Healthy Pet Welcomes New Hires & Roles for 2024 Growth

FERNDALE, WASH. (April 12, 2024) - With an eagerness to continue sustainable growth and a commitment to continuous improvement, Healthy Pet is pleased to announce the appointment of two key professionals to our team in Jesup, Georgia; as well as a new role for Pete Gietl in Ferndale, Washington. 

Angela Runyon has been appointed as the HR Generalist, and Jessica Carter joins as a new position, Plant Controller. Both individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their respective roles, and their addition further strengthens excellence in human resources management and financial stewardship. 

As the HR Generalist, Angela (Angi) Runyon will oversee various human resource functions, including recruitment, employee relations, training and development, and compliance. With her extensive background in HR management and her proven track record of implementing strategic initiatives to enhance employee engagement and organizational culture, Angi is well-positioned to contribute to the continued success of Healthy Pet.

Angi holds a degree from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, along with additional HR certifications. She and her husband are from California and have four daughters and two dogs: Hershey, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and Cocoa, a Cane Corso. She is proud to be Navy Veteran’s wife, and has loved living all over the world. She loves spending time with her family going on walks, bike riding, and hiking together. She also loves cooking and baking. Angi will be based in Jesup, Georgia and report directly to Natalie Pacheco. 

Joining as the new Plant Controller, Jessica Carter will be responsible for managing financial operations at the plant level, ensuring accuracy in costing, reporting, supporting budget, and integrating financial literacy into all aspects of our operations. With her strong background in financial management, data- driven analytics, and love for working with people, Jessica is poised to play a vital role in optimizing organizational performance and supporting Healthy Pet’s strategic objectives. 

Jessica holds a BS in Accounting from Troy University in Alabama and brings with her 20+ years of experience in Finance, 9 of them as a plant controller. She loves working with people and helping to solve problems. Jessica is married with 4 children, cats, a dog, chickens, turkeys, ducks and quail. She enjoys arts and crafts, reading, woodworking and animals. Jessica will be based in Jesup, Georgia and report directly to Mike Watson.

We are also pleased to announce that Pete Gietl has stepped into the role of Operations Improvement Specialist in Ferndale. This move is a testament to Pete’s dedication, hard work, and the expertise he has demonstrated in his time with Healthy Pet. In this new role, Pete will focus on several key areas critical to our operational excellence and efficiency.  Key responsibilities include: Documenting Processes, Ensuring Data Consistency, Implementing Controls and Standardizing Reports.  Pete will also continue to be our facility coordinator, ensuring safety and compliance related to the Ferndale facility.  This role also reports to Mike Watson. 

We are confident that Pete will excel in this new capacity, bringing about significant improvements in our operations. His role is pivotal to our strategic goals of enhancing efficiency, ensuring quality, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Angi and Jessica and excited for Pete's new role", said Ted Mischaikov, CEO.  "Their skillsets and expertise will be instrumental in advancing our HR, financial and operations management functions, ensure long-term sustainability and ultimately contributing to our success as a leader in the pet products industry."

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