Roice-Hurst Humane Society
Board of Directors
Carl Hughes - Board President
Carl Hughes is the Sales Manager for Townsquare Media, Grand Junction, which led him to his first introduction to working with Roice-Hurst Humane Society. As a Western Colorado native, Carl is familiar with the community and how much everyone loves pets. He is married to Deborah, another animal lover and has 3 children, 2 grandchildren. He loves to spend time woodworking, traveling, being an amateur photographer, and spending time with his pets – 2 dogs, 1 parrot, 1 house rabbit, 1 hamster. Carl feels blessed to be a part of Roice-Hurst
Brad Junge - Board Vice President
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 decided to volunteer with the Roice-Hurst Board because of his love of animals and a sense of duty that comes with it. He and his wife currently live with three amazing cats, Butters (F10), Thor (M5), and Finch (M5). Peter says of his cats, “they are the light of our lives and have given us far more than we could ever give them.”
“I am always doing what I cannot do yet in order to learn how to do it”
-Vincent Van Gogh
Dr. Cathlin Craver - Board Director
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 RRHS 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.
Elaine Johnson - Board Director
Elaine Johnson-Craig has rejoined the Roice-Hurst board after several years continuing to serve as an events volunteer, donor and adopter. She has a true passion for the organization (and the pets and people it supports) and is a former local small business owner, writer/editor and public relations specialist.
Dr. Julia McHugh - Board Director
Dr. Julia McHugh is a vertebrate paleontologist who has served as the Curator of Paleontology for the Museums of Western Colorado and Lecturer of Geology at Colorado Mesa University since 2014, while also holding a research associate position with the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. She has a B.A. in Geology from Hanover College, a M.S. in Geosciences from Idaho State University, and a Ph.D. in Geoscience from The University of Iowa. Dr. McHugh also is an avid photographer, an enthusiastic kitten foster mom for Roice-Hurst HS, and serves on the board of directors for the Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic Byway, the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the steering committee for the academic journal Open Paleontology.
Bill Wade - Board Director
Bill is a native Coloradoan who grew up in Grand Junction and returned here after a 30-year career in Investment Banking. That career allowed him and his wife Karen to live in various parts of the United States, but upon his retirement they always intended to return home to Western Colorado. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Bill has been involved in non-profit work since the early 2000’s focused primarily on assisting homeless individuals and families. That work has shown him how critical a pet can be in providing support to a person in need. He is excited about helping Roice-Hurst advance into the future!
Dean Harris - Board Director
Dean Harris 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 non-profits 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.
Georgia Rock - Board Director
Georgia Rock is the Executive Vice President of Clinical Services for HopeWest. Georgia moved to Grand Junction in 2018 and loves the area, with plans to never to move again. She is committed to giving back and therefore decided to volunteer with the Board at Roice-Hurst because of her love for animals coupled with her love for the community. Her three Goldens, Dexter, Milo, and Katie, the three Musketeers, all love their mom and family and also give back to the community. Dexter and Milo occasionally visit Hospice patients and Katie spreads love to everyone she encounters.
Matt Bell - Board Director
Matt Bell is the Business Development Manager at the Grand Junction Economic Partnership. Matt’s primary responsibility with GJEP is business recruitment while also supporting existing businesses, providing information and assistance with real estate, incentives, local government relations and industry connections. Matt joined the RHHS board because of his genuine love for animals and desire to help create a community that embraces love for animals. Matt has adopted two cats from Roice-Hurst, Rizzo and Addison to go along with his two dogs, Kannah and Lainey.
“Whatever you are, be a good one”-Abraham Lincoln/William Makepeace Thackeray
Lance Timbreza - Board Director
Lance Timbreza, is a Western Slope native, born and raised in Delta. He attended Colorado Mesa University receiving a B.A. in History in 2002. He received his law degree, summa cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2005.
Jeff Kuhr, PhD - Board Director
Jeff Kuhr 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. 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.
“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – General George S. Patton