Board of Directors


While working with rescues and shelters in the South Bay, Dr. Tiva saw first hand the great need in their community. Combining her love for education and shelter medicine, she decided to create a new nonprofit to lead an innovative partnership with the city of San Jose--it is something which could not be done by any one rescue or shelter alone.

Dr. Tiva graduated from Massey University in 2013, after which she completed 3-years of advanced training in shelter medicine at Cornell University. She is a textbook author, has spoken at national conferences, and 

has worked with over a hundred shelters as a consultant. Dr. Tiva's professional interests include technology in shelters, shelter metrics, and of course, pediatric feline medicine.


When not patching up broken kittens, she enjoys cinema, games, crafts, and moderately fancy food. She shares her life with a loving partner and a variable number of foster kittens.




Nannette joined Kittens First as a founding board member and Secretary in 2019. Ms. Hopson is the owner of Pierce Signs & Displays, Inc. where she has spent over 30 years providing graphic design and sign fabrication services to retail, housing and corporate industries. Nannette is born and raised in San

Jose is a wife to John Hopson and mother of 3 adult daughters – Alice Mae, Emma and Sophie.


Ms. Hopson and her family have for many years been providing kitten foster services to the San Jose. Shelter as well as several rescue organizations. The family has 3 dogs-Merina, Ruby and newly adopted Lucky and 2 rescue cats -Fluffy and Koontie, as well as many occasional tiny feline house guests which

they adore.



Michael has been an active donor in the San Jose rescue community for the last several years.  As a lifelong animal lover, shelter activist, and champion of environmental issues, he is thrilled to be part of a team that is able to have an immediate impact on the quality of life of newborn kittens that come into the San Jose Animal Shelter every year.


A 4th generation Californian and Cal alum whose last football game attended as an undergrad in Berkeley was "The Play", Michael has always cherished his Bay Area roots and sports teams, even as he spent 10 years of his life in New York City as a commodity floor trader in #4 World Trade Center.  


"I take great pride in being a native of this amazing environment that we are able to enjoy everyday here in the Bay Area.  The incredible landscape, the people, the entrepreneurship, the food, the nature that is all around us and the amazing weather.  As someone that has lived on both coasts, what we enjoy here cannot be taken for granted!  Moreover, my late father taught me how to give back to our community here, and I can't think of a better way than to take my love of cats and leverage that into a greater good for the people of the Bay Area."


Michael is a private investor who lives in Walnut Creek, with his two tabbies Casey and Nini. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California in 1982.




Allie started volunteering within shelters and rescues as a way to give back to the people who cared for her pets when they were homeless. With a background in the mental health, education, and tech industries, she's passionate about cultivating an organization that invests in both animal and human well-being. Allie is thrilled to join the board of Kittens First and continue advocating for the tiny creatures who make her smile every day.


Away from the office, Allie enjoys exploring tide pools, woodworking, and live music. In between bottle feedings, you can find her adventuring with her dogs and cat, all of whom are alive today because of the collective effort of the animal welfare community.

Board Member


Interested in joining the board?

Kittens First is run by volunteer board members that guide us on our mission to save more kittens. If you want to improve animal welfare then joining our leadership team may be a great way to give back to the community. As a board member you will be expected to attend quarterly board meetings and to volunteer approximately 20 hours a month. 

Want to chat more? We'd love to hear from you! Just send us an email at and we'll see if you are a good match for one of our open positions.

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