Being a small office, we get to do a little bit of everything which includes membership processing, conference preparations, Journal advertising, website maintenance, referral directory updates, and Association email. Everyday offers new and exciting challenges and learning experiences. We enjoy working with all of you, and we will be ready and willing to help in any way.
The Staff keeps the AHVMA machine well-oiled and running.
Catherine Randazzo, MBA Executive Director
I have been in leadership positions in non-profits for more than twenty years, most recently serving as President and CEO of The Sulphur Institute, Washington, DC. Prior to this position I served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Society of the Plastics Industry. My experience includes strategic planning, international trade missions, conferences and trade shows, government affairs and worker training and certification. I have an M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University and a B.A. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. I am married and have two children.
Lauana Nelson, Office Manager/Executive Secretary
Lauana joined the AHVMA staff in April 2013. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology as well as associate's degrees in Music and Graphic Design Media. She has a strong clerical and technological background. In addition, she has worked for a veterinary office for four years in an administrative capacity. Lauana has also volunteered for her local animal shelter working with the feline population.
Being a life-long animal lover and having a long-time interest in holistic treatments herself, she looks forward to working with an organization and community that promotes the use of these modalities in animals. Lauana grew up on a small farm, in a tiny town in Minnesota with an assortment of horses, pigs, cows, chickens, cats and dogs. She now lives with her fiancé , step daughter and two very spoiled cats (Dinsdale and Toivo).
Wendy Ribbans, Executive Assistant/Data Entry Specialist
Wendy is a new addition to the AHVMA staff. She previously worked 3 years in a veterinary clinic and has many years of administrative experience. Wendy enjoys gardening and pet sitting in her spare time. She lives with her three very adored rescue cats, Milo, Parker and Snookie. Wendy looks forward to a very rewarding and interesting career with AHVMA !