Meet Our Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
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 a dog—all of whom they adopted from the Richmond SPCA.
Sarah Babcock, CTC, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC
Chief of Education and Training
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 is a Virginia native. An alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting in December 1990. She is a licensed CPA in Virginia and worked for nearly two decades in public accounting after graduating college. She later served as in-house CFO for a couple of local small business entities before joining the team at the Richmond SPCA.
Tracey lives in Mechanicsville with her husband of 20 years and three beautiful children alongside three happy cats.
Senior Manager of the Adoption Center
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 was promoted to manager of adoptions in 2019, and in 2020, he was promoted to senior manager of the adoption center, merging our adoption and retail departments.
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
Director of People Operations
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, Stella and Elton.
Angela Ivey, DVM
Director of Veterinary Medicine
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.
Director of Admissions and Education
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.
In 2019, Timothy became our senior manager of admissions and community education. He is responsible for overseeing our community education programs which include pet training classes, School For Dogs, humane education and shelter diversion, as well as the team that coordinates pet intake via transfer relationships and surrenders.
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
Chief Advancement Officer
Carol Anne oversees fundraising and marketing 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
Chief Operating Officer
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 two cats, two dogs, a toddler and a husband who keep her busy.
Senior Director of Shelter Operations
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, internal veterinary services and community education. Her team is 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.
Director of Communications
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.