The Roice-Hurst Humane Society Board of Directors is made up of local volunteers who believe in and support our mission – “Promoting bonds between pets and their people.”
Carl Hughes - Board President
Carl Hughes is the Sales Manager at Townsquare Media Grand Junction, it was in his role at Townsquare that brought about his relationship with Roice-Hurst. As a Western Colorado native, Carl and his wife work diligently to keep pets in their lives; they currently have two dogs, a parrot, a rabbit and a hamster. Despite all the pets at home Carl enjoys the the outdoors and is an avid photographer, woodworker and traveler. He feels blessed to work with an organization that continues to foster strong community ties.
Peter Bacich - Board Treasurer
Peter Bacich has been serving on the Roice-Hurst Board since July 2017. He is currently employed as a Senior Reporting Analyst at Rocky Mountain Health Plans. Peter choose to volunteer with the Roice-Hurst Board because of his love of animals and a sense of duty that comes with it. He feels that it is incredibly important to lend a strong voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. Peter and his wife currently live with three amazing cats: Butters, Thor, and Finch and they are the light of our lives and have given us far more than we could ever give them. While there are a number of quotes that apply to my life and my worldview, one of the most appropriate for this forum is this:
“I am always doing what I cannot do yet in order to learn how to do it”
-Vincent Van Gogh
Matt Angleman - Board Secretary
Matthew Angleman, MA, CAATP, RYT200 is a certified animal assisted therapist and yoga instructor who brings kitten yoga to Roice-Hurst Humane Society and teaches animal-assisted yoga and mindfulness at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center. Matthew’s background is in clinical mental health, crisis, trauma, and addiction counseling. More recently, Matthew has sought training and certification in animal assisted therapy and yoga. Matthew values an integrative approach in working with the community to provide comprehensive interventions that support positive health and well-being. He strongly believes that exploring the human-animal bond can support our ability to better regulate emotions, increase positive interactions, and experience more pro-social behaviors within our communities.
Dr. Cathlin Craver - Board Trustee
Dr. Cathlin Craver graduated from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and received her Master’s degree in Shelter Medicine from the University of Florida in 2017. She has worked in a variety of settings, from non-profit organizations and rescues to municipal shelters, both around the United States and internationally. She currently works as Director for the ASPCA’s Animal Relocation program. Dr. Craver joined the RHHS Board to cultivate meaningful relationships within our community to improve the health of pets and people. She shares her home with Lotus the cat, and Pierogi- a dog that was adopted from RHHS.
Jennifer Seal - Board Trustee
Jennifer is a fifth generation Grand Junction native & recently transitioned from the Executive Director of the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce to staying home with her new daughter. As the ED, she worked closely with & advocated for local businesses in addition to managing dozens of yearly events. Prior to her time at the Fruita Chamber, Jennifer worked at Grand Junction Economic Partnership on operations & events, Colorado Mesa University in the president’s office, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation managing special events and at The Capstone Group, LLC working on various issues at Colorado’s State Capitol. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Political Science. Jennifer’s unique background has given her valuable experience and perspective into various industries and has allowed her to make connections around the Grand Valley and in Colorado. Jennifer and her husband, James, live in Fruita and enjoy spending time as a family, with their dogs and exploring all that Colorado has to offer!
Jeff Kuhr, PhD. - Board Trustee
Jeff Kuhr, PhD. is the Director of Public Health for Mesa County. He is an active participant in statewide policy and program development, serving on the Colorado Board of Human Services and the Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission. In Grand Junction, he serves on the boards of directors for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Quality Health Network, and the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation. Jeff has a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. He has been a local public health director for 17 years.
Jeff has two dogs, Gizmo, adopted from Mesa County Animal Services; and Lyla, adopted from RHHS. Jeff chose to be a member of the RHHS Board because he recognizes the important role pets play in our community. The tight bonds people form with their pets prevent social isolation and improves overall health and wellbeing.
Jeff’s favorite quote is, “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – General George S. Patton
Stacy Schoolfield - Board Trustee
Stacy Schoolfield Mendell, LSCW, AASW, CAIS, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds certificates in Animal Assisted Social Work and Canine Assisted Intervention Specialist from the University of Denver’s Institute for Human Animal Connection. Stacy has worked in mental health in the western slope community, along with her four legged co-therapists, for the past nine years. Together they have worked with the homeless and working poor, hospice patients and for the past 7 years, with children and adolescents. She currently works in her private practice, Animal Assisted Therapy of the Western Slope and serves on the Advisory Board of the Community Health Through Shelter Pets Initiative. She is an active volunteer at RHHS, facilitating pet grief and loss groups and working with the shelter animals as a foster. She also volunteers in the community, facilitating Humane Education Groups.
Dean Harris - Board Trustee
Dean is an attorney and Western Slope Area Manager for the Employers Council, where he advises, represents and trains employers in all phases of employment law and human resources. Dean has served on several nonprofits boards and commissions, including the Mapleton Education Foundation, the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, and the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. Dean is currently the Vice-Chair of the Mesa County Planning Commission. Dean was rescued by Betsy, a Bernese/Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix and former resident of Roice-Hurst.
Brad Junge - Board Vice President