NOMV Leadership

Executive Board

President

Brian Bourquin, DVM (he/him/his) 

Fueled by childhood dreams of being a keeper at his own zoo, Brian (also known as “Dr. B”) realized from a young age his path – a career in veterinary work. His journey began with graduation from Cornell University (the number 1 school in the U.S. for veterinary medicine). After 13 years as a Boston Veterinarian, he founded Boston Veterinary Clinic in 2012, placing an emphasis on trust, compassion, and top-level patient care.

Brian joined the NOMV Board or Directors in 2020 and accepted the role as Board President in 2024.

President emeritus

Carrie Jurney, DVM, DACVIM (Neuro) (she/her/hers) 

Carrie graduated from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She was awarded her Neurology diplomate in 2009 and her Advanced Neurology Certificate in 2011. Carrie practices throughout the U.S. as a neurologist and is also an enthusiastic lecturer.

Carrie joined NOMV as a Facebook Moderator and served as Secretary before becoming President. Her experiences in NOMV led to seeking continuing education in mental health to better understand and be a part of the solution. Carrie is a founding Board member of NOMV.

Secretary

Caitlin Furlong (she/her/hers) 

Caitlin’s dad is a small animal veterinarian, which meant she was surrounded by animals since day one. In 2018, Caitlin joined an equine veterinary practice, as the Marketing and Events Coordinator where she started to learn about veterinary suicide and the lack of resources readily available. Caitlin’s vision for NOMV led to establishing NOMV’s largest annual fundraiser – the NOMV Race Around the World!

Her passion in joining the NOMV Board as Secretary is to create positive mental health initiatives/resources for the veterinary profession. Caitlin joined the NOMV Board of Directors in 2020.

Treasurer

Paul Mataras, MBA (he/him/his) 

Paul resides in Boston, Massachusetts and serves as Managing Partner at Boston Veterinary Clinic. He earned his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business with an emphasis on Finance. Paul began serving as a NOMV Board Member in 2020.

Beginning in 2022, Paul serves as the NOMV Treasurer.

At-Large Board Members

Board Member

Taylor Miller, DVM (she/her/hers) 

Taylor is a 2010 graduate of the Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine and a Professional Counselor Associate in the state of Oregon. Her interest in mental health began during vet school and culminated in the pursuit of a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. After nine years exclusively in the veterinary world, she has restructured her time to focus on her mission of improving the mental health and wellbeing of veterinary professionals as a counselor and educator.

Taylor is co-chair of the Education Committee, serves on the Student Support Committee, and is an active speaker in support of NOMV’s education initiative. She joined the NOMV Board of Directors in 2022.

Board Member

 Erika Lin-Hendel, VMD, PhD (they/them/theirs) 

Dr. Erika Lin-Hendel, VMD, PhD graduated from University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program in 2016. Dr. Lin-Hendel consulted in the swine industry before shifting to small animal medicine to create more space for their advocacy work in mental health and social justice. They currently serve on the board of organizations including Des Moines Pride Center and Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition, are active in PrideVMC’s DEI working group where they have co-authored the Gender Identity Bill of Rights for the Veterinary Profession.

Dr. Lin-Hendel serves as Chair of the NOMV Student Support and Mentorship Committee, and joined the NOMV Board of Directors in 2022.

Board Member

Shannon Emmons, DVM (she, her, hers) 

Shannon is a graduate of Atlantic Veterinary Class of 2017. She is a small animal veterinarian practicing in southern Maine and the owner of Eliot Veterinary Hospital.

Shannon first got involved with NOMV after her own mental health struggles and worked to start the NOMV Ambassadors Committee. She is the Education Committee Co-Chair and a member of NOMV New England. Shannon joined the NOMV Board of Directors in 2023.

Board Member

Pete Vincett (he/him/his) 

Pete grew up in rural Ontario, Canada, where from a young age he was surrounded by farms and animals and quickly appreciated the human-animal bond relationship. Since 2020, Pete has served as Chief Commercial Officer for a pet aftercare company, and previously he served as a senior executive at several other companies. Pete brings 20+ years of broad general management business experience combined with extensive international experience having worked on 4 continents and 10 countries. When not working, he values spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Pete joined the NOMV Board of Directors in 2023.

Staff

Executive Director

Gigi Tsontos, LCSW MPA ACC (she/her/hers) 

Gigi Tsontos, LCSW, MPA, aka, Angelique, joined NOMV in January 2024. After studying Social Welfare Policy at the University of Kansas, Gigi spent two years in Mali West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, returning to complete a Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University and a second Masters in Public Administration from San Diego State University. Her career led her to work in social services, homeless services, mental health, victims’ rights, and nutrition supporting administrative roles and becoming a clinical social worker licensed in California and Kansas. Gigi lives in Kansas with her husband and four, furry children. She sees the world as her home and has traveled extensively.

