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Rich Lester, Founder and CEO

Rich Lester

Founder & CEO

Rich has spent his career working in human and veterinary healthcare services. His primary focus has been creating joint ventures with doctors at each of the organizations’ various locations. VPP is bringing together his years of experience and expertise to build a unique veterinary business.

Rich most recently spent almost three years as the President of BrightHeart Veterinary Centers. He built and centralized the administrative functions, including accounting, vendor contracting, and employee benefits. Additionally, Rich was responsible for identifying, negotiating, and closing multiple acquisitions, supervising the integration of the newly acquired hospitals into the BrightHeart family of practices and overseeing their operations.

Before joining BrightHeart, Rich was Co-CEO & CFO of Pentec Health, a specialty pharmacy business in suburban Philadelphia focused on nutritional therapies for the dialysis industry. Prior to Pentec, he was CFO and Senior Vice President of operations at IntelliCare, Inc, a disease management and medical call center business based in Portland, Maine.

Earlier in his career, Rich spent over 7 years with DaVita, Inc., a leading dialysis provider. During this time he was directly responsible for establishing and managing many joint venture relationships with nephrologists that worked in DaVita’s dialysis centers. He held a variety of senior management positions including Vice President of Development and Operations for the New York region, VP of Investor Relations, and a member of the Company’s Executive Committee.

Rich started his career at Bear Stearns & Co, Inc. in the corporate finance group. He earned an MBA at UCLA and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in both Finance and American History.

Win Lippincott, Chief Marketing & Technology Officer

Win lippincott

Chief  Growth Officer

Win serves as VPP’s in-house marketing expert, tasked with working with partner hospitals to drive new revenue growth through improved customer retention programs and new patient development initiatives. Additionally, he leads VPP’s own marketing efforts to attract new partner hospitals and DVMs to the firm’s growing network of partnerships.

Prior to VPP, Win spent five years as the Director of Marketing for Foresite Sports, Inc., a leading specialty insurance provider, where he oversaw the company’s marketing strategy development and implementation. During his tenure, Foresite was recognized as one of the fastest-growing firms in the tri-state region through its inclusion in the Philadelphia 100 rankings. Additionally, Win spent two years as a Senior Associate at Centerwood Partners, LLC, an alternative investment company where he co-led both its analytical equity research and business development efforts.

Win received his MBA with a concentration in Financial Analysis from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS in Economics with concentrations in Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Gary Behler

Vice President of Operatons

Gary joined VPP in December 2012 to provide direct support to our partner hospitals. His focus is on training our practice managers, ensuring the hospitals maintain a positive culture, and helping ensure high quality cost-effective care is delivered to patients.

Most recently, Gary had spent five years in the veterinary industry providing support and development to hospital teams in the Central Florida area. He successfully built a strong diverse team of doctors, practice managers, and staff delivering quality pet care and an excellent client experience while delivering exceptional financial results. Gary’s leadership skills have proven to help hospital teams develop best practices to improve the client experience.

Gary also served various roles with Hertz at the district, territory, and region levels including Director of Real Estate and Director of Operations. He was tasked with leading the growth and development of a new division of the business serving the local rental car needs and had a part in opening more than 125 locations. Early in his career, Gary spent more than four years with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in various management and sales roles. He has also owned and operated multiple restaurant locations.

Gary earned his Bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University in Business Management.

Doug Aspros, Chief Veterinary Officer

Douglas Aspros, DVM

Chief Veterinary Officer

Doug joined the VPP team in 2015 to help develop more successful practices and bring new partners into the VPP family. His extensive experience in practice and strong relationships in the wider veterinary community will help improve every aspect of our partnerships.

As the 2012-13 President of the AVMA, the largest member organization in veterinary medicine, he worked to make it more engaged and responsive to the profession and the needs of society. Respected by his peers, he chaired the Council on Education, was a member of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and is currently a member of the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine.

Doug has been an owner of two AAHA-accredited general practices and the managing partner of a group-owned emergency practice in the NYC suburbs.

