About Us

Meet our board and find out what we’re all about!

Laura-Pletz

Laura Pletz, DVM

President
Dr. Pletz's Bio

Dr. Laura Pletz is a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri – College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she began work as an associate veterinarian in a small animal practice in St. Louis, MO, where she became one of the practice owners. During her time in practice, she was also the co-host of local radio show for pet owners seeking advice on the care of their pets. In 2012, she left private practice to join Royal Canin to lead their Technical Services team. She was promoted to her current role of Scientific Services Manager in 2016.

Dr. Pletz is passionate about working to address the challenges facing today’s veterinarian and promoting opportunities for women in leadership of the veterinary profession. She currently resides in the St. Louis area with her two sons. She is excited for future opportunities to mentor veterinarians seeking alternative career paths in veterinary medicine and supporting efforts to help veterinarians find a better work-life balance.

Tangela Williams-Hill, DVM

President-elect

Dr. Williams–Hill's Bio

Tangela M. Williams-Hill received her DVM from Tuskegee University in 2001. Dr. Williams–Hill was a research scholar at the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland at College Park. She worked as a lab researcher in chemistry until attending Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL. She practiced in Collingswood, NJ for six years in small animal medicine and exotic medicine. She is an active member of the North Jersey and South Jersey VMA, as well as an AAHA member. She is also active in community programs that help promote and educate students from low income areas about veterinary medicine. Dr. Williams-Hill was a board member on the Patient Family Advisory Committee and a NICU volunteer at a local hospital in New Jersey from 2013 to 2017. Dr. Williams-Hill joined Idexx Laboratories in April 2015 as the Philadelphia Professional Services Veterinarian, serving the greater Philadelphia region and conducted CE seminars and communication training. She presently sits as a board member of AVMA-supported Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative and is a member of Idexx Global Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Kimberly-Ann Therrien, DVM

Immediate Past President
Dr. Therrien's Bio
A graduate of the University of Montreal, Dr. Kimberly-Ann Therrien moved her family from Canada and joined Banfield Pet Hospital in 2006 as an associate veterinarian. In 2008, she began her leadership journey within Banfield with her most recent promotion in 2017 to Vice President of Veterinary Quality. In this role, Dr. Therrien is responsible for ensuring high-quality medicine across 20 markets and 300+ hospitals within the Central and Midwest region.

Dr. Therrien is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, and Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and serves as a board member of the Banfield Foundation since 2016. At the start of 2020, she assumed the role of president of the Women Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI). Most recently, Dr Therrien has also joined the newly formed AVMA DEI Commission as a board member. Her passion for leadership and the many challenges that veterinarians face within the profession is what first led her to join WVLDI, and she is committed to helping shape the future of veterinary medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Therrien loves spending time enjoying the great outdoors and traveling with her two daughters and husband.

Danielle Adney, PhD

Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Adney's Bio

Dr. Adney received her PhD from Colorado State University (CSU) in 2016, where she is currently a member of the veterinary class of 2020. Her PhD research investigated the role of dromedary camels in the transmission cycle of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MER-CoV).

Upon completion of her DVM, Dr. Adney will integrate her scientific and veterinary expertise to continue researching the role of reservoir hosts in the spillover of emerging infectious diseases.

Dr. Adney is passionate about promoting women and minorities in science. She is one of the founding members of CSU’s Women in Science Career Issues Group, has helped organize two symposiums focused on the topic, and serves as the student director of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative. Furthermore, Dr. Adney believes science communication within the scientific community and amongst the general population is critical to the advancement of science. She is a founding member of Science on Tap, Fort Collins, a monthly event focused on open and informal discussion between scientists and the public.

Annie Wayne, DVM

Board Member

Dr. Wayne's Bio

Annie Wayne is a veterinary criticalist who studies antimicrobial stewardship in dogs and cats and is an assistant professor at the Cummings Veterinary School, Tufts University. She graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in 2005. She attended the Cummings Veterinary School and completed a dual degree program to earn her Masters in Public Health and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Dr. Wayne went on to complete a small animal rotating internship and residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Angell Animal Medical Center. Following training, Dr. Wayne joined the faculty at Tufts in January 2016. She spends half her time in the clinic overseeing interns, residents, and cases in the emergency room and intensive care unit and the other half of her time is devoted to teaching and research. Through her research, Dr. Wayne has embraced the One Health concept and has formed a collaboration with Tufts Medical Center’s Infection Control Team. They are currently working on several joint research projects to apply antimicrobial stewardship efforts used in human hospitals to companion animal medicine. In addition, she is a part of a research collaborative to examine parenting issues for veterinary trainees and veterinarians and has worked with the administrative team at the Cummings Veterinary School to improve support for people who are parenting and working as veterinarians. She lives in Needham, MA with her husband, three young children, and two dogs.

