Meet the NCAVT Executive Board

 

The Executive Board oversees all activities of the Association and manages its business and financial affairs.

President: Maureen Susi, RVT
 

Maureen earned her Associates Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology from Central Carolina Community College in 2014. She is currently working a small animal practice in Greensboro as one of 2 RVT’s within the practice. Prior to a career change in 2011, Maureen used her financial background to hold various positions within Volvo Financial Services. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, husband Chris and daughter Emma, while kayaking, golfing and hiking.

 

Her four-legged family members include; Biscuit who is a 14-year-old lab/beagle mix, Rascal who is an 11-year-old Beagle (alumni from the CCCC program!), Sophie, an 8-year-old Malti-poo, Jiffy, an 18-month-old orange tabby, Ari a 9 month old Medium Haired Calico, and finally, Doodles, a grey tabby cat whom she rescued approximately 12 years ago.

Contact by Email: susirvt33@gmail.com

Vice President: Position Vacant
 

This position is vacant. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please visit https://www.ncavt.org/board-positions.

 

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Secretary: Bobbie  Aldridge, RVT

Bobbie is currently a Registered Veterinary Technician at Medicine Man Veterinary Hospital in Morganton, NC.  She graduated from Penn Foster College and obtained an AS Degree in Veterinary Technology. Additionally, she graduated from Penn Foster College as a Certified Pet Groomer in 2018.  She currently works in a busy, mixed animal practice as the Head Nurse, Pharmacy Manager, and the Inventory Manager. Her passion for Veterinary Education has led her to teach Technician Development classes weekly at her hospital.  These classes are on a wide variety of topics to help encourage and support aspiring Veterinary Technicians.  She has also mentored and proctored several students of Veterinary Technician Programs. 

Bobbie is also a graduate of the Veterinary Technician Program from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine where she obtained a wide knowledge of herbal and food therapy and Tui Na.  Her special interests in Veterinary Medicine include Dentistry, Internal Medicine, Behavior, and Education.  Bobbie hopes to obtain her BAS degree, and VTS in Dentistry, and to aid in the development of future Veterinary Technicians through a commitment to continuing education and being vocal in our community. 

 

 

In her spare time, Bobbie owns and operates a low-cost pet grooming business that is offered through the hospital in which she is currently working. She is also the founder of an educational Facebook site for Veterinary Support Staff.  Bobbie resides in Valdese, NC with her husband, 9-year-old son, and a wide variety of pets. They are members of a local campground where they spend almost every weekend enjoying time together. 

Contact by Email: bobbiealdridgemedicinemanvet@gmail.com

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Treasurer: Nicolette McNeely, RVT
 

Nicolette McNeely graduated from Central Carolina Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology in 2001 and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from NCSU.

 

She began her career as a RVT in exotic animal medicine, then worked for many years in small animal emergency and specialty medicine. This lead to a teaching opportunity in a veterinary technology program where she eventually became the program director. Currently, she is the Training and Operations Specialist for Emergency and Referral Services at Vets Pets.

 

Nicolette has been working with the NCAVT Board since 2018 and enjoys contributing to the advancement of the profession and to the growth of fellow veterinary technicians. Nicolette was born in Montreal, Canada and is married to a Raleigh native. She has 2 children, 1 beagle, 1 special needs Quaker Parrot, and 6 chickens. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family and pets.

Public Relations Coordinator: Kori Skylar Bullock, RVT

Kori earned her Associates Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology from Central Carolina Community College in 2019 and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. While in school, Kori served as the President for CCCC’s Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. She has experience in General Practice, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, and more recently adopted the role of Shelter Manager for a small municipal shelter.

 

As an RVT, one of Kori’s passions is supporting team development and educating the public. Prior to becoming an RVT, Kori’s passion was in zoology. She was a volunteer at the NC Zoo and staff at the Conservator’s Center. She hopes to bridge her two passions of Veterinary Technology and Conservation and work with wildlife conservation groups in Africa. 

Kori is the owner of Sitting With Tonka pet care and in her spare time enjoys spreading positivity for the veterinary community on her social media platforms. Kori and her husband, Quinton, spend their free time camping in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. She has an 10 year old chubby tabby cat named Vash and hopes to one day have a small farm. 

Contact by Email: koriskylarjohnson.rvt@gmail.com
NCVMB Representative: Robin Lazaro, RVT, VTS (ECC)

 

Robin is a 1987 graduate from SUNY Delhi, she then completed an externship at Cornell University where her love of ICU developed. She and her husband made the big jump to move south when she accepted a position at NCSU as an ICU Technician in 1990.  She has been with ICU ever since, over 20 years as a tech and currently supervising the ICU for the past 6 years.  She obtained her VTS in ECC in 2006 and speaks nationally at veterinary conferences.

 

She is married with one daughter in grad school and engaged to be wed later this year. In her spare time, she is also a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and enjoys the challenge of raising free range chickens and maintaining a functional garden in the same space. She also has a cat, Dinah, a dog Sadie and a koi pond and yes the fish and chickens all have names.

Newsletter Coordinator: Position Vacant
 

This position is vacant. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please visit https://www.ncavt.org/board-positions.

