Our Team

At VPP, our team is the backbone to our hospitals’ success. Our culture is one of trust and respect, and if you pay attention, you’ll notice that the faces on this page don’t change very often. Get to know us a little better by checking out our bios and the core values that are the foundation of VPP.

Executive Team

Founder & CEO

Vice President of Operations

Chief Veterinary Officer

Corporate Controller

Vice President of Human Resources

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Chief Growth Officer

Director of Marketing

Business Development

Partnership Development Manager

Director of Partnership Development

Acquisition Analytics Manager

Director of Development Operations

Strategic Growth Manager

human resources

Human Resources Manager

Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Learning and Development Coordinator

Talent Acquisition Manager

Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Talent Acquisition Specialist, Campus Recruiter

Office Administrator and Happiness Engineer

Marketing & Analytics

Business Intelligence Manager

Senior Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager

Visual Design Manager

Revenue Operations Coordinator

Marketing Manager

Social Media Specialist

Operations

 Regional Director

Regional Operations Manager

Regional Operations Manager

Regional Operations Manager

Regional Operations Manager

Regional Operations Manager

Accounting

Business Analyst

Operations & Systems Specialist

Business Analyst

Senior Accounts Payable Associate

Business Analyst

Accounting Manager

Cash Management Specialist

Accounts Payable Associate

Business Analyst

Assistant Controller

Systems & Technology

Associate Systems Administrator 

Systems Administrator 

Help Desk Analyst

Our Core Values

Ownership

Ensuring veterinary ownership in a changing market.

Individuality

Respecting the individuality of each practice.

People

Investing in our people—they are our best asset.

Integrity

Trust, integrity, & transparency.

Service

Providing best-in-class service and care.

Best Practices

Sharing best practices & a commitment to continuous improvement.

Life at VPP

Life at VPP — Our 50th Hospital Party

Amira Barakat, Analytics, at our 50th hospital party.

Life at VPP — Our 50th Hospital Party

Celebrating our 50 partner hospitals!

Vanessa Werner accepting her "Happiness Engineer" award at the 2018 VPP Annual Meeting

VP of HR, Tricia Kinne, getting all the snuggles from Winnie, one of our office dogs, during a staff meeting.

Chief Growth Officer, Win Lippincott, conducting a workshop with his team.

The hospital marketing team on a retreat at the Jersey Shore.

Emily hard at work building hospital websites!

Senior Marketing Manager, Emily Buickerood, hard at work building our partner hospital websites.

CEO Rich Lester cheers-ing to 50 hospitals!

Brand Manager, Lindsay Kennedy, making good use of our standard-issue standing desks.

Director of Biz Dev Ops, Lindsay Kennedy, making good use of our standard-issue standing desks.

Lindy Quick, our Creative Content Writer, enjoying the VPP Marketing Department retreat on Long Beach Island in NJ.

Lindy Quick, our Visual Design Manager, enjoying the VPP Marketing Department retreat on Long Beach Island in NJ.

VPP Office Dog, Dayton, about to take a relaxing snooze.

VPP Office Dog, Dayton, about to take a relaxing snooze.

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Recent Accolades

We’re proud of our hard-working team members and honored to be recognized, year after year, for our continued growth.

Inc5000 Honoree
Philadelphia 100 Honoree
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.

Danielle Anderson, VP of Operations

Danielle Anderson

Vice President of Operations

Danielle Anderson joined VPP’s Executive Management team in 2019 as our Vice President of Operations. Danielle brings over 20 years of experience as an operations leader to VPP, previously serving as Director of Operations at WORKNET Occupational Medicine (NovaCare Rehabilitation’s Medical Division), and Director of Strategic Operations at DaVita Health Solutions & Tandigm Health. During this time, she oversaw outpatient medical centers through establishing and implementing policies and procedures while identifying opportunities for improvement. She has experience guiding teams through transformation, change management methodologies, acquisition integration and operational business strategy.

