Denise Hayes

Denise is the Chief Executive Officer for the Roanoke Valley SPCA. She is responsible for the overall management of the organization. At home, Denise has two rescue dogs – Spencer and Polly, each with their unique personality and a lot of love to share. Prior to working at the Roanoke Valley SPCA, Denise was a volunteer for our Foster Care program. She has a passion for helping animals in need within our community. To learn more about Denise, please visit her LinkedIn Profile.  Denise can be reached at 540-339-9500 or by email.

Doris Minnix

Doris is the Programs Assistant with the Roanoke Valley SPCA. In her role, Doris is often the first person you will see when visiting the Roanoke Valley SPCA.  She works the front desk helping visitors, answers calls and works with families, local food pantries and Meals on Wheels to assist with dog and cat food for those in our community who a struggling to make ends meet.  Doris started at the Roanoke Valley SPCA as a volunteer in 2009 and joined the staff in September 2010. Doris’s family includes her husband Pete and their Shih Tzu, Chang, and their cat, Scarface, who was adopted from the Roanoke Valley SPCA. Doris attended and graduated from Staunton River High School. Doris works at the Roanoke Valley SPCA because of her commitment to the welfare of animals. Doris can be reached at 540-339-9247 or by email.

Emily Fugate

Emily Fugate is the Canine Foster, Intake, and Enrichment Coordinator for the Roanoke Valley SPCA.  In this role, Emily coordinates and manages the enrichment of the dogs and helping them get ready for adoption by addressing any fear or behavioral problems.  She also coordinates the Canine Foster Program and facilitates the intake of new dogs into the shelter from open intake shelters and directly from members in our community who can no longer care for their pet.  At home, Emily’s family includes Harley, a 4 year old girl who came to her through a rescue.  Harley was relinquished because she was pregnant.  She is a smart and sweet girl who was very fearful.  Harley and Emily have had to work on a variety of behavior adjustments so that they can safely and happily live together.

Emily has a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture from University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Prior to joining the Roanoke Valley SPCA staff in August 2020, Emily worked for 3 years for the Department of Agriculture as a Soil Conservationist.  Emily has always known she had the desire to help people and work with animals.  As a life-long supporter of shelters and volunteering, Emily is excited about being part of the team at the Roanoke Valley SPCA! Emily can be reached 540-339-9508 or email.

Dr. Jennifer McFarling

Dr. Jennifer McFarling is a Veterinarian and Medical Director for the Roanoke Valley SPCA. In this role, Dr. McFarling looks after, coordinates, manages, and leads a team providing all aspects of animal care including medical, surgical and behavioral car. Dr. McFarling received her BS in Zoology from the University of Maryland and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the Roanoke Valley SPCA staff in 2005, Dr. McFarling spent two years as a Veterinarian in private practice. Dr. McFarling’s animal family includes four Roanoke Valley SPCA adoptees: Gracie, a tri-pod Beagle mix, Harpo, a three year old cat, and Luke, Scott and George, 5 year old feline brothers. Dr. McFarling can be reached at 540-339-9509 or by email.

Julie Rickmond

Julie Rickmond is the Marketing and Communications Director with the Roanoke Valley SPCA. In this role, Julie manages all aspects of advertising and marketing including media appearances, website and social media communications, and print design. Prior to joining the Roanoke Valley SPCA, Julie spent over 15 years as an Art Director for a national outdoor advertising agency in addition to running her own freelance graphic design & fine art business. Julie joined the Roanoke Valley SPCA in July 2020 and she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Virginia Tech.

She lives at home with her husband and their five fabulous rescued cats and one very goofy and loveable rescued Rottweiler. Julie joined the Roanoke Valley SPCA because she loves all animals and is especially passionate about finding homes for the pets in our community. Julie can be contacted at 540-339-9513 or email. To learn more about Julie, please visit her LinkedIn Profile.