Biographies of the Winners
Dr. Linda M. Peck
Dr. Linda Peck graduated from The Ohio State University with her DVM in 1979. She also earned her B.S. in animal science from The Ohio State University and was an honors student. Upon graduation, Dr. Peck joined the Findlay Animal Clinic, in Findlay, Ohio, as an associate veterinarian. She is still on staff there, but, in 1986, she took a position as director of the pre-veterinary program, Professor of Animal Science and Biology, at The University of Findlay. She also is the head pre-vet academic advisor at the university. During the course of her career, Dr. Peck has received numerous awards, including four that recognize her tireless efforts in inspiring students to pursue their dreams of becoming veterinarians: The David L. Allen Award for Teaching Excellence (2006), the Founders’ Academic Excellence Award for Faculty (2003), the Findlay Hancock Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator Award (1994) and the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award (1991). Dr. Peck has been active on the speaker’s circuit, frequently speaking at the Midwest Veterinary Conference on “Selecting and Applying to a College of Veterinary Medicine.” She is a member of numerous associations, sitting on the Ohio Animal Health Foundation Board since 2005, and is as involved in committees at the University of Findlay as she is in the community. She is a member of the Hancock County Humane Society and 4-H program; the latter awarded her a Volunteer Certificate of Recognition in 1992-93. With vocal music among her varied personal interests, she also sits on the board of the Findlay Light Opera Company.
Dr. Marsha L. Heinke
Dr. Marsha Heinke graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 with her DVM. During the ensuing 14 years of small animal, equine, farm animal and humane society work, she became particularly interested in veterinary practice management. She gained experience in all aspects of hospital administration, including employee training and management, inventory control, asset acquisition, budgeting and finances – and, eventually made a turn in her career path. Her interest in veterinary practice financial management led Dr. Heinke to serve the veterinary profession in a different way: She returned to the university in 1989 to complete accounting course work that qualified her to sit for the CPA exam. She passed the Federal Enrolled Agent’s exam in 1991 and became a licensed CPA in Ohio in 1992. The following year, she became the first veterinarian certified as a veterinary hospital manager. After serving as director of consulting services for Owen E. McCafferty, CPA, Inc., Dr. Heinke established her own firm, dedicated to serving veterinarians, veterinary practice managers, practices and industry supporting the veterinary profession. She continues to serve the veterinary medicine industry through speaking engagements – she has spoken at more than 225 state, regional, national and international veterinary medicine meetings – and involvement in industry associations. She chaired the Practice Management Committee for the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and also is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Law Association, and Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, among others. Dr. Heinke has authored or co-authored two books, including Practice Made Perfect: A Guide to Veterinary Practice Management and The Equine Veterinary Practices Chart of Accounts: Financial Cornerstone of Successful Practice Accounting and Bookkeeping Systems.
Dr. Jennifer D. Jellison
Dr. Jennifer Jellison earned her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1985 – and has gone on to make a real difference for animals and people through both private practice and tireless community service. She worked as a veterinarian at three local veterinary clinics before becoming a veterinarian for Canine Companions for Independence in 2002. She later joined the staff of Banfield the Pet Hospital, eventually becoming partner and area chief of staff for that organization. Along the way, she has served as spokesperson for Hill’s Pet Nutrition and as a veterinary marketing consultant. Dr. Jellison is a familiar face to television viewers across the nation as well as to clients of animal hospitals. Her deep commitment to animals and community service has led to appearances on such high-profile television shows as Good Morning America, Regis and Kelly, and Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. She also has been the featured veterinarian on NBC, Fox and CBS local affiliates with weekly advice on pet care and adoptable animals from Capital Area Humane Society. She appeared on the Lassie Media Tour, featuring Lassie and fundraising for the national humane society. Other contributions have included a national public service announcement on preventing child abuse, school programs for pre-school and elementary school children on animal care, and school programs for disabled children through the Ohio School for the Deaf and Childhood League, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Jellison launched the Guatemalan Turtle Project with a local middle school, generating $8,000 for children in Guatemala City. Not surprisingly, her caring and commitment to the profession and the community have earned her numerous awards: In 2007, she was selected from among 1,500 veterinarians as Chief of Staff of the Year for Banfield the Pet Hospital and received both the Ohio Social Workers Award, in 1996, and the National Social Workers Award, in 1997. In 2001, she received the Columbus Dispatch Community Service Award for service hours spent educating children about pet care and safety.