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.
Vice President: Heather Hopkinson, RVT, VTS (Equine)
Heather graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 2006 and immediately found her dream job at the NCSU-CVM Large Animal Hospital. She previously served on the NCAVT Board in 2008 as the Recruitment and Retention Officer.
Heather's passion is in Equine Medicine and she received her VTS – Equine Veterinary Nursing in 2011. She is currently the President of the Academy of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians and enjoys speaking at National Conferences across the country. In her spare time, Heather enjoys herding with her four Border Collies.
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.
Treasurer: Jeannie Losey, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Jeannie is a 1998 Graduate of Pierce College in Woodland Hills California. From 1998-2005 she worked in a small animal private practice in California, then in 2005 she moved to Cary, NC and started working at NCSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the soft tissue surgery service. In 2006 she helped establish the Dentistry service with Dr. William Krug who is a board-certified Veterinary Dentist. She joined the NCAVT Board of Directors as Secretary in 2009 and also obtained her VTS status in Dentistry.
She is married and has one son who likes to play video games. She has two dogs, Mya and Cooper. She also has Cleo a snake and foster turtles for the NCSU Turtle rescue team. She enjoys running, kayaking, gardening, spending time with her family and presenting continuing education in the field of veterinary dentistry. She is a member of NAVTA and the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians.
Public Relations coordinator: Kori Skylar Johnson, 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 been working in the emergency department at Quartet Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital since January 2019. 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 exotic medicine. She was a volunteer at the NC Zoo and staff at the Conservator’s Center. As an RVT, she hopes to bridge her two passions 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 fiancé, Quinton, spend their free time camping in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. She has an 8 year old chubby tabby cat named Vash and hopes to one day have a small farm.
NCVMB RVT 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: Jennifer Hess, RVT
Jennifer graduated from Miller-Motte College of Raleigh in 2018 and became a registered technician in May of 2019. Before switching careers, Jennifer was a Certified Nursing Assistant from 2005, serving in nursing homes and the private sectors. She currently serves as the Lead Technician in a private practice in Stantonsburg, NC, where she has worked since graduation from Miller-Motte College. Jennifer is certified as a RECOVER BLS/ALS CPR Rescuer. Jennifer has enrolled into the BYU Pathway program for business to better herself and the practice where she currently works.
Jennifer lives in Middlesex, NC with her husband and her two teenage children; a son and daughter. Her fur-family includes 2 dogs, 6 cats, 2 rabbits and a Chinchilla. She spends her spare time helping people with their family's genealogy and volunteers with the local Operation Catnip program. Her hobbies include baking, crochet, knitting, tatting, choir singing, learning piano and violin
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.
Fundraising Coordinator: Vacant
NAVTA Representative: Beth Green, RVT, CPhT
Beth attended AB Tech, graduating in 2006. She is also a certified pharmacy technician and fear free certified. Beth has served as both the Newsletter Coordinator and Member at Large for the Western Region on the NCAVT board.
Currently, Beth is Camp Operations Director at a Dog Day camp in Mills River. She is in school for her Bachelor's in Business Management and will graduate in May 2018. She also serves onthe board for NAVTA as a Member at Large.
Beth is married and has two daughters, four dogs, and a cat.
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.
Cherrokie Taylor, RVT
Cherrokie has always wanted to have a career working with animals. She graduated in 2012 from Central Carolina Community College with an Associates in Veterinary Medical Technology, as well as her diploma in Business Administration and Management. She started in small animal private practice then moved on to the NCSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital where she worked in Internal Medicine and Oncology/Radiation Oncology. After NCSU, she started teaching at CCCC and realized she loves doing academia! She is now the Clinic Manager at Miller-Motte College in their Veterinary Technician Program.
She has a deep interest in Wildlife Rehabilitation and is a licensed rehabber. She loves educating veterinary professionals and the public on the care, and respect, for these animals. She also has an interest in Veterinary Forensics and has gone through several courses in this subject. She plans to continue to take courses in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Medicine as well as Veterinary Forensics throughout her career. She loves going to conferences to present on these subjects!
Cherrokie lives on a farm with several animals, including two dogs, two cats, three rats, several chickens and ducks, horses, cattle, goats, and an array of wildlife. She has just become a foster for the NCSU Turtle Rescue Team and is very excited to be part of this wonderful group! She enjoys reading, horseback riding, trips to the mountains, and spending time with her family.
Angie Surber, RVT
Angie graduated from West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1998. While taking a break from her studies to begin a family, she worked in the Business Office of Brynn Marr Behavioral Healthcare in Jacksonville, NC. Veterinary Medicine was her childhood dream, so once her daughter began kindergarten, she attended Central Carolina Community College graduating in 2006 with an AAS in Veterinary Medical Technology. Angie began her veterinary career as the only RVT at a one DVM small animal practice in Lumberton, NC for 6 years. She then pursued a new experience at a mixed animal, multi-site practice in Hope Mills, NC serving as the Laboratory Technician. Currently, Angie is the Practice Manager and Lead Technician at Cape Fear Animal Hospital, a four DVM small animal corporately owned facility in Fayetteville, NC.
Angie resides in Fayetteville with her daughter, Cami, and their 4 dogs, Lady, Tramp, Tucker and Chewy; 4 cats, Nala, Percy, Nemo, and Tinkerbell, and Remy the rat. While she has dabbled in emergency relief work, Angie prefers the close relationships developed in general practice with strong interests lying in parasitology, histology, and cytology with the desire to find that Giant Kidney Worm before she retires.