Jill Cecere – Practice/Human Resources Manager
Jill has been in Business Management her entire career. She graduated from Rutgers University, Douglass College, with a BA in Political Science in 2001. She has been an animal lover her entire life. There were always dogs, cats or birds in the house growing up.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, going to Phillies games and spending time with family and friends. Jill, her husband and son have a very sweet (and spoiled!) French bulldog Buddy.
Jessica Marter – Hospital Administrator
Jessica joins HousePaws after working as a business professional in the chemical industry for 13 years. She has experience in accounting, human resources, finance, marketing and customer service. She earned her undergraduate degree with in Business Management from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA in 2001.
Jessica graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Rutgers University –Camden in 2013. Jessica enters the veterinary world at HousePaws with an eagerness to bring her experience and business knowledge.
Jessica lives in Delran with her husband Nathan and her two children Nathan Jr. and Claire and their Westie, Harley. They live a very active life and enjoy the outdoors and travelling.
Elizabeth Turowski – Inventory Manager/Technician
Lizzie’s love of animals has been a life-long passion that began with her very first stray cat named Midnight. Though she grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ with her parents and sister, she always believed she should have been raised on a farm. This was evident from her two cats, a dog, hamster, fish, bird and oh yea…horse back riding lessons in Medford at 8 years old! Luckily for her parents, the horse stayed in Medford…
She attended Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, majoring in veterinary sciences. She graduated in 2010 with an associates degree in veterinary science and a bachelors degree in veterinary technology. While at LMU, she volunteered locally in Kentucky at the Bell County Animal Shelter taking pictures of adoptable pets and posting them to Petfinder.com. She also volunteered her time at low cost spay and neuter clinics held by the veterinary technology program.
In October 2010 she married her husband David who’s as goofy as she is and they happily reside in Palmyra, NJ. And while David seems to be better at saying no than Lizzie’s parents, they currently rent their home from 3 cats, 2 snakes and a quarter horse. They were recently blessed in October 2013 with a 2-legged eating machine named John Michael and the love of animals must be contagious in this family because John loves all the fuzzy roommates as well!
Lizzie is always open to speaking with clients and her love of animals shines through in all the work she does. She can be found primarily in surgery or giving your pet back its pearly whites! If you don’t see her, you shouldn’t have any issue hearing her as her mouth might just be bigger than her heart. As part of the Housepaws family, Lizzie prides herself on giving your family member the best care they deserve and giving you the peace of mind to know your loved one is in caring, competent hands.
Cheri B. – Integration Manager
Cheri hails from Burlington County and grew up owning a veritable menagerie of animals. She quickly developed a passion for anything with fur, feathers, or scales. She often wears many hats, transitioning from receptionist, to technician, to management at a moment’s notice. She is a proud pet mommy to two bun-buns, three cats (one with cerebellar hyperplasia), and her deaf and blind doxie.
Cheri was an academic over-achiever in a field of study that has little if anything to do with her chosen career path. Cheri’s hobbies and interests include the visual arts, social/political activism, watching documentaries, reading comics, lounging in hammocks, making art, and getting bad haircuts.
Cheri emphatically believes that pets are family that you get to pick, and deserve the same level of attention, affection, and care that you would provide any other family member. Working for Bathing Beauties Mobile Grooming, HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service, and PETS Emergency Transfer Service, she looks forward to doing her best to help you provide your four-legged family members with that care.
Rachael Samaroo – Director of Large Animal Education, Vets In Training Program Facilitator
Rachael has been an animal lover from a very young age. Her first word was “kitty-cat” and her love for furry friends has only grown with time. She attended high school at Moorestown Friends School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in history from Rutgers University. Rachael is currently enrolled in an MA/Ph. D program to further her love for education. Rachael became a veterinary technician in the summer of 2013 and helped run an animal shelter prior to this. She has worked with multiple vets, of both large and small animal specialties to ensure a well-rounded education in the veterinary profession. Rachael has a particular proclivity for large animal veterinary care, specifically equine, and has participated in equine patient care from birth to death. Rachael places great emphasis on the importance of horsemanship and husbandry in the care of horses and all large animals. She has worked with equine podiatrists and veterinarians to expand her equine healthcare knowledge to include general health, breeding, senior care, and podiatry care. Though she loves equine healthcare, Rachael also has great knowledge in the small animal veterinary realm as well; she has tended to all kinds of small animal patients including dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, and pocket pets. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys riding her horse and snuggling with her kitties. Rachael shares her home with two kitties, “Athena”, a dilute calico and “Nellie”, a longhaired tuxedo as well as her horse, “Crunch”, a Thoroughbred gelding. Rachael competes with “Crunch” in the hunter/jumper discipline and was 4th in the nation in 2011 in Child/Adult Jumpers Marshall & Sterling standings.
