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

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.


Sarah Chiles

As Deputy 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.

Dee Hwang

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. 
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Dr. Emily A. Coleman

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.

Ada Vanderhoof

Animal Care Coordinator 

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Community Programs Manager

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Ashley Lindbeck

PETS Program Coordinator

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Ashley Ogle

Foster Coordinator

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Jennifer Burks

Animal Behavior Coordinator


Deneal Kennedy

Assistant Director of Development 

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Emily Hemming

Veterinary Technician

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Julianne Middle

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Von Young

Communications & Marketing Manager 

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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.

Dr. Gregory Cox has lived in the Fredericksburg area for 28 years. He and his wife Sherri have a dental practice together since moving here from Oklahoma in 1989. They have raised five children here and over the course of this time have had 10 dogs and one cat, three of which were adopted from the SPCA. Dr. Cox when not working spends most of his time with his family doing many different things like fishing , bike riding, golfing and traveling. Dr. Cox has had previous board experience with the American Red Cross 1996 through 1999 and the Fredericksburg Rotary club 1999 to 2001.

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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