Greg Ingman, DVM
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Dr. Ingman grew up in Grays Harbor County where as a youth he was a nine-year 4-H member with projects in poultry, goats, horses, and cattle. An early interest in animals and their owners had him focused on veterinary school by the time he entered junior high. After high school graduation, he attended Washington State University for three years of pre-veterinary curriculum and was accepted into the veterinary school. While in veterinary school he was active in many student organizations.
After graduating from veterinary school in 1984 he and his wife Barb moved to Sedro-Woolley where he practiced for four years. In 1988 he started the current Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic as a mobile large animal practice. The practice grew and expanded to include small animals in a leased facility on Pulver Road. Soon the practice outgrew the small leased facility and the current Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic was built in 1996.
Dr. Ingman lives in Bow with his wife Barb and they have three children Brock, Blake, and Haylie. Family pets include a Jack Russell Terrier named Tug, and a very special cat named Me-No. He also raises dairy replacement heifers. Dr. Ingman is a member of the AVMA, WSVMA, and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
The Ingman family are big WSU Cougar Fans and make frequent trips to Pullman to support their beloved Cougars.
Peter Brown, DVM
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Dr. Brown grew up on a ranch in Ellensburg, Washington where his parents had a registered Angus cattle operation. After graduating from high school, he went to Washington State University. Dr. Brown was accepted into the veterinary school after two years of undergraduate studies. It was a dream come true since he had wanted to be a veterinarian since age twelve. Dr. Brown enjoyed veterinary school at WSU and between his sophomore and junior year he married Karin who had just graduated from WSU in elementary education. After graduating in 1991, he started working at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic for Dr. Greg Ingman, at which time the practice was located on Pulver Rd in Burlington. In 1994, he became a partner in the clinic and in November 1996 they built the facility that we are currently located in.
Dr. Brown and Karin have three children, Shayla, Pete Jr., and Kyle. Pets include three dogs, two cats, three goats and many cows. When he is away from the clinic, Dr. Brown is going to football games (Seahawks and Cougs), cross-country meets and soccer games. He enjoys watching sports (both he and Karin are avid Seahawk fans), taking care of his cattle and exploring the wonderful world we live in with his children. Over the last eight years, Dr. Brown has begun competing in triathlons and marathons. He enjoys being a veterinarian and all of the wonderful people he has met throughout his career.
Dr. Brown has recently been presenting seminars all over the world on veterinary medicine. His primary focus has been client relations and customer experience. His travels have included Taiwan, China, Ireland, and Great Britain. Future scheduled locations are France, Germany, Japan and Hong Kong. The experiences have been incredible and have given him a unique perspective on veterinary medicine. He feels veterinarians truly are amazing from all over the world.
Jake Searle, DVM
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Born and raised in Monroe, Washington, Dr. Searle spent most of his time outdoors playing soccer, working with the farm animals, and going to school. After High School, he went to Washington State University for a total of eight years. He received his Bachelors of Science in Genetics and Cell Biology, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Surgery, and Dentistry.
Dr. Searle says “Pullman is a great place to go to school. I grew a lot while I was there and most of all became truly convinced that anyone can achieve their hearts desire.” During his last year at WSU, he concentrated on mixed animal medicine and small animal surgery. This included blocks at Kulshan Veterinary Clinic in Lynden, Washington where he got to see and practice at a large mixed animal clinic, at an equine surgery practice in Gresham, Oregon, Northwest Equine, and at a mixed animal WSU extension clinic in Caldwell, Idaho.
Through continuing education, Dr. Searle has focused on small animal medicine and surgery. Recently Dr. Searle attended AO North America Orthopedic conference on techniques in fracture fixation including external skeletal fixators, intramedullary pinning and bone plating. Dr. Searle has really enjoyed Skagit County. He says there is a nice mix of all species, great outdoor activities, and wonderful hardworking people.
Dr. Searle, his wife and children have many pets of their own. Their family loves and enjoys Gus, the trusty black lab, Poppy, the loving DLH kitty, and several other farm animals.