Jacky Okomski – Administrative Assistant
(Best read if sung to the tune of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air Song)
In South Jersey born and raised, With my roomies at Rowan was where I spent most of my days, Chillin’ out, goofin’ off, studyin’ real hard in the library of the school
When a couple of guidance counselors started gettin’ serious, Said I had to complete an internship in order to graduate, That’s when they hooked me up with HousePaws, I thought all right it’s time to grow up.
I wished for graduation to finally come and when it did, I got in my cap and gown, And walked down the isle to get my degree, With my family and friends all proud of me
I pulled up to HousePaws about 8 or 9, And I yelled to Rowan, yo I’m done smell ya later, I looked at my degree I was finally here.
I now spend most of my time hanging out with my boyfriend, Nick, and dog, Wade, always finding new adventures. I have always had an extreme love for animals and actually first planned on going to school to be a veterinarian until I realized science is not my thing. Then realized business was more my strong suit with animals along side. I grew up with at least one furry creature in my life. Now I have a cat, named Cupcake, who yes is a boy and he adores his manly name. Also, a gigantic Greater Swiss Mountain dog, named Copper, who is the biggest baby who thinks he is a lap dog. Last but not least, the newest addition, my little Chihuahua, Wade, who I recently adopted. All together it’s one big happy family!
Elisabeth Locker – Reception and Care Coordinator Manager
Elisabeth Locker, better known as Li, has been an animal lover all her life. She has had a pet ever since she can remember starting with a black cat named ChiChi as a toddler. She started her career in veterinary medicine at an exclusively cats hospital after college and has since broadened her work experience at several traditional hospitals, an emergency service and now a mobile vet. Li participates in foster care, vaccine clinics, low cost spay days and has even assisted as rescue in hoarder situations through various animal support groups. She is proud to have been fundamental in starting a non-profit organization at one of her places of employment.
Holding a BA in Studio Art, Li has also lent her artistic touch to the atmosphere of several hospitals as well. She and her husband David currently reside in Clementon with a houseful of felines including among them several of her favorites, black cats, and a special needs kitten named Phee. They also have a sweet therapy dog, a Lab/Chow mix named Timberland, all of whom are rescues. In down time, Li enjoys reading, movies and time well spent with friends and family. She is looking forward to the new experiences sure to come at a mobile practice and all the new bonds to be formed with HousePaws clients and their beloved pets
Katie – Reception and Care Quality Control
Katie was born and raised in Audubon, New Jersey and now resides there with her husband Brian. Together, they have 3 kitties: completely inseparable sisters, Molly and Bella; and a black and white little spitfire named Pippy. All three of her cats were brought home with Katie after being rescued and fostered by HousePaws. Katie has worked for HousePaws for about 2 1/2 yrs. She started out as a receptionist and after a year, she was promoted to Call Center Manager. Katie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking/baking, and going down the shore.
Christina Blenderman – Care Coordinator
Christina was born and raised in Mickleton, NJ and now resides in Mantua, NJ with her hubby Steve and son Jackson. Their furfamily includes a cock-a-poo Lilly and a handsome tuxedo kitty Miles. Newly adopted Salem was at the office in Mt. Laurel for almost two months waiting for a fur-ever home of her own when Christina decided to take her home! She loves Halloween, sports, laughing out loud, and summertime.
Krista Lofink – Technician/Care Coordinator
Krista grew up in Clayton,
NJ with her parents and 3 sisters. From an early age she was in love with animals. At the age of 11 she started working at a horse farm across the street from her parents home, cleaning stalls and feeding horses both morning and night. Here is where she learned how to ride and purchased her first horse with her own money at the age of 14. After training another horse to run barrels, she competed at several National Barrel Horse Shows in Mississippi and Georgia. At the age of 16 she began working at Pitman Animal Hospital where she worked for 5 years, moving quickly from kennel attendant to technician. Taking the technical skills she learned, Krista then worked for an emergency practice for 4 years where she became a certified weight loss coach for dogs and cats while working as a technician and receptionist. At the end of 2014 Krista came to work with HousePaws as a transporter for PETS as well as a receptionist and technician.
Krista and her boyfriend, Louis (yes the same Louis that works for HousePaws), live in Browns Mills with their 2 daughters Lillyana and Layla, 4 dogs, pot belly pig, and bearded dragon. Not far up the street is their horse Jolene who Krista has had for over 15 years and still occasionally barrel races, runs at game shows, and trail rides.
Dawn W. – Care Coordinator/Pharmacy (picture to come)
Dawn has worked in the animal care field for nearly 10 years. She has worked as a technician, a supervisor, a key holder, a receptionist, and a pharmacy manager. She tried her hand as a medical assistant for about a year before coming eagerly back to the veterinary field. Dawn is a proud mom to one son, and three felines. She currently splits her time at HousePaws between reception and pharmacy management. She looks forward to helping you take care of your pets!
