Meet The Team

Anna Stout & Viper

Chief Executive Officer

Anna Stout is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Roice-Hurst Humane Society. 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.

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

Coraline

Cat Executive Officer

Coraline was adopted by the team in 2015 after she was found protecting her litter of kittens near an oil field, eating rabbits to stay alive and suffering frostbite on the tips of her ears. Even back then, Coraline’s innate leadership skills were clear, and now she is the boss of the shelter! Coraline’s duties include quality control of all boxes that come into the shelter, providing exemplary customer service, and acting as an ambassador for office cats everywhere.

Megan Tillotson & Carson

Executive Assistant

Megan started at Roice-Hurst as the receptionist in 2018, but her innate customer service, people, and organizational skills quickly moved her into the position of Volunteer Coordinator and now the Executive Assistant for our CEO.  As a 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.

Megan was born and raised in Grand Junction. She 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.

 Jenna Kretschman & Ali

Communications Coordinator

Jenna Kretschman 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 hired as our Foster & Volunteer Coordinator while studying mass communication at Colorado Mesa University, an education that she now uses daily as our Communications Coordinator. Jenna is responsible for content creation, newsletters, social media, public relations, this website, and more. In her free time, she enjoys jewelry-making, riding her bike, and spending time with her two cats, Peach & Plum, and poodle, Kiwi Bug, all of whom were adopted from Roice-Hurst!

Connor Kain & Peaches

Bookkeeper

Connor joined the Roice-Hurst team in 2016. As the Bookkeeper, he ensures the smooth operation of the financial management of our nonprofit. When he’s not working, Connor enjoys brewing his own beer, gardening, hiking, and spending time with his dogs, Ruby & Sammy, and two cats, Willow & Duncan, all adopted from Roice-Hurst. 

Mila Revelle & Eclipse

Shelter Supervisor

Mila joined our team in 2018 and held three different positions before becoming our Shelter Supervisor. She is in charge of ensuring the day-to-day shelter operations run smoothly at our Grand Junction and Delta facilities. Mila has three cats, Dexter, Leo, and Twiny, and enjoys spending her free time performing aerial arts, watching movies, and training her cats to do fun tricks.

Lauren McCrary & Neelix

Foster & Volunteer Coordinator

Lauren McCrary joined the team in 2022 with a background in nonprofit work and public relations. She has a passion for animals and giving back to her community, so it’s no surprise that she was a Roice-Hurst volunteer prior to being hired! In her free time, Lauren enjoys live music shows and hanging out on the river with her border collie, Wander, and newly-adopted dog Peach. 

Justin McCoy & Tinkerbell

Animal Resource Center Coordinator

Justin joined the Roice-Hurst team in 2021 as an Adoption Counselor before becoming the Lead Adoption & Behavior Counselor, and now the Animal Resource Center Coordinator. Justin is responsible for connecting owned pets and their people with the resources they need to stay happy, healthy, and united. As the ARC Coordinator, Justin coordinates our Crisis Boarding Program, Pet Pantry, Homeward Hounds, Spay/Neuter Assistance, and humane education programs.

Before joining the team, Justin earned his degree in biology and worked at a zoo, where he gained experience in animal care and enrichment. Justin is skilled at navigating challenges to find the best outcome with patience and empathy.

In his free time, Justin enjoys reading, writing, cooking, watching movies, traveling, and of course, learning about all kinds of animals.

Arlena Gascon & Lillipuss

Veterinary Assistant

Arlena Gascon started at Roice-Hurst as an Adoption Counselor in 2015 before transitioning to the Cat Behavior Counselor. Arlena now works as our Veterinary Assistant, assisting with spay/neuter surgery days, vaccinations, and other tasks to keep our shelter pets happy, healthy, and ready for adoption. Not only is Arlena skilled in veterinary assistance, she is also our resident feline behavior expert and is a knowledgeable resource for rehabilitating cats with behavioral and trust issues. Arlena brings a positive and playful attitude to work — she’s known for trying to sneak up and spook other staff members, so watch out! Arlena and her family live on a farm and she relishes being surrounded by animals at home and work.

Brittany Hesterman & Oreo

Adoption & Behavior Lead

In her role, Brittany works diligently to match pets with people looking to add a member to their family and provides excellent care and enrichment to our shelter pets. Brittany recently moved to Grand Junction from Denver with her adorable Doberman mix. She’s worked with animals since she was 12 years old, from horse stables to dog walking to doggy daycare. Brittany’s always dreamed of working in an animal shelter and is passionate about bettering the lives of people and animals!

Sierra Packard & Greybeard

Adoption & Behavior Counselor

Sierra joined our team at Roice-Hurst after earning her degree in acting/directing and business from Colorado Mesa University, where she played rugby. Sierra’s favorite part of working at Roice-Hurst is matchmaking between pets and people, and of course, loving on tiny puppies and kittens! Outside of work, Sierra enjoys mudding, boating, snowboarding, and spending time with her dog, Lenny, and cat, John.

Sava Erickson & Rocco

Adoption & Behavior Counselor

Sava Erickson joined the Roice-Hurst team in 2023 with a passion for helping animals and making second chances possible. Sava grew up on a farm and was previously a member of the Air Force with aspirations of becoming a K9 handler. In her free time, Sava enjoys hiking and horseback riding.

Grant Lyons & Mister

Adoption & Behavior Counselor

Grant joined the team in 2023 after several years volunteering his time as a dedicated foster dad to Roice-Hurst cats and kittens. A true people person, Grant spent most of his career serving and bartending before transitioning into home remodeling and now animal welfare. He moved to Grand Junction from Las Vegas 9 years ago. Grant loves working at Roice-Hurst because it allows him to enrich both human and animal lives. In his free time, he enjoys napping, reading, hiking, biking, and hanging out with his nieces and nephews. Grant shares his life with three cats, Sin San, Gibson, and Andy, and two dogs, Blitzen and Kita.

Ethan Naranjo & Karma

Delta Shelter Technician

Ethan joined the Roice-Hurst team in 2022 as a part-time Kennel Technician, assisting with cleaning and animal care in the mornings, before joining us full-time as the Delta Shelter Technician. In his role, Ethan cares for the stray and impounded pets at our satellite facility in Delta, Colorado, and works to reunite lost pets with their loving families. In his free time, Ethan enjoys skateboarding, making music, and spending time with his dogs, Dewey & Haggis, and cat, Avarice. 

April Stemrich & Sigourney

Receptionist

April Stemrich is from Pennsylvania and has a background in exercise science and physical therapy. She’s always wanted to work with animals, so when it came time to change careers, April joined Roice-Hurst! April’s hobby outside of work is collecting and finding gems, rocks, and crystals. She shares her life with two kitties, Nugget and Louie.

Nicole Kain & Allie

Sunday Receptionist

Nicole joined the Roice-Hurst team in 2021 as our Sunday Receptionist, but was a supporter and friend of the organization long before then. Her favorite part of the job is helping to provide innovative programs to the community. During the week, Nicole works as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist. When she’s not at work or spending time with family, Nicole enjoys hiking, reading, and board games. She has two dogs, Ruby & Sammy, and two cats, Willow & Duncan, all adopted from Roice-Hurst!

Hannah Nash & Harmony

Administrative Assistant

Hannah joined the Roice-Hurst team in her part-time position in March 2023. She came to Grand Junction from Denver and is passionate about photography, the outdoors, the Grateful Dead, and her adorable Australian Shepherd, Magnolia.