Mrs. Sara Johnston

President of the Board and CEO | Director of Membership & Development

Sara Johnston is the founder and CEO of InDigiMar, Inc., a Hampton Roads-based online marketing agency, specializing in web platform development and inbound marketing since 2010. Sara has over 20 years of software development and marketing experience working with organizations such as Jefferson Labs, The American Civil War Museum, and the University of Connecticut. As the lead digital marketing strategist for InDigiMar, Sara has developed strategic online marketing programs in web design, web development, search engine optimization, pay per click advertising, and inbound marketing campaigns for B2B and B2C small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and institutions of higher learning. Sara has worked to build, grow, and implement marketing strategies that have led to new business development for multiple organizations. Sara is also heavily involved in local community initiatives including citywide revitalization projects and workforce development collaborations between local colleges and city government. Sara is a Board Member of the Suffolk YMCA, a Suffolk Rotarian, and holds board positions for the local Humane Society.

Mr. Jeremy Shallcross

Vice Chair / Vice President

Jeremy and his wife Kerri moved to Suffolk in 2011 from Virginia Beach. Jeremy is an Outside Sales Representative with Arc3 Gases. Jeremy is active in the Hampton Roads community being a member of Virginia Beach Vo-Tech’s Welding Advisory Board and a member of Cypress Farms Home Owners Association board. Jeremy and his wife Kerri have been very active volunteers with Suffolk Humane Society for a few years and support numerous events throughout the year. The Shallcross home is currently the happy home to 5 fur babies (4 dogs and 1 cat).

Ms. Susan Walton

Secretary of the Board

Susan was born in Richmond, Virginia, but raised throughout the United States as the daughter of an Army Officer. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her Law Degree from George Mason University, where she played NCAA Division I basketball and was team captain her senior year. Before becoming an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Suffolk in 2000, she was a former Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Campbell County for seven years. Susan prosecutes violent and non-violent offenders, is assigned to the gang task force unit, but focuses much of her attention to the prosecution of animal cruelty cases. In 2012, Susan was recognized as one of the nation’s Top Ten Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Susan is also an instructor for the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. Susan has run numerous marathons, including the 100th running of the Boston Marathon. She coaches youth basketball, baseball, is a college soccer official, but especially likes to spend time with her family, which includes two cats, Boo and Maggie.

Mrs. Jackie Cherry

Treasurer of the Board

Originally from Hampton, Jackie has made her home in Suffolk for the past forty years although much of that time was spent commuting out of state.

Jackie joined the staff of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in 2006 prior to its opening as the Director of Corporate Sponsorship and Events. She was soon promoted to General Manager where she served until 2011 when she became Executive Director/CEO. She has served on many projects promoting the advancement of educational opportunities for our youth and the quality of life for our citizens here in Hampton Roads. Jackie also served as President for the Suffolk Rotary Club and past board member.

Prior to joining the SCCA, she held senior positions within the Telecom industry for 25 years. Responsibilities included retention, regional operations, sales, service, and site selection. Highlights include manager of New Business Ventures for AT&T Corp. Headquarters, N.J. identifying and developing programs to provide additional sources of revenue, market identification, and implementations. Mrs. Cherry's last ten years in the industry served as Regional VP of Sales for the N.E.major/key accounts.

Jackie has retired after 12 years with the Center and is enjoying being home in Chuckatuck with her husband, friends, and all her four-legged family members.

Mrs. Margie Wiley

Board Member

Margie Wiley has been an active member of the Suffolk Humane Society for over six years. She lives in Chuckatuck with her husband, Mark, and their Labrador Retriever, Tonka. Professionally she is a partner at Freedom Street Partners and serves on many community boards throughout the Hampton Roads Region.

Dr. Jana Boyd

Board Member

My name is Jana Boyd Federici. I was born and grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1996 I graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Microbiology. Subsequent to college graduation, I attended LSU Dental School in New Orleans from 1997-2001. From 2002-2006 I served as a  Dental Officer in the US Navy. During that time, I was stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine Base in San Diego and then deployed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt out of Norfolk, Va.

On May 7, 2007, I moved to Suffolk, Va. I started a dental associate job with Rita Frazier DDS in Norfolk, Va. In addition, I finally got the one possession I had wanted for so many years: a puppy! I got a 6-week-old basset hound puppy, "Babydoll". Aside from spending all of my free time with Babydoll, in 2009,  I met my husband, Benigno Federici. We married in June 2010 and I became a step-mom to Gabby and Val. In April 2011, I welcomed my first son, Carter, followed in November 2012, By my second son, Marco. In Fall 2016, I opened the doors to my own dental practice in Suffolk, Va. In Spring 2017, I welcomed my first daughter, Carmella.

Aside from my husband, children and work, I absolutely LOVE spending time with my basset hounds. I am a huge animal lover. I owe this passion to my parents, who gave a golden retriever puppy to my twin sister and me at the tender age of 4. My golden retriever's name was "Cookie". She was our love and died in our arms at the age of 13. I mourned her for years. I pledged to myself that as soon as I could get another dog, and take care of it, that I would get one. That year came in 2007. As stated earlier, I got my basset baby, Babydoll. In addition to canine children, I have had the joy of having ducks, cats, birds, geckos, turtles, and even a pig. I find that animals (all animals) give me such joy, happiness, and peace. They are kind, beautiful to look at, soft to the touch, and LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY. We are lucky to share this world with them.

Mrs. Kerri Shallcross

Executive Director

Kerri Shallcross was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area. She moved to Suffolk in 2011 with her husband Jeremy and kids, both 2 and 4 legged. She has been active with Suffolk Humane Society for many years, helping with events including Paws for the Arts and Mutt strut. Kerri has always had a love and connection with animals. Her hopes are that one day all animals will have a wonderful and loving home.

Mr. Mike Duman

Advisory Member

Michael D. "Mike" Duman is President of Mike Duman Auto Sales, in Suffolk, and Mike Duman Chevrolet - Buick - GMC, in Franklin.  Mike started his automotive career selling cars at the age of nineteen while attending college and has been a dealer operator since 1980 when he became the youngest Ford Dealer in the United States at the age of twenty nine.  Mike was selected by the Virginia Independent Automobile Association as the Virginia Quality Dealer of the Year in 2000 and was recognized by Virginia House Joint Resolution #332.  He also served as President of Virginia District 1 of the Association and is a Certified Master Dealer.

Mike is currently serving his second term on the Suffolk City Council representing the Chuckatuck Burough.  He is Chairman of the Western Tidewater Water Authority, Vice Chairman of the Western Tidewater Regional Jail, Vice Chairman of the City-School Committee on Collaborative Fiscal Concerns, and is the City Council liaison to the Suffolk Economic Development Authority. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Old Dominion University and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Military Intelligence Officer.

Mike is active in the community and supports many non-profit, faith based and volunteer organizations.  He currently serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors of the Suffolk Humane Society, the Suffolk Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.  He is a member of the Suffolk Ruritan Club, Elks Lodge 687 and is a past recipient of the NAACP Trailblazer Award.

Mike and his wife Fran have been residents of the Russell Point Section of Suffolk since 1977 and have two adult sons. Mike Duman can be best described by his company slogan The "Du-Man" Can!