Amanda Soloway

Amanda is the Practice Manager for Mountain View Humane and began working here in May 2012. In her role, Amanda is responsible for administrative staff management and scheduling, inventory control, bookkeeping, budgeting, establishing clinic policies and procedures in collaboration with the Medical Director, training new staff, updating records and overseeing client relations. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2010.  A self-described animal “collector,” Amanda and her husband have four dogs: Jubilee, a 12 year old Heeler/Beagle mix adopted from Pulaski Animal Control; Colby, an 11 year old Pit mix rescued as a puppy from someone giving it away; Mimsie, a 6 year old Chi mix adopted from Montgomery County Animal Control; and Mabel, a 7 year old Border Collie mix adopted from Wythe County Humane Society. She also has four cats: Toby, a 12 year old adopted from Salem Humane Society in New Jersey; Louie, a 13 year old adopted from Montgomery County Humane Society; Pandora, a 7 year old adopted from a shelter in Texas; and Flower, a 2 year old adopted from Cinnebar Kennels in Christiansburg. To add to the mix, Amanda has a Uromastyx lizard (desert lizard) named Little Foot! Amanda came to work for Mountain View Humane in order to work with animals and provide a needed service to the community. 

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Dayna Reynolds

Dayna is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Mountain View Humane. In this role, Dayna writes grants, coordinates volunteers, fundraisers, and community events. Dayna holds a B.S. in Sustainable Biomaterials from Virginia Tech. She also works part-time as an Animal Caretaker at the Humane Society of Montgomery County. Dayna shares her home with five rescue dogs; Basil, a 3 year old hound/pit mix, Remi a 3 year old pit/hound mix, and Willow a 4 year old lab mix from Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center. She also has two foster fails from Animal Welfare Foster Program; Sandy a 1 year old scruffy terrier and Sonny a 2 year old pit bull. To learn more about Dayna, please visit her LinkedIn Profile.

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Megan Stowers

Megan is our Administrative Assitant at Mountain View Humane. In this role, Megan helps maintain customer relations. Prior to starting her career at Mountian View Humane, Megan spent three years as a dog groomer and dog trainer and she holds a dog grooming certification. Megan has 3 dogs, Ranger a 5-year old Newfoundland mix who she rescued fro a small caged area; Snickers, a 6-year-old Cocker Spaniel mix who she has had since she was a baby; and Pete a 5-month-old Border Collie mix. She also has a 1-year-old cat named Kiki, two goats named Odie and Jermey, and 8 chickens. Megan chose to work at Mountain View Humane to help make a difference in our community. Megan can be contacted at (540) 382-0222 or at

Dr. Meghan Byrnes

Meghan is a Veterinarian and Medical Director for Mountain View Humane. In this role, Dr. Byrnes leads the medical team in providing all aspects of medical care of patients, including pain management, surgical prep, anesthetic care, surgery, and recovery. Dr. Byrnes received her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech in 2002 and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Prior to joining Mountain View Humane staff in 2016, Meghan spent three years as an Instructor at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Meghan, her husband, and two children enjoy time with their two mixed breed dogs who were adopted from local shelters, two cats that showed up at their home, and two ferrets that Meghan adopted from vet school.

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Maggie Earle

Maggie began working at Mountain View Humane in 2018 as our Administrative Assistant. After only a year, she was promoted to a Veterinary Assistant. Maggie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech. Prior to this position, Maggie worked as a dog groomer.  Maggie shares her home with Arya, a 4-year-old mutt that she adopted from Pulaski Animal Shelter, Mika a 1-year-old Husky mix she adopted while working at Mountian View Humane, and Kai, a long-haired dilute grey tabby. She has no idea how old Kai is because she appeared in the woods from behind her home. Maggie chose to work for Mountain View Humane because of her love for being able to help dogs and cats get neutered to avoid overpopulated shelters.

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Melanie Boyd

Melanie is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with Mountain View Humane and assists Dr. Byrnes with animals before, during, and after spay/neuter surgery. Melanie graduated from Blue Ridge Community College where she received an associate in applied science degree with a concentration in veterinary technology. Melanie joined the team May 2019 and when not working with the MVH medical team, she can be found snuggling her three cat fur-babies, Casper, Curly, and Charlotte. 

