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


Chairman & 
Chief Executive Officer

Vice President of Operations

Chief Veterinary Officer

Corporate Controller

Vice President of Information Technology

Chief Marketing Officer

Vice President of Human Resources

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Business Development

Acquisition Analytics Manager

Strategic Growth Manager

human resources

Human Resources Manager

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Learning and Development Coordinator

Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Talent Acquisition Specialist, Campus Recruiter

Total Rewards Manager

Director of  Talent Acquisition

Human Resources Business Partner

Office Administrator and Happiness Engineer


Senior Marketing Manager

Sr. Director of Digital Marketing

Sr. Director, Marketing Analytics

Director of Marketing Technology

Director of Marketing

Visual Design Manager

Marketing Manager

Social Media Manager


 Regional Director of Operations

 Regional Operations Manager

Regional Director  of Operations

Regional Operations Manager

Regional Operations Manager

Regional Operations Manager

Revenue Operations Coordinator

Regional Operations Manager

Accounting & Analytics

Business Intelligence Manager

Business Analyst

Senior Analyst

Business Analyst

Business Analyst

Accounting Manager

Cash Management Specialist

Accounts Payable Associate

Senior Accounts Payable Associate

Assistant Controller

Systems & Technology

Service Desk Technician

Associate Systems Administrator 

Network Administrator 

Systems Administrator 

Our Core Values


Ensuring veterinary ownership in a changing market.


Respecting the individuality of each practice.


Investing in our people—they are our best asset.


Trust, integrity, & transparency.


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.

The team at our annual holiday party.

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.

VPP founder 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 use of our standard-issue standing desks.

Ops teams member Jenny Smith and Marketing team member Olivia Waite chillin' at the annual holiday party.

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.

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.

John McDonough

Chief Executive Officer

John McDonough brings 20+ years of human healthcare experience to VPP. He has focused his career on working with clinicians to deliver exceptional care to patients and an exceptional experience to clients – both hallmarks of VPP’s vision for becoming the premier employer of veterinary care professionals. John will focus on working with our current  practice partners, veterinarians, managers and staff members to make VPP’s hospitals the very best providers of veterinary care services. He believes in staying focused on VPP’s Core Values, which include preserving veterinarian ownership in a changing market; investing in our best asset – our people; focusing on delivering exceptional care and exceptional service; and always trying to be even better.

John most recently spent nearly three years as EVP and Chief Financial Officer at Pharmscript Holdings, a long-term care pharmacy organization helping nursing home administrators integrate pharmacies directly into their facilities. During his tenure, he helped Pharmscript double their pharmacies, and develop/complete 50 short-term objectives which led to increased revenue and EBITDA.

Before Joining Pharmscript, John worked for American Renal Associates, a healthcare service provider specializing in providing dialysis, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer. During John’s 13 years with the American Renal, the organization saw nearly 10x growth in centers, had outstanding physician satisfaction at 98%, and experienced a low 6% turnover rate.

Previous to American Renal Associates, Jonn served as Chief Accounting Officer for DaVita Inc. where he led a 700 person accounting team and championed efforts that led to a 550% increase in stock price over a single year. 

Earlier in his career, he held a variety of senior management positions including Chief Financial Officer for Palatin Technologies and CFO for MedChem products. John earned an MBA from the Harvard School of Business and Bachelor’s Degree from Bentley College. 

When he’s not working with his colleagues at the VPP office or visiting our hospitals, John splits his time between Maine and Florida with his wife, Jennifer, their 4 kids, and their beagle puppy, Monty. John has 23 year old twin boys, Michael and Ryan. Michael recently earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College, and Ryan will graduate in the spring  with a degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. His Daughter, Meghan will be attending Clemson in the fall, is an avid equestrian rider, and currently works as a Vet Tech in MA. She has aspirations to one day be a veterinarian! His youngest daughter, Olivia, attends the Gould Academy in Bethel Maine. 

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

Christian serves as Controller of VPP and a member of the Executive Leadership Team.  In this role, he oversees the company’s operational accounting team, leads the production of financial reporting, planning and analysis and directs all treasury functions.

Prior to VPP, he was with two start-up trading organizations in the energy and resources industry where he served as the Director of Finance since 2010. Before that, he spent 9+ years with Big 4 accounting firms KPMG and Deloitte in their audit practice and Capital Markets group, respectively.