Emily Knopf, DVM
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Dr. Emily Knopf has been a veterinarian at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic since graduation from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Dr. Knopf was inspired to be a veterinarian at the early age of three. Previous to age three, she had entertained hopes of becoming a lion tamer. Ironically, those skills may have helpful with some of the more reluctant feline patients. Her childhood passion for horses and an especially long-lived family cat named Mitten encouraged a career in veterinary medicine.
After graduation from high school in her hometown of Everett, she attended Washington State University in Pullman. After two years in the Honors undergraduate program, she entered the veterinary school. During veterinary school, she was active in many of the different clubs and even participated in her school’s national academic competitions.
After graduation, Dr. Knopf sought a quality mixed animal practice at which to begin her career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Knopf found that type of practice at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic.
She enjoys the ability to work as a team with multiple doctors and the excellent, highly qualified staff as well as specialized equipment. Dr. Knopf particularly enjoys and specializes in internal medicine and feline medicine. She feels it is very important to create community awareness of animal health issues. In an effort to encourage students to pursue careers in veterinary medicine, she often volunteers to speak at schools and other events. She is also an adjunct professor at Bellingham Technical College teaching the next generation of veterinary technicians. She enjoys living in Skagit County and shares a home in the hillside neighborhood of Mount Vernon with her cats, Braun and Luna and her yellow lab, Eva. Her passions include traveling, across the US, Western Europe, England, Ireland and Scotland, hiking, gardening and yoga.
Matthew Wesley, DVM
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Dr. Matt Wesley joined our staff as a veterinarian in 2008.
Dr. Wesley grew up on the East coast where a love for the outdoors sparked an interest in animals. A move to Oregon in seventh grade and a job cleaning kennels at a local vet’s office in high school confirmed his desire to be a veterinarian. After high school Dr. Wesley attended Oregon State University and was accepted into the veterinary program there after three years of undergraduate study. During vet school he was active in many clubs and activities and had the privilege of serving as his schools SCAVMA president.
Dr. Wesley enjoys the variety of mixed animal practice and the opportunity to meet and work with so many different people. He enjoys all species but has a special interest in small animals and small ruminants.
When not at work Dr. Wesley and his wife, Annie, enjoy spending time outside and relaxing with their 6 pets (two dogs, two cats, a horse, and a goat) and multiple chickens and ducks.
Kristen Mowrer, DVM
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Dr. Kristen Mowrer (Pierson) is a Skagit Valley native and is proud to call this beautiful area home. Having grown up in Bow, she graduated from Burlington-Edison High School and Skagit Valley College as a Running Start student in 2003. She had no doubts she’d continue her education at Washington State University (Go Cougs!). She earned a degree in zoology before being admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, and graduating in 2010. During her college and vet school education Kristen spent summers working at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic as an assistant. She’s thrilled to be rejoining the team as a veterinarian!
Kristen’s upbringing on a farm just outside of town means she spent her childhood riding bikes through the crop fields, playing with her Barbies in the mud, and raising a variety of different animals including cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, hamsters, and goldfish. Her true passion was always horses and during her teens she competed very successfully with her paint horse, TJ, at state and national level horse shows in a variety of events. Although she can’t recall the exact moment she decided to become a veterinarian, her immense love of animals combined with a passion for science meant it was already written in the stars from a young age. Kristen credits her supportive family and the many animals in her life for encouraging her to follow her dreams into this challenging and very rewarding career.
Kristen is very excited to be a part of the CVVC team working alongside her friends and mentors in her hometown community. Her favorite aspects of the job are preventative healthcare, internal medicine and diagnostics, and equine reproduction.
In her spare time Kristen enjoys training and showing her paint horse, Tula, road bicycling, pilates, traveling to warm sunny places, and relaxing at home with her husband, Evan, who is also a Bow native. Kristen and Evan have two orange cats (Freydy and Tweaker), three paint horses (TJ, Lucy, and Tula), and a border collie-mix named Bennett.
