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Team Talk
By Jennifer A. Keeler, CAE

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Veterinary
Medical Association

I am honored to join PVMA as your new Executive Director.
As the daughter of a veterinarian who practiced for over 50
years in Pennsylvania, PVMA was always part of my life. When I
started my career in association management 25 years ago, this
organization was my main point of reference for the benefits an
association can bring to professionals. This is a homecoming for
me, and I am deeply humbled to serve an organization that my
father looked to for education, resources, and friendships for so
many years.

With my personal history in mind, my goal for the next year
is to be intensely focused on PVMA's members. In order to
move PVMA forward, our team will constantly reflect on how
our benefits and services help veterinarians and your teams.
Membership is an investment and you joined PVMA with an
expectation of a return on that investment. Whether it is quality
education or advocacy in Harrisburg, we will work to ensure
that your experience with PVMA exceeds your expectations.
I welcome your feedback on how we are doing. Please call or
email me with kudos or complaints (hopefully more of the
former than latter).
Fortunately, I have inherited one of the best teams in the
association community to help me with this effort. If you had
the opportunity to interact with them, you know that PVMA
staff is a group of highly professional, knowledgeable, and
passionate individuals who care deeply about animals and the
people who care for them. This column, which was previously
reserved for the Executive Director, is now called PVMA Team
Talk. Future editions will feature the voices of the PVMA team.
I hope you enjoy the opportunity to get to know them and how
they work to serve the veterinary profession in Pennsylvania.
In addition to their work at PVMA, our team also has valuable
knowledge and talents not included in their job description.
This month Karen Mojecki, our bookkeeper by day, shares
her experiences in suicide prevention. The tragedy of suicide
impacts so many people and we know veterinarians are more
susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts. We are grateful
to Karen for sharing her personal story and her subsequent work
to save other families from the grief she has endured.

Jennifer Keeler's father Richard A. Vaclavik, VMD,
a Past-President of PVMA.

In addition to featuring the voices of our staff, we want to
hear from you! I invite you to share stories from your practice,
business tips, clinical pearls and more. This is your magazine!
Help us to ensure that it is filled with information relevant to you
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