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.
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.
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.
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.
Karla Fernandez, RVT (she/her/hers)
Karla has been a Veterinary Technician for 19 years, with studies completed at San Francisco State University and Foothill College. Karla serves as a NOMV Support Staff Facebook Moderator and volunteers with the NOMV Support Grants program.
Karla joined the NOMV Board of Directors in 2020.
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 serves on the Student Support and Mentorship Committee and is an active speaker in support of NOMV’s education initiative. She joined the NOMV Board of Directors in 2022.
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.
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 Seacoast. Shannon joined the NOMV Board of Directors in 2023.
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.
Darlene Bos (she/her/hers)
Darlene has been working in the non-profit world since graduating from Western Michigan University with her Master’s Degree in Anthropology in 2000. After a varied and fulfilling career that included museums, Special Olympics, professorships, and a stint as a park ranger, Darlene put her passion into mental health. She spent time working with the North Bay’s largest mental health organization, Buckelew Programs, prior to joining NOMV as its first Executive Director in July 2020.
Darlene is originally from Michigan, but has lived all over the West. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and her service dog, Benna.
Director of Operations
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. 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 two dachshunds, Rider and Bugg.
Director of Programs
Bri Golob (she/her/hers)
Bri is originally from Connecticut, but she relocated to Florida in 2014. Bri is currently working on her Masters in Social Work and completed her first Masters of Arts in 2019 with a degree in Education – Online Teaching & Learning. Her passion is mental health and her goal is to grow with NOMV and eventually provide therapy to individuals and groups upon completing her degree. Before joining the NOMV team, Bri was an academic advisor for 6 years and an adjunct professor for 1.5 years. Bri is a newlywed who got married during the COVID-19 pandemic and spends what little free time she has with her husband and two black lab mixed dogs: Pumba and Cole.
Marketing & Design Coordinator
Madi Duelge (she/her/hers)
In May of 2021, Madi graduated from the University of South Florida with her bachelors degree in Psychology, Cum Laude. 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 currently lives in sunny Florida with her cat, Rocket.
CLEAR Blueprint Program Manager
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.
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 MSW Student
Cassandra Walls (she/they)
Cassandra is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee pursuing their Veterinary Social Work certificate program. Her passion for social justice and sense of equality and equity brought her to pursue the organizational leadership path while her deep love and devotion to animals and the people who protect them brought her to pursue the Veterinary Social Work certificate.
Cassandra will be helping to launch the CLEAR Blueprint program and will provide support to Clinic Advocates.
Director of Development
Gabby Mora (she/her/hers)
Gabby lives in the Chicago-area with Arlo and Mabel – her two rescue pitbulls. She also occasionally has fosters joining the crowd.
Gabby has a history of successful fundraising for animal-related causes. Her experience is diverse and includes everything from holding fundraising events to securing corporate sponsorships and writing grants. Gabby’s passion for veterinary medicine started when a veterinary team saved her dog Arlo’s life by conducting an essential amputation. Arlo is a happy, healthy three-legged dog and Gabby cannot imagine her life without him. She is forever grateful for all that veterinary teams do.
CLEAR Blueprint MSW Student
Neyva Hernandez (she/her/hers)
Neyva is working toward her Masters of Social Work degree at Colorado State University. Neyva shared, “I was born to help people, I am excited to be part of NOMV to continue to learn about this organization and contribute to expanding awareness of veterinary mental health.”
Neyva loves to spend her free time with family, friends, and her dog Aiko. She also enjoys being outdoors running, hiking, or paddleboarding.
CLEAR Blueprint Program Administrator
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.
Lifeboat Program Administrator
Kimber Blazek (she/her/hers)
From a very young age Kimber knew her path would lead her to caring for animals and the people who
love them. A 2005 graduate of the Bel-Rea Institute in Denver, Colorado, she has spent the better part
of two decades serving the veterinary community in progressive roles ranging from kennel assistant,
registered veterinary technician, and marketing & communications to team, hospital, & regional leader.
Recognizing the immense need for better support of veterinary professionals through the challenges
and risks inherent in the field, and determined to help the industry become more balanced, sustainable,
and satisfying for veterinary teams, Kimber joined NOMV in 2022 as the Lifeboat Program Administrator.
Kimber lives in North Carolina with her partner and sons, and their rescue pups Thomas and Lucy.
Together they enjoy attending concerts, spending time with their extended family, and hiking the