Lauren Walke

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What is your special power?
I wrangle many moving parts to help pull the CVC conferences together. I have a hand in everything from our amazing CVC speakers to floorplans and signage. I find so much enjoyment in working with passionate people and pulling off a such a meaningful event.

What makes you tick?
My wonderful husband/ best friend who continuously pushes me to be a better version of me. Our two dogs and cat who are my little shadows and adventure buddies. I crave exploring new places and meeting extraordinary people while absorbing all I can from them.

What is your spirit animal?
A moose because they’re unapologetically curious and constantly exploring. Although they are sometimes portrayed as goofy, they are larger than life and can mean business when they need to.

Anne Belcher

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What is your special power?
I have the power to organize anything given to me.

What makes you tick?
My special interests are scrapbooking, 80’s and 90’s Boy Bands, the color NAVY, knowing all about Celebrities, my boys and talking.

What is your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is the Hummingbird because I am independent, adaptable, resilient, joyful and playful.

Sarah Dowdy

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What is your special power?
Writing, editing and excessive snacking are my special workplace talents.

What makes you tick?
Any time spent with my husband is the best time. He has the endearing ability to transform a trip to the grocery store for plastic forks into a genuinely fun outing. When we’re already stocked on disposable utensils, we enjoy perusing used bookstores, watching black and white movies from the likes of the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton, becoming familiar faces at Indian food buffets, and taking any opportunity to be outside. On a physiological level, however, the answer to what makes me tick is coffee.

What is your spirit animal?
My maiden name is Mouton, which means “sheep” in French, so I’ve always felt a kindred connection to the wooly creatures. With my unruly mane and affinity for mountainous escapades, I’d be a Lincoln Longwool with a New Zealand address.

Patty Yeradi

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What is your special power?
I sell exhibit space, marketing opportunities and sponsorships for The CVC.

What makes you tick?
My kids, my husband, my Airedale terriers, our black cat, and our Ragdoll kittens With that many animals, I am also a fan of the vacuum cleaner. Add to the list is my great niece, Violet, who is my mini-me. She loves Aunt Patty. We go to the park, blow bubbles, pick flowers, read, do puzzles and have fun. Violet is two and a half and will be a big sister in November. I love to cook, entertain, flower and herb garden. I also craft, love to read, learn new things and hang with friends and family. I love our pets and spend a lot of time throwing sticks for the dogs and pipe cleaners for the cats! And, I also run the vacuum quite a bit!

What is your spirit animal?
The Jayhawk, of course!

Angie Homann

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What is your special power?
Sales, sales, and more SALES! My responsibility covers print, digital, custom projects and sponsorships at CVC. Everything except booth space, although I used to do that too.

What makes you tick?
I LOVE to dance…especially the salsa and country variety (why hasn’t Dancing with the Stars called me?). Spending quality time with friends and family.  Laughing and taking trips to the beach.  If I can incorporate all those into one trip, BONUS!

What is your spirit animal?
Can ninja be considered an animal?

Angela Paulovcin

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What is your special power?
Being able to stretch my clients’ budgeted dollars to their absolute maximum potential so that they can invest in promoting themselves as well as their products and/or services across our various veterinary channels..

What makes you tick?
I’m a lover of anything strange and unusual but I’m definitely all over the board.. Some of my random interests include: Watching and collecting classic B- movies, finding and collecting random novelty items, accoutrements,  and  “As Seen On T.V. Products,”  holistic medicine and alternative healing, attending music festivals during the summertime months (nothing beats camping and music). And if something glitters, glows, or changes colors then I must have it (I know, I know I’m just like an 8 year old little girl or something).

What is your spirit animal?
The Puppy monkey baby.

Alison Fulton

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What is your special power?
Taking information and making it super easy to read, wonderful and fun to look at. I do this over many mediums.

What makes you tick?
Pets, especially dogs although I have a sneaking regard for cats as well. My husband and I are taking agility-training classes with our 16 month old dalmatian, Elsa. whose full AKC name is Elsa Domino Dotted Dreams, CGC.

What is your spirit animal?
Maybe a hedgehog? English and slightly defensive. :):):)

Portia Stewart

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What is your special power?
I’m a fierce champion of the veterinary team. In addition to my role as a dvm360.com editor and snarkette, I meme well.

What makes you tick?
Well, this is awkward. I’m pretty sure the correct answer is a tasteful combination of nachos, coffee and the occasional martini (mostly after I’ve seen a serious comma crime committed). In my spare (haha) time I’m taking a hip-hop dance class, where the instructor (Beast X) is teaching us to Krump. (There may be a Internet video of this, but I’m not telling.)

What is your spirit animal?
Definitely a Pallas’s Cat.

Mindy Valcarcel

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What is your special power?
After almost two decades immersed in clinical content, I’ve deluded myself into thinking I understand and can make things sing a little more for our readers.

What makes you tick?
Binge-watching and picking apart shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime with my husband. Playing the cello in a community orchestra. Haphazardly training for half marathons. Trying to figure out how such a pure and precious creature, my dog Oliver, exists.

What is your spirit animal?
A snowy egret. (Mostly, I just want to fly—majestically.)

Jennifer Gaumnitz

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gaumnitzWhat is your special power?
Creating (and editing) accurate and reliable content for our varied veterinary audience, preferably using the Oxford comma.

What makes you tick?

Horses, anything horses. I love pretty much everything about them … riding, caring for them, grooming them (especially after a roll in the mud), cleaning tack, mucking out barns. I love the tactile, no-tech nature of horseback riding. Oh, and I have two fabulous grown children and a husband who are the light of my life. (Yep, they are all well aware of my strong affection for horses.) I also love words and, by extension, reading. I can get lost perusing a dictionary. (Yep, my family is aware of that as well.)

What is your spirit animal?
Um… I guess, horses. :)  But cats come in a pretty close second.