Advisory Board Member with Veterinary Expertise
William M. Fraser, D.V.M. graduated from John Carroll University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He then spent two years working at the Cleveland Clinic as a research assistant in hypertension studies. In 1984 Dr. Fraser graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He established Mentor Animal Hospital as a full-service animal hospital in 1988 and Brightwood Animal Hospital in 1993. In 2018 the hospitals became part of the National Veterinary Associates network.
In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Fraser has served multiple terms as the president of The Cleveland Academy of Veterinary Medicine. He has also served on the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Pet Education Committee and Practice Management Committee. Additionally, he is a member in good standing of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He served on the board of directors of OurPet’s Company from 2007 until 2012. He has authored many pet education articles and appeared on radio, television, and internet forums to promote responsible pet care. He attends numerous continuing education seminars annually, seeking to offer clients’ pets the most current diagnostic and treatment options. Dr. Fraser strongly advocates for evidence-based medicine and pet parent education.
The Fraser menagerie includes horses, cats, rabbits and chickens, and a turtle. Pictured are Ares, a bay twelve-year-old Percheron Morgan cross, Colby, a black eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse, and our cat Leo.
Advisory Board Member & Chairman
F. Samuel Eberts III has served as Chairman of the Advisory Board since 2021. Sam is an international legal executive with over 30 years of diverse experience in health care, consumer, and industrial services. Sam is an Operating Partner with Cord Grass Holdings, a family office private equity vehicle, and chairs the Daerter Group, an advisory and venture firm in North Carolina and New York, which he founded in 2013, working with start-ups in health care and IoT technology. Sam is also a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law teaching Law and Business Strategy.
Sam is an independent director and chair of the compensation committee of VB Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: VBOCU), a special purpose acquisition company focused on the healthcare sector, and is a director of Duo Technologies, Inc., an innovative technology reducing greenhouse emissions and improving efficiency for transportation and energy generating systems. Sam serves on the Board of Trustees for Endicott College in Beverly, Mass, and was recently re-elected as Board Chair of Easter Seals/UCP of North Carolina and Virginia. He also serves on the advisory board for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C, a non-partisan policy forum chartered by Congress. Sam is a member of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, one of the largest entrepreneurial networks in the United States and is an active mentor working with entrepreneurs providing practical, day-to-day professional advice and coaching.
Sam recently retired as the Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary, and Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs for Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE: LH). At LabCorp, Sam led the Global Corporate Affairs group, with enterprise-wide responsibility for the global Legal, Compliance, Corporate Secretary, Shareholder Services, Public Policy/GovernmentRelations, Communications, Community Affairs/Philanthropy, Privacy, and Security functions. Previously, Sam was a partner and served on the Investment Committee for MedCap Funds in Boston, Mass., an early-stage health care technology fund. He has served on the board of Alpha Marketing, a channel marketing firm, the Alamance Community College Foundation, and The world Policy Institute in New York, a non-partisan think tank for global policy analysis. Sam has also served on the Health Care Policy Leadership Council at Harvard’s Kennedy School and the Corporate Governance Forum at Harvard Law School.
Mr. Eberts brings to the Board valuable insights into legal issues combined with his experience and relationships with public and private capital markets, board governance, and acquisition strategy.
Sam and his wife Angela are pet parents to their two rescue dogs, Ethel and Lucy. Ethel is a 4-year-old Golden and Chow mix, and Lucy is a 6-year-old Boxer and Staffordshire Terrier mix.
Advisory Board Member / CFO
Don Bernard joined Synergy Vet Pet’s Board in 2023 and brings more than 35 years of experience in healthcare finance. His prior experience includes the following hospital finance roles in California and Washington:
Don’s primary responsibilities included hospital operations, accounting, finance, business acquisitions, treasury, financial reporting, and strategic planning. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Entrepreneurship and holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Chapman University.
Don has been influential in various start-ups throughout his career. The most notable is Thermoscan, which revolutionized the taking of body temperature through the ear canal. Currently, Don does financial consulting and works within the healthcare space. In addition, Don currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gig Harbor Junior Sail Program and is a past Board Member of the United Way in Southern California.
Don and his wife have lived in the Seattle area since 2017. They enjoy boating and outdoor activities. Sadly, their eleven-year-old German Shepherd, Sami, recently passed away unexpectedly, and they are looking to adopt another dog soon.
Advisory Board Member with Finance and Accounting Expertise
Chris Isaak has over 30 years of global finance and accounting experience with public company and private equity ownership structures in multiple industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and distribution.