Most recently, he has been a determined voice in promoting women into leadership roles in veterinary medicine – including practice ownership- as a speaker and founding board member of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative.

He attended Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and received his DVM degree from their College of Veterinary Medicine. He and his wife are the proud pet parents of a Norfolk Terrier, an African Grey Parrot, and one awesome cat.

Hannah Casey, Director of Partnership Development

Hannah Casey

Director of Partnership Development

Hannah joined VPP in March 2018, working closely with the VP of Partnership Development, engaging with individual practice owners to understand the unique challenges and opportunities facing their practices. Drawing on her extensive experience in veterinary acquisitions and relationship development, she can provide a practice owner with a valued perspective into whether a partnership with VPP could provide financial and operational benefits.

Most recently, Hannah worked in practice acquisitions for another veterinary management company, supporting growth efforts in the Southeastern US. She cultivated successful relationships with countless practice owners and was involved in the acquisition of a number of practices during her tenure with the company.

Prior to her three years in veterinary acquisitions, Hannah worked as a Business Development Associate for Kane, the largest Independent Captive Manager and the fourth largest Captive Manager in the world.

Hannah attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives just outside Charlotte, NC, with her husband, Allen, and two dogs, Coco and Folly, and cat, Fripp.

David Wenger, Director of Partnership Development

DAvid Wenger

Director of Partnership Development

Prior to joining VPP, David served as Director of Development for a large Dental Group (DSO) with over 220 practices in 17 states. He was responsible for all practice acquisitions from valuation to integration throughout 5 states in the Midwest region. Additionally, he has more than 10 years of sales and management experience in dentistry with a focus on products and services that improved practice performance.

Born and raised in Michigan, David spent nearly 20 years in Chicago before returning to Michigan 7 years ago to raise his children in a setting he and his wife remember fondly. David and his wife, Megan, have three daughters and an impatient French Bulldog named Vern. They enjoy spending time on and around Lake Michigan during the warmer months paddle boarding, sunset beach nights, having backyard barbecues with friends and family, and riding bikes with Vern in a bike trailer. They also enjoy snowmobiling and snow skiing during the snow season.

Jonathan Karchner, Valuation Analyst

Jonathan Karchner

Valuation Analyst

Jonathan Karchner is VPP’s Valuation Analyst, working with the Business Development team creating financial models and conducting due diligence for prospective partner hospitals.

An avid Temple Owls fan, Jonathan holds a BBA in Finance from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

In his free time, Jonathan enjoys fishing in the Pocono Mountains or at the Jersey Shore, attending Temple University sporting events, or making the rounds at Philadelphia’s hottest new restaurants. He lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife and Long Haired German Shepard, Xena.

Vince Agnone, Senior Associate, Partnership Development

Vince Agnone

Partnership Development Manager 

Vince joined the VPP team in 2016 as a Business Development Associate, a role that is integral to partnership development efforts. Vince is responsible for forming meaningful relationships with prospective partners by effectively communicating the advantages of VPP’s co-ownership approach and how VPP can help a practice reach its fullest potential.

Prior to joining VPP, Vince worked as Field Energy Specialist at SolarCity, a company dedicated to clean energy services. In this position, Vince focused on expanding the company’s market reach in Philadelphia, generated quality leads with customers and properties, and fostered productive relationships with sales partners.

Prior to SolarCity, Vince was a Personal Banker with Bank of America. His strong communication skills, adept listening abilities, and enthusiasm for culturing profitable relationships allowed Vince to make continual sales, drive revenue, and meet service goals.

Vince earned a BS in Business Management from Penn State University.

Aura Mastraghin, Director of Marketing

Aura Mastraghin

Director of Marketing

Aura joined VPP in January 2014 to provide direction and support to our partner hospitals’ marketing campaigns. Her focus is on online reputation management, client retention strategies, and creative asset development. In addition, she handles the promotion and publicity of VPP to foster recognition of our continued growth and tremendous potential.

