Meet the Staff at Roice-Hurst

Anna Stout & Viper

Chief Executive Officer

Anna Stout is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Roice-Hurst Humane Society in Grand Junction, CO. She has over a decade of both nonprofit and business experience as the founder and president of the Foundation for Cultural Exchange and owner of Transfinem Language and Cultural Services, and has served on state- and national-level boards and committees. She was also a dog training instructor and is a passionate lover of animals, words, and travel.

Since becoming CEO in June of 2015, Anna has focused much of her effort on building and strengthening local, regional, and statewide collaborative relationships with animal and non-animal welfare agencies. She currently serves on the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies board of directors, as well as the Western Colorado Animal Resources Coalition board as Secretary. Anna brings a people-focused approach to her work in animal welfare. Her motto is “Default Empathy” and she works to bring a culture of kindness and wellness to the staff, animals, and public at Roice-Hurst.

When she’s not working, Anna’s passions are travel, writing, language, and the nonprofit world. She has two dogs, Rupert and Chewy and three cats, Poopies, Bella and Tatertot, and a nanday conure named Agador Spartacus.

Anna Stout and kitten
Dr. Hoppe and Arlo

DR. Cathlin Craver DVM, & Pierogi

Shelter Veterinarian

 

 

MEGAN & KITTY CARSON

Executive Assistant

Megan started at Roice-Hurst as the receptionist but her innate customer service, people and organizational skills quickly moved her into the position of Volunteer Coordinator and now as the Executive Assistant for our CEO.  As a recent graduate from CMU with a bachelor’s in sociology, Megan learned how societies function and felt inspired to be a part of a non-profit, where community outreach and teamwork is a must. Her passion for the organization increases every time she witnesses an adoption: “The hugs, tears, and countless “thank-you’s – It feels good to know that not only are the dogs and cats finding good homes, but also that we help people find the companions they’ve been searching for.”

Megan was born and raised in Grand Junction and has been the go-to for pet-sitting and has owned animals throughout her life. She has two dogs, Sami and Mojo. She spends a large portion of her free time working on photography, hiking, and art journaling.

 

 

 

Megan and Smalls
Connor and Peaches

CONNOR & PEACHES

Bookkeeper

Connor is the Bookkeeper for Roice-Hurst. Since joining the team in December 2016, Connor has worked closely with the public. As the Bookkeeper, he ensures the smooth operation of the financial management of our non-profit organization. 

Connor’s proudest moment since beginning his tenure at the shelter was helping to isolate a Parvo outbreak.

When not at work, Connor likes to brew his own beer, garden, hike and spend time with his wife and their dogs, Ruby and Sammy, and two cats, Willow and Duncan, all adopted from Roice-Hurst.

 

APRIL & DEXTER

Animal Resource Center Coordinator

April grew up in Grand Junction and graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology.

In her role at Roice-Hurst, April spearheads programs that address the pet-related needs of our human and animal community through our Pet Pantry, low-cost pet wellness clinics, and short-term crisis boarding program. She is excited to help our community be great pet owners. April is a mom to one child and a tabby cat named Oscar.

 

 

 

Megan and Smalls
Sandy and Suki

SANDY & SUKI

Relationships & Events Coordinator

Sandy started at Roice-Hurst in April 2017. She comes with a background in higher education, customer service and a BA in Mass Comm/PR from Colorado Mesa University. Sandy spends her time working with the public and organizations support Roice-Hurst through a variety of ways. 

Sandy moved to Grand Junction in 2011 from the Front Range and could not imagine living anywhere else. In her free time, she teaches history and spends time with her family and their pets, dogs – Norman, Stevie and George – and cats – (all from RHHS) Malvo, Ripley and Athena.

 

 

Jenna & Ali

Communication Coordinator

Jenna became involved at Roice-Hurst in 2018 after learning of the cat overpopulation problem in the Grand Valley and signed up as a kitten foster and volunteer, where she found her passion for animal welfare. She was quickly hired on as our Foster Coordinator while studying Mass Communication at Colorado Mesa University, a degree that she now uses daily as our Communications Coordinator. Jenna is responsible for content creation, like social media posts and newsletters.
 
She has two adorable cats at home, Peach and Plum, who were both found separately as newborn orphaned kittens and were placed together in a Roice-Hurst foster home, where they were bottle-fed by a superhero foster family. Jenna fell in love with Peach and Plum and had to adopt them! 

 

 

 

Mila & Eclipse

Operations Lead

Mila joined our team in March 2018 as an Adoption Counselor before transitioning into Operations Lead, ensuring the day-to-day shelter operations run smoothly. 

Her favorite Roice-Hurst moments as an Adoption Counselor were spent educating the public on subjects such as declawing of cats. She also took part in behavioral consults for common feline issues in adopters’ homes which helped reduce feline shelter intake and strengthen the bond between cats and their people. “I am grateful to be a part of an organization with such a trailblazing approach to human and pet wellness. We make a big impact in our community because we have a compassionate vision towards animals and people, work together and lead by example”.

Mila has 2 cats, Dexter and Leo, and enjoys spending her free time performing aerial arts, watching movies and training her cats to do fun tricks. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Savannah & Harley

Shelter Technician – Delta Satellite Facility

Savannah started with Roice-Hurst in Feb. 2021 as the Shelter Technician for our Delta Satellite Facility. As the primary employee in Delta, she cares for stray pets brought in by law enforcement as well as the daily operations. Savannah works closely with the Delta city and county community helping pet owners claim their found pets and adopt new pets if strays have not been claimed by their owners. She will soon be instrumental in planning events for the Roice-Hurst – Delta Satellite Facility. Savannah is honored to have been chosen for this position and to be apart of opening the Delta Satellite Facility. 

