Meet the Staff at Roice-Hurst
Anna Stout & Viper
Anna Stout is the Executive Director 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 Executive Director 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 a dog, Rupert, three cats, Poopies, Bella and Tatertot, and a nanday conure named Agador Spartacus.
Nolan & Blu
Nolan started as the Shelter Manager for Roice-Hurst Humane Society in September 2018. He came to us from Northern California where he work for the U.S Forest Service as a Spotted Owl Field Technician, since May of 2017. Nolan came to RHHS with shelter experience, working for the Animal Rescue League of Boston from 2014-2016 as both an Animal Care Agent and a Veterinary Technician. He brings new ideas and is already implementing new structures for the safety, health and well-being of our animals and staff.
In his free time, Nolan enjoys writing, biking, taking his chocolate lab, Amiga, on hikes and recording music.
If you have not yet met Nolan we encourage you to stop by and say hello.
Connor & Peaches
Connor is the Office Manager for Roice-Hurst. Since beginning in December 2016 Connor has worked closely with the public. As the office manager, he ensures the smooth operation of the administrative aspects of our non-profit organization. Connor maintains much of our record keeping and oversees the maintenance and functionality of our property.
Connor’s proudest moment since beginning at the shelter was helping to isolate a Parvo outbreak.
When not at work, Connor likes to brew his own beer and spend time with his wife.
Ashley & Athena
Community Health Liaison
Ashley worked for Roice-Hurst for five years, from 2011-2016 primarily in the front office. She went on to earn a Bachelor in Social Work from CMU. After briefly working in the social work field, she knew that her heart was in the animal world. Ashley returned to Roice-Hurst in March 2018 and quickly began to integrate her Social Work experience with our animal services. As a result Ashley is helping to broaden our community outreach by assisting with special volunteer groups, animal crises, and education on the therapeutic aspects of pet ownership.
Sandy & Suki
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 promoting the homeless pets, events, and all goings on at the shelter through multiple media outlets. She also works with the public and organizations that do fundraising for Roice-Hurst. Much of Sandy’s work can be seen on the shelter’s Instagram, Facebook and website.
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 multiple pets – 3 dogs – Norman, Stevie and George – and 3 cats – (all came from RHHS) Malvo, Ripley and Athena.
Megan & Smalls
Development Coordinator & 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 Development Coordinator and Executive Assistant for our ED. 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 best times at Roice-Hurst is seeing the finishing stages of the adoption process. 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 a German shepherd named Sami, a bearded dragon named Leo, and a hamster named Prison Mike. She spends a large portion of her free time working on photography, hiking, and art journaling.
Dr. Chris Hoppe DVM, CVA & Eddie
Dr. Chris Hoppe has long been a friend of Roice-Hurst, but became the official Shelter Veterinarian in May 2019. With almost 20 years of veterinary experience working in private general practice, emergency medicine, animal disease diagnostic laboratories, and house-call practice. He has specialty training in acupuncture, chiropractic care, Chinese medicine, herbal therapy, nutrition, massage therapy, and pathology. Dr. Hoppe’s primary responsibility is to the health and well-being of all the animals at the RHHS shelter as well as those in foster care.
His proudest moment’s at the shelter is being a part of the community vaccine clinics. Dr. Hoppe states, “I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to provide necessary veterinary care to animals who would otherwise have to skip medical care due to cost. It is also an amazing opportunity to educate and interact with pet owners.”
When not working with pets Dr. Hoppe spends his time coaching youth ice hockey, playing ice hockey, playing inline hockey, hiking, golf, and snowshoeing. As an East Coast transplant likes exploring Colorado, finding live music, camping, cooking, fostering pets, and traveling. He loves Boston Terriers and his favorite breed of cat is adorable kittens.
Laura & Rex
Dog Behavior Counselor
Laura, was our former Events and Volunteer Coordinator for Roice-Hurst, and brought extensive recruiting experience. She served 20 years in the Human Resources field with some intermittent experience with animals. In 2005, Laura worked a part-time weekend job traveling 60 miles a day to gain exposure and seek out her true passion at a Dog Daycare. She is now dedicated to her passion to working with dogs. Laura is working towards certification and is increasing her canine knowledge working with local trainers and other animal welfare partners.
In 2009, she and her dog Kelsea, became certified Pet Partners and Kelsea a Good Citizen Canine. Laura served as a volunteer with Heeling Partners where she and Kelsea paid visits to the local nursing home and helped kids with reading difficulties in the “Paws to Read” program.
Laura graduated from Colorado State University and gradually migrated from the Front Range to the Mountains where she met her husband, Patrick in Aspen. Together, they rescued Duncan, an Australian Kelpie from an animal sanctuary before having their son, Lawson.
Not even 3 months into her working for Roice-Hurst, Laura, and her family adopted a dog from the shelter that arrived on Valentine’s Day!
Today, she lives in Palisade with her family and three dogs where she dreams of using her property to further promote the well-being, recreation, and happiness of dogs.
Emily & Mo
Emily is the Veterinary Technician for Roice-Hurst. She performs medical intake exams on all animals to ensure their optimal health and prevent the spread of disease(s) in the shelter and address any concerns that arise while they are at the shelter. Emily holds a BS in Biology and has four years’ prior experience.