Marcie Mullen, DVM
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Dr. Marcie Mullen grew up on a farm just outside of Lyman, WA – in the upper Skagit Valley. In her youth she spent much of her free time wading through rivers and streams to the perfect fishing hole, backpacking all over the North Cascades, and running in local road races. Her interest in animals was sparked at a very young age, and she convinced her parents to let her own a menagerie of pets and farm animals.
After graduating from Sedro Woolley High School, Dr. Mullen attended Central Washington University – where she ran competitively for the cross-country and track and field teams. Somewhere during college, Dr. Mullen developed a strong interest in veterinary medicine and began volunteering for the local humane society and a mixed-animal practice. After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, she was admitted to Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school she was active in many student small animal and large animal clubs and organizations.
Dr. Mullen is thrilled to be back in the Skagit Valley practicing mixed-animal medicine, and is our newest veterinarian at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic, joining us in 2013. While she enjoys meeting and helping every one of the patients and their owners that come to the clinic, she is especially excited to work with small ruminants and small animal internal medicine.
Dr. Mullen is temporarily living in Lyman with her fiancé Jesse Buffum, while their own home is being completed in Sedro Woolley. Their pets include an always-injured Golden Retriever named Keeper and an overly-affectionate red Australian Heeler named Mel. Dr. Mullen loves to spend her off-time with family and friends, and continues to enjoy running, hiking, fly-fishing, and gardening. She recently took up CrossFit and is hoping to learn to cook without setting off the fire-alarm!
Technicians & Assistants
Sharon Holcomb, LVT
Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician
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Sharon has been in veterinary medicine for 30 years, joining the team at CVVC in 2003.
She moved to the area after falling in love with Skagit Valley on vacation. She and her husband have 2 German Shepherd mixes, Egan & Boru; a pug, Cora Belle; 2 cats, Travis & Cosmo; 2 ducks, Sheldon & Ginger; and 2 turkeys, Hansel & Gretel (who did not make it to the Thanksgiving dinner table!)
Sharon's particular areas of interest in veterinary medicine include pain control in our arthritic patients, veterinary hospice, oncology and ophthalmology. She enjoys hiking, gardening, reading and travel.
Brandi Knapp, LVT, CCRP
Licensed Veterinary Technician, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
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Brandi started working at the clinic in 2004, moving from central Oregon.
She attended Montana State University studying Animal Science, and then graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. In 2008 she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner after studying at the University of Tennessee. She is excited about being able to offer physical rehabilitation to the many clients and pets that she enjoys working with.
Her animal family at home is comprised of a very sweet and sassy English Bulldog who looks forward to any day she can go fishing, riding in her bike cart, wildlife watching, or find a quiet spot to catch up on her beauty rest. She even loves to retrieve, learning these and many other “big dog” skills from her very special yellow Labrador Retriever sister, Molly, who recently passed away in 2008.
Brandi has a special interest in all of those athletic hunting breeds, those very wrinkly and entertaining bulldogs, and large animals as well.
Brett Husby, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
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Brett joined our clinic in August of 2005.
He attended Pierce College for two years where he received an Associate in Veterinary Technology. His special interests in the veterinary field include: parasitology, dentistry, and anesthesiology.
He lives in Mount Vernon with his wife, Eilidh, and his cat, Oscar. In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar, spending time outdoors, and reading.
Kira Matthews, SAMP
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Kira started working at our clinic as an assistant in May 2008. She received her certificate as a Small Animal Massage Practitioner in 2013.
She has a lot of experience in the husbandry and training of large exotics. After graduating from SWHS she then enrolled into a training facility in Spokane working with lions, tigers, and bears (go ahead say it, “lions and tigers and bears, O my!!”). To continue her education Kira interned for six months at Sea Life Park in Hawaii working with dolphins and sea lions. She then moved to California to work with exotic cats and bears for TV and film work. Missing her family in Washington, Kira moved back and acquired a job at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. There she found interest in the medical side of the job and is now working with us.
