Lynchburg Humane Society
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Board of Directors

Brenda Gray- president
Steve Blickenstaff- vice president
Shelley Stone - secretary
Ward Dean - treasurer
Bobby Babcock
Sara Candler
Kevin Cash
Jeanna Chapman
Mike Condrey
Stephanie Cox
Rachel Dalton
Rosemary Dawson
Rosie Gantt
Heidi Gondi
Jay Harper
Ted Hunt
Mike Madden
Daniele Mason
Sandra Mitchell
Joy Lee Price
Makena Yarbrough- executive director


Makena Yarbrough, executive director, 434-846-1438  ext 13
Kim Haywood, development & outreach manager, 434-846-1438 ext 12
Jill Mollohan, spay/neuter clinic manager, 434-821-4922 ext 11
Wayne Diskill, business & facilities manager, 434-846-1438  ext 12
Lori Cline, animal care manager, 434-846-1438  ext 10
Lea Morin, development & capital campaign assistant,  434-238-3181
Beth Sebby, Intake & foster program, 434-846-1438  ext 11

About our Executive Director

   Makena Yarbrough joined the Lynchburg Humane Society in July of 2009 as the first executive director for the organization.  She quickly worked with the inovative board of directors to develop and implement a long range plan to take the community no kill by 2015.  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 reduced euthanasia by 86% and increased the number of lives saved from 49% to 90%. 
     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, a no-kill organization which operates as the city and county pound.
     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 now lives in Lynchburg with her husband Chuck, 7-year-old son Sam, 3-year-old daughter Lily and three dogs, Abigail, Annie and Bob.