Executive Board

President

Maggie Monza, BS, CVT

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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.

 

 Immediate Past President

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.

 

 Vice President

Kelly Coleman, BA, AS, CVT

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 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 and passed the VTNE.   Kelly has an interest in both Eastern and Western Veterinary medicine and completed the Veterinary Technician Program with the Chi Institute.  She loves to travel with her husband Mark and her two Jack Russell Terriers, Olive and Munson.  Due to an on the job injury, Kelly is no longer able to tech in practice but continues to use her CVT credentialing as a Territory Partner Associate for Trupanion, medical insurance for pets.  It is her passion to educate pet parents all over New Jersey about the value of pet insurance and ending the heartache of economic euthanasia.


Treasurer

Joe Jenik, AVA

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 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

Rachel Arena, B.S., CVT

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Rachel graduated from Becker College in Worcester, MA in 2011, earning an Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology and Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Science. She began her career working at an AHAA-accredited small animal general practice in southwest Florida before moving back to New Jersey in 2013 to pursue more specialized positions in the field. Rachel has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for 8 years and is employed at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ as an Oncology Technician and holds the title of Coordinator of Clinical Education. She has worked in several other disciplines of veterinary medicine including, physical rehabilitation and internal medicine. Rachel’s main passion is teaching veterinary assistants and technicians in both academic and clinical settings. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Bergen Community College since 2014, teaching Anatomy & Physiology lecture, Clinical Laboratory Procedures and Veterinary Nursing Labs. Rachel is an active member on the Educational Committee for NJVTA (since 2018) and has lectured at the annual NJVTA conference in 2015, 2016 and 2019 on various topics. In addition, she is a member of NAVTA, VCS, AVTE, certified in Mental Health First Aid and a Fear Free Certified Professional. When Rachel is not working, she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, all sporting events and spending time with her family, friends and fur-babies.

Alternate Secretary


Communications Secretary

Nicole Humphreys, MBA, CVT

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Nicole is a 1999 graduate of SUNY Delhi and a 2004 graduate of St. Petersburg Veterinary Technologist Program as well as earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida in 2010.  Currently, Nicole is the veterinary Clinical Education Coordinator for Bergen Community College as well as a full-time professor. Being certified for over 20 years, Nicole has worked in many different aspects of veterinary medicine such as emergency and critical care at Oradell Animal Hospital, internal medicine at Florida Veterinary Specialists (now Blue Pearl Tampa), Sales and Marketing for Midmark, Sales for Animal Health International and National Sales Manager and certified blood analyst for The Pet Blood Bank Intl.  Nicole has been a lecturer at many veterinary conventions speaking on anesthesia, blood pressure monitoring, as well as blood banking and blood analyzing.  Nicole has been a featured author in “Nursing the Feline Patient” published by Wiley & Sons (2012), and holds certifications for Fear Free, RECOVER, and Mental Health First Aid.  Nicole also belongs to NAVTA, ATVE, AVHTM and also is an NJVTA educational board active member. Along with president Maggie Monza, Nicole co-chairs the VNI Grassroots Committee. 


Credential Committee Chair


Victoria Vierschilling, BS, CVT

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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.