In her previous positions, Aura led a variety of marketing campaigns, including analytical, research, and creative projects. Aura has hands-on experience with web analytics, email campaigns, blogging, and marketing collateral creation.

She received a BS in Economics with concentrations in Marketing and Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Lindsay Kennedy, Brand Manager

Lindsay Kennedy

Brand Manager

Lindsay Kennedy is VPP’s Brand Manager, working with the marketing team to craft and hone brand, while developing creative initiatives to get the word out about VPP’s unique business model.

She has over a decade of experience creating and executing dynamic, scalable marketing strategies. Along with her extensive business experience, Lindsay leverages her experience owning her own photography business in Chicago, IL, and you’ll still often find her with a camera in her hand at the VPP offices.

She has a BA in Communication from the University of Dayton. She lives in the Philly suburbs with her husband, two little girls – Ellie & Kate, and beloved black lab, Dayton, who also dutifully serves as VPP’s resident office dog.

Emily Buickerood, Marketing Manager

Emily Buickerood

Marketing Manager

Emily Buickerood is one of VPP’s Marketing Managers, assisting our partner hospitals with a variety of marketing activities to help drive new client acquisition and positively impact client retention.

In her role, Emily works closely with our partners and managers to ensure that their marketing adequately reflects each hospital’s unique culture. Emily leverages her extensive background in marketing to help craft unique programs for each of our hospitals, including creating and maintaining our partner practices’ mobile and desktop websites, designing print materials, creating email campaigns, as well as carrying out hospital photography.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time with her horse, Duncan, going to the beach, or trying new restaurants. 

Emily earned a B.S. in Graphic Design Communications from Jefferson University, a certification in Freelance Website Development from Codecademy, and a certification in Web Development from New York Code & Design Academy. 

Kelli Jost, Marketing Manager

Kelli Jost

Marketing Manager

Kelli joined VPP in January 2018 and works as a Marketing Manager with a focus on Recruitment Marketing for all of VPP’s partner hospitals.

Kelli has spent over a decade executing marketing plans for small businesses, focusing on website development and digital content creation. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Monmouth University and lives at the Jersey Shore with her husband, young son, and their dog and two cats, Griffyn, George, and Asher.

Mark Dorfman, Manager of FP&A

Mark Dorfman

Manager of FP&A

Mark Dorfman is VPP’s Manager of FP&A working on our accounting team reporting up to the CFO. He conducts financial analysis for both the VPP corporate office as well as individual hospitals, and creates and manages budgets for our partner hospitals. In short, he’s one of our key numbers guys.

He has a double MBA in Finance and Accounting, is a CPA and CFP, and has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance & Accounting.

When he’s not crunching numbers, Mark enjoys riding his motorcycle (he even got married in St. Moritz, Switzerland while motorcycling through the Alps!) and horseback riding. He lives in Chestnut Hill, PA – famous for its acclaimed Harry Potter Festival – with his wife and cat, Mya.

Ken Stonaker, Senior Accountant

Ken Stonaker

Senior Accountant

Ken Stonaker serves as VPP’s Senior Accountant. In his role, Ken manages balance sheets and P&L accounts across all hospitals including COGS, prepaid expenses, property level expenses, and sales tax liabilities. He also conducts analysis on inventory and financial statement analysis for our partner hospitals.

Ken has a BSA in Accounting from Rowan University.

When he’s not sneaking the office dog too many treats at work, you can find him exercising, fishing, or hanging out at his home in the Philly suburbs with his wife.

Sandy Matos, Senior Treasury Analyst

sandy Matos

Senior Treasury Analyst

Sandy Matos serves as VPP’s Senior Treasury Analyst, managing activities related to cash flow and capital management.

She earned her BS in Accounting from Laica University in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

When she’s not at work, you can find Sandy shuttling her three daughters, Mabel, Emily, and Abigail, around to their various activities, or volunteering within her community.

Michael Herdan, Cash Management Specialist

Michael Herdan

Cash Management Specialist

Michael Herdan joined VPP in May 2017 as VPP’s Cash Management Specialist. In his role, Mike is responsible for tasks like assisting the Senior Treasury Analyst in making daily cash transfers, booking daily bank activity and monthly revenue, and reconciling bank accounts for all hospitals.