Director of Finance & Special Projects​

Danielle Constein (she/her/hers) 

Danielle’s desire to work on causes close to her heart led her to leave a career in restaurant management for the non-profit world. As the Operations Manager at Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, Danielle served the WWII Japanese American Incarceration Site with a variety of duties from financial management to program creation to volunteer management.

In September 2020, Danielle joined NOMV, an organization that speaks to her heart. She began as the operations administrator and has moved into the role of Director of Finance & Special Projects​. Danielle, who lives less than an hour from Yellowstone National Park, is an avid adventurer with a love of the land, which she explores with her husband and dachshund, Bugg.

Director of Veterinary Mental Health Support

Katie Lawlor, Psy.D (she/her/hers) 

Katie received her doctorate from the joint program between the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. She trained at both the Stanford University Medical Center and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), neuropsychology, and human-animal interactions (HAI). Prior to her career in clinical psychology, Dr. Lawlor held positions with NBC News in Beijing and New York City, the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC, and the Governor’s Office of California. She holds a masters in economic policy from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.

Interim Director of Programs

Danny Rosenmund (he/him/his) 

Danny came to work at the intersections of people and animals while completing his Masters in Historical Musicology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Since then, he has held a wide variety of roles at non-profit animal shelters ranging from front-line kennel work and admissions counseling to volunteer coordination and shelter management. He joined NOMV in October 2021 in part to help support the veterinary professionals that he worked with in sheltering. He is committed to helping people that love animals have the resources they need. Originally from Virginia, Danny lives in western Pennsylvania with his wife and their shelter alumni: cats Louie and Eliza, and dogs Jolene and Annabelle.

Operations Manager

Jenn Book (she/her/hers) 

Jenn is a recent graduate from Arizona State University with her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. Prior to working at NOMV, Jenn worked in behavioral health services and homeless services. She joined NOMV in April 2022, combining her passion for mental health advocacy with her passion to support those in vet med. Jenn is originally from Pennsylvania but has lived all over the country. She currently lives in California with her husband, two Vietnamese Mossy Frogs (Kale & Tofu), Pacman frog (Echo), Greek tortoise (Geno), and two dogs (Bear and Bernie).

CLEAR Blueprint Program Manager

Kelsey Creelman, LMSW (she/her/hers) 

Kelsey grew up motivated by her love of animals and her desire to help others. After spending over 12 years working in various capacities in veterinary medicine, Kelsey knew she wanted to provide more support to the veterinary community. She obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2021 with the goal of becoming a Veterinary Social Worker. Kelsey is extremely passionate about bringing adequate mental health care, wellness, and resources to everyone in the veterinary field. In addition to her work at NOMV, Kelsey provides individual therapy at a local mental health private practice in Albuquerque, NM, serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the International Association of Veterinary Social Work (IAVSW), and is pursuing her Veterinary Social Work certificate from the University of Tennessee.

Marketing & Design Coordinator

 Madi Duelge (she/her/hers) 

In May 2021, Madi graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her final two years at USF, she worked for the admissions department as a Communications Assistant. Madi joined the NOMV team in October 2021 as the Marketing & Design Coordinator and is eager to carry on the mission of NOMV through all social platforms. She recently relocated from Florida to a charming small town among the mountains of West Virginia with her husband and their two rescue cats, Willie and Howie. 

Lifeboat and Resource Administrator

Cassiopeia Lee (they/them/theirs)

In the late 20th century, Cass was born on the West Coast of the United States. They graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s in Community Studies focusing on Health Justice. Cass joined NOMV in March 2023 after previously working as a public assistance caseworker. They enjoy a variety of enrichment activities such as cooking, gardening, and playing the guitar. 

Since joining NOMV in March of 2023, Cass is excited to support NOMV as the Lifeboat & Resource Administrator.

Programs Assistant

Gabby Cadieux (she/her/hers) 

Gabby is a recent graduate from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-Creative Writing and a minor in Theatre Arts. Following her graduation, Gabby worked as an animal care specialist for 6 months while volunteering as a mental health presenter, which enhanced her interest for both areas. Since joining NOMV in March of 2023, Gabby is thrilled to be sharing her passion for mental health advocacy within the veterinary community as Programs Assistant.

In her free time, Gabby enjoys hiking throughout the various parks in her home in the suburbs of St. Louis and hanging out with her very photogenic cat, Sophie.

Ambassadors Assistant

Eden Stephan (she/her/hers) 

Eden is from the Chicago-land area and shares her home with her 3 senior cats and Australia shepherd mix, Denver. She has begun her career in veterinary medicine in high school and never left. After spending some time in operation roles, and volunteering with NOMV she was able to take the leap and join NOMV supporting our wonderful ambassadors. Eden is currently pursuing her MSW in Veterinary Medicine and hopes to continue spreading the importance of mental health within our industry.