In her role at VPP, Danielle will be working closely with the Operations team to provide support with existing partnerships by evaluating and sustaining operational efficiency and profitability. Her focus will include a collaborative approach to create and improve objectives, policies, and goals that lead to successful partnerships.

Danielle earned an MBA in Health Administration from Eastern University and has a B.S. from Rowan University.

When Danielle is not in the office, she spends her free time with family and friends, especially her husband, two girls – Riley and Shelby, and her dog – Franklin. She enjoys going to her kids sporting events, watching Philadelphia sports (GO Eagles!), and all activities related to water – paddle boarding, skiing, boating, and swimming.

Doug 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.

Christian DeChurch

Corporate Controller

Bio coming soon!

Tricia Kinne, Vice President of Human Resources

Tricia Kinne

Vice President of Human Resources

Tricia Kinne joined VPP’s Executive Management team in February 2019 as our Vice President of Human Resources. Tricia brings over 20 years of experience in all areas of human resources, the last 12 of which at Physicians Endoscopy as their head of HR. In her role at VPP, Tricia will be working closely with the VPP team in delivering HR support to our hospitals, particularly in the areas of talent acquisition, benefits and compensation, continuing education and training, performance management, employee engagement and much more. She has a BA in Labor & Industrial Relations from Penn State University, and is working toward her MS in Organization Development and Leadership from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

When Tricia’s not at the VPP offices, she enjoys going to her 4 kids sporting events, hiking and walking her dogs, gardening, and trying new restaurants. She has 2 rescue dogs, Breah, a pit bull mix, and Luke, a dachshund/beagle mix. She also has a rescue cat named Cooper, who is, of course, Bradley Cooper’s namesake.

Chris Laws, Chief Financial Officer

Chris Laws

Chief Operating Office & Chief Financial Officer

Chris joined VPP in September 2018 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and recently also took on the role of Chief Operating Officer. In his role, Chris leads all aspects of the finance and operations functions, including financial reporting, budgeting/analysis, and capital planning He also leads the operations team to ensure VPP hospitals run smoothly and profitably. 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.

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.

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.

Vince Agnone, Senior Associate, Partnership Development

Vince Agnone

Partnership Development Manager

Vince has been with VPP since 2016, and now serves as the Business Development Manager, 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.

Hannah Casey, Director of Partnership Development

Hannah Casey

Director of Partnership Development

Hannah joined VPP in March 2018, and is responsible for engaging with individual practice owners to understand the unique challenges and opportunities facing their practices. She works to cultivate meaningful relationships with owners and potential partners, adopting a consultative approach to guiding owners through the partnership process from initial discussions to integration.

Drawing on her extensive experience after years in veterinary acquisitions and relationship development, she can provide a practice owner with a valued perspective into how a partnership with VPP can provide financial and operational benefits.

Born and raised in the Carolinas, Hannah attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband, Allen, and two dogs, Coco and Folly, and cat, Fripp.

Jonathan Karchner, Valuation Analyst

Jonathan Karchner

Acquisition Analytics Manager

Jonathan Karchner is VPP’s Senior 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 in Philadelphia with his wife and Long Haired German Shepard, Xena.

Lindsay Kennedy, Director of Development Operations

Lindsay Kennedy

Director of Development Operations

Lindsay Kennedy is VPP’s Director of Development Operations, working with the business development team to help define VPP’s voice with owners. Lindsay helps design and structure processes within the bustling business development team, working closely with the Chief Growth Officer to achieve results. Along with her Biz Dev responsibilities, she also works closely with the marketing team to guide 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.

Cameron stevens

Strategic Growth Manager

Cameron Stevens currently serves as VPP’s Strategic Growth Manager. In his role, he provides analytical support for the Marketing & Business Development teams to help identify new opportunities. Cameron joins us from Deloitte, as a Strategy & Operations Consultant. Cameron graduated Magna Cum Laude from Penn State University with Majors in Finance, Economics, and International Politics. 
 
