Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer
Robin left a successful career as an attorney to join the Richmond SPCA as its chief executive officer in 1997. During her tenure, Robin has transformed the organization into a national leader in animal welfare and has implemented a multitude of progressive and innovative programs and services, now replicated at agencies nationwide, dedicated to ending pet homelessness throughout the community. She is a visionary in the humane movement, and her work has led to Richmond being distinguished as one of the safest cities in the country for homeless animals.
Tamsen Heckel Kingry
Chief Operating Officer
Tamsen joined the Richmond SPCA in 2002 and presently serves as the organization’s chief operating officer. In this capacity, Tamsen and her team oversee development, public relations, veterinary services, and the adoption center. She is involved in a number of community initiatives that have helped garner public support for the state-of-the-art, nationally-recognized Robins-Starr Humane Center and its myriad lifesaving programs and services, and she has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit Richmond’s orphaned animals.
Tabitha Frizzell Treloar
Director of Communications
Tabitha, director of communications for the Richmond SPCA, joined the organization in 2005. In addition to appearing on regular media spots, Tabitha oversees media relations, branding campaigns, advocacy, social media, Web development, advertising initiatives, our blog and more. Her work has been recognized with Virginia Public Relations and Communicator Awards. In 2016, she was presented with a President's Award from the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies for her advocacy efforts in the General Assembly.
Chief of Education and Training
Sarah became a member of the Richmond SPCA team in 2001 and currently serves as the organization’s chief of education and training. Sarah and her staff manage the behavior helpline, youth humane education programs, adult education via Pet University seminars, pet behavior and training, outreach and companionship programs. The Richmond SPCA has grown to be the largest provider of humane education throughout Central Virginia, and its operating model is emulated by communities across the country through national outreach partnerships.
Dr. Angela Ivey
Director of Veterinary Medicine
When Dr. Ivey started working at the Richmond SPCA, she thought the position would serve as her transition from private practice ownership to retirement. Five years later, that original goal is a mere fantasy! Dr. Ivey, director of veterinary medicine, oversees both internal veterinary medicine for homeless dogs and cats in the care of the Richmond SPCA and for owned pets who are patients of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital. She is a graduate of Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine and worked in private practice for more than 20 years before joining the Richmond SPCA.
Manager of Admissions
Laura joined the Richmond SPCA in 2008 as an admissions counselor and 7 months later became the assistant manager of adoptions. After managing the volunteer department for a brief stint, Laura moved into the role she considered her "dream job" with the organization, managing the admissions department. Laura considers it a privilege to manage the intake process through both transfer relationships with partner shelters and counseling of pet guardians who are contemplating relinquishment, enabling the Richmond SPCA to save the life of another orphaned animal in great need. In 2016, she was recognized by the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies with a President's Award, presented for her highly professional, swift and compassionate responses to please for help in saving the lives of animals in need from across the commonwealth.
Manager of Leadership Giving
After adopting her dog, Olive (pictured here), in 2009, Gray made it a priority to give back to the Richmond SPCA because of how much the organization had given to her by saving the life of her best friend. Gray worked in communications and volunteer management for two nonprofits in the Richmond area before joining the Richmond SPCA in 2014 as the organization's manager of events, overseeing the Dog Jog and 5K Run, the Fur Ball and the Progressive Dinner. Gray's work in the development department lead her to become the manager of community development in 2016. In this position, she works with wonderful people and generous local organizations who wish to partner with the Richmond SPCA to support its lifesaving work.