Chief Executive Officer
Stuart has been CEO of the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County since 2018 and is also Vice President of the Pet Alliance of Washington (PAW); a Board Director of the Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies (WAFED) and chair of the WAFED Development Committee. He previously served as CEO of the Scottish SPCA in the UK for 10 years; has served as the CEO of a UK public company and as CEO of Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, the UK’s largest Zoo. He has served as a CEO since 1993 and as a non-executive director on several board including as board chair for three not for profits and also chairing three major fundraising appeals.
Stuart was also chair of the Scottish Government Animal Welfare Strategy Group and has over twenty years sales and marketing experience including working internationally with over 100 countries and running political campaigns in the UK. Stuart and Emma, who has been married to Stuart for over 20 years, love animals and at its peak their menagerie consisted of 14 horses and ponies, five dogs, a cat and two sheep. It is now more manageable but still includes four dogs, eight horses and ponies and a cat.
Chief Financial Officer
Leslie joined the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County in 2018, bringing 20+ years of experience in financial management, budgeting, strategy development and executive leadership from the for-profit business sector. Leslie graduated with her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems, obtained her CPA license in 2006, and then her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in International Finance.
After years of working in the for-profit environment, Leslie decided to join an organization that shares her passion for animals with a focus on the community. Leslie shares her home with her partner and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Arthur Fonzerelli (aka The Fonz).
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Ashley Taulbee joined the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County in November of 2017 and brings over a decade of nonprofit fundraising experience to her role as the Director of Development and Marketing. In this role, Ashley is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of all fundraising, communications, and relationship management. This work builds on her previous experience as the organization’s Development Manager—leading fundraising activities to drive support and awareness of the organization’s mission.
Ashley’s passion has always been to make a lasting and meaningful impact for the pets in her community where she grew up. She garnered experience working with nonprofit organizations throughout Tacoma, including Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainer Region, the Point Defiance Zoological Society, and the Museum of Glass. Ashley enjoys spending her free time taking her dog, Apollo, on a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style walks around the eastside of Tacoma.
Chief Operating Officer
For nearly 20 years, Leah has been a noteworthy leader in the human resources field, spending most of her career in the for-profit environment. She joined the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County in 2017 as the organization’s first human resources professional, the Director of Human Resources. Drawn to a desire to work closer with the animal services team and provide a more direct impact on the shelter animals and our mission, Leah accepted the position as Chief Operating Officer in January 2021.
Since joining the shelter, Leah has taken on the titles of “Cat Mom” and “Dog Mom” and in her spare time, is very involved in her community, volunteering as a recreational housing community Board Chairman, as well as with other local charitable foundations.