Business Development

Our business development team specializes in fostering collaborative partnerships with vet practices, just like yours. We’re here to support and grow your practice while preserving your unique culture. We handle everything from customized business solutions to negotiating terms, ensuring you can focus on what you love – providing excellent care for your patients.

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Chief Development Officer

Matt Miller

Matt Miller is the Chief Development Officer for Alliance Animal Health.

Matt has extensive experience working in the financial services industry, with over ten years focused on debt and equity underwritings in addition to mergers and acquisitions advisory.

Matt received a B.A. from the University of Colorado, where he studied finance and accounting and graduated with high distinction.

  • Senior Vice President Business Development

    Marty Stanford

    Marty Stanford is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Alliance Animal Health.

    Marty is a veteran of the veterinary health industry with extensive experience in achieving practice growth, partnerships and working with veterinary partners to find a partnership strategy that works for them.

    Marty received a B.S. from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

    If you would like to explore a partnership for your practice, Marty can be reached at [email protected]

  • Director of M&A Analytics

    Michael Albert

    Michael has 10 years of professional experience. He began his career at Navigant Consulting in Chicago, where he spent four years within the corporate FP&A team.

    Prior to joining Alliance, he was Director of Finance at VitalPet, a veterinary rollup based in Houston, Texas. At VitalPet, Michael oversaw all aspects of the finance and accounting function. He was a key member of VitalPet’s management team, assisting with the successful sale of its 24 veterinary hospitals in 2020.

    Michael received a B.S. from Indiana University, where he studied finance, and a M.S. in Finance from Loyola University Chicago. He resides in Houston, Texas with his goldendoodle, Husker, a fitting name for a lifelong Nebraska Cornhusker fan.

  • Director, M&A and Growth Strategy

    Caleb Tse Lalonde

    Caleb Tse-Lalonde works as an Associate for Alliance Animal Health where he shares responsibilities across acquisitions and strategy. Prior to joining Alliance, Caleb worked in clinical research at the McGill University Health Center, as well as at Boston College, where he focused on developing novel therapies for rare genetic disorders. Caleb graduated from Boston College where he received a B.S. in Biology, and a minor in Finance.

  • Senior Integrations Specialist

    Joan Tanguay

    Joan Tanguay is an integration specialist for Alliance Animal Health.

    Prior to joining Alliance Animal Health, Joan has spent the past 9 years working as a Paralegal & Sales coordinator for a Norwegian company that creates sensor-based technology. Her primary responsibilities included contract preparation within the US Sales group, business filings and immigration visas. Prior to that, Joan worked in the medical field for 10 years as a billing manager.

    Joan has 3 children – her eldest daughter just graduated with a Master’s degree from Quinnipiac, the same university her son and daughter attend, and also where Joan received her B.A. from.

    Joan lives in North Haven, CT with her husband and two cats.

  • Director Business Development

    Joe Cyr

    He grew up in Fayetteville, NC after living on Fort Bragg's military post. Graduated from UNC at Charlotte with BA in Economics after joining the Army Reserves and serving 6 months in Operation Desert Storm. He joined the industry in 1997. He worked with DVM Pharmaceuticals, Intervet, Inc. and joined Webster/ Patterson Veterinary Supply in 2001. After consistently being successful in the Top 10 with Patterson Vet, he decided to partner with 2 other friends to start Miller Veterinary Supply in the Southeast. Sold the company last year and has had unique opportunities to work with veterinarians to grow their practices and work with them on exit strategies. In Joe’s free time, he enjoys working out with friends, golf, beach, listening to Audible books about motivation, spending time with the family and their children. He enjoys giving back to the community with time and mentoring young men to be successful. Absolutely Loves Rudy, a Teddy Bear breed. Rudy is almost 13 years old and thinks he is 4. Joe’s family has been fortunate to have had Dixie, a chocolate lab, that lived for 16 years and Koda, a Bull Mastiff that lived for 13 years.

  • Director Business Development

    Stephen Heaney

    Stephen Heaney is a Director of Business Development for Alliance Animal Health.

    Before joining Alliance, Stephen worked with Merck Animal Health for 3 years as a Senior Territory Manager in the Brooklyn Area. Educating veterinarians and staff on the latest pharmaceuticals for the pets in their practice; Stephen’s favorite part of the position was getting to partner with veterinary practices in order to help them grow their business, something he looks forward to continue to do with Alliance Animal Health.

    Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Stephen received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. Stephen currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with his dog Pilot and in his free time is an active volunteer at a community soup kitchen.

