Staff and Board of Directors

Staff Contact

Main Phone Number: 434-448-0088

Consider emailing us for quickest communication, as we are typically busy with the pets in our care and with customers – click on the individual’s name to email

Adoption Center

Laura Murphy – Adoption Center Manager, ext 111
Adoption Counselors – ext. 101 and 102

Operational Staff

Amber Woody – Pet Care Manager
Chris Luther – Pet Help Manager
Laura Murphy – Adoption Center & Volunteer Manager, ext 111
Ben Wyland – Facilities Manager
Jill Mollohan – Associate Director, ext 115

Administrative Offices- ext 111

Claire LeFew – Events and Communications Manager, ext 116 
Michelle Thomas – Director of Development, ext 122
Wendy King – Director of Finance & Administration, ext 112
Jill Mollohan – Associate Director, ext 115
Jan Walker Executive Director, ext 110

Spay Neuter Clinic – (434) 207-2612

Reese McClanahan – Clinic Manager

Appomattox Center – 434-406-0686


About our Executive Team

Director of Finance and Administration, Wendy King
Wendy King joined LHS in April 2015 as the Business Manager and then became the Director of Finance and Administration in July 2017.  Prior to LHS, she was the Campus Student Employment Coordinator at Sweet Briar College and Financial Services Representative at SunTrust Banks.  She also has an extensive background in non-profit college education. She is a graduate of James Madison University where she majored in Sociology.  

Wendy lives in Lynchburg with her husband, two kids, and adopted dog (a  Boston Terrier named Rafi).  When she’s not keeping busy with work and family, you can find her at home working on some sort of craft or reading. 


Associate Director, Jill Mollohan
Jill Mollohan joined the Lynchburg Humane Society in 2010.  She is currently the Associate Director for the organization which operates centers in the City of Lynchburg and Appomattox County and a spay/neuter clinic in Evington, VA.  Jill is also the Vice President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies. She began her involvement in animal welfare in 2004 as a volunteer for a shelter in West Virginia.  She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences.

Jill has worked in every facet of animal welfare, from a kennel attendant to executive director.  Her passions are mentoring staff to become leaders, implementing creative ideas to maximize life-saving and integrating technology in the shelter environment to improve efficiencies.  

Before entering the animal welfare field, Jill was a business director for a technology company and a finance and administration director at a non-profit in Charleston, WV.  Jill currently resides in Lynchburg, VA with her three dogs, Piper, Percy, and Jenna and her two cats Lady Katherine and Sir Winston.  In her spare time, Jill enjoys kayaking, hiking and photography.


Director of Development, Michelle Thomas

Michelle joined LHS as Director of Development in June 2021.  Michelle brings extensive experience to the Humane Society, having served most recently as the Corporate Development Manager and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Program Director for the Centra Foundation.  A native of Lynchburg, Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the McIntire School at the University of Virginia.  In addition to her development experience, Michelle’s background reflects over 25 years of business experience from the private sector, having served as the VP of Investor Relations with First Colony,  the Director of Operations at Southern Provision Company, and the owner of two successful retail businesses in the Lynchburg area.  

A native of Lynchburg, Michelle has successfully developed meaningful relationships with local businesses and corporations, as well as nonprofits and individuals committed to enhancing the quality of life in our community.  Michelle has been a supporter of the Humane Society as a volunteer for many years, as well as a volunteer for the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and the Downtown Lynchburg Association.  Michelle loves biking, reading books, and long walks with her newly adopted schnoodle, Charlie.  She visits her daughter Madi in Los Angeles and her daughter Lexie in Richmond as often as possible.


Executive Director, Jan Walker
Jan Walker joined LHS in October 2019.  Prior to joining LHS, Jan had recently retired as the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Centra, a large nonprofit healthcare system located in Central Virginia.  In this role, Jan had leadership responsibility for a broad spectrum of services and locations, overseeing the strategic and operational efforts for an organization of more than 9,000 employees.  Jan’s background also includes experience as Vice President of Organizational Development for a large East Coast financial institution, and serving as cofounder of a consulting firm specializing in Organizational Development and Human Resource Services.  

Jan has served on numerous community boards for over 30 years, including multiple non-profit organizations including most recently United Way of Central Virginia, the YMCA of Central Virginia, All Points Employee Assistance of Central Virginia, and the Greater Lynchburg Transit Authority.   

Jan is a long-time resident of Lynchburg, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Lynchburg and a Master of Science degree from Old Dominion University.  She has had a long-standing relationship with LHS over the years, where family visits to the facility were a routine part of her family’s activities, and where her family pets were adopted since her own early childhood days.  Jan has built an entire career around finding ways to improve the lives of others, and now continues that dedication as part of the LHS leadership team. 

 


Board of Directors

Steve Blickenstaff – Co-President
Joy Lee Price – Co-President
Breanne Oldham – Vice President
Brenda Gray – Secretary
Mike Madden – Treasurer
Bobby Babcock
Ward Dean
Rosemary Dawson
Ted Hunt
Phillip Jamerson
Daniele Mason
Barbara McGehee
Larry Redmond
Shelley Stone
George Vaughan
Makena Yarbrough
Jan Walker, Executive Director