The VBMA National Officers are comprised of veterinary students that volunteer their time to run the organization at the national level. As a team, the board is responsible for maintaining relationships with our generous sponsors, ensuring regional leaders and chapters have the resources they need to thrive, and carrying out the day to day operations. National Officers are chosen each spring and carry out a half year term as a national officer-elect and then a full year term as a national officer.
Applications for the 2018 National Board have been re-opened and are due Friday, March 31st, 2017 by 11:59 pm EST. Anyone interested in becoming a future National Officer is encouraged to apply. To learn more about specific position responsibilities, please contact any of the current National Officers.
Lance, a Western Washington native, is currently a third-year at Washington State University. Growing up with 4-H and livestock on a small farm, his early experiences with veterinarians made him excited to join such a caring and unique profession. He eagerly anticipates the day when he might support others by enriching the bond that exists between them and their pets and livestock. With an interest in communication skills, preventive medicine, and overall animal health and wellness, Lance is considering a career in small animal medicine or rural mixed animal practice.
During his veterinary education, he has found wonderful opportunities with the Veterinary Business Management Association and is proud to serve as the 2017 National President. He is pleased to have the chance to promote the development of crucial business and personal management skills for students across the profession.
Over the past few years, he has treasured his role as WSU VBMA vice president; empowering the success of his colleagues in their professional and business aspirations while finding innovative ways to promote learning with interactive sessions and networking opportunities.
As a Pullman resident for the past 5 years, his favorite recreational activities include canoeing and his bicycle commute to campus. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Kate’s attraction to veterinary medicine developed while working in a pharmaceutical research company. There she was exposed to aspects of project management, drug development, and the biomedical industry. It was no surprise, then, her immediate involvement in veterinary school activities that integrated her interests in both business and medicine.
Serving on both local and national boards of the VBMA cultivated her curiosity of innovation and entrepreneurship in the veterinary profession. Now a VM2, Kate has been involved in a national innovation competition as well as several grassroots initiatives in her community, in hopes of beginning her own career of serial entrepreneurialism. The inherent financial instability of this dream stresses her mother out quite a bit.
In the spare time that vet students claim to have, Kate enjoys anything outdoors. As much as she would love to live near the colorful mountains of Colorado, it is better for her grades that is she is stuck in a flat, landlocked agriculture state. And she loves her black lab, Mister Spencer.
Jack is a second year student at the University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania, he developed a fascination for animals from living in a household deprived of them. This fascination, combined with his passion for science, led him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. This pursuit steered Jack to Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in 2016.
During summer breaks, Jack spends time at a small animal practice in addition to running his own landscaping business, which he continued to grow for the past eight years. These experiences helped to fuel his interest in small animal medicine, particularly critical care and practice ownership. Jack’s passion for business and personal finance made joining VBMA an easy decision. He has been privileged to serve as Treasurer of Penn’s chapter and is excited to join the VBMA National Board as Treasurer. Jack believes that educating veterinary students about business is essential for the advancement of the profession and is eager to promote the VBMA to both veterinary students and professionals at the national level.
When Jack is not at school, he likes to explore the city of Philadelphia. He enjoys playing and watching all sports, with his primary support going to the Philadelphia teams.
Business Certificate Director
Laura was born and raised in Northern California amongst many cats, dogs, horses, bunnies, and fish though she never imagined then that she would end up in veterinary school. After attending San Jose State University for her undergraduate degree, she then traveled all the way down to Southern California to pursue her DVM degree and is now a 3rd year at Western University of Health Sciences. Needless to say she’s a California girl. She is primarily interested in small animal medicine though she’s loved pretty much everything she’s gotten her hands on. She hopes in the future to work as a small animal practitioner transitioning either into industry or practice ownership.
Her experience with VBMA began by serving as Vice President at the WesternU chapter, then moving on to Regional Leader for the North Central Region, and now to incoming National Business Certificate Director! While every step along this road has had its challenges, she has loved each opportunity especially because of all the great people she has met along the way.
When she’s not studying or keeping up with VBMA, Laura loves to spend time with her corgi Brosnan, hiking, collecting tennis balls, or laying that corgi charm on unsuspecting bystanders. In spite of this she is still a self-proclaimed cat lady at heart, and can’t wait to bring some feline friendly ideas to her future practice.