Christian earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Widener University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

gene goroschko

Vice President of Information Technology

Gene Goroschko currently serves as VPP’s Vice President of Information Technology. In his role, he is responsible for ensuring that company technology enhances organization effectiveness and operational strategy. He works closely with our team members and partners to ensure the right technology is in place to provide the best experience for our clients and patients.

Gene joins us from Physicians Endoscopy, where he gained relevant experience as the SVP of Information Systems. In this position, Gene provided IT services and support for a nationwide network of single specialty ambulatory surgery centers. Gene is also a certified HIPAA Privacy and Security Expert, a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and certified in ITIL v4 Gloabal IT Service Management.

A few fun facts about Gene are that he shares a home with his wife and two Chihuahua’s, Skippy and Rosie, he has been playing the guitar for 20 years and he is a fan of all Science Fiction.

Sabrina A. Z. Isherwood

Chief Marketing Officer

Sabrina joins VPP’s executive team as Chief Marketing Officer, working closely with our partner hospitals to drive new revenue growth through improved client retention programs and new client acquisition initiatives. Additionally, she leads VPP’s marketing efforts to attract new hospitals and DVMs to the company’s growing number of partnerships. 
Prior to VPP, Sabrina spent 20 years in big brand food and beverage marketing and sales for the international divisions of Kraft, ConAgra, Welch’s, and Wrigley’s. She has had numerous VP and Chief Marketing and Sales Officer roles with Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Vein Clinics of America, and other multi-site retail healthcare organizations. 
Sabrina has a BA in PoliSci and Spanish from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an International MBA in International Marketing/International Trade from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. She has been happily married for 20 years and has two amazing children, Isabella and Michael, and a little Shih-Tzu named Bellini. Sabrina is a woman of many talents, as she is an avid gardener and landscaper, a tennis junkie, a ballroom dancer, and a classical pianist. In fact, her family is filled with musicians who are extremely fluent in jazz and classical music! 
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 MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a BA in Labor & Industrial Relations from Penn State University.

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.

Jonathan Karchner, Valuation Analyst

Jonathan Karchner

Acquisition Analytics Manager

Jonathan Karchner is VPP’s Acquisition Analytics Manager, 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.

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.

Chandler Clemens

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Chandler Clemens joined the Talent Acquisition team as a Talent Acquisition Specialist whose focus is on doctor and operations support recruiting. She brings her recruiting experience in the human healthcare space where she spent the last four years focusing on high-volume RN and Allied Health placements at General Healthcare Resources.

Chandler graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management and Operations Management from the University of Delaware, where she was recruited to be the Coxswain for the Men’s Lightweight Crew Team. Originally from the mushroom capital of the world, Kennett Square, PA, she currently resides in Philadelphia where she lives in an old renovated church. Chandler loves to cook and bake in her spare time, and while she does not currently have a pet, she is planning to get a miniature Dachshund in the next year. 


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.

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. 

Eric Selkowitz

Total Rewards Manager

Eric Selkowitz currently serves as VPP’s Total Rewards Manager. While functioning in a lead role within the department, Eric is primarily responsible for oversight of payroll, including Paycom, comprehensive benefits administration including compliance, benefits selection, implementation and management at VPP and partnered hospitals. Eric has over 13 years of experience managing benefits and compensation for various industries, including hospitality, water management and most recently in healthcare.

When Eric is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his children, Miles and Naomi. A fun fact about Eric is that although he does not currently own a pet, he is looking forward to rescuing one once he purchases a new home!

Katie Walls

HR Business Partner

Katie Walls works with our HR team as a Human Resources Business Partner for hospitals in the western US. In her role, Katie supports 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 Business Partner at MJH Life Sciences and an HR Generalist at Publicis Health.

When she’s not helping our hospitals run smoothly, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, young daughter, and Finley, their pit-bull mix.

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 Bachelor’s 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.

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 all things outdoors including camping, hiking, and going to the beach, as well as spending time with her horse, Duncan. She is an avid traveler and has visited 11 National Parks, 32 states, and 12 countries! Additionally, she loves spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends, cooking up new recipes, and trying new restaurants in the area. 