Since she began with Roice-Hurst in September 2016, she has seen many animals who have recovered from physical and behavioral issues find loving Forever Homes.
Emily has always loved and cared for animals. She has five of her own – two dogs, and three cats. As a child, she had business cards calling her a “Friend of all Animals.” She hopes to one day become a veterinarian.
Jenna & Ali
Volunteer & Foster Care Coordinator
Before becoming the Foster Coordinator at Roice-Hurst, Jenna volunteered as a kitten foster and worked closely with Grand Valley Pets Alive, which helps fund spay/neuter surgeries and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of community cats. As the Foster Care Coordinator, Jenna is responsible for overseeing all of the animals in our foster care program, while attending school full-time at Colorado Mesa University.
Her proudest moment with Roice-Hurst was as a volunteer when she found a very sick kitten under a trailer, whom she named Izzy. Roice-Hurst accepted this kitten into their foster care program, and she nursed him back to health over the course of two long months. He eventually made a full recovery and was adopted into a loving home.
Jenna has two pets of her own, a ten-year-old Border Collie/Lab named Tippy and a six-year-old tabby cat named Meisha.
Mila & Eclipse
Grand Valley Cat Project
Outreach & Field Coordinator
Mila joined our team in March 2018 as an Adoption Counselor before transitioning into our Outreach & Field Coordinator position for the Grand Valley Cat Project.
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. “
Shanna & Willamina
Customer Service Specialist
Shanna started with Roice-Hurst in 2019. Before joining our team, she spent several years working with animals through a local veterinary clinic and boarding facility. She recently graduated with a degree in Communications and is excited to use her skill set to help animals find their forever homes. The most rewarding part of her job is watching people bond over their love of animals. “Seeing how many people want to volunteer, donate, and adopt has really warmed my heart. It’s amazing to see how truly kind and loving people are in our community.”
When not at work, she enjoys reading, hiking, baseball, and spending time with her pets. She has 3 spunky cats: Castiel, Simon, and Garfunkel and a doofy dog, Princeton.
Arlena & Lillipuss
Cat Behavior Counselor
Arlena has been an Adoption Counselor with Roice-Hurst since 2015. She aids in the daily care of the animals and works with the public to help match pets with their Forever Homes. Arlena recently became the 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.
Hannah & Jack
Hannah became an Adoption Counselor for Roice-Hurst in August of 2019, after receiving, with Honors in Art and Design, her BFA from Colorado Mesa University with a ceramics concentration. She is a 4H alumni, where she worked with all kinds of animals, and has experience in dog obedience and conformation competition. Her proudest moments at the shelter have been helping counsel the public on dog and cat behavior, and making breakthroughs in dog and cat behavior work. Hannah says, “It’s really fun to help an energetic dog learn how to be calm and a shy cat become brave.”
Hannah likes to draw, paint, read, and work with clay. When Hannah is not “saving” kittens or other shelter pets, she is working in her ceramic studio as a full time artist. She has three cats Sugar, Fluffy, (adopted from CLAWS) and Axel (adopted from RHHS) and one deaf dog named Zelda. (Also adopted from RHHS)
Favorite quotes –
“If at first you don’t succeed skydiving is not for you” – unknown
“Chicken nuggets are not child abuse” – HP
Niall & Skittles
Niall became an Adoption Counselor at Roice-Hurst in 2019. As a Colorado transplant he looks to explore our area with his dog. He works diligently to please our Shelter Manager, Nolan. We soon expect he will shave his head and buy a Subaru, just like Nolan.
Adrina & Diana
Adrina began working for Roice-Hurst Humane Society in early 2020 as an Adoption Counselor. She loves caring for, and interacting with both cats and dogs. Adrina finds her work with cats and dogs very rewarding, through watching the animals heal, become fear free, blossom into their personalities, and find great homes. This makes the many goodbye’s all worthwhile. For Adrina, the best part about working at Roice-Hurst is seeing the trust and love between pets and people!
Adrina is also an artist, with a BFA from Colorado Mesa University, where her emphasis was the painting of dogs. She grew up around animals, and has a few of her own, a pitbull, Indy and two cats, Roxy and Brad Kitt.
Aaron & Tow-mater
Aaron joined our team in 2020. As an adoption counselor, he helps match our shelter pets to their forever homes. He enjoys showering the pets with love and attention as well as keeping them happy and healthy while they are in his care. Aaron has grown up with pets as an important part of his life.
When he is not at the shelter, Aaron enjoys playing table-top games, reading, writing and drawing. He has 3 happy dogs of his own: Jake, Diesel, and Harry and 2 laid back cats: Kiki and Sabel.
Krista & Satin
Krista started at Roice-Hurst Humane Society in August 2018. She recently moved back from California where she studied animal science in college and worked briefly in the medical field. Krista is an animal lover and now strives to promote our mission and help animals find their people; because “a home is not complete without a pet.”
Krista recently adopted two cats from Roice-Hurst. Besides cuddling with her cats she also enjoys reading, movies, music, and spending time with family. Krista loves going to fan conventions, the theater, and learning new words.
In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different. – Coco Chanel