Our Board

Candy Sayles Brad, DVM: Founder, Board Chair

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Candy lives in Victor, Idaho with her husband, Louis, and cockapoo, Zabu. After practicing traditional and alternative small animal medicine for 25 years, 10 of which she co-owned Alpine Hospital for Animals in Boulder, Colorado, she retired in 2012. Project V.E.T.S. has become her passion and she is hoping that she can do her part to help people and animals worldwide through this organization.


Claire Campbell: Treasurer

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Claire brings years of conservation experience to Project V.E.T.S.. A former small business owner, she has also served on the boards of the Yellowstone Association and Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Claire and her husband live in Boulder, Colorado and spend several weeks a year at their home in South Africa. A wildlife photography enthusiast, she loves to travel to digitally “capture” the animals she is trying to help conserve.


Diane Brinkmann: Secretary

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A native of Colorado, Diane still resides in Boulder. Her background is in education, having been a public school teacher for 19 years, specializing in teaching children with visual impairment and blindness.  Since retiring in 2001, her passion has shifted to conservation, the environment, wildlife and travel. Besides volunteering for Project V.E.T.S., she is also involved in saving the Black Tail Prairie Dog , bringing back the Black Footed Ferret and preserving the prairie eco-system.


Jen Abram: Director

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Jen has spent the last decade in the animal health industry providing pharmaceuticals and business solutions to veterinarians. As a Strategic Account Manager with Pfizer Animal Health and now Zoetis, Jen’s role is to educate and partner with veterinarians to better the health of their patients and practice. Within Zoetis, Jen serves on the board of their Women’s Council and is the Chair of Women in Leadership. Zoetis is also a Strategic Partner to Project V.E.T.S. Jen resides in Denver with her husband and two children. A native of Chicago, Jen is grateful for the 300 days of sunshine and beautiful mountains of Colorado!


Nancy Bureau, DVM: Director

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Nancy was always one of those kids that wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up. Eventually she decided to pursue her dream, and went CSU Veterinary School, and now co-owns Left Hand Animal Hospital in Niwot, Colorado. She loves being a veterinarian every day, and she hopes that in helping with Project V.E.T.S that she can widen the help that she gives to animals and those who care for them. In her free time, Nancy runs 5K and half marathon distance races and competes in triathlons. Nancy and her dog, a Bearded Collie, can be seen hiking and running trails all around the Front Range of Colorado.


Melissa Etheridge: Director

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Melissa Etheridge is the newest member of the Project V.E.T.S. Board - joining the Board in 2015. She has practiced veterinary medicine for the past 16 years and is currently a veterinarian at a small animal practice in Denver. She previously worked on environmental issues for the U.S. Senate and holds a master’s degree in international environmental law. Her wildlife background includes working with orphaned chimpanzees for the Jane Goodall Institute in Uganda, with manatees in Florida, and with cheetahs and cape buffalo in South Africa. She spends much of her free time in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two fabulous daughters and lovable Labrador.


Mollie Fager: Director

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Mollie has spent her professional career in the non-profit realm, first as Director of Operations for the Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, followed by 3 1/2 years as the Executive Director for The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO. Seven years ago she was recruited back to The Nature Conservancy exclusively to raise funds for the organization and continue her commitment to conservation. In 2013, she became their Senior Principal Gifts Officer, working with those individuals and corporations at the highest level of giving and sophisticated engagement in The Nature Conservancy’s work. Personally, Mollie has been actively involved in both the arts and nature. She pursues a passion for writing, with a specialty in poetry and short essay and has worked as an interpretive naturalist, wildland firefighter and Outward Bound instructor. When not trying to save the planet, Mollie lives in the quiet mountain town of Lyons, Colorado and enjoys spending time with her teenage children, Daniel and Ruthie, hiking with her Airedale terrier Scout, cooking gourmet meals with friends, gardening, cycling, and just about every other outdoor sport there is.


Tad Frysinger: Director

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With 25+ years of leadership experience across the software engineering delivery chain including design, development, product management, services and operations, Tad has enjoyed the thrill of launching and mentoring tech startups as well as providing a steadying hand for more mature software companies. Currently Tad is the head of Operations and Program Management for Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Service Broker business - which created and now operates a software-as-a-service platform in the cloud that provides medium and large sized businesses an Amazon catalog-like experience for hosting and managing the services they provide for their employees and customers. Tad has been engaged in many capacities with a variety of other software companies over the years prior to HPE including his own start-up ventures - and his chief lesson learned from those experiences is that the power of passionate people knows no bounds!

Tad is pleased to join the Project V.E.T.S. team. Growing up, Tad came to admire and respect all animals, a trait he is delighted to see in his two daughters, Brittany and Victoria, and was one of the many things Tad found so attractive in his wife Carol when they first met. Tad and Carol both have had a long love affair with all kinds of creatures from rodents to dogs to horses to birds - especially parrots! Tad cared for a Cockatiel in his younger years, and now has been adopted by Carol's two magnificent parrots Murphy (the Eclectus) and Lola (the African Grey). Tad and Carol cycle and ski as much as they can, and during their times outdoors are always on the lookout for "critters" to admire. They look forward to their first puppy together in 2017! Tad believes the "mission of Project V.E.T.S. is such a great and noble cause, and I feel blessed to be part of the efforts"


Karen McCormick Perry, DVM: Director

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Karen has been a small animal veterinarian for 28 years. Having owned Alpine Hospital for Animals in Boulder, Colorado for 17 years, she recently sold the business and is now practicing traditional and alternative medicine on a relief basis. Karen, her husband and three wonderful daughters reside in Longmont, Colorado with their two golden retrievers. Besides volunteering for Project V.E.T.S., she also travels yearly with VIDAS to their sterilization/vaccination clinics in Mexico.