Staff and Board of Directors

Staff Contact


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.  Main Phone Number: 434-448-0088

Adoption Center

Reception – for general questions, ext 100
Adoption Counselors – ext. 101 and 102
Laura Murphy – Adoption Center and Foster Manager, ext 111

Operational Management

Chris Luther – Pet Help and Special Ops Manager
Laura Murphy – Adoption Center and Foster Manager, ext 111
Ben Wyland – Facilities Manager
Amber Woody – Senior Manager of Operations

Administrative Offices

Emily Laing – Children’s Programs Coordinator
Ashley Douglas – Volunteer and Events Coordinator, ext 104
Claire LeFew – Development and Communications Manager (Media Contact), ext 116 
Michelle Thomas – Director of Development, ext 122
Wendy King – Director of Finance & Administration, ext 112
Jill Mollohan – Executive Director, ext 115

Spay/Neuter Clinic

Appointments & Questions – (434) 207-2612
Reese McClanahan – Spay/Neuter Clinic Manager


Meet 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 busy with work and family, you can find her at home working on some sort of craft or reading. 

Executive Director, Jill Mollohan
Jill Mollohan joined the Lynchburg Humane Society in 2010.  As of August 1, 2022 she is now the Executive Director.  Jill is also the Vice President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies.   She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences.

Jill began her involvement in animal welfare in 2004 as a volunteer for a shelter in West Virginia. She has worked in every facet of animal welfare, from volunteer to development to operations.  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 cats Oliver and Lady Katherine.  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 Lynchburg 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 Lynchburg 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 adopted dogs, Charlie and Winnie.  She visits her daughters in Richmond as often as possible.

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
Daniele Mason
Barbara McGehee
Larry Redmond
Shelley Stone
George Vaughan
Jill Mollohan, Executive Director