When not working, Eden can be found cheering on her 3 boys in their various sports or reading a good book by her fireplace.

CLEAR Blueprint MSW Intern

Lena Clardy (she/her/hers) 

Lena Clardy is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the University of North Alabama. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 2012, she realized her true passion lay in helping individuals navigate their unique life experiences. Currently residing in Tupelo, MS with her husband Chad, Lena shares her home with two small dogs named Oscar and Daisy, as well as two large cats named Loki and Willow. Additionally, Lena and Chad have four adult sons located throughout the United States and are proud grandparents to an adorable one-year-old grandson named Teddy.

CLEAR Blueprint MSW Intern

Susie Mitchell, CVT (she/her/hers) 

Susie worked as a veterinary technician for the past 12 years. Experiencing the stresses of the field first hand, Susie is passionate about helping veterinary professionals lead healthy and successful lives. Susie has decided to pursue a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) with focus in Veterinary Social Work at the University of Tennessee. In her free time Susie enjoys cooking, camping, taking road trips to National Parks, and spending time with her 3 dogs and 1 cat.

CLEAR Blueprint MSW Intern

Amanda Quillin (she/her/hers) 

Amanda or Q started in a small animal clinic in high school and decided
that she wanted to be in veterinary medicine to help those who couldn’t speak for themselves. After
many years, Q got her AS in veterinary technology and sat for both the NATV and the FVMA, becoming
credentialed in Florida in 2007. After more than a decade as a veterinary technician, Q tearfully left the field and pursued a Master’s of Science in
Integrative Health and Wellness to offer hope to the field she had to leave behind. When doors
remained shut to Q and to the help she offered, she went looking for another solution, landing both at
UTK MSSW and post-graduate certificate for Veterinary Social Work and NOMV.

CLEAR Blueprint MSW Intern

Rebecca Williams (she/her/hers) 

Hello, animal-lovers, animal caregivers, and lovers of animal caregivers! My name is Rebecca and I am an organizational leadership intern with the CLEAR Blueprint Program at NOMV. I am an MSSW-VSW-CHEP candidate at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and University of Denver and the founder of Ohana Pet Care and Counseling in Louisville, KY and Vancouver, WA. My passion is navigating the untapped science behind the profound connection between human and non-human animals. I have a background in veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician in small animal, feline-only, hospice, in-clinic, and mobile settings. My specialization is with geriatric, infirm, and behavioral pets and their caregivers. 

CLEAR Blueprint MSW Intern

Sky Black (she/her/hers) 

My name is Sky, and I am one of the Master of Social Work interns at Not One More Vet. I received my Bachelor of Social Work from Whittier College, and I am currently pursuing my MSW at the University of Denver. It is my passion for mental health, along with my deep love and connection to animals, that has brought me to Not One More Vet!

CLEAR Blueprint MSW Intern

Shelby Moore (she/her/hers) 

Meet Shelby, a feline/reptile enthusiast whose journey from aspiring vet to a dedicated social work professional reflects her passion for helping communities and individuals alike. While her childhood dreams were filled with thoughts of veterinary care, high school led her to a vet tech program, revealing a passion for caregiving that transcended beyond animals. Now on the brink of graduating with a BSW from the University of South Florida, she is excited to deepen her impact, having been accepted into the advanced standing master’s program of social work. Shelby is elated to collaborate with like-minded, empathetic individuals and looks forward to making meaningful contributions to the field. (Guest appearance featuring Montesquieu Monet Moore, aka Monty.)

Advisory Committee

Kierra Allhands

Melanie Goble

Debra Hamilton

Tracie Hotchner

Chris Kuhn

Dimitris Letsos

Jim Lowe

Alex Miller

Debbie Sheridan

Tina Tran

Aviva Vincent

Jessica Vogelsang

Shelby Walton

Leadership Council

Dr. Anthony Loomis, Medical Director at Westfield Animal Hospital and Medical Advisor at PetVet Care Centers

Cheryl Ahlquist, Director of Marketing at Midwest Veterinary Supply

Dzmitry Miranovich, Co-Founder and CEO at Associated Veterinary Partners

Joe Faiella, President at CUBEX Veterinary Solutions

Dr. Joseph Hahn, Executive Director of US Companion Animal and Equine Professional Services at Merck Animal Health

Keith Ducharme, Regional Vice President of Sales Eastern US at Gateway Services Inc.

Michael Raphael, President & Chief Executive Officer at IndeVets

Sang Park, Owner and Founder at Unique Practice Valuations Inc.

Tedd Trabert, Director of People & Success at Associated Veterinary Partners