Eric Stevens arrived at Kitsap Humane Society early in 2012 to lead the organization through a challenging economic time. Today, after partnering with a dedicated Board of Directors, Eric reports that KHS is financially stable and poised to embark on expanded goals and programs.
For more than 30 years, Eric Stevens has worked as a leader in the nonprofit sector. He has had his own independent consulting practice since 2005, specializing in strategic and business planning, board development and executive coaching with nonprofit leaders and boards.
Prior to consulting, Eric spent more than 25 years leading (and growing) nonprofit organizations in Minnesota as an Executive Director/CEO. For 20 years, he led St. David’s Child Development and Family Services, significantly expanding the organization’s services, staff and budget and successfully completing two capital campaigns. For six years, he served as CEO of Courage Center, a rehabilitation and social service facility for people with physical disabilities.
More recently, Eric served as Development Director of the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, where he helped to significantly expand fundraising revenues. He also has served on nearly a dozen boards of directors, often taking on leadership roles (e.g. board chair and/or committee chairs).
Eric grew up in New York City, where he attended Queens College majoring in economics. He then attended the MBA program at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and later earned Master’s Degrees in Early Child Education at Central Washington State University; and Organization Leadership at the Leadership Institute of Seattle.
Eric lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife, Caroline.
Director of Animal Welfare
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Natalie Smith graduated with a BA in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College. Before becoming involved professionally in animal welfare, Natalie worked in Program Research and Evaluation in the public health sector. While rescuing and rehoming stray cats from her urban community garden, Natalie became involved with Philadelphia’s animal control shelter, eventually becoming a volunteer, dog foster parent, and finally staff member as Community Programs Coordinator.
Over six years and through multiple organizational transitions, Natalie became the Assistant Director of Operations at Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly). While at ACCT Philly, Natalie developed, managed and expanded the shelter’s Life Saving Department (foster, adoption, volunteer and rescue transfer) and social media presence, in addition to overseeing Animal Care at the facility, which handles approximately 30-32,000 animals annually.
The unique “Pen Pal” program that Natalie created and implemented has been nationally recognized by the animal welfare community, and Natalie has presented and co-presented at regional and national conferences on expanding foster programs and on “open” adoption programs. Natalie also serves on the Advisory Council for HeARTs Speak, an international nonprofit organization that mobilizes professional artists to support and collaborate with local animal welfare efforts.
Natalie and her partner, Haley, live in Seabeck with their three cats, two dogs, and a soon-to-be rotating cast of foster animals.
Jennifer Stonequist, DVM
Director of Shelter Medicine
Jennifer Stonequist, DVM, received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Western University Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She always had a passion for animal welfare and realized through veterinary medicine she would contribute to the movement in a very meaningful way.
“Dr. Jen”, as she’s affectionately known at KHS, completed several externships with hospitals and organizations across the country during her studies, including in surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, feline medicine and a shelter medicine externship with Best Friends Animal Society.
One of Jennifer’s passions is high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgery. She has volunteered with organizations including FixNation in LA, the Humane Society of Tijuana and the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project here in Washington State. Bringing those experiences to KHS, Jennifer has worked with staff and volunteers to develop and expand the Kitsap community’s own low-cost Spay/Neuter Program.
Jennifer lives with her fiancé, Alec, and their “fur babies”, including their two dogs, Rosco and Baragon, in Bremerton..
Director of Donor Relations
Tom Weed comes to Kitsap Humane Society with a strong passion for both animal welfare and nonprofit development work. Before taking on the role as the Director of Donor Relations at KHS, Tom has served as the Development Director for Camp Korey, the Pike Place Market Foundation and as the Director of Donor Relations at Forterra. Prior to transitioning into the nonprofit world, Tom spent over 20 years working for investment banking firms as a wealth management advisor.
Tom is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, attended both Colorado College and the University of Minnesota, married the girl next door and slowly began drifting west. After living in Bozeman, MT, he landed in Seattle. Tom and his wife, Katie, have lived on Bainbridge Island for over 20 years and have two grown daughters who, when younger, were volunteer dog walkers at KHS. Tom and Katie own a tripod yellow lab rescue dog named Jake and when not working in the garden or at a Seattle Sounders game, they can be found backpacking around in the Olympics or the Cascades.
Tom grew up a Navy brat and spent his youth moving from Alaska to Florida to Trinidad, ending up in Missouri after his dad retired. He holds an Accounting degree from the University of Missouri. His early career was spent in public and private accounting prior to starting a boat business in Seattle and managing that for the past 25 years until retiring.
An opportunity came up to help KHS and Tom became the interim finance director, which was to be for only a few months and soon became a permanent position.
Tom has always had some sort of animal to care for from rats and snakes to cats and dogs. Tom is married to a veterinarian so the house always has a variety of rescued animals.
Tom lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife, Dr. Liz, daughter Kati, Boomer the dog, and Luke, Charlie and Maggie the cats.