People Ops

Our Human Resources team is there to create a smooth integration experience. They’ll take care of payroll, benefit enrollments and key operation elements so you don’t have to think twice about what’s going on behind the scenes. Plus, they’ll also keep an eye on ways to reduce turnover and enhance the onboarding experience for all of your new hires.

Meet The Team
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Chief People Officer

Robin Black

Robin joins us with over 20 years of Human Resources experience in consumer goods organizations like Nestle, Diageo and Blue Buffalo, the pet food company. She joins us most recently from Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy, where she led the rapidly-growing Human Resources function for 4,000 teammates across nearly 400 outpatient PT, OT and Speech Therapy clinics in the US.

Robin is originally from the Pittsburgh area and obtained her BSBA from Bucknell University. She discovered the sport of Pickleball last year and fell in love; when she’s not working, you can find her on the courts near her home in Ridgefield, CT. She’s also a raving Steelers fan and can’t wait for football season to come back around.

Robin and her husband Scott have been married for 4 years, and they are raising a blended family of 5 teenagers including Robin’s triplet 15-year-olds and two adorable rescue dogs, Harper and Cassidy.

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Talent Acquisition

Our Talent Acquisition team ensures any open role will be filled by the best candidates as quickly as possible. Not only that, but we’re always keeping a pulse on students within our network to make finding and hiring even easier.

Director, Talent Acquisition

Joelle Craig

Joelle is the Director of Talent Acquisition and Leadership Development for Alliance Animal Health

Joelle has worked in the veterinary industry for over 18 years in areas such as business development, talent acquisitions and recruiting, hospital start-ups and operations including multi-unit management, sales, training and development, and emerging corporate account management. Joelle is passionate about helping people identify the best career opportunities, building strong teams, providing opportunities for growth, learning, and continued development. She is committed to making a positive difference in the veterinary community!

  • Senior Talent Acquisition Manager

    Kendyl Huber

    Kendyl Huber is a Talent Acquisition Manager at Alliance Animal Health.

    Kendyl Huber is highly analytical with a diverse background in business, health care, and leadership. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in May of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Upon graduation, she accepted an offer from a Fortune 500 company called Textron to become a recruiter in Augusta, GA.

    Later in 2016, she took on the additional title of intern program manager for her business unit. In August of 2017, Kendyl returned to Columbia, SC to begin the doctor of pharmacy program at the University of South Carolina. In 2019, she began pursuing a dual master’s degree in health information technology. In May of 2021, Kendyl graduated with her PharmD and MHIT before beginning a Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership Residency in Augusta, GA.

    Kendyl loves to utilize her technical background to scout candidates with her passion for recruiting!

  • Talent Acquisition Manager

    Lindsay Shemansky

    Lindsay Shemansky is a Talent Acquisition Manager at Alliance Animal Health.

    Lindsay has been professionally recruiting for over 6 years. Lindsay most recently joins us having worked as a Veterinary Recruiter specializing in DVM recruitment for a Jacksonville, FL based veterinary group. She enjoys developing relationships with others, helping match them to the best new career opportunity and is very passionate about the veterinary field. She lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL with her two lazy dogs, Golden Retriever, Eli - 6 and Saint Bernard, Clover - 3.

  • Talent Acquisition Manager

    Raven Buck

    Raven has worked in the Animal Health industry for 10+ years, gaining experience as a Veterinary Technician and Nutraceutical Sales Representative. Driven by her passion for Animal Health, she takes pride in providing the best possible care for animals; large and small, in and out of clinical settings. She is enthusiastic about advancing her career and helping others to navigate and fulfill their own. As a Talent Acquisition Manager, her goals are not limited to sourcing and recruiting like-minded individuals with an enthusiastic passion for Animal Medicine, but also developing strategies to retain this specialized talent.

    Outside of the office, Raven is very adventurous! She has 2 small dogs, Penny a 4lb Chihuahua and Charlie a Bichon. Raven enjoys meeting new people, creating memories with her family, spending time outdoors, and traveling the world with her Fiancé, Michael.

  • Talent Acquisition Manager

    Skyler Zyniecki

    Most recently Skyler was a Talent Acquisition Partner with St. Peter's Health Partners. In this capacity, she partnered with Hiring Managers throughout the Capital Region to fill positions across SPHP's integrated healthcare network (hospitals, long-term care facilities, alcohol and rehabilitation centers, hospice, and medical offices). She was also responsible for stabilizing multiple departments throughout the organization during the pandemic. Prior to that position, she worked as a Recruiter for GXP Search, staffing for pharmaceutical and biotech companies across the United States.

    First and foremost, she is ecstatic to join an organization that has a clear understanding of their values and encourages buy-in to a positive company culture. She’s also looking forward to working with a team of people that love what they do and to take part in the successful and rapid growth of a forward-thinking company.

    To her friends and family, Sky is known as “that" dog mom since her life revolves around her fur babies! Whether it's hiking new trails, going for a swim in Lake George, or planning the next puppy play date, there are always new adventures being set into motion. She also really enjoys traveling with her Husband and getting together with friends on the weekend.

