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Executive Director of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society



On Tuesday, January 16, we're headed to the Roice-Hurst Humane Society to chat with executive director Anna Stout (and hopefully pet some cute kitties or pups too). Here's a little bit more info about Anna:


Anna Stout is the Executive Director of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society in Grand Junction. 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. Anna is an ATA Certified Translator SP>EN, a Certified Court Interpreter, and a Certified Medical Interpreter-Spanish. She published a book, "El Salvador: Lessons on Love and Resilience" in 2014 and is a passionate lover of travel, words, and animals.


As the founding member of the Foundation for Cultural Exchange, Anna was part of the effort to form a sister city in El Espino, El Salvador and has worked with the organization for over 13 years to promote solidarity and cultural exchange between both communities. She leads annual cultural exchange trips to the country and oversees the organization's scholarship program for students in El Espino, which currently supports 32 college and high school students. 


As Executive Director at Roice-Hurst, Anna has focused much of her effort on building and strengthening local and regional collaborative relationships with animal and non-animal welfare agencies. She spearheaded efforts to host a regional animal welfare conference in Western Colorado and is working with other local organizations to implement a comprehensive community cat initiative to address cat overpopulation in the valley. 


Anna's personal motto is "Default Empathy" and she brings a people-focused approach to animal welfare and international solidarity work.




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