A current 3rd year at Colorado State University, Layna was born and raised in small-town, Idaho where she first fell in love with the power of the human-animal bond and the role that veterinary medicine plays in supporting that bond. Through her clinical experience, Layna also gained an appreciation for the role that savvy practice management plays in the quality of medicine delivered and satisfaction of the patient, client, and veterinary team. It was this appreciation that encouraged her to pursue the MBA/DVM combined degree program, through which she completed her MBA in May 2015. Though empowered by her degree, Layna fell in love with VBMA as a means of bringing this appreciation for business acumen to her classmates, and to, thus, promote the sustainability of this profession.
Layna has held several positions at her local chapter, and was honored to serve as the Pacific Regional Leader in 2016. Her clinical interests include small animal (especially feline) medicine, nutrition, behavior, & internal medicine. Outside of the classroom, Layna enjoys playing piano, knitting, biking, hiking, and kayaking as well as relaxing with her family, friends, and the other halves of her own human-animal bonds – her dog, Joplin, and cats, Stella, Twila, and Norabel.
Layna is elated and honored to join the 2017 National VBMA Board. Serving as the Marketing Director, Layna is looking forward to harnessing her passion for the VBMA’s mission to help chapters boost VBMA appreciation and awareness among their peers as well as to build awareness for VBMA within the profession as a whole.
Joseph is a second year at Louisiana State University. He was born and raised in the extreme heat of Tempe, Arizona where he found his interest for practicing medicine. Joseph completed his undergraduate education at Northern Arizona University, with the hopes of going to medical school. It wasn’t until he began doing research on muscle dystrophy with laboratory mice that he pivoted to veterinary medicine.
Prior to moving to Louisiana to begin veterinary school, Joseph spent two years as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Here he developed an interest in surgery, diagnostic imaging, and developing the human animal bond. His interest in the VBMA began with the desire to one day own a private practice. He joined the VBMA executive board at LSU as a Regional Liaison. Joseph is thrilled to become a member of the VBMA National Board in 2017. It’s his belief veterinary students are deprived of necessary business training that will ensure success upon graduation. He’s enthusiastic about upholding the ideals of the VBMA nationally as an institution that will help veterinary graduates achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Joseph enjoys working at LSU’s Large Animal Hospital, where he can spend time developing his new found interest in equine practice. As an athlete throughout high school, Joseph’s love for professional sports is seen whenever his favorite teams the San Francisco 49ers, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, or Manchester United have games. His love for veterinary medicine has grown with his involvement in the Surgery club, Diagnostic Imaging club, Wildlife Avian Zoo & Exotic Medicine Club, and Equine Club at LSU.
Past National Officers
President: Jessi Kraemer
Vice President: Zach Loppnow
Treasurer: Garrett Harvey
Business Certificate Director: Jill Giunco
Marketing Director: Kim Bocchiaro
Compliance Director: Mikayla Schroeder
President: Hatley McMicking
Vice President: Jayme Cicchelli
Treasurer: Katie Bishop
Business Certificate Director: Emily Tincher
Marketing Director: Kristin Wuellner
Compliance Director: Anastasia Handwerk
President: Bridger Smithers
Vice President: Brittney Dawson
Treasurer: Melanie Lang
Business Certificate Director: Maggie Canning
Marketing Director: Brandon Thornberry
Compliance Director: Caitlin Davis
Vice President: Becky Eddy
Marketing Director: William Hodges
Compliance Director: Hannah Leventhal
Treasurer: Stacy Bartholomew
President: Kristen Britton
Vice President: Jennifer Covington
Treasurer: Leila Herndon
Marketing Director: Al Claiborne
Compliance Director: Kristine Stellato
President: Ashley Craig
Vice President: Kate Boatright
Treasurer: Shamus Brown
Marketing Director: Misti Nuxoll
Compliance Director: Ilyssa Meren
President: Nathanael Oster
Vice President: Jeni Rogan
Treasurer: Christina Moore
Marketing Director: Holly Stewart
Compliance Director: Lily Nieh
President: Juliette Hart
Vice President: Steve Tousignant
Treasurer: Adam Berman
Marketing Director: Dyndie Johnson
Compliance Director: Mandy Wallance
President: Kevin Finn
Vice President: Ashley Stich
Treasurer: Ava Redig
Marketing Director: Michael Jennings
Compliance Director: Kaylee Yoshimoto
President: Tonya Sparks
Vice President: Vivian Koo
Treasurer: Kaylee Yoshimoto
Marketing Director: Nina Kieves
Compliance Director: Melissa Austin
Founder: Meghan Stalker