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Who We Are

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Administration

Kieran Mara
Hospital Director

I joined the Friendship family in January of 2000, after several years outside of the veterinary world in corporate management. My original plan was to stay for just a few months while I decided my next career move. Months turned into years because I fell in love with the hospital. In my role, I oversee hospital operations, and budget and strategic planning. I also work in conjunction with the managers on various projects and recruit all of the talented veterinarians we have on our team. I enjoy being able to make a difference every day in the lives of our patients, our clients, and our team members.

In the Fall of 2001, I met my wife, Caitie, at Friendship, so it even further cemented how special this place is to me. We were married in 2007 in Toronto (the first of three weddings to each other!). We live in Frederick, MD, and have three wonderful and energetic children – a son, Cormac, born in 2010, and twins, Brigid and Eamon, born in 2011. In my spare time, I love to play with the kids (building endless Lego sets) and watch bad reality TV with my wife.

We also have three wonderful dogs, Lola, a Chihuahua whose owner no longer wanted her, Stella, a Jack Russell Terrier who was abandoned at the hospital and Crosby a Golden Retriever. We have three cats, all adopted domestic short hairs, Mittens, Spirochete and Yoshimi, two guinea pigs, Duncan and Donut, and fish.

Tanya Boris-Cass, RVT
Specialty/ER Practice Manager

I was born and raised in a small town on the Jersey Shore. I attended the University of South Carolina, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology. In my time away from Friendship, I enjoy spending time with my husband Larry and daughter Madeline, competing in triathlons, and eating great food.  We are currently without pets, but are searching for that perfect little puppy.

Working at Friendship has been a great experience. I have been here since May of 2003.  I came to FHA a year after moving to the DC area in hopes of gaining experience for my vet school application. I started as an ICU technician. I then had the opportunity to work in internal medicine, oncology, surgery, dentistry, and in various management roles.  Unfortunately, vet school didn’t work out, but my work as a veterinary technician has been very fulfilling.

Sara Crosman
Communications Manager

I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs where I was always surrounded by pets.  Dogs, cats, birds, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs – you name it!  A career in the veterinary world almost seemed inevitable.

I graduated from Penn State (We are!) where I received my degree in Public Relations and Advertising, with a minor in Sociology.  After graduation, I spent 3 years at an interactive marketing agency in New York, where my clients ranged from HBO, Miramax, and The Weinstein Company, to Penguin Group and Dewars.  In 2009 I relocated to the DC area and joined Friendship the following year. I have enjoyed learning the veterinary industry and working closely with our Hospital Director, as well as my fellow administration colleagues.  I’ve been extremely fortunate to have found my niche in the veterinary community.

In my spare time I can be found trying to relax with my husband while also keeping up with the energy of our two boys.  We share our home with a high-maintenance orange tabby named Sir Paul McCatney, a sweet lady kitty named George and a lazy bearded dragon we call Beardie.

Scott Fairley
Human Resources Manager

Scott holding his dog Watson

I grew up in Carroll County, and have spent most of my life living in Maryland. I graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in English and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. I enjoyed being a teacher in Montgomery County before transitioning into management and eventually Human Resources. I am passionate about supporting organizations and the staff members that make them successful. To be part of a team that supports families in the local community is an honor.

I currently live in Frederick, MD with my wife Chelsea who is an archivist with the Library of Congress. I have two pets. A Chihuhua/Beagle mix who lives for cuddles named Ginny and her bashful cat brother Shaggy. I enjoy spending my free time traveling, visiting amusement parks, relaxing with my wife, and rooting for the Capitals, Ravens, and Orioles.

Amy Killion
Compliance Manager

Amy Dahlstedt

Since joining FHA in 2007, I have held many positions within the hospital, ranging from ER/CC Technician, Oncology Technician, Technical Supervisor, ER/CC Veterinary Assistant, Patient Care Manager and Training & Development Manager. I recently transitioned into the role of Compliance Manager and I look forward to continue providing support to management, doctors, technicians, client care technicians and our clients in order to maintain Friendship values.

I currently live in Mechanicsville, MD with my giant puppy, Bowser and queen of the house, my orange lady cat, Hank! In my downtime, I enjoy cooking, watching food network, drinking coffee and taking a million pictures of my pets being cute.

