Anna Garber - President (2021 - 2022)
Touhy Animal Hospital
Anna has been a proud member of the veterinary industry since 2008. Beginning her experience as front desk team/technician member while finishing her degree. She graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with Bachelor’s in Economics. Her never ending passion, drive and ability to implement change grew her to practice manager in 2010. Anna has also completed course work from Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies.
Areas of brand management, marketing, and fostering a client to business relationships are her strong suits along with mentor ship & change management. Her extensive background of working with sales & promotions have given her a fresh approach when it comes to running multi-level business operations. She’s a firm believer in creating positive energy and using that momentum to achieve future goals.
In her spare time, Anna loves spending time with her two children, husband and two dogs, a schnorkie named Henry & a havashu named Maxwell.
Fun facts: Anna is fluent in 3 languages English, Polish, and French. She’s also had extensive training inTae Kwendo Martial Arts.
Amanda Birtell - CBOM, CCM, PHR, SHRM-CP - President - Elect (2021 - 2022)
Companion Animal Hospital of Norridge
Amanda is the hospital manager at Companion Animal Hospital of Norridge. With a degree in Business Management she went on to earn her PHR and SHRM-CP in Human Resources, become a Certified Business Office Manager and a Certified Conflict Manager.
Also being involved in animal rescue for several years. All Brachycephalic (flat faced snort monster) breeds are her thing! She is that crazy frenchie lady spending her spare time as a servant to her three resident frenchies Beignet, Bowser and Bronx while trying to help all others in need. She is looking forward to learning more and helping the Veterinary Community.
Brianna Copeland - Secretary (2021 - 2023)
Midwest Bird and Exotic/Midwest Animal Emergency
Brianna has been in the veterinary field for five years, getting her start at VCA Aurora which is where her love for animal emergency medicine blossomed. Since getting her start at VCA she has been able to move on to work in general practice which gave her a better understanding of how a clinic truly operates.
Currently she has the honor of leading the Midwest Bird and Exotic/Midwest Animal Emergency team in Elmwood Park, granting her access to the amazing world of exotic animal medicine. It has been a wonderful learning and growing experience for her. She has a passion for ER medicine, team development, servant leadership, and fortifying the patient & owner bond via owner education. She is working in her dream career and is elated that she can marry her experience in leadership and operations management with her love for animals.
When she isn’t working with her team at Midwest, she can be found camping, reading, refinishing furniture, gardening, riding her bike, or on the motorcycle with her boyfriend Greg. She currently shares a home with Greg, their two cats Sebastian and Zeppelin, their Cane Corso Hank and their newest family member, a bearded dragon named Mayhem.
Cheryl Jackson - CVT - Treasurer (2020 - 2022)
Abell Animal Hospital
Cheryl obtained her AAS in Veterinary Science in 2001 from Bel Rea Institute in Denver, CO. She was a lead technician for 6 years at an emergency/specialty practice, that was when she knew she found her passion for Veterinary Medicine. She developed, and currently runs, Complete Veterinary Team Services where she strives to provide and encourage the development of Certified Veterinary Technicians throughout Chicagoland. She is also very excited to be part of a great team as Practice Manager at Abell Animal Hospital in Chicago.
In her free time Cheryl enjoys traveling, gardening, coaching, and spending time with her husband and 4 beautiful children.