Tannetje’ Crocker, DVM

Board Member
Dr. Crocker's Bio

Dr. Tannetje’ Crocker is a 2009 graduate from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is passionate about mentorship and empowering both veterinary students and young veterinarians to embrace the profession and find joy and success. Growing up Dr. Crocker was always passionate about horses and was inspired to become a veterinarian. Since graduation she has worked as an equine ambulatory vet, small animal general practitioner, and an emergency veterinarian. She currently lives in Texas with her spirited 8-year-old daughter, funny 4-year-old son, and supportive husband of 14 years. Follow her veterinary journey @dr.tannetje.crocker or www.drcrockerpetvet.com

Gary Marshall, DVM

Board Member
Dr. Marshall's Bio
Dr. Gary Marshall is a graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Marshall founded Island Cats Veterinary Hospital, the first feline-exclusive practice on Mercer Island, Washington in 1996. His special areas of interest are soft tissue surgery and feline geriatrics; prolonging and enhancing the senior years of feline patients.

With his position as Adjunct Professor for Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, there are several veterinary students receiving part of their clinical training at Island Cats.

Dr. Marshall is a Past-President of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association and still serves on the Board of Directors. He also has previously served as Vice-Chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and currently serves as one of two representatives from Washington State in the House of Delegates for the American Veterinary Medical Association.

He is proud that his last act as WSVMA President was to propose and promote that Washington be the first State VMA to sign on in support of the Wake Up Vet Med Call to Action by the Multicultural Veterinary Medicine Association.

Late in 2020, he was appointed to the Advisory Group of the Commission for a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Veterinary Profession. This is a joint venture of the AVMA and AAVMC.

Dr. Marshall is also working with the Washington State University Center for Undergraduate Education (Pre-Veterinary Medicine) to establish a DEI forum with a panel of current veterinary students.

Outside of this veterinary medicine, Dr. Marshall enjoys getting to all the corners of the Pacific Northwest to work on honing his landscape photography skills, and during the winter he participates in a local curling league.

Dr. Marshall is married and has two grown children. He and his wife share their home with their cat named Millicent Cloudberry (Millie), senior Bassett-Retriever cross named Fred, and during pandemics, the Island Cats clinic cat named Ella.

Makenzie Peterson, MSc

Board Member
Makenzie's Bio
As a member of their program leadership team, Makenzie Peterson serves as the Director for Wellbeing at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). She works to advance AAVMC’s strategic goal of fostering a culture of wellbeing throughout academic veterinary medicine by promoting preventative systems-based initiatives. Makenzie provides subject-matter expertise on the science and application of evidence-based wellbeing practices, as well as the development and implementation of strategic organizational changes to improve the overall wellbeing of academic communities. She speaks on a variety of wellbeing-related topics across the profession to drive positive change.

Makenzie Peterson’s previous roles included being a health specialist for a joint MIT/Harvard-sponsored start-up located in Harvard Business School’s Innovation Lab focused on educating college students on health topics, and at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine as their first Wellbeing Program Director creating community wellbeing initiatives for students, staff, and faculty. She served on the Wellbeing Committee for the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative.

Born and raised in Alaska, Makenzie graduated from the University of Utah with a master’s degree in Health Promotion & Health Education and will complete her Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2022.

Morello

Dr. Sam Morello, DVM, DCAVS

Board Member

Sam's Bio
Sam Morello received her BS and DVM from Cornell University and completed a large animal surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She spent over a decade in academia as an Associate Professor Surgery focused on musculoskeletal and upper airway diseases. In addition to her clinical research on those topics, Dr. Morello has extensive experience investigating and speaking on professional sustainability, economic, and personal life issues in veterinary medicine with a particular focus on gender. She has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally and at veterinary schools across the country. Projects have focused on women and other underrepresented groups in veterinary surgery and human orthopedics, on work-life issues for veterinarians, residency-selection and compensation, and how gender stereotypes affect perceptions of veterinary medicine to those outside. Her goals are to provide data to improve mentorship, inform career decisions, and to guide those in management and leadership roles to shape the policies that best serve the profession. She serves as the Assistant Director for Continuing Education for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, as a faculty with AOVet where she is also on the North America Education Committee, and she and leads a task
force on Faculty and Leader Development for the internationally run AO Access
program, a program she helped to design and launch dedicated to improving gender and racial diversity, opportunity, and mentorship among global community of human and veterinary orthopedic surgeons. She also serves on the board for the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative. Sam is now self-employed as a consultant, based in Madison, Wisconsin, and recently joined the Cornell Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship as a Courtesy Associate Professor.
Eva