  • Director Business Development

    Michael Kenney

    Mike Kenney is a Director of Business Development for Alliance Animal Health.

    With over 30 years experience working in the Veterinary and Animal Health Industry, Mike has a passion for all things Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining Alliance Animal Health, Mike spent 20 years partnering with veterinarians in South Texas & the Rio Grande Valley as a sales representative for the Nation’s largest distributor of veterinary products. Mike Co-Founded several businesses that service the Veterinary Industry, including Comprehensive Veterinary Management Solutions, an executive coaching and consulting company, where he served as CEO for 6 years and, a social networking website for veterinary support staff, where he served as CBDO for 3 years. Mike is member of the VETT Advisory Committee at Texas A&M University - Kingsville.

    Mike received an MBA from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University - College Station.

    Mike, his wife Ashley, and their beautiful daughter Noelle call Corpus Christi, Texas home and enjoy beach life, competitive and recreational shooting sports, antiquing, international travel and Aggie Football at Kyle Field in the Fall.

  • Director Business Development

    Don McFerren

    Don has over 27 years of experience in the Veterinary market and is excited to begin a new chapter in his career with Alliance Animal Health.

    He graduated from Appalachian State University in 1994 with a Marketing degree and MBA. He joined DVM Veterinary pharmaceuticals right after graduation and worked as a manufacturing representative covering the North Carolina and South Carolina regions.

    Don then joined Webster Vet Supply (later purchased by Patterson Companies) as a distributor representative in 1999. In 2018, Don left Patterson to help launch Miller Vet Supply as an owner/partner and ironically helped to sell Miller Vet to Patterson Vet Supply in 2021.

    In his personal life, Don has been married for 28 years and has two daughters in college. An avid skier and golfer in his free time, he is also very active in his church and has been a youth group leader for over 25 years.

  • BD/Integration Specialist

    Ashley Craven

    Ashley has previously worked in Project Management and DVM Management within the vet industry through preventative clinics. Organization, efficiency, and communication have been the keys to her previous success. She looks forward to bringing her talents to the table while still learning new skills and practices from the full-service side of the vet world. Ashley is excited to join the Alliance team to be a part of a company that is growing at a rapid rate while meeting the needs of vets and pet owners all across the country. When she’s not formatting spreadsheets and analyzing data, Ashley is either wrangling the chaos of her husband and three kids, curled up reading novels next to her labradoodles, working in local politics, listening to murder podcasts, or having a one-woman dance party as she cleans her house to Taylor Swift songs.

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Our Finance team oversees banking reconciliation, accounts receivable, as well as billing and invoicing. We’ll manage all bank accounts, credit cards, taxes and more so you don’t have to worry about anything.

  • VP of Accounting

    Jess Blum

    A licensed CPA, Jess has focused her career in growth stage multi-site healthcare accounting roles, most recently leading the accounting function for Aesthetic Partners, a medical aesthetics and plastic surgery platform. As Controller and Sr. Director of Strategic Finance, Jess implemented streamlined controls, processes and systems which supported growth from 1 to 17 locations through acquisition and new site development. In this role, she led a team through successful inaugural GAAP audit and ERP implementation. Prior to that, she was Controller for multi-state Senior Living developer and operator Schonberg Care. Jess also gained retail accounting experience at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, supporting their bookstores and e-commerce function as Retail Accounting Manager. Originally from Eagan, Minnesota, Jess became a Saints fan while attending Tulane University. Jess enjoys fly fishing and exploring her new home base in Manhattan with her husband, Wilson.

  • VP of Finance

    Lana Lipton

    Lana Lipton is the vice president of finance for Alliance Animal Health.

    Lana has 9 years’ experience in the animal health care industry working first as Controller at Brightheart Veterinary Centers with 10 specialty veterinary practices and then as Controller at PetVet Care Centers where as part of the original team she established the accounting processes and watched the company grow to more than 140 hospitals. Lana also has several years of accounting experience in manufacturing and consumer products and was an audit senior for Ernst & Young.

    Lana is originally from Rock Island, Illinois. She received a B.S. from the University of Oregon and is a California C.P.A. She currently resides in Bethel, CT with her husband and two cats.

  • Senior Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

    Robert Rescoe

    Rob Rescoe is the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Alliance Animal Health.

    Rob has over 10 years of experience in finance having previously worked in investment banking, private equity, and other corporate finance roles. Rob received a B.B.A with High Distinction from The University of Michigan.

  • Director of Finance

    Barbara Robinson

    Barbara Robinson is the director of finance for Alliance Animal Health.