He has a BBA in Accounting from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and also has a CPA certification.

In his free time, he enjoys catching some rays at the Jersey Shore in the summer or downhill skiing in the winter. He lives in the Philly suburbs with his 7-year-old Boston Terrier, Rocky.

Vanessa Werner, Office Administrator and Happiness Engineer

Vanessa Werner

Office Administrator & Happiness Enginerr

Vanessa Werner is the Office Administrator and Happiness Engineer at VPP’s corporate office in King of Prussia, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. Vanessa is a regular Jane-of-all-trades, and she keeps our office running like a well-oiled machine. She has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science from Albright College.

When she’s not at the office, she enjoys hiking, gardening, bird-watching, and just generally being out in nature. She lives in the Philly suburbs with her fiancé and her spoiled-rotten Staffordshire Terrier, Penny.

Vicky DiDonato, Associate Systems Administrator

Vicky DiDonato

Associate Systems Administrator 

Vicky DiDonato is VPP’s Associate Systems Administrator which means she works with our IT team to keep all-things-technology running smoothly in our partner hospitals. She leverages her 20 years of IT experience on a daily basis, resolving complex technical issues for hospitals around the country from our suburban Philadelphia headquarters.

When she’s not solving technology problems, you can find her spending time with her two children, Ava and Dylan, or spending time with friends. 

Al Nunez, Regional Operations Manager

Al Nunez

Regional Operations Manager

Al Nunez joined VPP in February 2018 as a Regional Operations Manager. In his role, Al serves to keep our partner hospitals running smoothly by supporting all hospital business functions alongside the practice managers and partners.

Al received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix.

In his free time, you can find him traveling to the far reaches of the world, cheering on his Florida Gators, or just kicking back with his family, including his dog, Coco, and python, Dallas.

Jody Frazier, Area Operations Manager

Jody Frazier

Area Operations Manager

Jody Frazier is an Area Operations Manager with VPP. Previously, she worked at VPP partner hospital Truesdell Animal Care for thirteen years, eight of which were spent in a Practice Management role.

Jody is uniquely qualified for her role as she not only has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, but she is also a Certified Veterinary Technician.

When she’s not doing a stellar job managing hospital operations, she’s spending time with her husband, three children, three dogs, and four cats. She also enjoys baking, crafting, and cheering on her kids’ sporting events.

Tosha Zimmerman, Talent Acquisition Manager

Tosha Zimmerman

Talent Acquisition Manager

Tosha joined VPP in September 2016 as the company’s first Talent Acquisition Specialist. Her primary role is to lead recruiting efforts that will further support the growing VPP team and its partner hospitals. Coaching staff members, especially veterinary technicians, to reach their highest potential is her passion.

Most recently, Tosha spent two years at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, FL as the first technician recruiter. Her enthusiastic leadership and strong interpersonal skills successfully supported the hiring efforts of over fifty hospitals. In 2003, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician, which provided years of first-hand experience in a hospital setting. She also worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists and a Licensed Veterinary Technician at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Manhattan. Tosha is the past President of the Florida Veterinary Technician Association.

Prior to earning certification as a veterinary technician, Tosha was responsible for client service at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists, and worked in the restaurant industry specializing in catering.

Tosha earned her AS in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College in 2002.

Jordynne Jarrett, Payroll & Benefits Supervisor

Jordynne Jarrett

Payroll & Benefits Supervisor

Jordynne joined VPP in December 2017 as the Payroll & Benefits Supervisor. She brings 8 years of payroll and benefits experience, and a proven track record of success, to the VPP family and its partner hospitals.

Most recently, Jordynne spent 3 ½ years as a Payroll Processor supporting the payroll, benefits, and employee programs at Lake Region Medical. She was responsible for processing payroll for 6 multi state entities with approximately 2,500 full-time and part-time employees through Automatic Data Processing (ADP). Prior to Lake Region Medical, Jordynne held similar positions as Payroll Administrator, Payroll Coordinator, and Senior Payroll Specialist.