From 2016 to 2021, Chris served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller, and Chief Accounting Officer at Centene Corporation, a Fortune 25 healthcare enterprise. His primary responsibilities included management and oversight of all accounting, tax, treasury, insurance, accounts payable, payroll, financial systems, and financial reporting functions, including the effectiveness of internal controls across the company.
Prior to joining Centene in 2016, he served as Vice President and Corporate Controller at TTM Technologies, Inc., a global leader in PCB, backplane assembly, and electro-mechanical solutions. From 2006 to 2015, his position at Viasystems Group, Inc. (acquired by TTM Technologies, Inc. in 2015) was Vice President, Corporate Controller, and Chief Accounting Officer.
From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Isaak held a series of financial positions of increasing responsibility with Kellwood Company. Prior to Kellwood Company, he held positions with Arthur Andersen and KPMG for 15 years.
In addition, Mr. Isaak served on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Cathedral Basilica from 2005 to 2019 and served on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of St. Louis Equity Fund, Inc. from 2020-2021.
Mr. Isaak earned his Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Missouri.
Due to family circumstances, he currently has no pets in his household.
Advisory Board Member with Legal Expertise
Johnson & Johnson (Retired Executive)
John T. Crisan is a recently retired executive from Johnson & Johnson, serving as Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for the company, overseeing global privacy and compliance organizations and managing J&J’s global compliance and privacy programs. The world's largest and most diversified healthcare company (over $80 billion in revenue), Johnson & Johnson is a leader in pharmaceuticals and biologics, medical devices, and consumer healthcare products. During his tenure with Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Crisan also had leadership roles supporting L&A activity in the Pharmaceutical and Consumer business sectors (both domestically and internationally), including significant experience in negotiating, structuring, and integrating businesses along with other related L&A activity.
Mr. Crisan also has served as General Counsel for the Consumer healthcare products division of Johnson & Johnson ($14 billion in revenue); as Regional Counsel for Johnson & Johnson’s Asia/Pacific operations; and as a Board member on various joint-ventures of Johnson & Johnson in China, India, Japan, and the U.S. In a private capacity, he has served at various non-profit organizations, including a recent 13-year term as a Board Member, Officer, and Chairman (for 5 years) of the Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation, a $100 million non-profit foundation that focuses on its support on children's specialized hospital and pediatric rehabilitation services, primarily for Children's Specialized Hospital (at which Mr. Crisan also served as a Board of Trustee member). He is also currently a member of the Board of International School Services, the leader in creating and supporting world-class international schools globally (based in Princeton, NJ), and a member of the Board of Visitors of Seton Hall University Law School in New Jersey. He also spent several years teaching healthcare ethics at the Rutgers University “Mini-MBA” program.
Mr. Crisan joined J&J 30 years ago from the New York City law firm of O'Sullivan Graev & Karabell (since merged into O’Melveny), where he specialized in mergers & acquisitions and venture capital. Prior to his work with O'Sullivan Graev & Karabell, he practiced with the New York City firm of Reid & Priest, where he worked on M&A and general corporate legal matters.
Mr. Crisan received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 and his bachelor's degree from Catholic University of America in 1982, both located in Washington, D.C. (where he was born and lived until graduation from law school), and currently resides in Naples, Florida.
Advisory Board Member with HR & Talent Acquisition Expertise
Marquand D. Brown (Marq) joined the board in 2023. Mr. Brown is Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Officer for Oswego Health in New York. Oswego Health is an independent nonprofit healthcare system that has been serving the community since 1881. With approximately $150m in revenue, Oswego Health has more recently seen growth in outpatient services and primary care. Since starting his role with Oswego Health in 2018, Mr.Brown transformed the HR function to have a main focus on talent acquisition and retention, driving the development of several successful internal and external talent pipelines.
Prior to joining Oswego Health, Mr. Brown served as Director of Human Resources for New Rez, LLC, a full-service mortgage company with $6.6b in annual volume. He oversaw benefits, compensation, compliance, and talent onboarding during acquisitions. Mr. Brown spent the bulk of his career as an HR leader for Stone Mor Partners from 2000 to 2017, a cemetery and funeral home consolidator with $300m in revenue. He was instrumental in building an HR department while the company was experiencing rapid growth and expansion throughout the U.S. During his time there, Stone Mor acquired almost 300 locations through several transactions, and he was responsible for the onboarding of approx. 2500 employees. Since the beginning of 2019, Mr. Brown has served on Oswego County’s Workforce Development Board, a nonprofit board with oversite over government-funded community-based training programs. He has been the board chair since the beginning of 2021, currently serving his 2nd term.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with an emphasis on Human Resources, in 1998 and holds an SPHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and SHRM-SCP certification by the SHRM.
