About Portsmouth Humane

Portsmouth Humane is a non-profit corporation that supports the people and pets of Portsmouth, Virginia through intake, adoption, lost/found, and resource programs. Our shelter holds a contract to care for the city’s homeless pets, but these funds only cover a fraction of our operating costs. We rely heavily on donations from our generous supporters!

Our mission is to create a safe, compassionate, inclusive community for people and animals through education and resource programs that elevate animal welfare standards and champion the human-animal bond.

Board of Directors


Erika Nestler – President
Terry Fraley – Vice President
Elizabeth Psimas – Secretary
VACANT – Treasurer

Amy Broughman
Amanda Newins
Rhonda Trower
Paula Traverse-Charlton


Amanda McQuarry – Shelter Director
Dyanna Uchiek Community Engagement & Development Director
Dr. Kyra Kelly, DVM – Medical Director
Jasmine Hartley Animal Care Manager
Rachel Grizzle Development Coordinator
Annie Community Resource Technician II
Mylinda – Front Office Assistant II
Crishy – Front Office Assistant
Teresa – Front Office Assistant
Shana – Veterinary Assistant

Alorah – Animal Care Technician
Carly – Animal Care Technician
Devon– Animal Care Technician
Dmitri– Animal Care Technician
Julie – Animal Care Technician
Kat– Animal Care Technician
Tina– Animal Care Technician
Naomi – Animal Care Technician
Pyper – Animal Care Technician
Shailah – Animal Care Technician