Meet Our Executive Team

Tamsen Kingry (she/her)
Chief Executive Officer

Tamsen with her dog Sugar Magnolia (Maggie, for short)

As the CEO of the Richmond SPCA, Tamsen oversees the development of our organization’s short- and long-term strategies to achieve maximum lifesaving and fulfill with integrity the Richmond SPCA’s mission. Before being named CEO in 2019, Tamsen was our COO for 12 years and in that capacity oversaw operational development, design analysis, evaluation and improvement; regulatory compliance; emergency preparedness; community relationship building; fundraising; communications; and program and service delivery. She is passionate about developing innovative programming to proactively reduce pet homelessness and engaging in crucial advocacy to save and protect the lives of animals.

Tamsen earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and a certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in the Executive Education program at Harvard Business School. Tamsen joined the staff of the Richmond SPCA in 2002.

When she’s not busy working alongside our talented and dedicated staff, Board and volunteers, Tamsen enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as their two cats and two dogs—all of whom they adopted from the Richmond SPCA.

Sarah Babcock, CTC, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC (she/her)
Chief of Education and Training

Sarah with her dog Trinket

Sarah joined the staff of the Richmond SPCA in 2001, soon after graduating valedictorian and with honors from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA. Her earlier career at IBM followed her graduation from Sweet Briar College with a bachelor’s degree in math and economics. Sarah’s career change was inspired by Crosby, a dog she found, adopted and began training, which led her to pursue additional education in animal behavior at the University of Richmond where she completed three years of graduate work in psychology and neuroscience.

The dogs who share Sarah’s home have competed in canine agility, trained in tricks, done commercial work for local and national brands, appeared on the cover of Bark magazine, and visited local retirement communities as part of the Richmond SPCA’s Paws for Health® Program. Her Henrico County farm is also home to cats, chickens and miniature horses, all of whom have benefited from some degree of clicker training.

Tracey Coats
Chief Financial Officer

Tracey and Neji,
a cat in our care

Tracey is a Virginia native and is an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a licensed CPA in Virginia and worked for nearly two decades in public accounting, where she was an audit manager and oversaw audits for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. She later served as in-house chief financial officer for a number of local small businesses before joining the team at the Richmond SPCA as our controller in June 2020. After two years of service with the Richmond SPCA, Tracey was promoted to become our chief financial officer in October 2022.

Tracey lives in Mechanicsville with her husband and three beautiful children alongside three happy cats. 

Tommy DeSanto
Director of the Adoption Center

Tommy DeSanto with Sprout (dog)
Tommy with his dog Sprout

Tommy joined the Richmond SPCA adoption department in 2012. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing. Tommy oversees our adoption counselors, retail associates and foster care team.

Tommy lives in Richmond with his two dogs, Beet and Sprout, and his cat, Alfie, all of whom were adopted from the Richmond SPCA. Due to his own pets’ intensive medical conditions, Tommy has always been drawn to the pets in our care who have special needs. During his free time, Tommy enjoys collecting new hot sauces, shopping at thrift stores and hiking the trail and river systems around Virginia with his dogs.

Kari Hosack, MPA, SHRM-CP (she/her)
Director of People Operations

Kari Hosack and Stella (dog)
Kari with her dog Stella

Kari has worked in a variety of capacities at the Richmond SPCA since 2011, when she was hired as a birthday party host and camp counselor in the humane education department. Currently she serves as our director of people operations, a promotion that she earned in 2020. She previously held the position of manager of humane education for five years, and in this role improved programming to educate children on basic pet care and safety, before transitioning to oversee human resources in 2016. 

Kari earned the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) credential in 2019, making her a recognized expert and leader in the HR field. Kari is a magna cum laude graduate of Christopher Newport University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and earned her master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kari currently lives in Mechanicsville with her husband, two sons and three adopted dogs, Ramona, Elton and Casper.

Angela Ivey, DVM
Director of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ivey with Jupiter, an infant kitten in our care

Dr. Ivey is a Kentucky native who joined the Richmond SPCA in 2004. An alumna of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. She attended the University of Louisville as an undergraduate. Dr. Ivey worked in private practice for nearly 20 years, opening both a successful clinic in Colonial Heights and a satellite clinic in Chester.

As our director of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ivey oversees the provision of all professional veterinary services at the Richmond SPCA. This includes services delivered to pets in our care awaiting adoption, as well as patients of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital and Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic.

Timothy Joyner
Director of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital

Timothy Joyner and his dog Grady
Timothy with his dog Grady

Timothy joined the Richmond SPCA’s Animal Care team in 2006. He was promoted to manage the volunteers and programs department in 2011, and then spent six years as our manager of adoptions, beginning in 2013. From 2019 to 2022, Timothy oversaw our community education programs.

In 2023, Timothy became our Director of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital, which provides quality care at a reduced cost to pets in the Greater Richmond region. Timothy and his team help to ensure that all families have access to affordable treatment options for their dogs and cats, regardless of financial hardship.

Timothy lives in Mechanicsville with his wife, three children and two dogs, Grady and Simon, who are both Richmond SPCA alumni. Timothy’s adoption of Simon in 2006 was the inspiration for him to join the Richmond SPCA staff one month later. 

Carol Anne Baker Lajoie (she/her)
Chief Advancement Officer

Carol Anne with her dog Zeke

Carol Anne oversees fundraising, marketing and humane education activities for the Richmond SPCA. She joined us in 2019 as our director of development before being promoted to our chief advancement officer in 2022.

Prior to joining our team, she served as director of development and external relations for the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and chief development officer for the YWCA of Richmond. Carol Anne spent 11 years at the Virginia Historical Society before joining the YWCA. She holds a bachelor of science degree from VCU and a master’s from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Carol Anne served on the board of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and is a past chair of Impact 100, a women’s grant making collaborative. Her passions include Bruce Springsteen, making up songs about her dogs and being around smart women. She lives with her husband, adopted dogs and a flock of highly demanding chickens in North Chesterfield.

Lisa Clarke Rivadeneira (she/her)
Chief Operating Officer

Lisa with her dog Winston (Winny, for short)

Lisa’s summer internship with the Richmond SPCA in 2008 was the start to her career in animal welfare. After graduating in May of 2009 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, Lisa continued to volunteer until she joined the staff in early 2010. She has held positions in communications, volunteers, human resources and development before she was promoted to become our chief operating officer in 2019.

Lisa has one cat, one dog, two kids and a husband who keep her busy.

Carly Sgueo
Senior Director of Shelter Operations

Carly with her dog Fergie

Carly was hired in 2003 in the Richmond SPCA’s animal care department, which she now oversees as senior director of shelter operations. In this role, she also supervises adoptions, admissions and shelter veterinary services. Her teams are responsible for the intake, daily care, provision of veterinary treatment, training and enrichment and adoption of nearly 4,000 animals each year.

Carly is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history. Her family shares their home with two dogs and a cat, all of whom they have adopted from the Richmond SPCA.

Tabitha Treloar (she/her)
Director of Communications

Tabitha with her dog Roux

Tabitha joined the Richmond SPCA in 2005 as an admissions counselor soon after moving to Richmond from her home state of Mississippi. The following year, she was offered the opportunity to meld her skills as a communications professional with her newfound passion for animal welfare as the organization’s community relations manager. Tabitha was promoted to director of communications in 2010.

Tabitha is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and PRSA Richmond. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Tabitha and her husband live in Richmond with four Richmond SPCA alumni—two cats and two dogs.

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