Committees

Credential & Membership 
Victoria Vierschilling - Co-Chair, BS, CVT

Daniela Kenmure - Co-Chair, BS, CVT

Email: [email protected]

Members:  Chrissy Giovannielli, CVT, VTS, (SAIM)

 

Public Relations 
Gina Caputo, Chair

  

The purpose of the PR committe is to promote the NJVTA and the veterinary technician and assistant professions to the membership, professional organizations, and the general public. These duties include:

To create or investigate promotional materials to for board approval to represent the NJVTA at events and conferences

Plan and coordinate NJVTA events for the membership outside of the annual conference.

Coordinate a presence at NJVTA related events.

Provide information, guide and support ideas for publications and communication pathways (including social media).

Volunteer
Joe Jenik - Chair, AVA

Joe Jenik completed the Brookdale AVA program in 2015 and now works as an AVA in the Internal Medicine Department at Compassion First Hospital in Tinton Falls. He spent 20 years in home finance before getting into animal health care. He continues to be a Mentor/Educator for the Brookdale AVA program and also volunteers for the Monmouth County SPCA and Newark Community Healthy Pet Clinic. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Robin, and their 2 pets: Berlin, a Min Pin/Chiu mix, and Tzatzki, the orange kitty.

 

Education 
Karen Norton - Chair

Legal and Governance 
Michael Azzarello - Chair, MBA, BS, LVT

Michael is a licensed and certified veterinary technician that has been working in the
field of veterinary medicine for over two decades. As the Territory Manager for
Wedgewood Pharmacy, he is responsible for the New York Metro Area along with
Northern NJ and Connecticut. Prior to starting at Wedgewood, he was a nursing
supervisor at a multi-doctor veterinary practice in his home state of New Jersey.
Michael obtained his Master of Business degree from Capella University in 2019 and his
Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2005 from Delaware Valley University. After
graduating from Delaware Valley University, he went on to work ten years in public
safety with the county sheriff’s office prior to returning to his passion in veterinary
medicine.
Besides his full-time position with Wedgewood, Michael has taught at various levels of
academia, specifically on topics in anatomy and physiology and business courses. He
is also the district representative for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians
in America overseeing five state representatives.

Duties include:

Oversee and guide with respect to the ethical aspects of the association

Review By Laws and any other pertinent documents

Promote and represent the interest of NJVTA members through state and federal legislation

Writing a standardized policy and procedure manual

  

Wellness 
Harriet Terodemos - Chair, MS, BS, CVT

Harriet Terodemos is a certified veterinary technician residing in New Jersey.  She holds a master’s degree in biology from Montclair State University and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Purdue University. She received her associate’s degree in veterinary technology from San Juan College. Harriet has worked in small animal practice as well as emergency and referral practices. She loves to teach and has been an instructor with the veterinary technology program at Bergen Community College for 17 years. Harriet is currently employed at Oradell Animal Hospital and is the manager of client communication and staff development.  She is an active member of the New Jersey Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (NJVTA), and is a member of the education committee for the association. Harriet has lectured at various local and regional veterinary technician conferences on a variety of technical topics relating to veterinary technology. She has a passion for speaking about the importance of behavioral health in our culture and is a Certified Mental Health First Aid instructor. She lives with her wife, Kelly McKeand and their two cats in New Jersey.

 Duties of the Wellness Committee:

Provide well -being support and tools to NJVTA members through mental health and well being education and awareness programs

Establish wellness events throughout the year for NJVTA members

Provide regular communication to NJVTA members for self -care programs, work-life balance, compassion fatigue, improving physical health and financial fortitude.

Research and review existing tools and resources within the veterinary profession and create a database of tools for members.

 VNI Task Force

Working with the VNI Advisory Board, create the tools necessary to begin gathering the information needed to see if the VNI is right for NJ.

NAVTA NJ State Representative
Janet McConnell, AS, CVT