We're thrilled to have Michael J. Lynch on board as our new Chief Financial Officer. He joined us in December 2017, and has already made an excellent impression on the corporate office team. Mike’s career has been mostly in financial leadership roles for consumer-oriented businesses. He recently served as CFO for Au Bon Pain for eight years, and for four years prior to that, as the CFO for Footstar.
Mike has also worked in several financial roles at American Express, Sony Corporation of America, General Mills and Arthur Andersen. He earned his BA in Economics and Accounting from the College of Holy Cross and his MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey. He and his wife, Julie, are actively involved with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund. They live in Needham, MA with their four children and two Shih Tzu’s – Hazel and Pepper.
It is also our pleasure to announce two new additions to the Recruiting and Acquisitions teams – Farren Rice and Kerrin Venafra!
Farren, our newest Hiring Specialist, is helping us to further our regional recruiting support in western PA, Ohio, Upstate NY and Long Island. She is a great fit for the position, having been a Recruiting Researcher for many years, and sourcing executive and technical candidates for clients in the aviation industry. She also got the chance to work with one of the world’s largest fortune 500 companies – The Walt Disney Company! She even helped placed the Director of Maintenance for the entire Aviation Department at Disney World.
Kerrin is our newest Practice Acquisition Manager, covering the Greater Atlanta area, and she joins us with a wealth of veterinary experience. She started working at an animal hospital in RI in high school as a technician, and then went on to be a Practice Manager for a general practice in RI for eight years. From there, she went into Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales for just shy of three years, covering all of MA and RI. Kerrin has been married to her husband, Paul, for 12 years, and they share their home with three rescue dogs – Abbie, Zachary, Kenzie – and 4 kitties – Kodi, Reggie, Sawyer and Libby.
And congratulations are in order a few team members who are advancing their careers and taking on new roles to better serve our practices!
Most notably, Dr. Gretchen Zarle, Chief of Staff at Bartels Pet Hospital in Brecksville, OH, has become a Chief of Staff Advisor. She joined Bartels in 1992, and took over ownership in 1996. With over 25 years of experience, she will provide excellent guidance and mentorship for other Chiefs at sister hospitals.
Amanda Kanis has recently been promoted from Hospital Manager to Regional Manager! A Registered Veterinary Technician, Amanda had been the Manager at Primary Pet Care in Stow, OH for over five years. She now oversees the Cleveland/Akron areas of Ohio.
Kudos also go out to Moe Alvarez, who has joined the Recruiting team as a Hiring Specialist for the South Carolina and Georgia regions. He has been the Hospital Manager at Royston Animal Hospital in GA for a little over two years now, and was previously a Practice Administrator at the Animal Clinic Inc of Chattanooga for 14 years.
Lastly, we are excited to share Nancy Lockard's transition from Accounts Payable Specialist to Practice Support Coordinator at the Hingham office. She joined VetCor in 2012, and has built an extensive skill set helping our practices manage their utility accounts.
Please join us in welcoming and congratulating them all! We know that they will make tremendous additions to the VetCor Family, and we look forward to even more growth and success in 2018 with their support and expertise.