When Cameron is not in the office, he enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and collecting and playing board games. A few fun facts about Cameron is he was once decently fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and hopes to one day convert his collection of high-quality board games into a vast library. 
Lindsey Botsford, Human Resources Manager

Lindsey Botsford

Human Resources Manager

Lindsey Botsford joined our growing HR team as an HR manager in July of 2019. In her role, Lindsey will support VPP’s family of hospitals with Human Resources related needs, including employee relations, performance management, benefits and payroll Administration employee development, leave administration, and other general HR duties. She’ll utilize her previous experience as an HR generalist at the Project Management Institute and her degree in Social Advocacy and Environmental Justice from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands.

When she’s not at VPP helping our hospitals run smoothly, you can find Lindsey in the great outdoors with her husband and rescue pup, Stella. They love to kayak, sail, camp, and find new dog parks/trails to enjoy with Stella. Lindsey has played the violin for 20 years, but also enjoys playing the guitar and piano.

MELISSA D'ACHILLO

Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Melissa D’Achillo is VPP’s Payroll and Benefits Specialist. Melissa brings over 15 years of experience to VPP in Human Resources and has worked in a multi-location, multi-state environment, previously for a health care services company. In her role at VPP, Melissa is responsible for processing payroll and benefits and works closely with the rest of the HR team on a variety of special projects.
 
Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Muhlenberg College and acquired her SHRM-CP and PHR Designations. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, walking and traveling. She considers herself a cat person and has a knack for gift giving.
Rebecca Huber, Talent Acquisition Specialist

Rebecca Huber

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Rebecca joined the Talent Acquisition team with a decade of candidate sourcing experience, focusing primarily in the medical billing, financial, and insurance industries. She enjoys speaking with candidates to find out why they have chosen their career paths, and enjoys the variety of candidates she gets to speak with daily. She studied Education at Valley Forge University and has a passion for training adult learners. In her spare time, she teaches improv comedy classes to adults and teens in the Phoenixville, PA area. She also performs, books, and markets for an improv comedy team called The Last Minute Replacements. She lives in the outer suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband, daughter Julianna, and two cats – MousyFace and TinyToes, who specialize in napping and begging for tummy rubs.

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.

Caitlin McMahon, Talent Acquisition Manager

Caitlin McMahon

Talent Acquisition Manager

Caitlin McMahon joined VPP’s growing Human Resources team in September 2019 as our Talent Acquisition Manager. She provides recruiting support to our hospitals by sourcing and screening candidates, conducting interviews and proactive candidate searches. She’s a master at building relationships with current and prospective candidates to make sure our hospital openings are quickly filled with the best talent. She leverages her previous experience as an Executive Recruiter. Caitlin has a Bachelor of Science from Jefferson University.

When she’s not at work, you can find Caitlin staying active with HIIT training or running outdoors. She also enjoys spending time with her 2 rescue cats, Maisie and Sophie, traveling, cooking, and enjoying new restaurants in her town.

Kelsey Murphy, Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Kelsey Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Kelsey Murphy serves as VPP’s Payroll and Benefits specialist. Kelsey will utilize her previous experience as a Human Resources & Payroll Administrator and Human Resources Accounting Specialist to support VPP’s Human Resources team. She earned her A.A. from Montgomery County Community College and is in the process of receiving her B.S. in Labor and Employment relations from Penn State University, where she is treasurer of the virtual SHRM student chapter.

In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, Bethannie and Brielle. She also loves her two rescue labs, Maggie and Ridley. When she’s not spending time with family, she enjoys reading, running, or working on home improvement projects.

Ross Powell

Talent Acquisition Specialist, Campus Recruiter

Ross Powell joined the Talent Acquisition team as a Talent Acquisition Specialist. In his role, Ross will be handling veterinary and tech school recruiting, and will additionally work close with schools to build relationships. He will also be responsible for the DVM externship program, helping connect candidates with hospitals. Ross has several years’ recruitment experience with both large companies and smaller agencies, along with a Masters in Teaching.
 