  • Support Staff Recruiting Manager

    Candice Mumma

    Candice Mumma is a Support Staff Recruiting Manager for Alliance Animal Health.

    After serving in the United States Air Force, Candice began her next career in veterinary medicine. She has spent over a decade working all aspects of support staff positions. Her most recent position led Candice to find her true calling in the veterinary industry - recruiting of support staff for veterinary hospitals. Candice's passion for helping people find their dream careers led her to complete her master's degree in distinction from Liberty University in Human Services Counseling, Life Coaching.

    Outside of her career, Candice enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling hiking, snorkeling, and taking scenic drives to new places with their two Shiba Inus. She is a life-long learner and holds numerous certifications in fitness and nutrition.

  • Student Programs Manager

    Jeff Munoz

    Jeff Munoz is Student Programs Manager at Alliance Animal Health.

    Jeff is a dedicated Talent Acquisition professional with almost 10 years of recruitment experience. His career has predominantly been in human healthcare, although the last few years he jumped head first into Vet Med. He enjoys working with passionate people and feels some of the most passionate individuals he has ever worked with have been in this industry.

    During his career he has had the opportunity to build out recruiting programs, processes, implement strong hiring strategies and build long lasting relationships.

    Jeff lives in the Chicago area where outside of work he enjoys spending time with friends and family, checking out new restaurants and breweries, going to see live bands and of course spending time with his dogs and husband! He has 7 small dogs (6 girls and 1 boy), all of which are Chihuaha/Maltese mix while one is Chihuahua/Yorkie!

  • Sourcing Specialist

    Faith Boyd

    Faith brings a strong background from multiple fields in sales and as a sourcing expert. She’s excited to share her strong work ethic and upbeat, creative perspective to an already incredible team. While animals have always been her passion, she’s learned that engaging with people and forging true connections is what truly drives her and is thrilled to bring the two together. After all, if you love what you do, is it even work!? She also has a two-year-old son named Charlie, and a big fur-ball (Pyrenees) named Prescott.

  • Support Staff Recruiting Specialist

    Ashley Tipton

    A veteran with 16 years experience in the industry, Ashley has a strong passion for veterinary medicine and the people who take care of our furry friends.

    She’s also passionate about developing strong relationships and helping others find their perfect fit within a team, works hard and is proud of her track record in creating culture that is positive, productive and cohesive.

    Outside of her career, Ashley is also a 200 E-RYT and enjoys incorporating her knowledge of yoga into her everyday life. She enjoys spending time with her husband roller skating the scenic trails along her hometown beach in Clearwater, FL, and taking care of their two dogs, two cats and four chickens.

  • Support Staff Recruiting Specialists

    Emily Harrison

    Most recently Emily oversaw operations as a Practice Manager for over 3 years and has been involved in the Veterinary field for 9+ years now. She maintained a high level of efficiency and productivity while keeping focus on associate well-being. Skillful at strategic planning as well as leading organizational change that is aligned with business objectives. Several years of experience in finding and sourcing candidates from multiple different sources. Emily's passion for selecting great talent and building strong relationships has brought her to where she is today.

    Outside of her career, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband Joshua, their 4-year-old daughter Mila, 1-year-old son Jhett and her 9-year-old Pitbull Dipstick. You can find Emily at the nearest beach soaking up the sun or BBQing at home with her family and friends. She enjoys the water and summer sun, but her favorite time of year is Fall.

  • Campus Recruiting Specialist

    Kate Burdick

    Kate is a Certified Veterinary Technologist with 10 years of experience in the Veterinary Medical field. After working in general practice for just over 5 years she made the transition to education. Kate has been teaching Veterinary Technology students since 2017 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Adult Learning and Higher Education with a focus in Biology. Kate has taught a wide range of classes, spanning from Veterinary Terminology to Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia, and has a particular passion for teaching Animal Anatomy and Physiology. Kate’s clinical experience was primarily in general practice. In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, cycling, and playing video games. Her fiancée is an IT Cybersecurity nerd and together they have made a family with loveable mutt Lucia, their evil black cat Moxxi, and a small Kenyan Sand Boa named Nigel Snakeberry.

  • Veterinary Sourcing Specialist

    Jennifer Heldring

    She has been a part of full-cycle recruitment for a biotech startup to onboarding for a major cancer treatment corporation. Now she strives to develop only the best of relationships with future veterinarians and assist in the process of matching them to their ideal position. She enjoys the startup work mentality and the free flow of new ideas. She also loves working with a team equally dedicated to providing an optimal work environment for others while also focusing on the team’s health and happiness. Jennifer loves all things animals and outdoors! From her bearded dragon and pups to her growing bonsai collection. All can be found in her home office working for treats as secretaries.

Human Resources

Our Human Resources team is there to create a smooth integration experience. They’ll take care of payroll, benefit enrollments and key operation elements so you don’t have to think twice about what’s going on behind the scenes. Plus, they’ll also keep an eye on ways to reduce turnover and enhance the onboarding experience for all of your new hires.

