2017 officer board
Meet your 2017 VBMA board. We are happy to answer any and all questions you may have. Please read the descriptions of our board positions below and send your question to the corresponding board member. Thanks for the interest!
Dr. Rick DeBowes is our club advisor. He graduated from the Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at WSU and is a board certified equine surgeon. Dr. DeBowes' veterinary interests include equine general and orthopedic surgery, lameness diagnosis, and joint biology. Dr. DeBowes' administrative interests include faculty and program development, fund raising, and the promotion of nontechnical competencies (life skills), medical communications and personal/servant leadership.
He teaches and coordinates the practice management course (VM 591) and co-directs with Drs. Kurtz and Dr. Cary and teaches in the Veterinary Clinical Communication course (VM 502). He also is a motivational speaker and conducts programing for team building and communications. He was instrumental in the development of COLE and co-founded VLE with Dr. Kathy Ruby.
This position is held by Joseph Marchell, class of 2019. He grew up outside Boston and worked in veterinary clinics in that area. He also spent time working on dairy farms in Vermont, and is interested in mixed animal practice.
Roles of the President:
1. Work with the President Elect for fundraising and event ideas with speakers and sponsors.
2. Support other board members in their roles.
3. Organize the Capstone Project
4. Work with president elect to plan VBMA Graduation, open house, and other events
This position is held by Jackie Shultz, class of 2020. She is excited to connect her colleagues with the information they need to empower themselves as professionals. Jackie enjoys cooking, yoga, cats, and outdoor activities at all times.
Roles of the President-Elect:
Network with speakers to arrange the schedule
Work with sponsors to fund events
Run board meetings and support the other board members
Organize the VBMA booth for promotional events
Run officer elections in the fall
Support club members in their pursuit of the BCP certification
Our current VP position is held by Nathan Cherzan, class of 2020. He is from Battle Ground, Washington. He plans on working in small animal medicine with an interest in surgery, radiology, and practice ownership.
Roles of the Vice President:
Run VPI contest in the spring
Write up events and submit them to the treasurer
National forum posts
Give quarterly updates to the national board
The secretary this year is Bradley Stirling, class of 2020. Brad was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but has lived in Nashville, TN, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, PA, and Bellingham, WA. He lives in Golden Hills Park with his wife and their adorable cat Moe. They love sports, outdoors, camping, hiking, and all kinds of food!
Roles of the Secretary:
Take meeting notes and distribute to board members
Update list serve with new and graduating members
Create New Member packets and maintain membership lists
Maintain credit hours document
National report to NVBMA and Event Reports
Order Business Cards for members
The treasurer this year is McKenna Thompson, class of 2020. McKenna is from beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona. She is interested in small town companion animal practice (with the occasional goat, sheep, cow - gotta mix it up). She has an adorable pug, Buddy, a pretty German Shepherd, Belle, and a fiesty and wonderful kitty, Callie Pepper.
Roles of the Treasurer:
Maintaining the VBMA WSU financial account
Budgeting for the year
Reimbursing expenses for the meetings and collecting dues from members
National Reporting to NVBMA
public relations officer
The Public Relations Officer this year is Lillian McKinley, class of 2020. Lillian is an Idaho native with special interests in Integrative Medicine and Birds of Prey. She plans to incorporate these interests into her future career in veterinary medicine.
Roles of the Public Relations Officer
Manage the VBMA bulletin boarrd
Maintain and respond to posts on the WSU Facebook page
Update the website
Publlicize meetings and events
Manage RSVPs to events
This year's Events Coordinator is Taylor Foster, class of 2020. When she is not tirelessly planning meetings, she enjoys short walks around Pullman with her cat and pug. She also likes cooking, eating, and laughing.
Roles of the Event Coordinator:
Ordering food for weekly meetings
Managing weekly meetings and assigning tasks for set-up/take down
Booking rooms for VBMA events
Running the Partners in Practice event with the President
Plan a "wet lab" each semester
Organize VBMA booth at the club fair in the fall
long distance learning chair
The Long Distance Learning Chair this year is Sam Seramur, class 2020. He grew up in Wisconsin, but has fallen in love with the mountains spanning the Pacific Northwest. He is interested in small ruminant and small animal medicine, and intends to pursue veterinary entrepreneurship as a large component of his career. Outside of class, Sam enjoys cooking, a good comedy, and touring the country on his bicycle.
Roles of the Long Distance Learning Chair:
Establishing relationships with Utah and Montana VBMA chapters
Help Montana and Utah with club reimbursements.
Schedule rooms and conferencing for VBMA events and meetings.
Design and make business cards for members on all campuses.
long distance representatives - montana and utah
There are three long distance representatives, two at our Utah State University campus, and one at Montana State University. Duties of the long distance representatives include:
Establishing relationships with WSU VBMA
Acting as a liaison between WSU VBMA and other campuses
Update WSU VBMA Board of new ideas, issues, or event ideas.
Help Utah and Montana state campuses understand and reach requirements to complete the BCP program
Manage RSVPs, collect dues, coordinate food and rooms for events.