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 Deputy Director, Sarah oversees the staff that runs the foster, intake, transfer and behavior. 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.
Dee Hwang is the Director of Development for the Fred SPCA. Dee brings two decades of experience securing indispensable resources for organizations, having raised tens of millions for worthy causes. Dee is ecstatic to be championing the life-changing pursuit of the Fred SPCA. She loves cats, comic-books and volunteering for her daughter's school, Fredericksburg Academy, in her spare time.
Allie Names is the Director of Community Programs for the Fred SPCA. Allie has been with the FredSPCA for over three years after graduating from the University of Mary Washington and is a rockstar at managing our Matchmaker Team, Volunteer Team and Humane Education Program. Allie has had a passion for animals since she was a little girl when she and her dad would rescue every different type of animal.
Dr. Jillian Schrier is the Supervising Veterinarian for the FredSPCA. Jillian attended and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine program after completing her Masters in Finance from Florida State University. After spending her childhood begging her parents for every type of pet imaginable, she always knew her life would be spent somehow helping animals any way she could. While studying at veterinary school, she developed a passion for shelter medicine and was involved in numerous programs and clinical rotations focusing on the care of shelter animals. After being in small animal general practice for the past few years, she is excited to return to her passion of helping the animals and the people in the community who need it most by joining the Fred SPCA Team.
Communications & Marketing Manager
Animal Resource Center Manager
Intake & Transfer
Animal Care Coordinator
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 the FredSPCA 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!
Robert 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.
George Barnick is an owner and managing director of Rappahannock IT. He has lived in Fredericksburg his entire life and currently resides in the heart of downtown. During his time growing up, community service and charity was always strongly emphasized and has been an inspiration to help area organizations thrive and prosper as the Fredericksburg region continues to grow. George is a proud rescue dog dad of two Alaskan Malamute mixes from the Fredericksburg SPCA.
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