Meet the Board



Anne first joined the Friends of the Animal Care Center Board as Assistant City Manager in Norfolk to offer support and guidance through some issues about ten years ago. She served as Secretary for three years before becoming Chair in 2016 and continuing as chair through 2020.

The FNACC Board works as a team dedicated to its mission: To support the Norfolk Animal Care Center in sheltering and caring for Norfolk’s stray and homeless animals, to promote and facilitate adoptions, to assist with special needs medical care, to promote and support spay/neuter in the community and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.

As Chair, her focus is on conducting the business of FNACC through actions such as conducting business meetings, implementing adopted policies and procedures, conducting online voting, and ensuring we develop and monitor our budget to benefit the animals at NACC. Other responsibilities are working with the attorney on legal documents, representing FNACC in the community, and collaborating closely with the Manager of NACC. Fundraising activities are a focus of all Board members and an opportunity for fun while raising the funds to support the animals in the shelter.

Anne’s life has included many pets: tropical fish, flying squirrel, snakes, bunnies, rats, dogs, and most of all, cats which have been family members since childhood. Presently, Holly and Grayson are adopted strays, and Sam she inherited from her father who had adopted Sam as a stray.


Secretary & Marketing/Event Coordinator

Five years ago, I started walking dogs once a week as a volunteer at Norfolk Animal Care Center. I saw how hard the staff worked to keep the place clean, and how much they cared for all the animals. I started signing up to volunteer for some of the fundraising events that the Friends of NACC implemented. I had a lot of fun and enjoyed being around those folks. I was then asked to apply to be on the board as a marketing/event coordinator.

I learned a great deal from fellow board members who really paved the way for successful fundraising events. As Secretary & Marketing/Event Coordinator I work with other board members to implement fundraising events (only virtual events these days) and promote Friends of NACC to the public. My goal is to create awareness for all the great things the shelter does, promote fundraising for the animals with special medical needs, and publicize where those funds get spent/show examples.

There are a lot of nice people that work, volunteer, and donate to the Norfolk Animal Care Center. You really get to see the kindness of others. I would encourage anyone to consider volunteering here in any way they can.



Chris has been a member of Friends for a little over 2 years. He started out as a volunteer with NACC helping with cat socialization and then on to Petco to assist with cat adoptions. Chris currently keeps the Friends website up to date and assists with the various fundraisers throughout the year.

He has two adopted cats: Aria who came from the Virginia Beach SPCA and Reecee who was adopted from NACC. Both are big brats but definitely provide a lot of entertainment during these past few months.



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Bob has participated on the Friends Board for over 10 years. In that 10 years he has adopted from the shelter 3 cats, 2 dogs and has been tempted by many others.Bob came to the Board while serving as the PR Manager for the City of Norfolk with an interest in building a comprehensive strategy to increase the adoption rate of Norfolk Shelter Animals. He created the first marketing committee which consisted of 3 people having dinner at a restaurant. Since Bob gave up the chair of the committee, the committee has grown to over 20 enthusiastic souls that are committed to doing whatever it takes to tell the story, find adopters and raise money for the cause. His role today is to listen, connect advocates and pursue the most effective way to serve our future companions for life, the adoptable shelter animal.



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Hard Rock musician, Entrepreneur, Animal Rights Activist, Vegan and self-described ”Coffaholic”. I have done many amazingly cool things such as build custom motorcycles, toured the states playing music, rescued animals and spread wildlife / environmental protection values as well as plant based lifestyles. I am at home organizing special events, fundraising, networking, interacting on social media and applying years of communication & marketing skills towards an ever changing digital landscape. I currently volunteer for Norfolk Animal Care Center, Conflict Awareness Project, Aartwork Org and own/operate Blakhart Guitars & Coffee.


Vice Chair

As the FNACC Vice Chair my primary focus is to support Friends mission by ensuring that certain administrative tasks for the organization are completed in a timely manner, including grant writing/reporting. Because we are a completely volunteer-run organization, I ensure that our registrations to the Virginia Commonwealth’s State Corporation Commission and to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are up to date. I also assist in our fundraising efforts by writing our annual applications to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Combined Virginia Campaign (CVC) and the Combined Charities Campaign (CCC). In addition, when private grant applications are open and there is a need at Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center, I work to write the grant application and, if we are successful, make sure the reports are written and submitted on time. I enjoy my board service for Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center because it allows me to put my passion for animal welfare and my 25 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience together to help a very worthy cause.



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As the FNACC Community Services Committee chairperson my primary focus is to support Friends mission in promoting responsible pet ownership and affordable companion animal spay/neuter services. The first goal is accomplished through support of the Norfolk Animal Care Center Pet Pantry whose primary goal is to keep pets in their homes.  The Pet Pantry provides pet food for dogs and cats whose owners are in need of financial assistance in keeping their beloved pet companions fed.  My job is to ensure the Pantry is well stocked with adequate pet foods and to work with Jessica Guckert, NACC administrative assistant, to ensure that applications for such need are reviewed and processed.  As to community spay/neuters my job is to coordinate no cost spay/neuter surgery clinics in areas of Norfolk where such financial assistance is much appreciated. With the generous help of PETA, who provides the medical expertise in a mobile surgery van, 7-8 such no cost clinics are scheduled every year. Friends covers the surgery expense, rabies vaccination and microchip permanent identification implants for those dogs and cats in need of such services.  I am also proud to help FNACC in their fundraising efforts and events throughout the year, and to brainstorm with other board members on creative ways to complete our mission in helping Norfolk Animal Care Center provide medical care, shelter and love for the stray and homeless companion animals in our community.



Nicole recently joined FNACC, but her love of the organization began nine years ago. She had walked into NACC with a broken heart after losing her 12-year-old beagle, Max. There she and her husband, Dan, fell in love with Ruby, who was the first of two NACC alumni that they have owned. Later, they opened their home to Chico, a Senior pup from NACC, to enjoy the golden years of his life with a loving family.

Nicole has over 17 years in nonprofit fundraising and looks forward to putting her talents to work for FNACC. She will lead the Give Local 757 campaign in hopes of reaching new milestones for animals in need. As a lifelong native, Hampton Roads is home for Nicole. She enjoys walking, running or just relaxing with her husband, son (Stephen), dogs (Ruby & Frisco), cat (Stella) and the guinea pig (Fancy).



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