As the daughter of an Air Force officer, Katy grew up all over the globe, from Germany to Okinawa. Through all the changes, including attending four high schools, the countless stray pets her family adopted remained a comforting constant. As a teenager, she worked and volunteered for various organizations in the field of veterinary medicine and developed a passion for working with animals and alongside anybody who felt the same. She went on to earn a bachelor of science in animal husbandry with an emphasis in companion and captive animals.
Following several years of working in private and academia settings of veterinary medicine, she inadvertently landed in “human” health care. After receiving her master degree in health administration, she completed an administrative internship at a large multi-specialty practice where she later became developer and director of the organization’s compliance program. In May 2014, Katy happily returned to a career in veterinary medicine and became VERC’s first hospital administrator. She enjoys living in Hawaii with her dogs, Pippa and Riley.
Director of Operations
Chris was raised in Minnesota and has since traveled the world, both independently and as a 1st Mate on private yachts. Chris has had a successful career in yachting as well as an award-winning career as a decorative artist, painting for the rich and famous as well as overseeing large crews on multi-million dollar projects. His work ethic, leadership skills and attention to detail have always landed him in leadership roles within whatever organization he has been a part of. This applies to his role here at VERC as well where he is director of operations. Chris is responsible for many of the important “behind the scenes” tasks that help VERC to function seamlessly. He is the go-to man whenever there is a problem, and his input and oversight are important in many of VERC’s daily operations including human resources, marketing, communications, equipment maintenance, and handling client questions and concerns. Chris is very happy to be here in Hawaii with his husband, Dr. Coleman. He is an essential member of the team here at VERC and we are lucky to have him. Chris’ ultimate passion is sailing and when he is not helping us here, he can be found sailing and racing on Hawaii’s beautiful waters.
Maile was born and raised in Hawaii, and lives in Kailua with her husband, four-year-old daughter, and her rescued menagerie of nine cats and a three-legged pit bull. She has been working as a veterinary technician for the past 13 years, obtaining her license and working several years in veterinary management during that time. She also has been teaching at the University of Hawaii in Manoa for the past 15 years. She is completing her doctorate in English, and working toward specialty licensing in veterinary emergency and critical care. She is introducing her favorite past times to her daughter -- paddling and kayaking, hiking, reading, and getting messy making art.
As a recent transplant to Hawaii, Danae comes to us from San Diego, California, where she has lived for the majority of her life. Danae graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in Global and International Studies and a minor in Anthropology. Her education allowed her to study abroad in Sydney, Australia, and to travel to many areas of the Pacific, which is where her love for Hawaii and other small island nations began to grow. Shortly after graduating, Danae spent time volunteering at an animal shelter and eventually was hired at the San Diego-based animal non-profit FACE Foundation, which assists pet owners in need of financial assistance for their pets’ medical emergencies. During her time at FACE, her passion for helping both animals and people was fulfilled, but the desire to live in paradise never left her. After over ten years of dreaming about moving to Hawaii, she finally made the leap and moved to this island she now calls home. Danae is excited to be a part of the VERC team as referral coordinator, helping both pets and their families once more, while also getting to enjoy her new adventurous island lifestyle.
Mari joined the staff at the opening of the Veterinary Emergency + Referral center of Hawaii. Mari is a native of Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. She has worked in the veterinary field for many years, the majority of which was spent working in a large specialty and emergency hospital. Mari is passionate about neurology and has a special interest in seizure disorders and advanced radiology (CT scans and MRIs). Having passed the veterinary technician national exam she is now a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and is starting the process for a national certification in veterinary neurology for technicians. In her time off she enjoys spending time with Moxie, her Boston terrier mix and Little Cider, a Chihuahua. She also loves kayaking and continuing to explore Oahu.
Technician, Shift Lead
Alatia has been a veterinary technician since 2013. She started in general practice, and eventually found her way to VERC in 2015, where she discovered her passion for emergency/critical care medicine. She is currently working in the ICU, and recently accepted a position as a shift leader. She plans to obtain her veterinary technician's license when it becomes available in Hawaii in 2018.
Rhesa came to Hawaii in 2011 from Portland, OR. Starting her career by working on horse ranches and a zoological park, she quickly discovered her calling to be a veterinary technician. She moved on to emergency, specialty and general practices, challenged the National Veterinary Technician Exam and became licensed in Oregon and Washington. She ran her own vet tech relief service for 11 years and worked in many different practices throughout Oregon and Washington including Washington State University Teaching Hospital. She has a passion for quality care in veterinary hospitals and strives to help train, educate and improve the profession. When not working she loves snorkeling, photography, discovering Hawaii, traveling, playing tour guide to family/friends/guests, cooking, and spending time outdoors. She also has a deep commitment to spirituality and family.
