APC Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

What is a Program Advisory Committee (PAC)?

A PAC consists of individuals that have a vested interest in the success of the industry, institution, and the students. These individuals are a diverse, experienced, and a dedicated group that are experts in their field. PAC Meetings provide the opportunity to obtain input, feedback, ideas, and multiple perspectives from our members. There are seperate PACs for each of our three career paths: Vet Assisting, Dog Training, and Pet Grooming. Some members may sit on multiple PACs.

Our PAC will meet throughout the year to review curriculum, equipment, facilities, and student achievements. They are critical to the success of our school and keeping us up to date with growing trends in the pet care and vet industries.

Meet Our PAC Members

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Donna Hobbs

South Technical High School

Veterinary Assistant Program Instructor and Head of Department

PAC: Vet Assisting

Ms. Donna Hobbs started out in the industry over 20 years ago, as a teenager working in a veterinary hospital and has been working with animals ever since. Ms. Hobbs started teaching at West Tech in 1994 and relocated to South Tech in 2002. She has several certifications including Humane Education Specialist and Veterinary Forensic recently from the University of Florida. As a member of the South Tech team, Donna is responsible for being lead advisor of FFA, NEA, and ACTE member. Over the years she has partnered with many local animal rescue groups and animal controls so that students have access to the animals to learn.

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Joe Zuccarello

Paragon School of Pet Grooming/Learn2groomdogs.com

Vice President

PAC: Pet Grooming

Joe Zuccarello has had a long career in the pet industry, spanning over 35 years.  First starting in the services sector, leading a team of over 250 employees and all operations efforts at a multi-unit luxury pet resort, spa, daycare, and training facility for nearly 20 years.  He then shifted slightly to begin a 10 year position as Director of Innovation and Product Development for TropiClean, a grooming and dental products manufacturer.  Joe now leads a team at the undisputed leader in professional pet grooming education, the Paragon School of Pet Grooming (ParagonPetSchool.com) and Learn2GroomDogs.com providing online distance learning career training solutions.  Joe is also a freelance consultant who has helped hundreds of businesses launch or reshape their grooming services to maximize profit and minimize headaches!

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Lou Ballard

Ceva Animal Health

Sales Consultant and Manager

PAC: Vet Assisting

Lou has been in sales for Ceva Animal Health for over 12 years.  Specializing in animal behavior and dermatology within their own training and company.   He is excited to help work with academy staff and students in the coming years.

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Jennifer Maurer

PetImpact!

Owner/Trainer

PAC: Dog Training

Jennifer is the founder and training of PetImpact!, a positive reinforcement and relationship-based dog training service in St. Louis, Missouri. They are committed to making a positive impact in your pet’s life!

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Rebecca Blomenkamp

Clipper Distributing Midwest

Regional Sales Consultant

PAC: Vet Assisting

St. Louis, MO, born and raised, Becky is an Animal Science major and graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia.  Go Tigers! Her 16+ year career has been wearing many hats in animal health.  She spent the first decade or so in the roles of Technician,  Practice Manager,  Consultant and Hospital  Administrator for many practices.  Since then she’s had the pleasure of crossing over to the world of distribution and manufacturing.  Most recently in the role of Midwest Regional Sales Consultant for Clipper Distributing who resides in the KC Animal Health Corridor.

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Kurt Johnson

Midwest Veterinary Supply

Territory Manager

PAC: Vet Assisting

Kurt has worked in animal health for 13 years. He started as a vet tech at McCauley Animal Clinic when he was 18 and has continues his career into the veterinary distribution world.

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Nikki Lowe

Five Acres Animal Shelter

Feline Manager

PAC: Vet Assisting

Nikki is the Feline Manager at Five Acres Animal shelter where they thrive with working with shy cats/hard to adopt cats, as well as feline leukemia cats.

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Kat Trigg

Midwest Pet CPR & First Aid

Owner/Instructor

PAC: Vet Assisting & Pet Grooming

Kat started out in the pet industry in 1994 and has been a pet groomer since 2004. She became a PetTech® certified CPR/ First Aid Instructor in 2016 after having two separate experiences where pet CPR were required. Sharing those experiences with others made her realize how important this knowledge is and how many people do not have it. Whether a pet care professional or a loving pet parent, everyone should be educated in what to do during an emergency involving their furry family members.

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Steve Curran

Shakers Dog Wash

Owner

PAC: Pet Grooming

Steve has spent most of his career producing special events and marketing promotions.  He purchased Shakers Dog Wash in 2012 and recently doubled the size of the business.  He also serves on the board of local mental health organizations.

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Kimberly Flatley

Fitness With Fido

Owner

PAC: Dog Training & Pet Grooming

Kim is the owner of Fitness with Fido, which are fitness classes for you dog. Before starting her company, she groomed full time and knows how grooming can take a toll on the body. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, and a Certified Canine Fitness Coach.  "I love dogs. I want people to be healthier because that means they’re doing more with their dogs, providing the dogs with a more versatile active lifestyle." She currently owns two standard poodles named Oscar & Leah and an Australian shepherd named Ike.

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Kyler Saffo

Elanco Animal Health

Sales Representative/Regional Sales trainer

PAC: Vet Assisting

Kyler has been a sales representative in animal health for 9 years.  Growing up in her father's veterinary hospital created a passion in her for the world of veterinary medicine.  In addition to her field territory, she is a regional sales trainer for Elanco.

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Brian Effer

Four Pretty Paws

Owner

PAC: Pet Grooming

Brian had a fur baby long before we welcomed his human babies into the family. When his first furry friend, Javea, became geriatric and blind, he looked to mobile grooming to keep her clean and comfortable. After one bad experience turned into multiple bad experiences, he were frustrated. He was treated poorly, phone calls were not returned and groomers were not friendly. Now, he is excited to bring his love of pets and business expertise to Saint Louis families whose work is demanding, schedules are filled and weekends are busy. He understands how life can get crazy and, sometimes, we don’t have the hours in our schedules to keep our furry friends clean and looking dapper. That’s where Four Pretty Paws can help. They care about pets, but they also care about your time. And they're looking to put some time back into your busy schedule. Their goal is not only great grooming, but a great customer experience. Four Pretty Paws is committed to delivering the best grooming experience for pets, giving the people that love them time and convenience in their busy lives.

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John Kociela

Scissor King

Owner

PAC: Pet Grooming

John is the owner of Scissor King and serves as an expert in the Knowledge, Functional Use and Repair of Scissors. Groomers are only as good as the tools they are using and Scissor King helps ensure the quality and lifetime of each shear.