Jordynne also has extensive experience with employee benefit plans and is well-versed in payroll processing software.

Jeff Gambino, Director of Analytics and Business Intelligence

Jeff Gambino

Director of Analytics and Business Intelligence

Jeff Gambino joined VPP in February 2017 as Director of Analytics and Business Intelligence. His role will be to lead the company’s strategic vision for operational growth by leveraging data to analyze marketing effectiveness and to optimize the performance of our partner hospitals.

In addition, Jeff focuses on building high-performance teams at our partner hospitals by fostering strong professional relationships, understanding a hospital’s data needs, and providing reporting and analytics. Jeff is also responsible for highlighting the benefits of VPP’s unique co-ownership business model.

Most recently, Jeff led the analytics effort at M3 USA, a firm servicing the human healthcare and life sciences industry. Through his team’s efforts, M3 increased operational efficiency, reduced labor cost, and increased customer satisfaction.

Prior to M3 USA, Jeff worked at Epocrates, a company that designs apps for physicians. Jeff was tapped on multiple occasions to build out new analytics and data functions in support of different products and services. His teams collaborated with business leaders throughout the organization to resolve marketing and sales questions through data.

Jeff obtained his BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to receive his Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Kim Casey, Operations Support Specialist

Kim Casey

Operations Support Specialist

Kim joined VPP in February 2015 to provide direct support to our partner hospitals. She focuses on training and developing our practice managers, ensuring the hospitals maintain a positive culture, and helping ensure high quality cost-effective care is delivered to our patients.

Prior to joining VPP, Kim spent 11 years with Banfield. She started as a Veterinary Assistant and worked her way up to becoming a Practice Manager. As Practice Manager, she was looked upon from her peers as someone to help them and support them. She travelled to multiple locations throughout FL providing training and leadership to her peers.

Prior to Banfield, Kim worked at a private practice for 5 years where she started as a Kennel Technician and worked her way up to becoming a Veterinary Assistant. Kim has experience in all roles and aspects of the hospital setting and will be able to share those experiences and skills with our hospital teams.

Lakia Chandler, Accounting Manager

Lakia Chandler

Accounting Manager

Lakia joined VPP in April 2016 and serves as the Accounting Manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day accounting and reporting for VPP and its partner hospitals.

Lakia brings over 10 years of accounting and leadership experience to VPP. Prior to joining VPP, she was the Accounting Manager of Momentum Telecom, Inc. (Formerly known as Alteva, Inc.) She also worked as the Accounting Manager at Quench USA, Inc., where she was responsible for the monthly financial close process, including supervision of staff in their individual responsibilities related to the process. Prior to that, Lakia spent over 4 years at UGI Corporation in various positions such as Senior Internal Auditor, the SOX 404 Coordinator, Supervisor of Payroll/HRIS, and a Senior Analyst in the Revenue Accounting Department. She began her career in the Assurance Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

Lakia earned her BS in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration from King’s College.

Michele Bouwman, Regional Operations Manager

Michele Bouwman

Regional Operations Manager

Michele joined VPP in February 2017 to provide direct support to our partner hospitals. She focuses on training and developing our practice managers, ensuring the hospitals maintain a positive culture, and helping ensure high quality cost-effective care is delivered to our patients.

Most recently, Michele spent over 8 years with Banfield Pet Hospital as Field Operations Director. During this time, she supported veterinary hospitals over a wide geographical area spanning from Florida to Illinois. Michele’s empowering leadership qualities helped build strong teams of doctors, managers, and staff that improved the culture and quality of care offered at the hospital locations.

Prior to Banfield, Michele worked with The Hertz Corporation. Her career began in Los Angeles as a Branch Development Manager, and her ambition and exceptional management skills quickly promoted her to District Manager. Michele continued to prove herself as a leader and became a City Manager. In this position, she was responsible for the management of numerous airport sites. Her ability to coach teams, generate effective sales, and ensure quality service promoted Michele to the role of Midwest Regional Off Airport Director. Finally, Michele moved up to General Manager where she was tasked with all facets of business growth, from marketing and business negotiations to staff development and team productivity.