Having a love for animals all her life, Kira has been around many of them- from cats to pot belly pigs. She has a house full of rescued animals of her own, two pit bull terriers, three cats and a continuous amount of kittens that she fosters through the humane society.
Lori Fisher, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
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Lori began working in the clinic in April 2008.
Lori was always interested in animal health and wanted to become a Veterinarian. She finally got her chance to get into the business in 1985 when she started helping at a clinic in Smokey Point. After working at a few different clinics in the area, she received her Veterinary Technician license in 2001. She started her own relief technician business in 2003. She accepted a contract job three days a week with Dr. Nancy Lévesque, a board certified surgeon, and worked for 2 years as her technician traveling to different Puget Sound Clinics doing orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries. The other 3 days a week were spent at Northwest Veterinary of Arlington working as a technician/receptionist.
She also contracted with Deployment Medicine International, traveling once or twice a month to different military bases in the United States to help train soldiers, who were being deployed, in emergency medical procedures.
Lori has 3 dogs, Scout (Scooter) Ginger (the Weasel), Harley (Hardly a Dog) and 1 cat (Boo). She also raises, sells, and mostly feeds 6 Foundation Appaloosa Horses. She has completed the entire Chief Joseph Trail (1300 miles in 13 years) and looks forward to having more time to ride locally now.
Jacqueline Cook, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
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Jacqueline joined CVVC in 2009 and began working part time for the clinic while she is pursued her dream of becoming a licensed veterinary technician. As soon as we had an opening, CVVC hired her immediately, as she proved to us that she is a vaulable asset.
Jacqueline married Tyler Cook on May 20, 2011 and together they have a Doberman mix, Duke, 4 years old who likes to go "fishing" in mud puddles. She enjoys horseback riding, raising and showing beef cattle, as well as she has a special interest in cattle genetics (beef & dairy).
She is the Pacific Time Zone Director for the Board of Directors for the American Galloway Breeders Association.
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Cassna began employment in April 2011 and she was selected because of her past experience and her love for animals.
Cassna has been working in Veterinary medicine for approximately 6 years; first at a local clinic and then she moved down to a very busy practice in King County. Cassna is currently taking online classes to obtain her Veterinary Technology degree and hopes to continue to grow and learn from the excellent veterinary staff at CVVC.
Cassna, and her 3 kids (ranging in ages 6 months to 17 years), share their home with 2 dogs and 2 cats: Mini Me, a 6 year old 3 lb. Chihuahua; Tessa, a 4 month old Golden Retriever/Boxer mix; Pitter Pat, a 9 year old "fluffy" lovable male; and Gizmo, the 9 year old ruler of the roost.
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Ashley is new to the veterinary medicine field. She joined our practice in July 2011.
Having a lifetime interest with animals she received her veterinary assistant license and pursued her dream of working with animals. Her main interest is dogs as she spends some of her free time at the local dog park or even baking dog treats. Her newest interest is in horses and she hopes to own her own one day to ride the trails.
Growing up with cats while she was younger, she currently has her childhood dog Miss Maggie May who is retired at her grandparent’s home and has two boys named Andre and Buster who are a pit-bull and pit-bull mix. Pit-bulls are an obvious passion of hers and she hopes to help foster and give a second chance to many pit bulls throughout her life.
Ashley hopes to eventually go back to school to get her Veterinary Technician License.
Sasha Akaran, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
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Sasha joined our team in May of 2012.
She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who is also continuing her studies to become a veterinarian. She works part-time assisting clients and hospitalized patients.
Michele Sinclair, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
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Michele joined CVVC in October 2013.
She graduated from Bellingham Technical College in 2012 with an Associate in Veterinary Technology. She has always held a strong passion for helping animals of all types, and is especially fond of felines.
