KHS Team

Jennifer Stonequist, DVM

Interim Co-Executive Director | 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. She joined team KHS in 2011!

One of Jen’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. 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.

Jamie Nocula

Interim Co-Executive Director | Director of Philanthropy

Jamie joined the Kitsap Humane Society team in January 2021 as the Director of Philanthropy, bringing with her 20 years of operational expertise, including 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on moving organizational missions forward through philanthropy. Jamie is a born and raised Pacific Northwesterner and attended college at The Evergreen State College. She and her family relocated to Kitsap County eight years ago. In that time, she has developed significant, key relationships with others that have the same heart and passion for serving. Jamie resides in Bremerton with her husband, Chris, their four children, and their two rescue dogs, Aruna and Newman.

Chief Chase Connolly

Director of Animal Control

Chief Chase Connolly started his days early at KHS as a volunteer in 1998 when he was just a young kid. In 2010, Chase came back to KHS but this time as a staff member, and went on to work in roles in the areas of Animal Care, Admissions, and Animal Control.

Chase has spent all his life in Kitsap County and calls this county “home.” Chase attended Olympic College for an Associate’s of Arts in Business/Management. Prior to KHS, Chase worked in various managerial roles. During Chase’s time with KHS, he has remained committed to keeping himself and his team at the forefront of animal control practices and protocols by attending various training and receiving several certifications to allow him and his team to serve as Animal Control Officers in Kitsap County and Washington state. Chase lives with his son, and their spoiled pets (cats, dogs, and birds).

Melissa Fenswick

Director of Finance & Human Resources

Melissa joined the KHS team in March 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of accounting and human resources. She received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Sonoma State University.

After college, she moved to Silicon Valley, right before the big dot-com implosion, and spent several years helping small R&D companies shut down their businesses. Following that, she moved to Hawaii, got married, and had her first child. After five years of Hawaiian Island living and working as an accounting and HR manager, her family returned to the mainland – Washington state.

Prior to assuming her role at KHS, Melissa worked for a non-profit nursing home on Vashon Island as the accounting and HR manager.

Melissa lives with her husband, two children, and their beloved family dog.