifecta! She first saw Tenth Life on a local news station in early 2013, attended a volunteer orientation, and the rest is history!