Growing up in a Navy family, traveling around America and exploring the outdoors and wildlife were regular hobbies for her. After rescuing a crow stuck in her backyard fence at the age of 5, she knew she wanted to work with animals for her career. When not caring for pets, she enjoys photography and music, or doing activities outdoors such as fishing, camping, and snowboarding. She currently resides in Ferndale with her 2 sweet kitties, 3 lovely hens and a couple of goofy goldfish.
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Caitlin joined our team in 2013.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from WSU, and a certificate in Veterinary Assisting from Northwest Career and Technical Academy.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, exploring, and teaching her cat, Oliver, new tricks.
She one day hopes to return to school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
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Jena started working at CVVC in September 2013.
She graduated from SVC with a certificate in veterinary assisting, and would one day like to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Growing up in Mount Vernon, she has always been around animals, with rabbits and a cat in 4-H, and lambs in the FFA.
Jena currently lives with her husband and their two daughters. They have Hope, the beagle mix dog, and the mini Rex Cross rabbit named Prince Periwinkle, whom their oldest daughter is in 4-H with.
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She has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, and aspires to start veterinary technician school in the near future, eventually completing a Bachelor’s Degree. She really loves dog training and hopes to incorporate that into her career one day.
She is a Skagit Valley native, but spent most of her youth in Florida and Montana. She fell back in love with the area and loves living in the PNW. Her absolute favorite thing in the world is hiking and backpacking near Mount Baker with her dogs. Arya is a timid, sweet Australian Cattle dog mix, and her other awesome dog, Rogan, is a goofy and snuggly Doberman Pinscher. Isabelle also enjoys biking with her dogs, sewing, reading and music.
Client Service Representatives
Lead Client Service Representative
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Christy has been with our clinic since November 1998.
Christy has many pets at home including dogs and cats. Away from work she enjoys being a 4-H leader of the local Kidz-N-K-9s dog 4-H club, which has dog and service dog projects. She has been a leader of this club since 1999. She also enjoys raising service dog puppies for Summit Assistance Dogs based out of Anacortes. Christy has raised eleven puppies over the years. Each puppy raised by Christy is socialized at our clinic for an approximate period of sixteen months.
Christy was Skagit County’s 2009 4-H Leader of the Year.
Terri McCoy Hodgins
Client Service Representative, Inventory Manager
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Terri came to the clinic in May of 1999 with an extensive customer service background.
She has worked in a variety of fields, but being a animal lover, Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic seemed the perfect fit. Terri is married with three grown children and is a very proud grandmother to 8 beautiful grandchildren, all who keep her very busy. Her family also includes "Max" the Rat Terrier.
Terri's special interests include gardening, landscaping, canning, home improvement projects and restoring their 1936 Ford with her husband Cliff.
Client Service Representative
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Trista joined CVVC in 2012.
She was an instructor at Northwest Hair Academy previously, and in addition professionally grooms beef cattle for the show ring. She grew up in Stanwood, Washington where she was part of the local 4-H Club active in showing beef cattle, sheep and swine.
Trista has a German Wirehaired Pointer named Emma, who loves her toys, chasing birds and running in mud puddles.
Client Service Representative
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We welcomed Nichole to our team in August 2013.
Nichole has some background in medical billing and previously worked at Puget Sound Surgical Center. She volunteers at her children's school and is a Girl Scout Troop Leader in Clearlake. Her animal family love's include her two cats Shona and Charles.
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Tami joined the clinic in July of 2002.
Her background includes many years in office management, human resources, and accounting. She enjoys taking business classes and seminars when possible. CVVC's evolving business keeps her position challenging and fun.
Tami and her family enjoy their cat Rupert and three Golden Retrievers named Beau, Bella, and Bogey. Outside the clinic she enjoys spending time with family, and watching sports and dance especially when her kids are participating.
If you have a suggestion for our practice, please e-mail Tami at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura has been with the clinic since November of 2006.
She has extensive background in customer service. A few years ago she decided that because animals have always held an appeal she would try a career change and see what working for a veterinary clinic would be like. So far it has been an exciting and rewarding change and she enjoys the constant chance to play with puppies and kittens.
