Diane Brinkmann: Board Chair
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.
Candy Sayles Brad, DVM: Founder & Vice Chair
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
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.
Melissa Etheridge: DVM, Secretary
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.
Jen Abram: Director
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
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.
Mollie M. Fager: Director
Although originally from Tennessee, Ms. Fager attended high school, college and graduate school in Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1993, followed by a Master's in Business Administration in 1999. Part of Mollie’s college experience included a year and a half at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. From an early age Mollie has been drawn to the non-profit world—working as an outdoor educator with the Denver Public Schools, Outward Bound instructor, youth intervention specialist, child advocate, outdoor education director and eventually into more challenging leadership roles in organizations. From 1999-2004 she worked for the Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as their Director of Operations followed by 3 ½ years as the Executive Director for The Dairy Center for the Arts, a multi-disciplinary arts center in Boulder, Colorado. Mollie’s true passion has stayed in environmental work and she returned to The Nature Conservancy, leading their fundraising efforts for the continent of Africa as their Director of Philanthropy. Her tenure with TNC culminated in a promotion to partner with the CEO and various VPs of The Nature Conservancy as a Senior Principal Gifts Officer—working with donors at the highest levels of philanthropy in complex and sophisticated donor engagement. Mollie is delighted and enthusiastic about the continuation of both her path as a philanthropy professional AND passionate environmentalist in her newest role as the Vice President of Development with EarthJustice. When not trying to save the planet, Mollie lives in the foothills of Boulder County, Colorado with her partner Seth, their children, and Scout the Airedale Terrier. Mollie enjoys just about every outdoor sport there is, live music, theater and art, wine and laughter with friends, and time with her family.
Karen McCormick Perry, DVM: Director
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.