Alumni Society Board of Directors

VMCVM Alumni Constitution and Board of Directors Bylaws (PDF)

The Constitution and Bylaws are effective as amended and adopted on Sept. 9, 2019.

Board Members

Jesper Lorentzen

Jesper Lorentzen (DVM '04)
President

Dr. Jesper Lorentzen started working at Hanover Green Veterinary Clinic as a relief doctor in 2013. Quickly growing to love the hospital as well as the staff, he purchased the hospital in February 2014.

Prior to owning Hanover Green, Dr. Lorentzen spent eight years at Virginia Tech, where he earned a DVM, and worked in emergency medicine for 10 years. During that time, he met his wife Ashlea and started a family.

Dr. Lorentzen has four daughters. He also has an Airedale terrier named Bruce, a cavalier named Shelby, and a miniature dachshund named Cooper.

Melinda Cep

Melinda Cep (DVM '09)
President-Elect

Dr. Melinda Cep is a senior director of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Markets and Food Team. She identifies new issues, trends, and opportunities that affect sustainability within the food sector, sets short- and long-term policy goals, communicates policy objectives, and develops partnerships with both individuals and institutions to achieve WWF's conservation objectives.

Before joining WWF, Dr. Cep served as the deputy chief of staff at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she managed the department's policy and regulatory work and served as policy liaison with the White House and other federal agencies. While at the USDA, she also served in other roles, coordinating farm bill implementation, managing the department's work for the White House's Pollinator Health Task Force, and leading policy work on research, natural resources, rural development, and public health issues. Before joining the USDA, Dr. Cep worked for a member of Congress as a policy advisor on health and agriculture issues.

Jeff Alexander

Jeff Alexander (DVM '98, PHD '15)

Dr. Alexander grew up in Mechanicsville, Virginia. After high school, he attended Virginia Tech, where he earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Nutrition in 1994. He then went on to receive his DVM from VMCVM in 1998.

After seven years in private practice in the Richmond area, he furthered his training at Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) medical school, receiving a Master of Public Health in 2008. Returning to VMCVM, Dr. Alexander completed a Ph.D. in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, specializing in veterinary medical informatics with advisor Dr. Jeff Wilcke, in 2015. While in the Ph.D. program, he received several awards for his work related to veterinary information systems and public health research.

In his spare time, Dr. Alexander enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter, as well as playing goalie for his rec-level ice hockey team. He is an avid Virginia Tech football and basketball fan. Go, Hokies!

Lisa Aumiller

Lisa Aumiller (DVM '99)

Dr. Aumiller earned a B.S. in biology from Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia, and then headed to Blacksburg to earn a DVM from VMCVM in 1999.

After 11 years in practice, she founded Dr. Lisa's Mobile Veterinary Service, which became HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service when additional veterinarians joined the practice. Currently, HousePaws employs 16 veterinarians who serve more than eight counties in two states.

Dr. Aumiller has special training and interest in pocket pet surgery/medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, and advanced dentistry.

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Steve Brandt (DVM '98)

Dr. Brandt was raised in Chesterfield, Virginia, and earned a B.S. in biology from Old Dominion University in 1993. He then graduated from VMCVM with a DVM in 1998, and moved back to his hometown, where he continues to practice small animal medicine.

Dr. Brandt's areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, pain management, and end-of-life care. Throughout his career, he has successfully mentored several aspiring veterinarians and frequently welcomes young students in his practice.

Dr. Brandt and his wife, Kim, have two children, Parker and Campbell. In his free time, he enjoys playing hockey with his son and is an active leader in his church.

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Carter Burkey (DVM '88)

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Courtney Conroy

Courtney Conroy (DVM '17)

Dr. Conroy was raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. Her love for veterinary medicine was initially born out of her passion for riding, and showing in the hunters. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013, with a Bachelor’s in Animal and Poultry Sciences, and a minor in Spanish. Dr. Conroy was excited to be able to stay in Blacksburg an additional four years, and completed her DVM at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.

Shortly after graduation, Dr. Conroy married her husband, a fellow Hokie, on campus. They currently reside on a small farm in Warrenton, VA, with two dogs, Lily and Skipper, a cat, Whisper, along with two horses, Dreamer and Ben, and a mule, Molly. In her free time, Dr. Conroy enjoys riding, gardening, visiting local wineries, and watching Hokie football in the fall.

