The key to any successful organization or venture is a strong leadership backbone. And that is no exception here at the Fredericksburg SPCA. We wouldn’t be able to change so many lives, human and animal alike, without the dedication of the following individuals.
Carrie Withers is the Executive Director for the Fred SPCA. As the Executive Director, Carrie oversees the development and strategic planning of the Animal Resource Center to achieve maximum lifesaving initiatives for the animals in our community. Before being named Executive Director, Carrie spent the past two decades in accounting, business management and development of local area businesses to include several non-profits and private sector businesses. Carrie is thrilled to be a part of the Fred SPCA Team and join in the mission at our Animal Resource Center.
As Shelter Programs Director, Sarah oversees the staff that runs the foster, intake, transfer, volunteer, social media and outreach programs. With a constantly changing population of animals, Sarah enables the SPCA to scale, while keeping animals, foster and volunteer families, shelter partners, adopters, and staff supported. When Sarah is not saving lives, she is spending time with her children, husband, and 4 dogs while binge-watching the latest releases on Netflix and Hulu.
Erica is the Director of Development for the Fred SPCA.
Erica’s career in philanthropy has spanned two decades and has included numerous charities such as Columbia University, and the Whitney Museum of Art. She is delighted to be a part of Team SPCA and the wonderful work that goes on at our Animal Resource Center.
Dr. Emily A. Coleman grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and acquired a Bachelor of Science at the University of Mary Washington in 2005. She then attended the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. In 2019, after ten years in private practice, Dr. Coleman decided to become the shelter veterinarian at the Fredericksburg SPCA and dedicate her career to helping those pets in our community most in need. Her veterinary interests include neonatal kitten care, preventative medicine, shelter population management, as well as geriatric care. She currently lives at Lake Anna with her husband and their seven cats, two dogs and two guinea pigs. When not busy raising foster kittens she enjoys live music, hiking, and kayaking.
Animal Care Coordinator
Community Programs Manager
PETS Program Coordinator
Communications & Marketing Manager
We are forever indebted to the guidance and assistance
of the generous members of our Board of Directors.
Nicole Sullivan is the Senior Vice President of Anderson Oil Company and Anderson Propane Service and has lived in Fredericksburg for the last 15 years. She has served various volunteer roles for American Cancer Society, organizes the Annual Anderson Charity Golf Tournament and currently serves as Vice President of the Virginia Propane Gas Association. Nicole is the proud mother of her rescue collie mix, Lou, who joins her at the office regularly.
Brad Canova is a Principal Software Engineer at The MITRE Corporation. He has lived in the Fredericksburg area for over 20 years. He grew up in central Pennsylvania on a farm and has had pets his entire life. He has been
a member of the SPCA board since June of 2016.
Sarah Walsh has served in various roles at the Rappahannock United Way since 2004. Born and raised in England, she worked with UK based charitable organizations St Oswald’s Hospice, and OXFAM International. Sarah’s leadership journey has led her to serve on several boards and committees at the local, state and national level, including as a Commissioner to the Governor’s Advisory Board on National and Community Service, Fredericksburg SPCA, Volunteer Centers of Virginia, Virginia Credit Union Advisory Council, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Grants Committee, and the Spotsylvania Education Foundation Board of Directors.
Kyle Lackinger is an engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. Originally from Florida, he has been a resident of the Fredericksburg area since 2012, and currently resides in the downtown Fredericksburg area with his wife, Ally Lackinger. He has had a mix of cats and dogs while growing up. His sisters, avid dog lovers, inspired him to be more involved in animal welfare at the local level.
Senior Consultant for Deloitte, specializing in strategic support for federal clients. An alumni from Mary Washington, with almost 20 years active in the downtown community. Proud father of two rescue cats.
Joe Zitzelberger is the owner of Off Leash K9 Training, Fredericksburg. They opened OLK9 almost four years ago here in town and have been voted Best Dog Trainers by the Freelance Star three years in a row. He and his company have trained nearly 5000 dogs in the local area with many of them being rescues. He has a beautiful wife, two daughters, two sons, and five dogs. Joe has also trained several of the local pro athletes dogs, to include Max Scherzer, Gio Gonazalez, Anthony Rendon and many more! He was recently featured alongside Caitlin (Director of SPCA) in an exhibit at the Fredericksburg Area Museum for the work that we’ve done in the community. Joe expresses his excitement for the future of Fredericksburg and its commitment of the SPCA to the local dog community!
Robery Hyland’s family moved to the Fredericksburg area in the mid – seventies and has basically resided in the Fredericksburg area since. Currently, he lives below the college and has no plans of relocating, despite recently retiring from the Inspector General’s Office for the Department of Health & Human Services, where he was employed for the past 32 years. He currently works for the VA Department of Health Professions on a part – time basis.
Growing up he enjoyed the company of multiple dogs; St. Bernard’s and mixed breeds were always a part of the household. He’s a big advocate of the adoption process and has been adopting Greyhounds for the past 15 years. He currently has 3 retired racers living in downtown Fredericksburg.
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