Trish Stidham, Chief Business Officer


Trish joined the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2010. She began her career working as a veterinary assistant for a small animal practice. Subsequently she worked in the United States Senate on the Special Committee on Aging with Senator Grassley and as an executive assistant in government affairs for many years before returning to her love of animals.

She and her husband Mark have three wonderful children. She adopted a husky mix named Max, a hound mix named Gracie, and a cat named Bella who are all beloved members of her family.

Most of her free time is devoted to her children and to enjoying time at her family’s cabin in West Virginia, hiking, kayaking, walking with her dogs, and trips to the beach.


Carrie Ellis, Chief Operations Officer


Carrie Ellis moved to Northern Virginia from Queens, New York in 1997. In 1999 she began working in animal hospitals and developed a true passion for the work. Carrie became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2005 after completing the Veterinary Technology Program at Northern Virginia Community College.

After several years as a practicing technician, she developed a strong interest in all aspects of hospital management. Carrie has spent the last six years working as a Hospital Administrator at a large multi-specialty referral practice. She completed the Veterinary Practice Management Certification Program at Purdue University in 2016. She joined the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia Team in 2018.

Carrie and her husband Duane have two dogs named Mulligan and Dory, and two cats named Frank and Beans. In her free time she works as a wedding planner and specialty cake designer.


Heidi Coleman, Chief Financial Officer


Heidi moved from Caldwell, Idaho with her husband Kevin so he could pursue a job opportunity with Micron Technology. She joined the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in May of 2007. Heidi has many years of experience as a bookkeeper and payroll specialist.

In addition to Kandice and Kyle, her two children, she has two mixed breed dogs named Mocha and Bradshaw.

In her free time Heidi enjoys working in the yard, playing with her dogs, shopping, going for a motorcycle ride with her husband, sleeping, or watching the BSU Broncos.