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

Dan Dykstra

Sr. Director of Digital Marketing

Dan Dykstra serves as VPP’s Senior Director of Digital Marketing. Dan comes to VPP with over 20 years of strategic digital marketing and business management experience. He will help to drive all digital marketing initiatives that will result in new client acquisition, client engagement and retention.
Dan has spent time up close and personal in digital agency management with numerous best-in-class agency partners. He has vast experience with website performance, social media metrics, patient journey mapping and performance-based marketing. Dan has had a fun career working for world-class brands such as BP, Google, Navistar, Chubb, and in human healthcare with Chiro One Wellness Centers and Vein Clinics of America. He attended Calvin University for Communication and Business, and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Emily, their two awesome daughters, Morgan, and Eve, and their Maltese/Shih Tzu, Siri. Dan is also passionate about learning new things, everything from doing home renovations to learning how to speak Russian. 

Preeti Jha

Sr. Director, Marketing Analytics

Preeti Jha joined VPP in November 2020 and serves as Sr. Director of Marketing Analytics. Preeti is the passionate voice regarding all things data, analytics, KPI and business intelligence. With over 15 years experience, she is well-versed in social media metrics, technical modeling, on-line, TV, radio, in store and campaign strategy decision making, and worked for fortune 500 companies across 15 countries. In her role at VPP, she drives all marketing and media channels, while tracking every channel and hospital’s marketing efficiency. Preeti has extensive experience in Consumer Packaged Goods working for wold-class brands such as Budweiser, P&G, and Vein Clinics of America.
Preeti is happily married to her award-winning scientist husband, Bhoopesh, and has a daughter named Tanishi. In her free time, her favorite hobby is experimenting with new tea (Chai) recipes, and has been making her own since third grade. She also enjoys watching movies from independent film makers while munching on snacks!
Kelli Jost, Marketing Manager

Kelli Jost

Director of Marketing Technology

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.

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.

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.

Olivia Stofko, Marketing Manager

Olivia Waite

Marketing Manager

Olivia Waite 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 Manager

Brynn Zittle serves as VPP’s Social Media Manager, 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.

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.

courtney Bryant

Regional Director

Courtney Bryant joined VPP as Regional Director to provide direct support to our partner hospitals. She focuses on training and developing our regional managers, ensuring a smooth transition during the partnership and acquisition process, helping the hospitals maintain a positive culture, and partnering with finance to deliver high quality cost-effective care to our patients.

Courtney is uniquely qualified for her role as she is a licensed Occupational Therapist with 13 years of experience in health care. During this time, Courtney spent seven years in management, operating at each level of operational infrastructure, including two in practice management, five in multi-site regional management, and 18 months as a Regional Director for a rapidly growing post-acute healthcare network.

She received her bachelor’s degree as well as her master’s from the University of Scranton. When she’s not working with our hospitals, Courtney loves to spend time with her six-year-old son, Tyson, four-year-old daughter, Genevieve, husband, Todd, and black lab, Miles. She is also obsessed with making homemade bread and has been nursing her own sourdough starter for the past two years!

Tracy Doty

Regional Operations Manager

Tracy Doty joins VPP as a Regional Operations Manager for the Southeast Territory. Tracy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology, and she is CVPM certified. In addition to her education, she is also certified in canine massage therapy (CCMT). She brings years of business and veterinary experience to VPP, as she was a District Manager at Pet IQ, and Practice Manager at both Preston Animal Hospital and Gentle Care Animal Hospital Group. In her role at VPP, she provides support to our partner hospitals ensuring a positive culture, focusing on development and training, and helping provide high quality cost-effective care.

For the past 20 years, Tracy has owned, bred and shown Doberman Pinschers competitively and is an all-breed licensed conformation dog show judge. She is happily married to her husband Zach, an active duty marine. They share their home with their four dogs, River, Thor, Journey, and Benjamin, and host a farm of animals including her miniature donkey, ‘Dassh’.

Becky Hubbard, Regional Operations Director

becky hubbard

Regional Operations Director

Becky Hubbard joined VPP as Regional Director to provide direct support to our partner hospitals. She focuses on training and developing our regional managers, ensuring a smooth transition during the partnerships and acquisition process, helping the hospitals maintain a positive culture, and partnering with finance to deliver high quality, cost-effective care to our patients.