In his spare time, Ross enjoys hanging out with his baby twin girls, Maren and Ella. He also loves going to the Jersey shore, long hikes, being outside and watching sports. A fun fact about Ross is that his Great x12 Grandfather, William Bradford, was the first Governor of Plymouth County. 
Vanessa Werner, Office Administrator and Happiness Engineer

Vanessa Werner

Office Administrator & Happiness Engineer

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.

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.

Emily Buickerood, Marketing Manager

Emily Buickerood

Senior Marketing Manager

Emily Buickerood is VPP’s Senior Marketing Manager, 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.

Lindy Quick, Creative Content Writer

Lindy Quick

Visual Design Manager

Lindy Quick works in VPP’s marketing department as our Visual Design Manager. 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.

Jenny Smith

Revenue Operations Coordinator

Bio coming soon! 

Olivia Stofko, Marketing Manager

Olivia Stofko

Marketing Manager

Olivia Stofko serves as one of VPP’s Marketing Manager’s, assisting VPP partner hospitals with all their marketing-related needs. Olivia brings a significant background in multi-site marketing management, having previously led the marketing efforts for Hankin Group, who own multiple apartment complexes across Chester County, PA. She graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Marketing & Advertising.

When she’s not creating new marketing for VPP’s family of hospitals, you can find Olivia doing yoga, crafting or playing piano. A fun-fact about Olivia is that she has six years of experience playing the xylophone!

Brynn Zittle, Social Media Specialist

Brynn Zittle

Social Media Specialist

Brynn Zittle serves as VPP’s Social Media Specialist, assisting VPP partner hospitals with all their Social Media Marketing needs. Brynn brings a significant background in veterinary medicine, having worked full time with one of VPP’s partner hospitals from November 2012 to November 2018. During this time, she managed their social media marketing & events, assisted on-site with patients and clients, and produced all their video marketing – you’ve likely seen her pet parody music videos! She graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a B.S. in Electronic Media & Film. Though Brynn has expanded her skills to support all VPP hospitals, she is still active at our partner practice on a part time basis.

In her time away from the office, Brynn enjoys all things outdoors to include hiking, biking, and the beach. Cinematography is her passion, and it brings her heart joy when she’s able to utilize her skills to create a project that promotes animal welfare. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, rescue cats, and family.

Michele Bouwman, Regional Operations Manager

Michele Bouwman

Regional Operations Director

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.

Pia DeAngelis, Regional Operations Manager

Pia DeAngelis

Regional Operations Manager

Pia DeAngelis serves as one of VPP’s Regional Operations Managers. Pia is uniquely qualified for this role with years of experience in the veterinary industry. In her previous positions, Pia has been a Veterinary Assistant/Technician, Practice Manager, and Veterinary Recruiting Partner. In her role at VPP, Pia manages and supports hospital operations, focusing on development, training, and maintaining a positive culture.

Pia earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Growing up in the Bronx above her father’s OB/GYN office, Pia has been familiar with family-owned practice since a young age. She currently lives in North Salem, New York with her husband, and three long-haired rescue cats, Monte, Chester, and Link.

Jody Frazier, Area Operations Manager

Jody Frazier

Regional Operations Manager

Jody Frazier is a one of VPP’s Regional Operations Managers. 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.

Sean Hallburton, Area Operations Manager

Sean Halliburton

Regional Operations Manager

Sean Halliburton is one of VPP’s Regional Operations Managers. 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 wife, Ann, and their three kids Brittany, Austin, Hayden and the family 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.

Jamie Jamnik, Regional Operations Manager

Jamie Jamnik

Regional Operations Manager

Jamie Jamnik joined VPP in January 2019 as one of VPP’s Regional Operations Managers. In her role, Jamie provides direct support to our partner hospitals by focusing on training and development, ensuring the hospitals maintain a positive culture, and helping our hospitals provide high quality cost-effective care. Previously, Jamie served as a field director for Coyne Vet, and also as a Certified Vet Tech.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree as well as her Veterinary Practice Management Certificate from Purdue University. She also received an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Joliet Junior College. When she’s not working with our hospitals, Jamie loves to spend time with her 3 children, and working on her farm, on which she has over 80 animals.