Education Coordinator  Kim Lewis, RVT

Kim graduated from Central Community College in 1997 and became a registered technician that same year. She began her career in private practice in Wilmington, NC where she worked for 7 years. While in private practice she began working part-time with Wilmington Animal Emergency Clinic and soon developed a larger interest in specialty medicine and turned her obligations to emergency medicine. In 2004, Kim began working for Eastern Carolina Veterinary Referral (a surgical practice) that soon after bought Wilmington Animal Emergency Clinic. She has helped both practices grow in many areas like management, quality control, education, and training. Kim currently is still with Eastern Carolina Veterinary Referral where her passion for anesthesia and analgesia keeps her striving to better herself and the practice.

 

Kim is very active with her two children; a daughter and son. She loves spending time on her property with her horses, geese, and chickens. In addition, her four-legged family includes two tortoises, a cat, 5 dogs and a guinea pig.

 

Kim is excited to become more active with the NCAVT, continuing to strive to improve acknowledgment and advancement of Registered Veterinary Technicians.

 
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Fundraising Coordinator: Susan Bray, RVT
Susan had a long career in corporate life with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from the University of a Florida and a Master’s Degree in Communications Management and challenging work with consumer and biotech companies. In her mid-life years, she sought a change to follow her passion and enrolled in tech school becoming “the world’s oldest new tech.” 
 
She has found a fantastic team with Mobile Laser Veterinary Services, doing dentals and surgeries and the gamut of wellness and sick animal visits. She is particularly interested in client education. In her spare time she fosters for the Wake County Animal Shelter, volunteers with Operation Catnip surgeries each month, and answers her neighbor’s endless questions about their pets.  

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NAVTA Representative: Stephanie Cook, RVT

Stephanie is a graduate of CCCC's VMT class of 2013.  She has worked in small animal practice and large animal emergency. She is a current VMT instructor at CCCC, where she has been an adjunct since 2015.

 

With her husband, she owns a small 40 acre ranch, where they are raising their 7 year old grandson they adopted when he was a baby. Their farm has cattle, horses, pigs, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, and a llama. She is a transplant from Idaho, but calls North Carolina home now! She is a US Army veteran and a life member of the VFW and the American Legion. 

 

Members At Large

 

The Members at Large serve as a liaison between the members and the Board of Directors. They are our eyes and ears throughout the state, keeping us informed on our member's overall issues, needs, and interests.

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Western Region Member at Large: Shannon Nowak, RVT

Shannon is a native of Michigan who calls North Carolina home.  Since becoming credentialed over 15 years ago, she has worked exclusively in specialty practices in services such as: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, surgery, and anesthesia (among others). Shannon thrives on learning and teaching others, and she has held several positions professionally which have allowed her to do so. 

 

She is currently working to complete her Fear Free and Human Animal Bond Certifications, and she is a member of many veterinary organizations.  Shannon is currently the Director of Technical Education for The Bridge Club. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University, and she is currently credentialed in both Michigan (LVT) and North Carolina (RVT).  

In her spare time she can be found volunteering for several pet rescue organizations, hiking with her dog, reading, crafting, or practicing yoga.  She lives in High Point with her husband and all their fur- and scaly-kids: Biggby (5yr Lab Mix), Mally (15yr female orange tabby), Basil (turtle), four goldfish (Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia), and a plecostomus .

 

 

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Central Region Member at Large: Justin Pedley, RVT

 

Justin Pedley is a Registered Veterinary Technician who was born and raised in Sanford, North Carolina. He is an alumni of the Central Carolina Community College Veterinary Medical Technology program, where he currently serves as their Animal Facilities Manager. Justin has worked in both Large and Small Animal practices and has a particular interest in Diagnostic Imaging, Behavior, and Large Animal Medicine.

 

Justin also serves as Treasurer of the Central Carolina Jaycees, a civic organization aimed at providing the community opportunities for business development, management, leadership, community service, and international connections. During his downtime, Justin enjoys cooking, going to the beach or lake, and spending time with his family and friends. He and his partner Greg share two wonderful dogs, Marley and Grea. Justin is eager to help grow the field of veterinary medicine, and to help push it forward into the future!

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Eastern Region Member at Large: Jessica Jova, RVT

 

Jessica grew up in Raleigh, NC and stayed in the area to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating in 2000 with a BA in Economics.  She worked in the financial services industry from 2000-2006 in the fields of risk management, investment services, and marketing.  In 2005 she formed an LLC to teach horseback riding and train and sell horses. In 2006 she left the financial world to run an equine import/sales and competition stables while continuing to maintain my LLC. 

 

In 2009 she participated in Project Samana in the Dominican Republic and knew she had found her calling in veterinary medicine.  She joined VSH Cary in 2009 working in radiation and medical oncology and graduated from the Penn Foster veterinary technician program and passed the VTNE in 2016.  As the hospital expanded, she shifted most of her time to establishing and growing a medical oncology program in the Durham VSH (now BluePearl).  She is currently working on her VTS in oncology application, as well as AHPC certification through IAAHPC.  

 

She lives with her husband and menagerie in Hillsborough, NC on a small horse farm and enjoy teaching riding lessons after work and on weekends.