Staff and Board of Directors

Staff Contact

Main Phone Number: 434-433-2715

Adoption Center

Adoption counselors, ext.101

Volunteer & Education Programs

Email us

Pet Resource Center ext. 105

Pittsylvania Pet Center Administration

Catrina Valania, shelter manager, ext. 103
Kari Marshall, community engagement supervisor, ext. 104

Administrative Staff at our main Center for Pets in Lynchburg

Jill Mollohan, director of operations, ext 115
Makena Yarbrough
, executive director, ext 113
Julie Barger, development director, ext 122
Wendy King, director of finance and administration, ext 112
Laura Carwile, development manager, ext 111

Spay Neuter Clinic, Evington – 434-821-4922

Reese McClanahan, clinic manager, ext. 11


Board of Directors

Shelley Stone – President
Steve Blickenstaff- Vice President
Mike Condrey – Secretary
Ward Dean – Treasurer
Bobby Babcock
Cheri Barauskas
Rosemary Dawson
Brenda Gray
Jay Harper
Becky Hawkins
Ted Hunt
Phillip Jamerson
Mike Madden
Daniele Mason
Joy Lee Price
Makena Yarbrough- executive director

About our Executive Director

makenabobMakena Yarbrough joined the Lynchburg Humane Society in July of 2009 as the first executive director for the organization. She quickly worked with the innovative board of directors to develop and implement a long range plan to take the community no kill. Since her arrival the organization has tripled the size of their board of directors, developed a more equitable relationship with the City of Lynchburg as their contracted pound, began managing the regional spay/neuter clinic, created a city wide free spay/neuter effort for community cats, increased community awareness and involvement in the cause, decreased their intake and implemented a number of new programs that have increased the number of lives saved from 49% to 96%. After a very successful capital campaign, that raised $5.2 million in 2 1/2 years, the new Edythe Elizabeth Stauffer Center for Pets opened in March of 2015.

She began her animal welfare career in 2000 with the Richmond SPCA, first as the director of education and then as the director of operations. Prior to coming to Lynchburg, Makena was the associate director for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

Makena has presented seminars at a number of animal welfare conferences and consults with many shelters across the country on topics of customer service, capital campaigns, no kill programs, and operational matters. Before her work in animal welfare, Makena was the marketing and advertising manager for a regional homebuilder and a professional stage manager for performing arts theater companies in DC and Richmond. Makena is a native of Maryland and a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She lives in Lynchburg with her husband Chuck, 11-year-old son Sam, 6-year-old daughter Lily and three dogs, Abigail, Bob and Daisy.