Caleigh Mcgrew

Regional Operations Manager

Caleigh McGrew is VPP’s Regional Operations Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region. She brings healthcare operations experience to VPP and focuses on customer service, transformation, service delivery, staff development, and process efficiency. Caleigh manages a portfolio of our hospitals in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. She works directly with the Partners, Medical Directors, and Practice Managers to ensure we are providing best patient care, exceptional customer service, and stewardship to our teammates. 
 
Caleigh graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. In her free time, Caleigh loves spending time with her husband, family, and friends, and loves anything true crime: podcasts, books and TV shows.
Matt Butler, Business Analyst

Matt Butler

Business Analyst

Matthew Butler serves as one of VPP’s Business Analysts. In his role, Matthew analyzes financial statements to ensure accurate reporting and makes necessary adjustments, as well as provides insights on how our hospitals can improve profitability. He has a Masters of Accounting from Juniata college.

When he’s not at the office, Matthew enjoys adult sports leagues or taking his Golden Doodle, Louie, to the dog park.

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. 

Savanna Carroll, Business Analyst

Savanna Carroll

Business Analyst

Savanna Carroll serves as one of VPP’s Business Analysts. In her role, Savanna analyzes financial statements to ensure accurate reporting and makes necessary adjustments, as well as provides insights on how our hospitals can improve profitability. She earned a BA in Accounting, Finance and Economics from the California University of Pennsylvania. In her previous role she served as a Property Accounting Analyst for SandsPoint Capital Advisors.

When she’s not at the VPP offices, you can find Savanna hiking, taking spin classes and checking out new podcasts.

Kelly Farrell, Senior Accounts Payable Associate

Kelly Mucerino

Senior Accounts Payable Associate

Bio coming soon!

Colin Fisher, Business Analyst

Colin Fisher

Business Analyst

Colin serves as a Business Analyst in VPP’s accounting department. In his role, Colin analyzes financial statements to ensure accurate reporting and makes necessary adjustments, as well as provides insights on how our hospitals can improve profitability. Colin has a degree in Business Administration from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.

When he’s not at the office, Colin enjoys hiking, snowboarding, watching & playing basketball, and writing music – check out his albums on iTunes or Spotify!

Sarah Greenberg, Accounting Manager

Sarah Greenberg

Accounting Manager

Sarah Greenberg serves as an Accounting Manager on the Accounting team at VPP. In her role, Sarah manages Accounts Payable, Debt, and all aspects of the treasury function including cash management, merchant services, and corporate purchasing cards.

She earned her Bachelors degree in Accounting at SUNY Geneseo and is a Certified Public Accountant. In her previous roles, she served as an audit associate, staff accountant, and senior accountant before bringing her experience to VPP.

When she’s not in the office, Sarah enjoys playing tennis, spending time with her dogs, trying new restaurants and checking out wineries in the Finger Lakes.

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.

Kristin Liate, Accounts Payable Associate

Kristin Liate

Accounts Payable Associate

Bio coming soon!

Alex Macklemore, Business Analyst

Alex Macklemore

Business Analyst

Alex McLemore serves as one of a VPP’s Business Analysts. In his role, Alex analyzes financial statements to ensure accurate reporting and makes necessary adjustments, as well as provides insights on how our hospitals can improve profitability. Alex has a B.A. of Finance from Juniata College, and a B.A. of Accounting from Ball State University.

When he’s not at the office, you can find him snowboarding, waterskiing, traveling, or hiking with his Black Lab, Riley.

Ken Stonaker, Senior Accountant

Ken Stonaker

Assistant Controller

Ken Stonaker serves as VPP’s Assistant Controller. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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