Michele earned a BA in Studio Arts with a minor in Business from Loyola Marymount University.

Chris Laws, Chief Financial Officer

Chris Laws

Chief Financial Officer

Chris joined VPP in September 2018 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Chris leads all aspects of the finance function, including accounting and financial reporting, budgeting and analysis, capital planning, credit, treasury, and tax. In addition, he manages VPP’s capital raising activities and relationships with its lenders.

Most recently, Chris spent five years as the Chief Financial Officer for PetroChoice Holdings, Inc., one of the largest lubricant distributors in the United States. During his tenure, PetroChoice more than doubled in size through a combination of organic initiatives and acquisitions. Chris was responsible for building the finance and IT teams and processes to support the business during this rapid growth and for evaluating and integrating acquisitions. Prior to joining PetroChoice, Chris spent 12 years as an investment professional at Greenbriar Equity Group and Blue Point Capital Partners, where he focused on investments in the industrial and business service sectors. Chris started his career at Morgan Stanley working in the Real Estate Private Equity and Investment Banking groups.

Chris graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Economics and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Susan Maggetti, Learning and Development Coordinator

Susan Maggetti

Learning and Development Coordinator

Susan Maggetti has provided human resources and professional development expertise to organizations and teams for over 15 years in industries such as E-Commerce, Engineering, Finance, Healthcare, Marketing, Retail, and Technology. Her areas of expertise are leadership development, strengths-based professional development, employee engagement, emotional intelligence, and coaching. ​

Susan earned her CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) certification in 2008. In addition, she is a Gallup-Certified Strengths coach, certified DiSC trainer and Predictive Index practitioner and proud Penn State alumni.

After starting her own consulting firm, Susan has successfully led the custom design and facilitation of leadership development programs for many small to mid-size organizations. Susan has the ability to connect with others, meeting them where they are and adjusting her style to allow them to attain their goals in a productive and engaging way.  This approach translates in the classroom as well as with her coaching. Her personal mission is for everyone to love the path they are on and to help organizations have engaged teams.

Dave Saulino, Controller

David Saulino

Controller

Dave joined VPP in 2015 and serves as Company Controller. He is responsible for the day-to-day accounting and reporting for VPP and its partner hospitals.

Dave brings over 15 years of accounting and leadership experience to VPP. Prior to joining VPP, he was the Controller of Quench, USA Inc. He also worked as the Director of Accounting for GPX Enterprises overseeing the accounting and reporting functions for its various portfolio companies. Prior to that, Dave spent over 7 years at Airgas, Inc. in Internal Audit and Financial Operations focusing on Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance and Acquisition Accounting. He began his career in the Assurance Practice at KPMG.

Dave earned his BS in Accounting and International Business from Drexel University.

Jim Conner, Senior Payroll Accountant

Jim Connor

Senior Payroll Accountant

Jim Connor serves as VPP’s Senior Payroll Accountant. In this role he conducts payroll processing, funding, and accounting for all of VPP’s partner hospitals.

He earned a BS in Accounting from LaSalle University, and has two adult children and a Shih Tzu named Utley, after beloved Phillies Second Baseman Chase Utley.

When he’s not at VPP, you can find him with his toes in the sand at one of South Jersey’s beautiful beaches.

Steve Laurie, Systems Administrator

Steve Laurie

Systems Administrator

Steve Laurie is VPP’s Systems Administrator where he spends his time providing technical support for VPP’s family of hospitals, and managing the IT team. As part of his role, he also conducts IT project management and network design & implementation. 

When he’s not ensconced in the server room, or remoting onto one of our practice’s servers, you can find him reading sci-fi novels or spending time with his three children and 5 dogs. Burglars beware; Steve is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, but also studies Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Sean Hallburton, Area Operations Manager

Sean Halliburton

Area Operations Manager

Sean Halliburton is the Area Manager for VPP’s South Carolina hospitals. He is uniquely qualified for his role as he not only has a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, but has spent many years as a Practice Manager for various veterinary and human healthcare practices. 

