Our Board:

Cara Frye, President

Cara is a Graphic Designer for Vegan Outreach, creating visual content for their websites, social media, and print collateral. She holds a BFA in communication arts and design from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been an active member of the animal rights movement since 2012.

Cara has worked for global vegan nonprofits, where she’s helped establish the visual identity of campaigns and programs such as Food Empowerment Project's Recommended Chocolate List and Farm Animal Rights Movement’s Animal Rights National Conference. Through her work, she hopes to facilitate wider recognition for animal rights and other social justice movements.

Alanna Tomlin, Vice President & Secretary

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.

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.

Andrea Jacobson

Andrea is excited to bring her years of experience in public health and social justice activism to the board of Porchlight Sanctuary. She currently is the Advocacy Manager at public health organization Balanced, and has previously worked on health equity issues with communities experiencing homelessness and hunger. Andrea also cares deeply for non-human animals, having served on the board of Food Empowerment Project and worked as the International Campaigns Manager for Farm Animal Rights Movement. She holds a B.A. in Chinese Language and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Outside of work, she likes exploring her new hometown of Richmond with her rescue dog, Polly.

Kat Wilson

Kat is an Administrative 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 while encouraging critical thinking about our relationships with farmed animals. As a Richmond resident for nearly 15 years, Kat is thrilled to have the opportunity to help create a sanctuary as a resource for her local community.


Past Board Members:

Liz Sussan, Co-Founder

David Phinney

Michelle JOhnson