Staff

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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Chris Frendreis

Business Development Manager

Chris was raised in Minnesota and has since traveled the world, both independently and as professional crew on private yachts. Prior to VERC, Chris had a successful career as an award-winning decorative artist, painting for the rich and famous while overseeing large crews on multi-million dollar projects. His work ethic, leadership skills and ability to achieve budgetary and timeline goals have always landed him in leadership roles within whatever organization he has been a part of. Chris has been a member VERC’s administrative team since its opening day in 2012 when he took on the role of director of operations. Now, with Ethos, Chris is VERC’s business development manager. Chris is responsible for many of the important business tasks that help VERC grow and prosper. His input and oversight are important in many of VERC’s daily operations including human resources, sales, marketing, hosting CE and community events, along with equipment and facilities maintenance. Chris is thrilled to be here in Hawaii with his husband, Dr. Coleman. Being a part of the growth of VERC from start-up, to becoming part of Ethos Veterinary Health has been a very rewarding process for both of them. When Chris is not at VERC he can be found sailing, gardening and enjoying Hawaii’s natural beauty with their little sidekick Peanut.

Maile Gresham

Director of Nursing

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.

STAFF

Mari Stasky

Head Technician

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.

Rhesa Carley

Veterinary Technician, Inventory Manager

Rhesa came to Hawaii in 2011 from Portland, OR. She started her career by working on horse ranches, a zoological park, and veterinary practices. She quickly discovered her calling to be a veterinary technician. After challenging and passing the National Veterinary Technician Exam, she became licensed in Oregon and Washington. Rhesa advanced to working in emergency, specialty and general practices. She eventually had her own vet tech relief service for 11 years, working in many different practices throughout Oregon and Washington, including Washington State University Teaching Hospital. Rhesa has been with VERC from day one, working as the Internal Medicine technician. After gradually taking on inventory managing duties, she decided to step up as the inventory manager. Rhesa has a passion for quality care in veterinary hospitals and strives to educate both staff and the public, and improve the profession. When not working she loves snorkeling, photography, trying new restaurants, traveling, discovering Hawaii, playing tour guide to family/friends/guests, and spending time outdoors. She also has a deep commitment to faith, family, and friends.

Sylvia Lee

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 Minn

Veterinary Technician/Shift Leader

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).

Misty Tolentino

Overnight Head Technician/Shift Leader

Misty was born and raised on the island of Oahu. Since she was a child there were two loves in her life—animals and science. Misty has been able to combine both passions as a veterinary technician for the last one-and-a-half decades. She started her career at a general practice while attending UH Manoa, and joined the VERC family in 2014.

Michelle Roukema

Head Receptionist

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.

Christina Leval

Receptionist

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.