Our Board:

Kat Wilson, President

Kat is a Program Coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University in the School of the Arts. Her educational background in social justice led to her passion for animal rights advocacy. Kat is always seeking new ways to engage in positive activism and she loves cooking inspiring vegan meals for family and friends. As a Richmond resident for nearly 15 years, Kat is thrilled to have the opportunity to help create a farmed animal sanctuary as a resource for her local community.

Alanna Tomlin, Vice President

After visiting an animal sanctuary as a teenager, Alanna has carried the dream of starting a sanctuary and education center. She has been advocating for animals for over 25 years. She fought for the right to have an alternative to animal dissections in her high school and campaigned to improve vegan food options and end live animal labs at her college. Her past experience includes working at an animal shelter and veterinary hospital, coordinating events and volunteering for several nonprofit organizations, and serving on the board of directors for the Vegan Awareness Foundation for 10 years. Professionally, she has worked within the photography industry for 17 years. Alanna previously served as Porchlight's Board President.

Cara Frye, Secretary

Cara has been active in the animal rights movement for the past six years. She's worked for global nonprofits in Creative Manager and Program Coordinator roles where she's been responsible for modernizing the visual identity of various organizations through the creation of websites, logos, print publications and collateral, hundreds of shareable social media graphics, as well as photo-documentation. Her work has supported international campaigns and programs such as Vegan Action's Certified Vegan Program, Food Empowerment Project's Recommended Chocolate List, and Farm Animal Right's Movement's Animal Rights National Conference and World Day for Farmed Animals.

Julie Sutton, Treasurer

As treasurer, Julie brings over 15 years of accounting experience as well as event organization skills. She works as an accounting consultant, and in addition to serving on Porchlight’s board, she also serves on the planning committee of the Richmond VegFest, organizes the Vegan Pop Up at Hardywood, and does community outreach for the Vegetarian Society of Richmond.


Past Board Members:

Liz Sussan, Co-Founder

David Phinney