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.
As Executive Director, Laurie uses her skills as a gifted collaborator to effectively bring together stakeholders and nurture and guide young leaders through advanced-level mentorship. She has an extensive background in leadership, project management, and organizational growth during her 35+ years working in dynamic environments throughout Virginia and DC. An important theme in Laurie’s life from a young age has been the human-animal bond and her role as Executive Director utilizes her talents to turn her passion into purpose.
Allie Names is the Deputy Director for the Fredericksburg SPCA. Allie has been active in several roles within the organization for the past five years after having graduated from the University of Mary Washington. Nurturing the growth and development of several programs and new initiatives, and being heavily involved in operations – Allie is no stranger to the critical work the Fredericksburg SPCA does. Allie’s passion for animal rescue began as a young girl when she and her dad would rescue many types of animals in need. She is looking forward to growing the programs within the Fred SPCA and helping to move the mission forward.
With more than a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising, Melanie's role as Director of Development combines her love for animals and community building. An art history graduate of the University of Mary Washington and long-time resident of the Fredericksburg area, Melanie supports her community through volunteering and serves on the Fredericksburg Arts Commission.
Ashley Lindbeck is the Director of Animal Care at the Fred SPCA. A strong leader who fosters resiliency and compassion, Ashley has an extensive background in nonprofit animal organizations and community advocacy. Her team ensures every animal who comes into our building receives the love and care they need to remain happy and healthy, whether they’re getting ready for adoption or just need some community assistance through the People Empowered Through Support program. When not at work she can usually be found in the woods with her husband and daughter or curled up with a book.
Holly Haller is the Clinic Director of the Fred SPCA Locke Community Medical Center. Bio coming soon!
Von Young is the Director of Communications & Marketing at the Fredericksburg SPCA. Bio coming soon!
Lead Vet Tech
Community Programs Manager
Animal Care Coordinator
Lead Animal Care Technician
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.
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.
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 the president and founder of Fredericksburg Technology. George has been a Fredericksburg native for 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.
Molly Flurry grew up in the Midwest, rescuing too many stray dogs and cats to accurately recount. Now located in Fredericksburg with 7-year-old stepchild, Sam, and his dad, Andy Cornick. She transitioned from a career in print media into law in 2011 and is now practicing in Fredericksburg and surrounding areas with a focus on small businesses, real estate, banking, and estate planning matters with a high number of animal-focused clients. Molly is presently serving on the Friends of the Rappahannock Board of Directors (at Large Member) and Central Virginia Housing Coalition Board of Directors (Vice President). She is the proud owner of Gideon, the 17-year-old shelter cat, Lincoln the pandemic puppy, and Roland, the destroyer of trash cans.
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