Main Phone Number: 434-448-0088
Volunteer & Education Programs
Karly Lauderbaugh-Stansfield – Volunteer & Education Coordinator, ext 116
Administrative Offices- ext 111
Spay Neuter Clinic – 434-821-4922
Reese McClanahan – Clinic Manager, ext 11
Appomattox Center – 434-352-3103
Rachel Hoyle – Shelter Supervisor
Board of Directors
Shelley Stone – President
Steve Blickenstaff- Vice President
Brenda Gray – Secretary
Mike Madden – Treasurer
Joy Lee Price
Makena Yarbrough- Executive Director
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 innovative board of directors to develop and implement a long range plan to take the community no kill. 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 increased the number of lives saved from 49% to 96%. After a very successful capital campaign that raised $5.2 million in 2 1/2 years, the new Edythe Elizabeth Stauffer Center for Pets opened in March of 2015. In 2018 the Lynchburg Humane Society began managing the Appomattox and Pittsylvania County’s’ public shelters that are now operating with save rates in the high 90’s, making Lynchburg Humane Society the largest No Kill organization in the state. Last year the staff of the Humane Society established a No Kill Virginia initiative with programs to bring the state’s save rate for pets to 90% by 2020. Recently Makena was recognized by Maddie’s Fund as a recipient of their Maddie Hero Award. As a member of the Best Friends Animal Society’s NK2025 National Steering Committee, Makena is working alongside other innovative leaders where she is focused on helping to increase the save rate in the Mid Atlantic Region.
Makena 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.
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 & 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 lives in Lynchburg with her husband Chuck, 12-year-old son Sam, 7-year-old daughter Lily and three dogs, Abigail, Bob and Daisy.