KHS Team

Lee Harper

Executive Director

Joining the KHS team in April 2021, Lee brings more than two decades of executive leadership, strategic planning, financial oversight, fundraising, and capital campaign experience and a passion for community engagement, and an emphasis on collaborating with staff and volunteers. Most recently, she led the Phinney Neighborhood Association in Seattle as Executive Director for ten years.

Lee graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in accounting. She then attended Seattle University, where she received her master’s in nonprofit leadership and management.

Drawn to the culture and lifesaving mission of KHS, Lee is a huge believer in the connection between people and pets. Lee and her partner, David, have three dogs Columbo, Mouse, and Sticks. In her spare time, Lee is a dog trainer, and with Columbo, they are a therapy dog team for Project Canine.

Chase Connolly

Director of Animal Welfare

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. Formerly serving as the Director of Animal Control, Chase recently became our Director of Animal Welfare!

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).

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. 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

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.

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.

Victoria Gingrey

Director of Marketing

Victoria joined the KHS team in November 2020. She graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a degree in journalism and public relations and a French minor and brings with her nearly a decade of marketing, public relations, and social media experience. Victoria moved to Washington after working at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Indiana Department of Revenue in public relations and marketing positions. A few months after moving, Victoria became a volunteer dog walker at KHS and joined the marketing department at Kitsap Credit Union in Bremerton. Most recently, she served as the communications manager at another humane society, spearheading marketing and public relations efforts.

Victoria lives in Manchester with her husband, Jared, and their dog and cat, Seamus and Chewie.

Eric Stevens

Capital Campaign/Project Director

Eric Stevens arrived at Kitsap Humane Society early in 2012 to lead the organization through a challenging economic time as Executive Director, where after partnering with a dedicated Board of Directors, Eric reports that KHS is financially stable and poised to embark on expanded goals and programs. Beginning in April 2021, Eric now serves as Capital Campaign/Project Director.

For 40 years, 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 26 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.