Kathy Leef
Veterinary Relations Manager

I have signed on to Friendship in the newly created role of Veterinary Relations Manager.  I was the key representative from Henry Schein Animal Health and had Friendship as an account for the last 15 years.

I look forward to my work at FHA and creating good will between our referring veterinarians and our specialty services.

Jason Shamblin
Client Care Manager

I am thrilled to join Friendship as the Client Care Manager. For the last twenty years I have managed operations and client services in different corporate and non-profit organizations, with the past seven spent within hospitals in the DC metro area. I originally came to Friendship as a concerned pet owner when my wife Lindsay and I brought our dog Cooper in for a serious health concern. We were immediately set at ease by the quality of care and the kindness, courtesy, empathy and professionalism that each member of the Friendship team showed to us during that stressful time. It is now my pleasure and privilege to help ensure that we deliver that same exceptional experience to every patient and family that chooses Friendship for their care. 

Mickey Sigsbee
Facilities Manager

 I grew up in Lake George, NY but moved to Maryland for high school and college, graduating from Rockville High and Garrett College where I studied Forestry.

I ran a printing press for a couple decades and then moved into building maintenance.

I live in Kensington, MD with my wife and our 20 year old son.  I enjoy cooking, ping pong, darts, reading, boating, fishing, and fixing things. At this point in time we have just one cat, Mo, who is hopelessly devoted to me.

Sophia Stoute
Primary Care Manager

Sophia Stoute

I am originally from Baltimore and moved to DC after attending the University of Maryland at College Park. After graduating with a degree in Sociology, I ended up here at Friendship! Since being here I went from pet-less to having a plethora of pets! I currently have 2 dogs: Niko, and Apple as well as one cat: Bacon.

Since joining FHA, I have held many positions within the hospital, ranging from the client care department, Vet Assistant, Primary Care Supervisor and now as the Primary Care Manager.

Kyle Trainer
Inventory and Laboratory Manager

I started at Friendship on November 19, 2004.  I have worked here as an Animal Care Specialist, an Inventory Assistant and at my current position Inventory Manager.

Stacie Ward
Accounting & Benefits Manager

A D.C. native, I joined FHA in 2004 after spending several years working in accounting and restaurant management. I currently live in Ellicott City, MD with my son Robby and daughter Grace. I have a Beagle mix named Rocky, a Whoodle named Lucy, and I love football season (Go Skins!!).

Kathy Waite, LVT
Patient Care Manager

Kathy Waite

After graduating from the University of Maryland-College Park with a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Resource Management, I spent nine years working with small animals and exotics. Eventually I returned to school to further my education as a veterinary technician, graduating and earning my license in 2008. I joined Friendship in 2012 to expand my horizons and dive into the world of emergency and critical care, which is both challenging and deeply rewarding. When not working, I enjoy hiking, amusement parks, and embarking on adventures around the DC area. I have an adorable pug named Emmi and a cat named Dinah. While I love working with all the wonderful veterinarians, technicians and support staff at Friendship, my dream is to rescue and care for sloths in Costa Rica.

Meg Yagatich, LVT
Talent Development Manager

Being part of a military family, I moved a lot as kid. The one constant, no matter where we lived, was our pets. My parents always made every effort to show me how we can care for animals of all sorts, which I credit for my commitment to veterinary care today. I took my passion for animals to North Carolina State University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology with a minor in Environmental Science. Shortly after graduation, I moved to Maryland and began my vet med journey.

I spent a few years at Banfield and joined  the FHA family in 2013. When I started as a veterinary technician and immediately felt at home. I took every opportunity to learn more and develop my skills for patient care and became a licensed tech in 2015. Trusted with more responsibility as a supervisor, I pushed myself and everyone around me to live up to Friendship’s mission of providing the best patient care possible. I am grateful to continue that work in my current position as Talent Development Manager, where I strive to provide the support each department and employee needs to do their best work while fostering Friendship’s core values.

I currently live in Germantown with my husband, William, and two kids, Brody and Griffin. We share our home, beds and hearts with our fur family, two dogs, Drifter and Tiny, and two cats, Sena and Splotch. In my downtime, I enjoy crafting, running and outdoor adventuring with family and friends.

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