Savannah has been apart of the animal rescue community since she was 10 years old through volunteering, fostering, and working for various shelters and rescues. She grew up around dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, and more her entire life and she particularly enjoys training and working with dogs and horses. Savannah also has her own company that focuses on all natural treats, paw balms, and soaps for dogs.

In addition to spending time with her pets, two pit bulls named Harley Jett and Rowan Scoobert, and a paint horse named Commanche Moon, Savannah enjoys baking delicious desserts, game nights, music, anything outdoors, and writing – so much she has self-published a fantasy novel. 

Savannah and Brandi

Lissa & foster kittens

Foster Coordinator

Lissa started her time with Roice-Hurst as a foster during our busy kitten season. Learning of the Foster Coordinator position opening, Lissa applied knowing her previous experiences enables her to anticipate needs, find solutions and share knowledge, making her a good fit for the position. She works diligently to get pets into foster homes, helping people that have found pets, and scheduling vaccines and surgeries for foster pets.

Lissa relates to the mission and values of Roice-Hurst as her compassion and empathy work well not just our Foster program, but all the programs designed to support our community and everyone who walks through our doors looking for a companion. She has 3 cats (Ichabod, Dahlia, Batman), and 1 dog (Taco), plus whatever fosters she may have to take in. Lissa often refers to her home as “the farm”, due to the pets in her family and in her care.

 

 

 

 

Arlena & Lillipuss

Vet Assistant

Arlena started at Roice-Hurst as an Adoption Counselor in 2015. Although she is now the vet Assistant, she still aids in the daily care of the animals and works with the public to help match pets with their Forever Homes. Arlena is also our resident Cat Behavior Counselor, helping with rehabilitating cats with behavioral and trust issues and working with the public who are experiencing cat behavior issues. 

In addition to working with animals, Arlena likes to have fun by trying to scare staff members. So watch out when coming into a room, you never know where she might be lurking.

Arlena and her family live on a farm and she relishes being surrounded by animals at home and work. 

 

 

 

Jamie & Stevie

Receptionist

Jamie began with Roice-Hurst in the summer of 2021 and immediately fit right in with staff. As a former supervisor in Home Health Care she knows that people need pets. Jamie has always had a love for helping people and animals and wanted to continue to work with our community.

Soon after she took on fostering two kittens that were left outside of the shelter after hours. She and her family worked with them on socializing and preparing them for their forever homes.

When not at work Jamie is watching movies with her kids and their dachshund Poppy, playing softball, hiking, or at the bowling alley watching the kiddos bowling league.

 

 

 

Kenna & Suzie

Adoption and Behavior Counselor 

Kenna joined the Roice-Hurst in April 2021, with lots of customer service experience. Her previous experience helped her understand various personalities which is helpful when matching people with pets. Kenna also has experience rehabilitating her own two dogs and an old ranch horse which has given her a level of patience that will benefit the shelter pets and staff. 

Although her hobbies are constantly changing, her love of art and learning never waiver, as she regularly takes classes to expand her knowledge or just gets involved in the community to make a difference. At the age of four Kenna walked through a group of geese without any fear of being attacked just so she could feed them, and to everyone’s surprise they left her alone as if she was supposed to be there. Following that incident her family started referring to her as an animal whisperer. 

“Dogs never bite me – just humans.” – Marilyn Monroe

 

 

 

Justin & Casper

Adoption and Behavior Counselor

Justin joined the Roice-Hurst team in May, 2021. He takes great care of our animals and ensures they get into the best possible homes. Giving both the pet and the new owner a lifetime of happiness from the bonds they will create together. Justin previously worked at a zoo, giving him the experience in animal caretaking in both creating diets, enrichment activities, and cleaning.

Although some animals can be difficult to work with, Justin draws on his past experiences with other difficult animals and employs patience and understanding of their situation. He knows when it comes to animals anything is be possible.

Justin enjoys reading, writing, cooking, movies, traveling, and of course, learning anything about any animal. He has two dogs of his own, Perdy, a standard poodle, and her daughter, Bumblebee, a Weimaraner/poodle, which he calls his weimardoodle!

 

 

 

Hannah & Sasha

Adoption and Behavior Counselor 

 

 

 

 

Alyssa & Mochi

Adoption and Behavior Counselor

Alyssa came to Roice-Hurst with a lot of customer service experience. She was recruited by our CEO, Anna Stout at a local restaurant, and has quickly settled in with the team. Becoming a part of the animal world has given Alyssa the experience to understand people’s personalities and the benefits of learning animals personalities. “The amount of love, effort, and passion that goes into Roice-Hurst is one of the most incredible things to experience. Animal love is irreplaceable and there’s nothing else quite like it in the world. When a dog/and or cat finds their person it’s not just a drink that will last an hour, it’s a bond forever,” says Alyssa.

Alyssa has two cats, Marley and Mr. Bean, one dog, Coco, and a leopard gecko Bubbles. In her free time she enjoys photography, writing, reading, spending any time outdoors, traveling to new places, walking and training her pets. 

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller.

 

 

 

Nicole & Allie

Weekend Receptionist

Nicole started with Roice-Hurst in Feb 2021, but has been a longtime supporter and friend. She enjoys being a part of the organization because of all of the innovative programs for the community, pet health and wellness, and the variety of ways that Roice-Hurst can help pets and their people. As a medical Speech-Language Pathologist, Nicole has experience working with and helping people. 

When not working or spending time with her pets and family Nicole likes hiking, reading, and board games. She has a dog, Ruby, and two cats, Willow and Duncan, all adopted from RHHS.