BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OUR FEARLESS LEADERS


Nathou Attinger (she/her)
Founder

Nathou’s great love has always been non-human animals. With a BA from UVA, Nathou has owned a landscaping company for 29 years, and currently shares her home with four dogs, three cats, one cockatoo, and a bunch of chickens, pigeons, rabbits, and doves…and her partner! Starting RWS 20 years ago allowed Nathou to care for even more animals, and thus far it has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. Nathou holds a category IIB permit to rehabilitate wildlife and train other rehabbers, as well as a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service that allows RWS to rehabilitate migratory birds. She loves to garden, read, spend time with dogs, cats, her cockatoo and her partner. When she can be found, she is very often covered in Virginia clay and mulch.



Anju Grover (she/her)
Vice-President


Anju works in the non-profit finance industry to make a living. Outside of that, she sleeps a lot and when she’s not sleeping, she’s cooking. She’s a fabulous chef according to her kids, furry and human. Most importantly, she has a deep love for nature and specifically, animals! 


Patty Wallens (she/her)

Patty is one of the founding board members and her specialty is writing grants for RWS. She is grateful for the generosity of this community in supporting RWS and loves hearing about how hard people work to rescue wildlife. Patty lives with her husband, Jeff McCormack and their beloved dog, Maisie, in Albemarle County.


Mary Haines-Johnson (she/her)
President of the Board

Mary is a retired teacher, having taught at Nelson County Middle School with 27 years of experience. She is the sponsor of the Environmental Leadership Club and enjoys providing outdoor experiential learning for her students. As an avid adventurer and volunteer, she has traveled to assist with research on crocodiles of the Okavango Delta and bats of the Brazilian Pantanal. When not skirting the globe or engaging with students, Mary enjoys curling up on the couch and reading adolescent fiction surrounded by her fur family.


Charlotte Rea (she/her)

Charlotte is a native Virginian, retired USAF Officer, and life-long nature lover. She lives with her rescue dog Maggie on about 30 acres of mostly forested wetland full of wildlife in northern Nelson County. She loves poetry, gardening, word puzzles and transporting wildlife to and from RWS.
John O'Connor (he/him)

John and his wife Lori live in a rural setting in Batesville with their 3 dogs Baker, Sophie, and Bella, and their cat Frank. He’s always had a love for animals of all kinds and enjoys seeing them every day on his property. John lived in Eastern Europe for several years working for an international newspaper and since moving back to the States is the owner of a mortgage brokerage company based in Waynesboro. John looks forward to helping RWS in any way that works best.
Karen Walker (she/her)
Treasurer

Karen has lived in Charlottesville for 27 years and now lives on a farm in Albemarle county. She loves nature, both floral and fauna. She helped start Wild Virginia back in the mid-90's in her friend's living room. She has traveled the world in pursuit of culture and biodiversity. Her favorite native species is the red fox. She is so happy to be a part of the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary.



Nancy Nuell (she/her)

Nancy retired from a long career in fundraising and higher education leadership in 2020 and has since been enjoying retirement living as a full-time "nature freak" at her woodland home in Nelson County. She and her partner John McLean live a stones throw away from RWS with their dog Porter and cat Bo and Fargo. Nancy enjoys hiking, travel, music and fostering kittens for the Almost Home Shelter. Her favorite local wildlife is the Northern Long-eared Bat.


Jayme Fraser DVM (she/her)

Jayme has a lifelong love for all creatures. This love led her to become a veterinarian, and she’s spent her career helping animals since graduating from veterinary school in 2011. She recently joined RWS with the hopes of being able to help even more animals in her free time. Jayme is originally from West Virginia but now lives in Charlottesville with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Ted and Calzone, and their rescue kitty, Chuey. She also enjoys tending to the many birds and squirrels that call her backyard home. While she loves all wildlife, opossums, bats, and crows are her favorite local creatures.​​​​​​​

Dean Lhospital (he/him)

Dean lives in Charlottesville with his wife and their menagerie of two sons, two rescue pups Whiskey and Ginnie, and a rescue cat Wednesday. Interests are nature, wildlife (of course), photography, and responsible cultural and adventure travel. He first crossed paths with RWS when he brought an injured fledgling to the sanctuary and saw the amazing care and compassion shown by the staff and volunteers. Now he is proud to be part of RWS as a Board member and donor.



Adam Miller (he/him)


Adam has spent his career fundraising for universities and nonprofits. A Pennsylvania transplant, he lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Sarah, and their chihuahua, Cameron. In his free time, you can find him running, hiking, watching college football, or tending to his floundering garden.”
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