Executive Board

Janet McConnell, AS, CVT 

Janet graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Harcum College in 1981 and has worked as a CVT in NJ in clinical, management, and educational roles ever since.  She started her career at small general practices in NJ, followed by 10 years in general/specialty medicine at Oradell Animal Hospital, then 24 years at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in clinical management, education, and student development. Janet is currently the Director of Veterinary Nursing Development for Compassion-First Pet Hospitals and assists over 40 hospitals across the country with developing their veterinary assistants and technicians to their highest potential.

Janet has a strong passion for education and empowering veterinary assistants and technicians.  She co-developed the NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant Program at Brookdale Community College in 2010 and continues to fill the role of Program Director.  She is also a member of the BI Tech Champion Team, a select group of technicians that speak at major conferences and tech fests around the country on behalf of BI to empower attendees to be a champion for preventative care in their practice.

Janet is also a strong advocate for the veterinary profession and has served in multiple roles with NJVTA for many years. These roles include Vice President, PR Committee, and Education Committee.  She also serves on the national level as the NJ State Representative to NAVTA and is a member of the VNI Advisory Board. Janet is also a member of the AVTE, NJVMHA, AAHA, a Fear Free Certified Professional, and was named NAVTA’s Technician of the Year in 2015.


 Immediate Past President

Erika Ervin, MBA, CVPM, CVT

Erika Ervin has been in the veterinary industry since 2001. She has experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine including, but not limited to, client service, surgical assistance, dentistry, private practice management, corporate practice management, and lab animal medicine. She has been a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) since 2005. Erika has a Bachelor’s degree in biology and an MBA – both from Monmouth University.

She has a Yorkshire Terrier named “Caesar”, who is spoiled rotten. In her free time she enjoys bike riding, cooking, going to the movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

 Vice President

Valerie Garuccio, B.S., CVT, VTS (ECC)

Originally from Brooklyn NY, Valerie earned her associate degree in Veterinary Technology at Manor College, PA. Since graduating and passing the VTNE in 2001 she has held positions as a Veterinary Technician working for small animal general and specialty practices in both New York and New Jersey. Interested in both Avian/Exotic medicine and Emergency/Critical Care her experience eventually led her to specialize in ECC. In 2011 Valerie was accepted into the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT) earning her VTS title. At the turn of 2012, she took on a supervisory role at her hospital overseeing the Critical Care Unit. Since that time her career has refocused toward education and training of the veterinary support staff. She earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership at CSU-Global while developing training and retention programs for her hospital. Valerie had previously lectured at state conferences and has had her work published internationally. Professionally, Valerie serves on the New Jersey Veterinary Technicians and Assistants executive board to promote the profession. Valerie currently resides near the Jersey shore with her dog “Ninja” and birds Jon and Dany.

Joe Jenik, 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.

Recording Secretary
Maggie Monza, BS, CVT

Maggie has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Maggie is a true advocate for the veterinary technician field. She created mentorships for high school seniors and externships for several Veterinary Technology Programs. Maggie is a member of AVTE (Association of Veterinary Technician Educators), NJVTA (NewJersey Veterinary Technician Association) on Education Committee, NAVTA (NationalAssociation of Veterinary Technicians of America), and is certified in Mental Health First Aid. Maggie is also co-chair of the NJVTC (North Jersey Veterinary Technician Conference)developed to help further the continuing education resources for veterinary technicians. She works at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ and is also an adjunct professor for the Veterinary Technology Program at Bergen Community College.


Alternate Secretary
Chrissy Giovannielli, BS, CVT, VTS (SAIM) 

Chrissy graduated from Bergen Community College in 2004 with a degree in Veterinary Technology.  She has been a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) for 15 years and a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine (VTS, SAIM) for 10 years.  In 2004 she started her career with Red Bank Veterinary Hospital and is currently one of their clinical managers.  In 2009 when the NJVTA started credentialing the technicians in New Jersey, Chrissy was one of the first members to join the credentialing committee allowing the technicians in the state to retain their CVT status.  Through the years she has remained active on the NJVTA board serving a term as the Vice-President and recently was named the alternate recording secretary

Communications Secretary
Kelly Coleman, BA, AS, CVT

Kelly's first job at the age of 15 was as a Veterinary Assistant in her hometown of Metuchen, NJ.  After a few exploding fecal incidents, Kelly acquired a BA in Communications from Fordham University and worked for ABC Television and MTV Networks.  In 2002 Kelly opened an Irish Imports business which she successfully operated for 10 years.  After her beloved Jack Russell Seamus needed spinal surgery, Kelly decided to return to her passion of helping animals.  With the belief that no animal should have to live with pain, she pursued a degree in Veterinary Technician from Penn Foster College.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2015 and passed the VTNE in 2017.   Kelly has an interest in both Eastern and Western Veterinary medicine and she loves to travel with her husband Mark and her two Jack Russell Terriers, Cora and Munson.  She’s also a cat mom to Fiona who is going on 18 years old.  She is currently pursuing her BAS from Penn Foster College.


Education Committee Chair
Harriet Terodemos, 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.


Credential Committee Chair
Victoria Vierschilling, BS, CVT

Victoria is a born and raised Jersey girl. She graduated from Wilson College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medical Technology and an Associates degree in Business and Studio Arts. Since starting her technician career Victoria has always had a love for Specialty and Emergency medicine. Over the past few years her focus has taken her to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital where her interest has grown to include Avian and Exotic Medicine. In 2018 she joined the NJVTA Board as a co-chair to the Credentialing Committee and started teaching for Brookdale Community College. There she is an instructor for the NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant Program. Her current interests include being a cat mom to Baloo and Jasmine, and taking on new adventures with her husband Stephen. Her future goals are furthering her career in Avian and Exotic Medicine and growing her family.