When he’s not helping our SC hospitals with their operational needs, Sean enjoys target shooting, archery, and spending time with his three children and their dog, Maddie. Sean also coaches the local high school football team and has been a paramedic for over 29 years. He served on the Disaster Medical Assistance Team conducting medical operations for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustov, and as a Flight Paramedic for Travel Care International. 

Amanda Candelaria, Operations & Systems Specialist.

Amanda Candelaria

Operations & Systems Specialist

Amanda Candelaria, or Mandy as she’s known to the hospitals, is VPP’s Operations & Systems Specialist. She is a regular Jane of All Trades, but the heart of her role is in assisting our awesome practice managers with their practice management systems, building and executing reminder protocols for our hospitals, and helping refine inventory processes. 

Prior to joining VPP, Mandy spent 3 years as a U.S. Marine, acting as part of the Marine Wing Division while overseas in Iraq. 

When Mandy isn’t at the office, you can find her crafting, watching true crime shows, testing out new vegan recipes, or taking photos of her two dogs, Sully and Raven. 

Lindy Quick, Creative Content Writer

Lindy Quick

Creative Content Writer

Lindy Quick works in VPP’s marketing department as our Creative Content Writer. As with most of us at VPP, Lindy wears a lot of hats. Along with content generation, she also designs an array of print marketing materials, email campaigns, and advertisements for our hospitals. Making good use of her Art Institute degree, Lindy is also one of the marketing department’s strongest creative forces, designing hospital logos and client collateral.

In her time away from the office, she enjoys vacationing outdoors, hiking mountain trails, and creating personal art projects.

Amira Baraka, Business Intelligence Manager

Amira Barakat

Business Intelligence Manager

Amira Barakat serves as VPP’s Business Intelligence Manager. In her role, she assists the Director of Business Analytics in making sense of the all the data generated by our partner practices, in order to help make informed decisions about how to improve our hospitals. Amira utilizes years of previous experience in business intelligence, as well as her B.S. in Finance, and MBA from Penn’s Wharton School of Business. 

When she’s not crunching numbers at VPP, you can find her hanging upside down doing aerial sports, including Lyra Hoop, Silks, Aerial Yoga, or running marathons.

Kelly Farrell, Senior Accounts Payable Associate

Kelly Farrell

Senior Accounts Payable Associate

Bio coming soon!

Kristin Liate, Accounts Payable Associate

Kristin Liate

Accounts Payable Associate

Bio coming soon!

David Oagles, Help Desk Analyst

David Oagles

Help Desk Analyst

Dave is a Help Desk Analyst with VPP’s Systems & Technology department. In his role, he provides IT support for VPP and our partner hospitals. From hardware issues to practice management system concerns, Dave’s your guy.

When he’s not working through IT issues with our hospitals, Dave enjoys Warhammer tabletop gaming and even travels to tournaments some weekends. Dave grew up in Hawaii, where he learned how to breathe fire, but currently resides outside of Philly suburbs with his fiancée and his spoiled-rotten Staffordshire Terrier, Penny.

Colin Fisher, Business Analyst

COLIN FISHER

Business Analyst

Bio coming soon!

Donna Wagner-Rago, Regional Operations Manager

Donna wagner-rago

Regional Operations Manager

Donna Wagner-Rago is one of VPP’s Regional Operations Managers. Donna has over 25 years of multi-unit management experiences, 10 of those spent in the veterinary industry.  Her core competencies include team development, team building and action-based planning that delivers results through execution. She currently resides in Denver with her husband and their two furry kids, Peanut Butter No Jelly, a Japanese Chin rescue, and Luigi, who is a Havanese rescue. In her spare time, Donna likes to travel, enjoy time in the sun, volunteer in her community, and cook for her family.  She and her husband currently own an Italian restaurant in Colorado.

 

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