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Michelle Weeks

Michelle is a Veterinary Assistant with Mountain View Humane. In this role, she helps to maintain high quality, low-cost services by assisting with pre and post-op care as well as helping to keep the facility clean.  Michelle started as a volunteer in 2012 and was hired as an employee in 2013.  She has worked in animal care on and off for about 17 years and worked in full-service veterinary clinics and for the Salem Animal Shelter. Michelle earned her Certificate of Completion for Phlebotomy from Fast Track Healthcare Education. She shares her home with Jack, a 14-year-old Walker Coonhound who was adopted from Salem Animal Shelter when he was three years old, Gwendolyn, a 6 year old Pomeranian/Terrier mix who was adopted from Pulaski Animal Shelter when she was only four months old, Brimstone and Bishop, 6 year old DSH siblings who were hand raised from 1-1/2 weeks old, and Spooky, a 4 year old DSH cat who, although born feral, became a happy and affectionate indoor kitty after several months of patient work. Michelle chose to work at Mountain View Humane to be active in helping to reduce the number of unwanted homeless pets.

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Nikki Childress

Nikki is an LVT at Mountain View Humane. In this role, Nikki is part of the team providing the patients with the best care possible. Nikki helps with everything from monitoring anesthesia to making sure the hospital is clean. Before Mountain View Humane, she worked at Emergency Vet Services in Roanoke for three years. Prior to that, she worked in the vet field on and off since high school. Nikki and her partner are in the process of creating a mobile app as a new small business adventure. She earned her A.A. Degree at Florida Community College and Rutgers University in New Jersey where she played softball on a scholarship, as well as an Associates in Animal Science from PennFoster University. Nikki shares her home with Cob, a 5 year old Golden Retriever rescued at EVS after he ate corn on the cob. He required emergency surgery which took over 5 feet of intestines from him. Threads is her 8 year old cat who she rescued from PetVet where she worked. He required emergency surgery to remove 9 feet of thread from his intestines. She rescued 2-week old kitten, Lefty, from her job in New Jersey. He was in a shoe box with most of his left front leg missing and she convinced the vet to do surgery. Lefty is now 8 years old! Nikki chose to work for Mountain View Humane because of its great mission, fun staff, and consistent work. 

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Sylvie Peterson

Sylvie is the Executive Director of Mountain View Humane. She is responsible for the overall management of the organization. Sylvie and her husband, Michael, have four furry family members: Millie, a 10 year old black Golden Retriever mix who was her “foster failure” from the Roanoke Valley SPCA; Jasper, an 11 year old cat who was found abandoned in a parking lot; Sadie, a 6 year old cat who they raised since she was only three weeks old after her mother was found deceased; and Sugar, a sick, feral tortie cat found while vacationing in PA. Sylvie is a lifelong advocate for animals and believes in doing all she can to end pet homelessness and reduce unwanted pets in our communities. She came to work for Mountain View Humane because of its mission to end pet homelessness and educate the public on the benefits of spaying and neutering their pets. Sylvie enjoys working with an amazing team dedicated to compassionate pet care and to helping everyone afford to spay/neuter! To learn more about Sylvie, please visit her LinkedIn Profile.

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Victorya R.L. Wade

Victorya is the Transport Coordinator at Mountain View Humane. In this role, Victorya coordinates all of the spay/neuter transports. Prior to working at Mountain View Humane, Victorya was a Clinical Navigator with United Healthcare for two years. Additionally, Victoria trains and shows off-the-track thoroughbreds, including rehab, career transitions, and new homes. Victorya has a 3 year old English Mastiff, a 1 year old Yorkshire Terrier, a 10 year old Thoroughbred, and a 7 year old Staffordshire Terrier. Victorya chose to work at Mountain View Humane because she respects what we do for the community. She has a huge love for all animals and any time she can get a new skill or knowledge with animals she is on board. She hopes she too can be apart of giving back to the community.

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