    Barbara has 10 years’ experience in the animal health care industry as Assistant Controller working on the financial integration of acquired hospitals. This includes 4 years with Brightheart Veterinary Centers consisting of 10 specialty veterinary practices in the US and Canada and 6 years with PetVet Care Centers consisting of over 140 hospitals. Barbara also has 8 years of acquisition integration experience in the equipment rental industry.

    Originally from Eastchester, New York, Barbara received a B.B.A. in Accounting/Information Systems from Pace University. She currently lives in Rye, New York with her family and their dog Rudy.

  • Director of Accounting

    Luigi Miro

    Luigi has 20+ years of increasing responsibilities in various industries including advertising, retail services and design & manufacturing with a strong emphasis on continuous process improvement. He received his MBA from Fordham University with a dual concentration in both accounting & finance.

    Luigi joins us most recently from Sonneman Lighting where he led the Accounting & Finance team for the past 3+ years and helped scale the business after being spun off from their parent company and acquired by a PE firm. Prior to that he was a Senior Finance Manager at Daymon Worldwide, Accounting Manager at Xylem Inc and ITT Corporation and Corporate Accountant at Omnicom Group. Luigi has always enjoyed challenging himself professionally and is excited to be joining our team, where he can continue to do exactly that!

    Luigi lives in Eastchester, NY and in his spare time he enjoys skiing, biking and being outdoors as much as possible with his wife, Emily, and two children, Gianna (age 9) and Sebastian (age 6). When he’s home he is always careful to make sure that the family Guinea Pigs, Daisy & Tulip (aka “the girls”), are well fed and have plenty of fresh hay to eat.

  • Corporate Controller

    Christy Thacker

    Christy Thacker is the financial controller for Alliance Animal Health.

    Christy has over 20 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining Alliance Animal Health, Christy was the Controller for Pet Medical Centers in South Florida which owned and operated nine animal hospitals and pet resorts. With over 10 years of successful animal health industry experience, Christy has built a reputation as a strong leader within the industry.

    Christy is involved in the community as a Peer Navigator volunteer with FORCE, helping families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Christy currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two children, their two dogs, and a cat.

  • Staff Accountant

    Ana Martel

    Ana has over 12 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining ZBS, Ana was Officer Manager at Ferd. Schmetz Needle Corp, where she was responsible for the daily accounting operations. Prior to that, she was the Office Manager for Regina Sports, where she was responsible for the financial operation of 14 separate entities.

    Ana currently resides in South Florida with her family and her two dogs, a French Bulldog and an American Pitbull Terrier.

  • Sr. Accounting Specialist

    Grace Simon

    Grace Simon is an accounting specialist for Alliance Animal Health.

    Grace was raised in Miami where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Miami. She began her career at the Wackenhut Corporation in Internal Audit. Her career also includes roles as a Staff Accountant and Cost Accountant.

    Grace has two adult sons and currently lives in Woodstock, Georgia with her husband and Golden Retriever.

  • FP&A Analyst

    Cleavon Mauro-Lyttle

    Cleavon started his work in the financial sector at the age of 18 at the financial/insurance firm northwestern mutual which propelled his path forward in the industry. He has a bachelor’s in accounting, a master’s in finance, and specialize in FP&A work. Some of the more in-depth roles he has had in the past include his time at Leadership, Education, Athletics, & Partnership, a non-profit organization in downtown New Haven, as a Finance and Development Analyst. There, he worked with a team in processing payroll as well as maneuvering the donor management software. In his most recent position, he worked as a FP&A analyst for William Raveis Real Estate based in Shelton, CT. This is where he honed his skills in financial reporting as well as market forecast and analysis.

    He is excited to be part of the alliance family for the sheer impact it will have on him and the learning potential. He loves animals and looks forward for the great things to come!

    He is a very outgoing, family-oriented person. In his free time, he loves to lift weights, play sports, and go on long walks with friends. He believes life’s purpose is to make life as fun and free as possible for himself and his family!

  • Payroll Accounting Manager

    Kelly Melendez-Ruiz

    Kelly has over 10 years of experience in financial services. She was AVP and Operations Manager for SunTrust Bank, where she was responsible for the operations of the branch cash balancing and general ledger departments for the Southeast Region. Prior to that, Kelly was a Retail Bank Manager for Chase bank. Kelly also served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Finance Specialist.

    Kelly resides in Ocala, Florida, known as the “Horse Capital of the World”, with her husband, two boys, and their dog. She is actively involved in her children’s schools as a volunteer and executive board member of the PTA. She recently returned to the workforce full-time, after dedicating the last 10 years to the raising of her children.