Eva Evans, DVM, MBA

Board Member

Eva's Bio
Dr. Eva Evans attended The University of Tennessee and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and received her MBA from The University of Maryland in 2015. Dr. Evans spent two years in Las Vegas, Nevada where she worked at a small animal private practice. In 2014, Dr. Evans moved back to Nashville, Tennessee and focused on Emergency medicine at an after-hours practice. She worked as a relief veterinarian from 2015-2017 while building her new practice, and in 2017 opened City Pets Animal Care in downtown Nashville,
TN. In addition to private practice, Dr. Evans is a contributing author for Pets Best Insurance. She writes educational articles on everything from pet travel tips to choosing the best diet for your pet.

She served on the AVMA Political Action Committee (PAC) Board from 2013-2019, including as Chairwoman for two years.

Dr. Evans also serves on the Scholarship and Awards Committee with the AVMF evaluating scholarship applications from veterinary students. She enjoys interacting with students and mentoring.

Rosita

Rosita Barlow

Board Member
Rosita's Bio
Rosita Faye Barlow Chamorro, was born and raised on the island of Guam. In 2002, she moved to Seattle to attend school at Seattle University focusing on a business degree with a focus in Finance. After college, she landed a job at Gravity Payments and has been there for the past 16 years. Rosita’s career evolution started with individual contributor roles in underwriting, accounting, and finance until she found alignment with a management position and a passion for building a strong community within an organization. In 2013, she made an organizational switch to working with and overseeing sales reps which gave her an opportunity to start connecting to the veterinary profession. This connection led to an opportunity for Rosita to be a veterinary community owner within Gravity Payments advocating for the advancement and investment in technology to support independent practices and hospitals. Since then, she’s attended conferences and educational events, and networked with veterinarians in pursuit of deepening her understanding of the challenges individuals face in practicing veterinary medicine daily.

When Gravity announced it would raise the minimum wage to $70K, Rosita became involved on a national level advocating for other companies to do the same by sharing her story. She interviewed for numerous print articles, interviewed on the Work Life podcast by Adam Grant, and appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show. Rosita has also written a piece for the Women in Leadership series calling out that gender bias continues to be a prevalent disease in the workplace and bringing authenticity in our voice to challenge the status quo is one of the ways to clean up our environments. She now lives in Federal Way, Washington spending quality time with her family and friends.

Reetz Hannah

Hannah Reetz

Student Director

Hannah's Bio
Hannah was raised in Raleigh NC. She realized her passion for animals at an early age. After high school, she enrolled in college at the University of Mary Washington. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology, with minors in Neuroscience and Business Spanish in May 2018. She has worked as a veterinary technician in a small animal clinic in Fredericksburg, VA as well as at an equine hospital in Somerset, PA. She was then accepted into the College of Veterinary
Medicine at Michigan State University, Class of 2024. Hannah is currently pursuing her interests in mixed animal, chiropractic, acupuncture, surgery, and practice ownership. Outside of veterinary medicine, Hannah enlisted in the Army National Guard in 2013. She currently is an Engineer Officer in the Michigan National Guard in a Bridging Company and looks forward to demolition every year!

She has also taken a leadership role as President in MSU Chapter of Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) and serves as the Zoetis Student Representative. What leisure time Hannah can find to enjoy is spent traveling, hiking, and spending time outdoors. As the WVLDI Student Director, Hannah aspires to address the challenges facing today’s veterinarians and promote opportunities for women in leadership in all facets of the veterinary profession.

Danielle Alleman

Danielle Alleman, DVM

Board Member
Danielle's Bio

Dr. Danielle Alleman is a 2017 graduate from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Immediately following graduation, she moved out to Washington State and has been a practicing small animal veterinarian out west ever since.

Dr. Alleman has been passionate about wellbeing since her time as a vet student and was part of the group of students that helped create the Student Wellness Initiative that exists currently today.

Now as a veterinarian, Dr. Alleman is passionate about empowering other early career veterinarians to find balance and sustainability in their careers. She also serves on the WSVMA Wellbeing Committee helping to provide wellbeing resources to members.

Dr. Alleman is the owner and creator of Empathos Veterinary Wellness, a platform designed to help support the mental health and wellbeing of the veterinary profession through virtual events, speaking, career coaching, and more.

When she is not involved in Vet Med, she enjoys hiking, climbing, skiing – or basically any activity that gets her outside in the PNW mountains!

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