Human Resources

Director, Human Resources

Kristina Light

Kristina Light is the Human Resources Director for Alliance Animal Health.

Kristina has over 10 years of human resources experience. Prior to joining Alliance, Kristina worked as HRBP for Antenna International in the Americas & APAC division, and various other growth stage organizations, managing all facets of human resources. She has a Global Masters of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelors in Business Management from Western Connecticut State University.

Kristina currently resides in Connecticut with her husband, 5 dogs and turtle.

  • HR Generalist

    Kayley Petch

    Kayley Petch is a HR Generalist for Alliance Animal Health.

    Kayley has been a human resources professional since 2015. After expanding her initial focus on employee benefits, her previous work as a Generalist also includes experience with running payroll, managing the employee lifecycle, employee relations, and more.

    Kayley earned a BA in Sociology from Wittenberg University in Ohio, and currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, their dog Mali and betta fish Jean. Before joining Alliance Animal Health, she worked for companies that specialized either in sourcing and procurement for large retailers, or manufacturing, and is thrilled to be working with a group of like-minded people who are passionate about providing the best care for our pets.

  • HR Generalist

    Stephanie Cheney

    Stephanie Cheney is a HR generalist for Alliance Animal Health.

    Stephanie has over 10 years of human resources experience supporting companies across various industries. She has a true generalist background where she had responsibility for managing all phases of the employee life cycle, recruitment, retention, policy development, payroll, compensation, employee relations, performance management, engagement, and compliance.

    Prior to joining Alliance, Stephanie worked as a Senior HR Consultant serving various small to mid-size companies across Connecticut. She earned her Masters of Human Resources and Employee Relations from Penn State and a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

    Stephanie resides in Connecticut with her boyfriend, their son, and their dog Max!

  • HR Generalist

    Besa Qosja

    Besa has over 10 years of human resource experience and is excited about joining the AAH Team. She joins us most recently from the automotive industry where she managed 5 dealerships & provided HR support for over 250 employees. Besa earned a BA in Psychology from Hunter College and jumped right into the HR field. Her experience includes all phases of the employee life cycle, recruitment, retention, compensation, employee relations, performance management, benefits etc. Besa enjoys spending time with her twin boys, family & friends; loves a good laugh and a relaxing day at the beach!

  • Payroll Specialist

    Ellen McCray

    Ellen McCray is a payroll specialist for Alliance Animal Health.

    Ellen has been a Payroll professional for over 20 years. In the course of her career she has worked for Kraft General Foods, Mastercard, AT &T where she learned to perfect her craft. Ellen has one son, and is looking forward to working at Alliance Animal Health!

  • Payroll Specialist

    Karlene Douglas

    Karlene Douglas is a Payroll Specialist for Alliance Animal Health.

    Karlene has over fifteen years of payroll experience. In her previous positions as Payroll Manager, she was responsible for managing all aspects day to day payroll processing and reporting. Prior to joining Alliance Animal Health, Karlene worked for Historic Hudson Valley, New York Runners, Roivant Science, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Karlene graduated from Monroe College in New Rochelle, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management (summa cum laude).

    Karlene’s love for animals, especially dogs, got her interested in joining AAH. She loves to laugh and tell jokes, especially when hanging out with her thirteen siblings, other family members and friends.

  • Payroll Specialist

    Jesse Goldstein

    Jesse graduated in 2018 from SUNY Oneonta with a BA in business economics. After college, he started his payroll career by working for a gas and electric company for a little over two years.

    Most recently, Jesse comes to us from Ivy Rehab in White Plains, where he was a payroll coordinator whose responsibilities included processing and auditing multi-state payrolls with various frequencies in ADP Workforce Now.

    In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym and spending time outdoors. When he can, he loves to travel and go to the beach. He also lives with his girlfriend and their cat, Bernardo, on whom they have to keep a close eye to make sure he doesn’t get into too much trouble while they cook together.

  • Payroll Specialist

    Teba Bates

    Teba is a payroll subject matter expert with at least 16 years of experience in processing payrolls and conducting payroll audits.

    Most recently, she comes to us from CB Nepture Holdincs LLC, in Wilton, CT.

    In her spare time, Teba is a voracious reader and as a treat, she heads over to the Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island for a good shopping splurge.

    At home, she has three children, two humans (a 25-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter) and a Maltipoo, Mencel, who joined her family only 8 months ago.

  • Payroll Specialist

    Frank Constantino

    Frank is a payroll subject matter expert with over 15 years of payroll experience both domestically and in Canada. He has worked through several payroll conversion projects with UltiPro and multiple ADP products. Frank joins us most recently from the financial services industry where he had his hand in payroll, health insurance, leave, and 401k administration and worked through a variety of annual audits including 401k and workers compensation. He has a degree in Accounting from Norwalk Community College (but his passion is payroll!) Frank lives in Norwalk, CT, and will be working with the office-based team members. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, tennis, ice hockey, and spending time in the gym.