Meet our wonderful Management staff
Liz OlleySpecialty Nurse Manager
Liz has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Her primary fields of interest include internal medicine and emergency care. She has been working with Dr. Pullen for 12 years in internal medicine, and within that field, her favorite part is her oncology patients.In her free time, her family enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, cooking, playing board games and going to the beach whenever possible. Other than her husband & their human children, Liz & her family are completed by the most handsome Golden Retriever, Arthur, a smiling Pit Bull named Hunter, an orange tabby who thinks he's human, named Pretzel, and a retired blood donor kitty named Edward.
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. For the past year Jim has been the Hospital Director at a Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and he has now joined VCSG as the new hospital administrator. Although the Colorado sunshine is nice, Jim and Diana have wanted to relocate to the Southeast and look forward to living in the Chattanooga area. Jim and Diana enjoy golfing, traveling, and visiting their children and grandson.
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).
Ciara Bell, LVMTClient Care Manager
Ciara was born in Canada, but she found herself a Georgia boy and has no plans of leaving! Ciara is a graduate of Chattanooga State and has over 7 years of experience in the veterinary field. She and her husband have a lab named Merit, a beagle named Tanner, a cat named Opie, and horse named Grace. She loves working with dogs, riding, hiking, fishing, hunting, archery and being in the amazing outdoors God created! Ciara and her husband became the proud parents of the most adorable baby human, named Levi.
Becky Howell, LVTEmergency Nurse Manager
Becky started her career in veterinary medicine in 1997 at a tiny, two doctor practice in Paducah, KY while finishing her associate's 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. Eventually, Becky returned home, married a Kentucky boy, and they followed her sister to Alabama. She graduated magna cum laude from a veterinary technician program through Jefferson State in 2008 while still working at a clinic in Scottsboro, AL. After 9 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 has been married for 15 years, and they have three sons (Henry, Noah, and Samuel). Becky also has four cats (Gus-Gus, Bone Knapper, Georgia Peach, and Whiskey).