  • Accounting Manager

    Vivian L. Anjo

    Vivian graduated from Iona University with her Bachelor's and Master’s in Accounting. She started her accounting career at Wine Enthusiast, where she assisted in month end closings. From there, she worked for Delta Brands as an Accounting Manager. In her role, she would prepare monthly financial statements, track KPIs, manage payroll, and oversee the accounting department and procedures.

    Vivian is excited to become a dedicated team player of AHH, where she can utilize her experience and skills. She’s looking forward to being part of a company that values the well being of humans and animals alike.

    Vivian currently resides in Westchester County, NY. In her free time, she enjoys baking, online shopping, and spending time with her family. She’s looking forward to adopting her first dog with her fiance!

  • Payroll Accountant

    Evelyn Kazmierczak

    Evelyn Kazmierczak is a payroll accountant for Alliance Animal Health.

    Evelyn has years of experience working in financial services, headquarters internal operations, and retail/investment banking. She has also worked for companies of various sizes managing payroll, accounting, finance, and administrative tasks. Prior to joining AAH, she worked for a non-profit organization managing payroll and overseeing the accounting/finance department. Evelyn graduated from Sacred Heart University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics, will be receiving an MBA with a concentration in Management at Sacred Heart University in May 2021, and is studying for the CPA.

    Evelyn currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and son.

  • Senior Accountant

    Erick Moran

    Prior to joining the Alliance Animal Health team, Erick has more than six years of Accounting experience in various roles.

    He earned a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA from St. Thomas Aquinas College in NY. Most recently, he worked as Assistant Controller for Rand Realty and before that was part of the Accounting Staff at IBM Learning Center.

    In his free time, Erick is a Backpacker who is passionate about his travels. He’s been to Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Paris, London, Oxford and Japan and feels we can learn most about ourselves and our lives while being out in nature.

  • Accounting Specialist

    Tania Barclay

    Tania Barclay is the Accounting Specialist for over 25 clinics at Alliance Animal Health.

    Tania has demonstrated a performance history of dedication, and hard work. She works closely with all her clinics to provide and ensure all financial processes are recorded accordingly, and in a timely manner. Tania joins us recently from Urnex Brands, where Tania has been instrumental in managing the accounts payable process for over 10 years. In addition to Accounts Payable processing, Tania has enhanced the open purchase order reporting process, and has worked on all aspects of financial and month end related matters and projects.

    Tania enjoys spending time with her family and is extremely excited she has joined the grandmothers club! She enjoys cooking and playing racquetball on her free time.

  • Accounting Specialist

    Kathy Barnes

    Kathy has 19 years of banking experience, starting out as a teller and working her way up to AVP Branch Manager. Her attention to detail, rapport with clients, and drive for success is what makes her a very strong addition. She is no stranger to hard work and learning, having successfully managed 4 bank/system conversions, which makes her adaptability as asset to our team. She has also served 2- 2-year terms as a Treasurer with 2 non-profits.

    She has 2 dogs and 2 guinea pigs, so she understands the importance of veterinarians and their love to care for their clients. Kathy is an active volunteer for the High School Band Boosters to support her son’s passion in music in the percussion section.

  • Accounting Specialist

    Vivian Sanchez

    Vivian is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.

    Vivian most recently joins us from a pain management practice where she was a Clinical Certified Medical Assistant. Prior to that, she has several years of accounting experience and worked alongside Christy Thacker and Ana Martel for years.

    Vivian currently lives in Woodstock, GA, with her son and three cats (Bonnie, Clyde and Capone) and her betta fish named Monday. In her spare time, Vivian enjoys hiking, live music, and cooking.

  • Accounting Specialist

    Diana Fabian

    Diana has 13 years of experience working in higher education recruitment – most recently from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is excited to be part of the Alliance family, and looks forward to becoming another key player on the team! She has two daughters ages 21 and 8, as well as one dog (beagle and shih tzu mix). On her free time she enjoys beach days, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

  • Accounting Specialist

    Alison Burns

    Alison comes to AAH with over 13 years of accounts payable experience. Most recently, she comes to us from New Cakes on the Block, a custom cake business that she began in 2017, in which she managed all financials, baking, decorating the cakes, and many more.

    She resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with her husband and 4 kids and is very active in her kids’ sports organizations. She enjoys making cakes, DIY projects, and is always up for a challenge and trying new things. She also enjoys adding items to the Amazon cart, saving for later, and repeating!