Veronica grew up an Air Force "brat," which took her all around the world. Born in Maryland, she lived in Illinois twice, Germany, and the Philippines before her parents retired from the military in Arkansas. It was there that she received her bachelor of arts degree in instrumental music with a minor in biology. While in college, she was actively involved in the band program as their lead drum major, Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity, and Sigma Alpha Iota fraternity. Her career in veterinary medicine began in 1999 when she started as a veterinary assistant at a veterinary clinic where she worked for four years. After an eight-year hiatus from the veterinary field, Veronica moved to Hawaii in 2011 and restarted her career as a veterinary technician and is pleased to have been working at VERC for over four years. In addition to her passion for animal care, Veronica loves music, drum corps, golfing, geocaching, technology, exploring Hawaii, and spending time with her seven rescue cats.
Technician, Shift Lead
Sylvia was born and raised on Oahu, but it wasn't until she spent her first two years of college in Vancouver, BC that she realized she had a passion for medicine and animals. While completing her BS in Animal Science at UH Manoa, she worked in many different areas of the veterinary field--she led the Pre-Vet Club, volunteered at the Honolulu Zoo vet clinic, and, of course, started her career as a veterinary technician. After five years as a small general practice, Sylvia finally took the plunge and dove into emergency medicine at VERC; she has loved it ever since! She is currently working in the ICU, and is a shift leader. She plans to obtain her veterinary technician's license when it becomes available in Hawaii in 2018. In her free time, Sylvia works as a freelance illustrator and enjoys playing video games. She currently lives in Honolulu with four cats and one very fearless Green-Cheeked Conure.
Stephanie grew up on the Big Island and has always loved animals. As a teenager she volunteered at the Humane Society, which piqued her interest in animal care. She then went on to work as a janitor in a veterinary teaching hospital, a pet sitter, and a kennel attendant at a local veterinary hospital. She finally became a veterinary technician and is now part of the VERC family. In her downtime, Stephanie likes to hang out, hike, go to the beach, relax, and volunteer with Catfriends -- helping out with feral cat spay and neuters. She also loves to spend time with her own six cats and her Yorkshire Terrier (who thinks she's a cat).
Angeleen was born and raised on Oahu. She has always had a passion for animals and wanted to make a life-long career out of it working at different pet stores. It wasn’t until she chanced upon Windward Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program that she began to see a future in the veterinary field. She has since graduated magna cum laude from Windward with an Associate's degree in Science in Veterinary Technology, and has passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam boards. She is currently working on her license through Texas state until Hawaii enacts its newly passed legislation for licensing veterinary technicians in July of 2018; Angeleen is also seeking to achieve a Certificate in Phlebotomy (with humans) later this year. Angeleen became a part of the VERC team in 2016 and has never looked back. In addition to VERC, she volunteers her time with horses at a therapeutic ranch that works with individuals with special needs. She enjoys spending time with her furbaby, Ryu, doing all sorts of shenanigans that include hiking, swimming, long walks, and playing with a squeaky ball
Michelle was born and raised in beautiful Hawaii Kai. She went to Saint Francis school, then on to the nursing program at HPU. Her love of animals took over when she started working at a GP clinic in Kahala; she has now been working in the veterinary field for sixteen years. Michelle started at the bottom and worked her way up, working just about every position there is along the way. She is the Head Receptionist at VERC, and she loves helping people feel comfortable as soon as they walk through the door. She has been married to her husband for ten years, and they have two beautiful daughters--one six and one eight years old. Their weekends are very busy with soccer and tennis, and in their free time they like to take their Labrador retriever, Bella, to the beach.
Born on Maui and raised on the tiny island of Lanai, Christina has always had a love for animals. She was just five years old when she told her mom she wanted to be a "vetawarian." Her love for animals continued to flourish as she got older. Christina was constantly finding strays and bringing them home, nurturing them, and eventually finding them homes. She always knew she wanted to work with animals and has focused on achieving that goal. After graduating from Lanai High school, Christina moved off of her little island to Oahu and immediately sought out a job working with animals. After about a month she met someone who had been working at a veterinary hospital on the windward side. Because of her eagerness and pleasant personality she was hired almost immediately. It was then that her love for working in the veterinary field began. She has since joined the team at VERC as our evening receptionist. Christina has been working in the veterinary field for the past 10 years and can't see herself doing anything else.