Roger received a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from Rice University. His career began in the oil and gas industry working for Amoco and Arco in Houston, Texas. Roger moved to Colorado in 1998 where he started and grew a successful business in geophysical data processing. He had a strong desire to give back to the community and became involved with Humane Society of Boulder Valley, first as a volunteer, then later as a board member and board chair.
What began as volunteerism soon grew into a new career path as Roger’s passion for helping animals continued to grow. In 2012, he committed himself full-time to animal welfare taking on the position of Executive Director at the Animal Assistance Foundation. There, he merged his passion for science, business and leadership to help the animals of Colorado and beyond. In 2016, Roger joined PetSmart Charities, North America’s leading funder of animal welfare, as the organization’s Chief Analytics Officer. There, he’s focused upon data collection, interpretation and analysis to predict trends, evaluate best practices, explore the impact of the human-animal bond and examine the future of animal welfare.
With nearly 20 years of experience in animal welfare, Roger has become an internationally recognized leader in data, trends, metrics and analysis conveyed through impactful and approachable storytelling. He is a highly sought-after speaker who has presented on several animal welfare and economic topics at conferences and events around the world. He has served on the boards of Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund, PetAid Colorado, Catalyst Council, Emancipet, Animal Grant Makers, National Council on Pet Population and Shelter Animals Count.