Becky has gained relevant experience as both an Operations Leader and Human Resources Leader in multi-unit, multi-state capacities such as Target Corporation, Burlington Stores, Amazon and Health Care organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Management.

When she isn’t working with our hospitals, Becky enjoys doing projects around the house with her husband and spending time outdoors walking, hiking and paddleboarding. Becky and her husband, Carlton, live just outside Philadelphia in the mushroom capital of the world! Most of their time is spent catering and loving their eight-year-old chocolate lab, Miles, who rules the household.

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.

Richard Pacheco

Regional Operations Manager

Rich Pacheco joins us as Regional Operations Manager for our Northeast hospitals, and comes to VPP as an experienced professional with a wide range of experiences in many industries and disciplines. In his previous role, he served as Vice President of Administration at American Renal Associates with responsibilities over human resources, payroll, benefits, information technology, management reporting, and risk management.
Rich followed his passion for operations and process improvement to VPP and is excited to match it with his long history with animals. Rich comes from a long line of dairy farmers, with his father still running an active farm in Sao Miguel, Azores (Portugal). He shares a 1892 historic Arlington, MA home with his wife, Lindsay, and their four children, Dana, Anthony, Miriam, and Lydia. Rich’s pet family includes the family farm of 124 cows, 2 horses (Curly & Festival), and one standard poodle Logan. In his free time, he likes Formula Racing, is an avid weight lifter, and also holds a 4th degree blackbelt.

Jenny Smith

Revenue Operations Coordinator

Jenny Smith serves as Revenue Operations Coordinator on the Marketing Team. In her role, she assists our hospitals in continuing to grow and improve their client experience by training best practice initiatives. Jenny is uniquely qualified for her role as she is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with five years of veterinary experience. She has an AAS in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College, and completed her clinical rotations at Penn Vet.
When she’s not helping our hospitals with their training needs, she loves watching and discussing films, and hanging out with her cat, Pesto. A few fun facts about Jenny: she was a theater major and is trained in acting, singing and dancing, is a Texas native, and lived in New York for eleven years. 

Rakeya Thompson

Regional Operations Manager

Rakeya Thompson is VPP’s Regional Operations Manager for the Gulf Region. She brings her operations experience to VPP following many years in the dental field. During her time in human healthcare, Rakeya worked as a dental assistant/technician, office manager, field trainer, and regional manager, providing her with the unique opportunity to gain experience in many areas of a medical office. Rakeya manages a portfolio of our hospitals in Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida. 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. 

Rakeya graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Kennesaw State University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Robert, and two Goldendoodles, Reese and Roxy, as well as going to music concerts, festivals, and the beach. A fun fact about Rakeya is that she speaks Spanish and has traveled all over the world!

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.

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

Senior Analyst

Amanda Candelaria, or Mandy as she’s known to the hospitals, is VPP’s Senior Analyst. 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.

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!

Kelly Farrell, Senior Accounts Payable Associate

Kelly Mucerino

Senior Accounts Payable Associate

Bio coming soon!

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.

ian ascencio

Service Desk Technician

Ian Ascencio joined VPP as Service Desk Technician to respond to service tickets relating to internet connectivity, printer issues, project management system issues, and VPP internal general troubleshooting. Ian brings four years of IT experience to VPP.  He received his bachelor’s degree in business and is A+ and N+ certified.

When he’s not in the office, Ian enjoys cooking, walking his new puppy, Cooper, and anything outdoors. A few fun facts about Ian: He lived in Florida for four years and is both a dog and cat person!

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.

Willie Howard

Network Administrator

Willie Howard is VPP’s Network Administrator, and brings over 10 years of technology experience with a strong focus on Network and System administration. In his role, he joins the rest of the IT team in providing outstanding technical support to our staff, partners, and hospitals, with a strong focus on Wide Area Networking and Security. In his prior role, Willie worked at Spooky Nook Sports as a network administrator and IT systems administrator. Willie received his Associate’s Degree in Specialized Business in Computer Systems from YTI Career Institute in York, PA.
In his spare time, he enjoys bowling and considers himself an avid gamer. He is recently married to his wife Kelsea, and together they have a beautiful beagle terrier mix named Maya.
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.