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Laura Bennett

Executive Director

As a dedicated member of our community, Laura is deeply connected to and reliant on the unique beauty of the Shenandoah River. It’s not just a body of water to her—it’s a source of cherished memories, a daily inspiration, and a vital resource for her family, friends, and all who enjoy its recreational offerings.

Growing up in Toms Brook at Riversong Farm and spending countless hours at her grandmother’s property in Sandy Hook, the Shenandoah River has been a constant presence in her life. Its serene waters and soothing sounds evoke nostalgic childhood memories and fuel her passion for preserving its splendor. She is honored to continue the legacy of her grandmother, Roberta Hinkins, and her husband, Robert Kranich, who were instrumental in founding Friends of the North Fork. Their dedication to protecting this natural treasure inspires her to take on the role of Executive Director and dedicate her time and expertise to advancing our mission.

“I am committed to supporting Friends’ efforts in education, science, advocacy, and community action. Together, let’s ensure that the North Fork remains clean, healthy, and beautiful for generations to come. Join me as we embark on this journey of preservation and growth!”

Sheila Orndorff

Administrative Assistant

Sheila was born in Shenandoah County and raised in the Martinsburg/Winchester area. After moving
back to Woodstock, she met and married her now late husband of 25 years and raised two daughters here.
Before entering the nonprofit world, Sheila spent 12 years in a corporate office working as a
Transportation Coordinator. In September of 2000, she was hired as the Services Coordinator at
Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter (SAS). Five years in, Sheila was promoted to Executive Director at SAS where she maintained that role until her retirement in September of 2021. A very short time later
though, in Spring of 2022, Sheila began working with FNFSR as our office administrator.
Sheila volunteers for the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce as Chair of its Nonprofit Council.
She is very committed and involved in helping our community, and she often takes on other volunteer work to help. Sheila enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends; working part-time with FNFSR has allowed her to keep family as a top priority.


Friends of the North Fork engages the enthusiasm of scores of volunteers who provide hundreds of hours of support to our mission — and the health of our river — every year.  We could not do it all without them!

Our volunteers do the dirty work and have a lot of fun in service to the river.