Natalie G. – Care Coordinator
Natalie was born and raised in Burlington County. She left her job as a medical assistant to work in the veterinary field at HousePaws in November of 2015. She has one domestic shorthair cat named Howie, one hairless cat named Mookie, two dogs named Lucy and Ricky, and an African Grey named Tony. In her free time, she enjoys snuggling her pets, occasional nights out, and more recently, planning her wedding which is coming at the end of 2017. Natalie has a fantastic attitude and kind heart and she looks forward to helping you and your pets!
Kimmy R. – Care Coordinator
Kim comes from Gloucester and Burlington Counties. She is a full time member of the reception team here at HousePaws. Kimmy primarily works out of the Atco location. In Spring 2017, she celebrated her 1 year anniversary with HousePaws, and hopes to celebrate many more! She has two wonderful furrbabies, a domestic short hair cat named Roxy and a dachshund named Trudy. Kimmy likes to exercise her artistic skills in her free time.
Karly E. – Care Coordinator
Karly is currently a student at Rowan College at Burlington County, and plans on graduating after the Spring semester of 2017. In the fall she will be attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a major in Animal Science, and plans on becoming a large animal vet herself. She’s more of a cat person, and has two black cats Maggie and Missy. She chose HousePaws because of the welcoming family atmosphere, and the ingenuity of having a mobile aspect of the practice. She has always wanted to work with animals and HousePaws is a great opportunity to learn more about the veterinary field and gain experience. In her free time, she enjoys being outside. Whether it’s camping, hiking, being at the beach, or just walking in the park. Other hobbies include shopping, watching the Flyers, and frequenting Six Flags. (TEMPORARILY ON HIATUS TO ATTEND SCHOOL)
Kim M. – Care Coordinator
Becky B. – Receptionist/Operator (picture to come)
Becky’s greatest love has always been to connect with animals from all backgrounds. Before getting her first job working with animals, she volunteered at local animal clinics to do what she loved most. Becky decided to enroll in Animal Behavior College to become a Veterinarian Assistant. After graduation, She worked at Urgent Pet Care to assist with emergencies and help nurse sick animals back to health. Through her hard work and dedication, Becky was able to grasp and appreciate what it means to help animals. Every “Thank you” she received from clients made her realize why she loves her job and the difference it can make to help animals. Currently, she is enrolled at Penn Foster to further her education to work toward becoming a Veterinary Technician. As a vet receptionist at HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service, Becky loves being involved with clients and making sure their needs are met. She am honored to be a part of something so rewarding to herself and others. Outside of work, she enjoys going to the zoo and cuddling with her cats at home.
Rikki D. – Care Coordinator
Rikki was born and raised in Bucks County. She has always loved animals, so much so that her preschool teacher gave her a kitten. This led to all kinds of animals in her care including dogs, a rabbit, a guinea pig, gerbils, hamsters, a gecko, and fish. Rikki attended Monmouth University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in marine and environmental biology and policy. She currently has a fur son, Cheznee who is a border collie/shepherd mix. She also has four red-eared sliders named after the Ninja Turtles. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at EASEL animal rescue, bowling, and teaching Cheznee agility.
Rikki was first attracted to HousePaws after she took a pet first aid class with Dr. Dana. This lead to a conversation to figure out how to get Rikki’s now doggie angel, Lobee, bad allergies under control, which worked. When an opening was posted for a receptionist position, Rikki knew this was the right fit.
Lauren C. – Care Coordinator
Lauren comes from Philadelphia and the Camden County area. She currently resides in Oaklyn with her husband, boxer mix Jameson, shepherd mix Riggs, and domestic shorthaired Montez. Growing up she has always had dogs and cats in a variety of breeds and sizes. This started her passion for animals early on in life. She has worked with pets since 2008. In her spare time she enjoys snuggling with her fur babies, going out with her hubby, and taking day trips to the beach.
Becca H. – Receptionist (picture to come)
Becca has lived in Burlington County her whole life. She’s always had a love for animals. Becca grew up having animals around all the time, between dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, and even a turtle. She used to horseback ride when she was younger and would love to get back in the saddle again when soon. She currently still lives at home currently with her parents and all their animals. Among her pets are her dog Cheese, her cat Oreo, and a turtle named Michelangelo. Becca is a recent graduate from RCBC with an Associate’s degree. She hopes to further her education and attend Penn Foster and one day get her Vet Tech certification.
Jeanine W. – Receptionist (picture to come)
Meet Jeanine Whitman. She has been in the veterinary field since 1997. She’s been with HousePaws since 2014. She has mostly done emergency work starting in 2001. She and her husband Shawn live on a farm with their four daughters. They have a variety of farm and indoor pets. She loves spending tie with her girls, baking, and the great outdoors. She also has a traveling pettign zoo and offers pony rides for birthday parties in her area.