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.
Nancy Scanlan, DVM Executive Director
Dr. Scanlan joined the AHVMA as a member in 1992. She became executive director in 2010. She lives in the woods, off the grid, with her dog, cats, and husband. Every morning dog and doctor go hiking in the woods surrounding them. She and her husband ski in the winter and hike in the summer in the 3 national forests nearby.
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 !
Darlene Knowles, Former Office Manager
Darlene joined our team in May 2012. Darlene holds a bachelors degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences. She has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations in Grant Writing, Program Management, and Office Management.
Darlene has been a volunteer creating and implementing programs for both children and animals for over 25 years. As you might have guessed, Darlene is both a social and animal advocate and has volunteered at a local kill shelter where she was a member of the Dog Enrichment Team. She was the Program Manager for dog training/socialization for the Pit Bulls at the shelter as their kill rate was over 90%. Within two months of creating and implementing her program, the adoption rate for these hard to adopt dogs increased over 80%.
As of August 2013, Darlene accepted the position as Deputy Director for our sister organization - The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation
"It has been an honor to work for an organization dedicated to treating the whole animal via integrative medicine. Our pets deserve the same option for treatment that I desire for myself. I look forward to utilizing my experience in human resources, grant writing and management to further the goals of the AHVMF as well."- Darlene