At home Laura has a wonderful husband and two sons, and a black Labrador Retriever named Jake. The hope is to get another dog someday. In her spare time she likes to backpack, hike, snowboard, read, watch movies, and garden.
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Kylee joined CVVC as our Financial Manager in November 2013.
She graduated from Mount Vernon High School and Skagit Valley College, where she played 2 years of volleyball and graduated with a degree in Paraprofessional Accounting. She would've loved to be a Veterinarian, but she faints at the sight of needles. Her passion for animals makes her excited to come to work every day to see what critters she can play with. She'd like to learn a thing or two about the medicine, as well, over time.
She grew up with 2 dogs, 3 cats, 8 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, and a gold fish. She showed rabbits and dogs in 4-H for 8 years. She now has a young Australian Shepherd, Kona, who loves to go on hikes, his favorite thus far is Oyster Dome. Kylee enjoys cooking and baking so much that she has to bring it to work so someone will eat it all!
I decided to adopt the clinic in 2001, when I was just a brand new kitten. I was found underneath of the clinic while it was being built, cold and shivering by myself, and soon won the hearts of the staff, and became a very proud mascot shortly after.
You'll find me roaming the clinic, checking in on each of the staff members to see if they've got a moment to offer a loving scratch or time for play. My favorite past times include lounging on the warm computers, drinking out of water cups, and racing up and down the hallways whenever I've got a bit of energy to spare. If you see me around, say hello. I'm always available and enjoy all the attention I can get!
Employee of the Quarter
Congratulations staff, thank you for your excellent service!
Employee of the Quarter:
Our team votes quarterly to select an outstanding staff member who works above and beyond the call of duty. These employees show outstanding dedication and compassion for animals, are wonderful teammates, and provide ultimate customer service to our clients.
If you have a staff member that you feels deserves recognition, please email Tami at email@example.com so she can be sure and relay this great news.
Join us in congratulating the following:
Trista Peterson - 1st Quarter
Brett Husby- 2nd Quarter
Sharon Holcomb- 3rd Quarter
Kira Matthews-4th Quarter
Christy Lyon - 1st Quarter
Terri Hodgins - 2nd Quarter
Jayla Mills - 3rd Quarter
Michelle Beaulaurier - 4th Quarter
The Entire CVVC Staff - 1st Quarter
Brett Husby - 2nd Quarter
Kristina Oril - 3rd Quarter
Ashley Janz - 4th Quarter
Brandi Thill – 1st Quarter
Jessie Keller - 2nd Quarter
Christy Lyon - 3rd Quarter
Kira Matthews - 4th Quarter
Lori Fisher – 1st Quarter
Michelle Beaulaurier – 2nd Quarter
Matthew Wesley – 3rd Quarter
Tami Schorno – 4th Quarter
Sharon Novakovich – 1st Quarter
Brett Husby – 2nd Quarter
Christy Lyon – 3rd Quarter
Kira Matthews – 4th Quarter
Sarah Vanderwerff – 1st Quarter
Tami Schorno – 2nd Quarter
Lana Andrews – 3rd Quarter
Laura Hohmann – 4th Quarter
Brett Husby – 1st Quarter
Wendy Sekora – 2nd Quarter
Christy Lyon – 3rd Quarter
Brandi Thill – 4th Quarter
Beth Scheenstra – 1st Quarter
Jill Mason – 2nd Quarter
Michelle Slaman – 3rd Quarter
Suzanne Ostebo – 4th Quarter
Cathy Mouser – 1st Quarter
Kat Priebe – 2nd Quarter
Beth Scheenstra – 3rd Quarter
Tami Schorno – 4th Quarter
Christy Lyon – 1st Quarter
Tami Schorno – 2nd Quarter
Emily Axelson – 3rd Quarter
Wendy Sekora – 4th Quarter
Emily Knopf – 3rd Quarter
Terri Hodgins – 4th Quarter