Marquand (Marq) Brown joined Synergy Vet Pet and brings over 20 years of experience in all areas of Human Resources across multiple industries. His experience includes the following roles based in Pennsylvania and New York:
Throughout his career, Marq’s responsibilities included all areas of Human Resources, including talent acquisition, talent development, organizational development, people strategy, compliance, benefits, HR data analytics, and compensation. During his most recent position with Oswego Health, his focus has been on talent acquisition and retention, where the organization built several successful talent pipelines in critical patient-facing roles building and strengthening partnerships with community-based educational institutions.
Marq currently serves as board chair on the Oswego County Workforce Development Board, a nonprofit board with oversite over government-funded community-based training programs and has been on the board. Marq, his wife, and two kids have lived in upstate New York since 2018. Marq is an avid cyclist, loves spending time with his family and two dogs, and enjoys fishing in his spare time. Both dogs, Isla and Charlie, are rescued mixed breeds. Isla loves her big sister, Charlie but sometimes Charlie can’t be bothered by her energetic (and bigger) younger sister. Charlie is 7 years old and weighs 7 pounds, and Isla is 2 years and weighs 27 pounds.
Bob Stankovic has been the Founding Director of Synergy Vet Pet since 2021. Bob has been involved with family-sponsored businesses and start-ups from 2012 to 2021. He was corporate secretary and Founding Partner for Esd Team.Inc transportation and equipment rental company for the transportation industry, he had various roles with several transportation companies from 2009-to 2018, reaching from driver to unofficial COO for various transportation companies.
His 11-year career has been with family and start-up businesses, where he built the business models from concept to a thriving and growing business. Bob has had a very strong emotional and passionate drive with Pets throughout his life, which stemmed from being saved by his dog at an early age from drowning in a river. Bob is now on a mission to help veterinary practices improve and provide exceptional care to customers and their pets.
Bob's educational background includes graduation in the field of electrical engineering. Bob enjoys hiking, airsoft, and extreme sports in his spare time.
Mr.Bob is a pet parent to Stinky Jimmy, an American Basset with almost 85 pounds of stretchy skin cuteness. Stinky Jimmy is 6.5 years old.
Advisory Board Member & Industry Expert
He previously served as an Operations Manager with PetWell Partners, LLC from 2019 to 2021 and a Field Director with Banfield from 2004 to 2009. He has also professionally worked with PetVet and PetSmart in management roles and with National Veterinary Associates in Business Development from 2009 to 2011. In his operational roles, he directed and executed business strategies across multiple veterinary units and states around culture, process, leadership development, and profitability with a strong focus around people, service, analytics, and the importance of the bond between the pet and the family.
He has also held a two-term elected Board level position from 2010 to 2014 with English Springer Rescue America, a national referral and foster care purebred placement organization and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Phil is currently a Hospital Administrator for a large General Practice in the Washington D.C. area. He earned his MBA in Health Care Systems from St. George’s University School of Graduate Studies and a bachelor’s degree in business from the College of Santa Fe.
Phil Sproat is a pet parent to English Springer Spaniels, Kinsey – Age 15, and GCH CH JJ – Age 6
JJ, Liver / White, English Springer Spaniel, Age 5
Retired Show Dog, AKC Grand Champion, Top 20 ESS 2020.
Kinsey, an English Springer Spaniel
Advisory Board Member & Field Industry Expert
She worked in private practice from 2017-2022, as Practice Manager for a single unit practice and as Director of Operations for a multi-unit practice with locations in DFW and Houston. She began her career in veterinary medicine in 2010 as an Office Manager with Banfield Pet Hospital, where she was rapidly promoted to Practice Manager and was also chosen to represent DFW in an HPO program that offered next-level training for future Field Directors.
Prior to getting into veterinary medicine, Tonya was the General Manager for a small family-owned patio furniture company from 2002-2010 that operated four locations in the DFW area. She also has experience as an insurance agent, a category manager in supply distribution, a purchasing agent with a CCTV company, a revenue supervisor in transportation, and various roles in retail.
Tonya resides in North Texas with her husband Robert, their 6-year-old Terrier mix Amari and their 2-year-old Calico Ariel. Tonya enjoys volunteering for organizations such as the American Red Cross, Humane Tomorrow, Operation Kindness, and Toys for Tots. Tonya is also a registered FEAR FREE® Certified Professional. She and her husband enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with their two grandsons.