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.
MEGAN & KITTY CARSON
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.
CONNOR & PEACHES
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.
JENNA & ALI
Mila & Eclipse
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. “
Conor & Brownie
As our Foster Coordinator, Conor Fox is responsible for placing pets into loving, temporary foster homes prior to adoption. Conor moved to Grand Junction several years ago from his home in California, where he coordinated trap-neuter-return efforts to control the population and improve the quality of life of outdoor cats. In his free time, Conor enjoys playing disk golf.
Arlena & Lillipuss
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.
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.
Justin & Tinkerbell
Lead 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
Hannah recently relocated to Grand Junction from Boston. She fell in love with the area after visiting a friend who had made the move from the New England area. Although Hannah’s previous work was with horses, she is a lover of all animals and jumped at the opportunity to join the Roice-Hurst team.
Shay and Moody
Adoption and Behavior Counselor
Prior to joining the Roice-Hurst team, Shay spent years volunteering at a wild animal rescue before beginning her work with dogs and cats as a groomer and pet sitter. Not only is she an avid animal lover, Shay is also a talented and passionate musician and mental health advocate. Her personal pets include a leopard gecko named Naomi, Sekhmet the cat, and Natato the pittie puppy.
BRITTANY & OREO
Adoption and Behavior Counselor
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.
Nicole & Allie
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.