Meet our wonderful Management staff
Becky Howell, LVTEmergency Nurse Manager
Becky started her career in veterinary medicine in 1997 at a small, two-doctor practice in Paducah, Kentucky, as she finished her associate degree at a local community college. While completing her B.S. in Animal Sciences at the University of Kentucky, she also worked at local vet clinics and UK’s LDDC as a pathologist assistant. Her love of emergency medicine developed while working at Woodford Veterinary Clinic. In 2008, she graduated magna cum laude from a veterinary technician program through Jefferson State and continued to work at a clinic in Scottsboro, Alabama. After nine years in emergency medicine in the Chattanooga area, she began teaching at Chattanooga State in the Veterinary Technology program. Becky joined VCSG to provide in-house training to current employees. Becky and her husband have three sons (Henry, Noah, and Samuel) and three cats (Gus-Gus, Georgia Peach, and Whiskey).
Carrie JohnsonFinancial and Records Coordinator
Bio coming soon...
Jim Sumner, CPAHospital Administrator
For twenty-seven years, Jim was the Hospital Administrator at a large central veterinary teaching hospital, referral center and emergency center, located in Akron, Ohio. Following his time in Ohio, he was the Hospital Director at a specialty and emergency hospital in Denver, Colorado. Jim and his wife, Diana, are excited to relocate to the Southeast and settle down in the Chattanooga area. Away from work, Jim and Diana enjoy golfing, traveling, and visiting their children and grandson.
Laura Hudgens, LVMTInventory Manager
Laura graduated with a BA degree from the University of Georgia in 2011. She then earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Gwinnett Technical College in 2014. Laura worked as a registered veterinary technician (RVT) in emergency at Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic and neurology at Bush Veterinary Neurology Services in Atlanta before moving to Chattanooga when she got married. She was the Lead Oncology Technician and assisted in inventory management at AESC before joining VCSG. Kayaking, quilting and baseball are activities she enjoys. Laura and her husband have a son named Connor, three dogs (Benji, Chewy, Molly) and one cat (Firefly).
Liz OlleySpecialty Nurse Manager
Liz has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Her primary interests include internal medicine and emergency care. Liz has been working with Dr. Pullen for 12 years in internal medicine, and within that field, her favorite part is the interaction with her oncology patients. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, cooking, playing board games, and going to the beach. In addition to her wonderful husband and children, her family is complete with Arthur, a Golden Retriever, Hunter, a Pit Bull, Penny, a black Labrador, and two cats named Pretzel and Kevin.
Paige WichmanHospital Manager
Paige is a Chattanooga native and received her BA and master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After graduating, she moved to New York City and worked for education foundations and UNICEF. Since returning home to Chattanooga, Paige worked as the Director of Community Engagement at The Montessori School, where she oversaw fundraising, admissions, marketing, communications, and volunteer management. Away from work, Paige enjoys hiking, reading, photography, and spending time with her family. She has a daughter named Olivia and a son named Sawyer, along with a Boston Terrier (Ivan), a cat (Minka), and a fish (Pancake).