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Mark Poyhonen


Mark Poyhonen was born in Gardner, Massachusetts, moved to and grew up in Dearborn, Michigan.  He attended Michigan State University.  Following graduation he worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and held management positions at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, ServiceMaster and Noblis.  Following retirement in 2012, Mark and his wife Tresa moved to Locust Grove.  They have two daughters and four grandchildren.  Mark and Tresa have been volunteers with the OCHS for past three years and Mark has served as President since 2014.

Carissa Dennis

Vice President

Carissa was born and raised in Virginia.  She has 2 children and 3 fur children (dogs)  She currently works as the Office Manager at Locust Grove Vet Clinic. Carissa was raised around animals and has a passion for rescue.

Kathy Gillespie


John Hughes


John Hughes was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia State College and went on to work as a Production Coordinator in Transportation for the engineering firm Dewberry and Davis. Mr. Hughes lives in Locust Grove with his wife, Betty. They have three children and four grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Hughes have one dog—a Standard Poodle named Holly—and two cats. They have fostered several dogs and cats for the Orange County Animal Shelter over the years. Mr. Hughes is an avid supporter of the West Virginia Mountaineers. He bowls on the Starz team and flies with the Culpeper Model Barnstormers in his spare time. Mr. Hughes was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2008. He has served as Treasurer for all eight years.

Betty Shelton


Retired from the federal government after 37 years.  An OCHS volunteer since 2004. On the board of directors since 2014. Assisted with PetSmart pet adoptions, provided cat transportation and care, and supported fundraising events. I Love all animals and now have 3 rescued dogs, 2 rescued horses and 1 rescued cat residing at my home.

Chris Grimley


Chris Grimley was born in South Amboy, New Jersey. He was assigned to the White House Communications Agency while serving in the United States Army. He went on to work in retail management for several companies, such as Drug Fair of Alexandria, Virginia, where he was a district manager. Mr. Grimley has volunteered with the humane society for several years. He works in offsite adoptions, spay and neuter, telecommunications, and transport. He recently celebrated his happily married to this wonderful wife Nell. They have three daughters and three grandsons. Mr. Grimley was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2008. He has served two terms as Vice President and one term as President.


Gina Jenkins


Gina Jenkins was born and raised in New Jersey. She moved to Locust Grove with her husband and three children in 2007. She has three dogs—a Mastiff, a Labrador Retriever, and an American Staffordshire Terrier and one cat.  Ms. Jenkins worked as an insurance producer for six years and was a homemaker for twelve years. She currently works as an animal care technician and adoptions counselor for the Orange County Animal Shelter. Ms. Jenkins is deeply involved in her children’s schools. She is Vice President of the Locust Grove Middle School Parent Teacher Association and the Locust Grove Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. Ms.  Jenkins fosters shelter animals regularly and works in offsite adoptions for the humane society. She was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2012.

Teri Smith Director


I retired from the Interior design biz, but have not retired from helping animals. I served on the board of the Animal Protective League Springfield IL. I’ve had the divine privilege of being the proud guardian of dozens of feline friends since I was 5 years old till now at age 64. I share my life with my husband Bill & six wonderful cats. We love all animals & currently direct our passion to the stray, homeless & feral cats of Orange County. Our goal is to help control the overpopulation of these forgotten felines, resulting in improved quality of life.

Until one has loved an animal, part of the soul remains unawakened 💝 

Allison Abbs

PetSmart Adoption Coordinator

Allison grew up in Radian VA on a horse farm where she first fell in love with animals. After high school she went to work for State Farm Insurance and married her high school sweet heart , Nick. They have one daughter Jessica,  3 dogs and on an occasion a foster pup here and there. Allison started volunteering with the Orange County Animal Shelter in 2013 and was elected to the Humane Society Board in 2014. She is always trying to recruit new volunteers to help at Petsmart Adoptions.