Dr. Conroy is proud to be an associate at Dulles Veterinary Center, which houses both Aldie Veterinary Hospital, a general practice, as well as Dulles South Animal Emergency and Referral Hospital. Her interests include education, nutrition, and minimally invasive procedures. She also serves as a mentor for the VVMA, facilitator for the Power of 10 Program, and coordinator for Dulles South Veterinary Center’s externship program.

Adam Henderson

Adam Henderson (DVM '11)

Adam Henderson grew up in Suffolk, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in biology and earned a DVM from VMCVM in 2011. After graduation, he returned to Hampton Roads and currently practices in Virginia Beach as a small animal clinician.

Dr. Henderson's interests outside of work include working on his 1969 Ford Bronco, playing golf, and working around the yard. He is married to fellow veterinarian Katherine Henderson, who earned a DVM at the University of Georgia and then completed a small animal internship at VMCVM. The Hendersons share their home with their Labrador, Captain Morgan.

Sharon Franklin

Sharon Franklin (DVM '85)

Dr. Franklin earned a B.A. in psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from the University of Virginia in 1980. A member of the VMCVM's second graduating class, she received her DVM and the Arlington Animal Hospital Award for Small Animal Medicine in 1985.

Dr. Franklin and her husband, Dr. John Franklin, purchased The Animal Hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia, in July 1985. She spent the first year of her small animal medicine career working for Dr. James Shuler at the Companion Animal Clinic in Blacksburg. In 1986, she moved to Lynchburg and practiced small animal medicine and surgery in partnership with her husband for the next thirteen years. She enjoyed internal medicine and surgery, and had a special interest in neurology and oncology and in the parallel health issues of her patients and the families in which they lived.

After the Franklins sold their practice in 1999, Sharon became a Certified Flight Instructor, flying for Virginia Aviation and later for Potomac Air. Currently, she and John enjoy long-distance recreational running and hiking, and delight in visiting zoos and national parks.

Sharon and John keep their veterinary licenses current and continue to enjoy the CE opportunities that the VMCVM provides. They appreciate the One Health Initiative and the college’s leading-edge partnership with veterinarians, physicians, researchers, and allied health care practitioners working together to raise the quality of life for all.

Tanya LeRoith

Tanya LeRoith (DVM '99)

Dr. LeRoith earned a B.S. from the University of Maryland in 1994, a DVM from VMCVM in 1999, and a Ph.D. in veterinary science from Washington State University. Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, she is a veterinary pathologist and serves as director of the Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services at VMCVM. Her research interests include viral immunology and immunopathology.

Dr. LeRoith enjoys cycling, riding, running, competing in triathlons, and skiing with her two sons. She has two dogs, two cats, and a horse.

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Melinda McCall (DVM '04)

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Brian Neumann

Brian Neumann (DVM '14)

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Neumann attended Virginia Tech for undergraduate studies in chemistry and animal science and then earned a DVM from VMCVM in 2014. At the college, he was class vice president and implemented the first annual Casino Night fundraiser for the Compassionate Care Fund.

Dr. Neumann is medical director at Caring Hands Animal Hospital, a small animal general practice in Alexandria, Virginia. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), leading the VVMA's recent graduate "Power of 10" program, and on the board of directors for the D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Neumann’s professional interests include emergency medicine, ultrasound, and geriatric medicine. When not in the clinic, he enjoys scuba diving, fishing, hiking, traveling, and Washington and Hokie football.

David Stephenson

David Stevenson (DVM '01)

Dr. Stevenson earned a B.S. in biology from Virginia Tech in 1997, and a DVM from VMCVM in 2001. Currently, he practices small animal medicine in his hometown of Bel Air, Maryland.

Outside of practice, Dr. Stevenson is a Virginia Tech fan and avid runner, having completed more than 50 marathons.

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Renee Sykes (DVM '93)

Dr. Sykes' bio coming soon

Jessica Walters

Jessica Walters (PHD '14 DVM '16)

A diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, Dr. Jessica Walters serves both as the poultry diagnostician for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and as the director of the Harrisonburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory for the Office of Laboratory Services.

Hailing from Powhatan, Virginia, with an agricultural background working with horses and beef cattle, Dr. Walters became interested in poultry production and health as a Virginia Tech undergraduate. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in poultry infectious diseases in 2014, and a DVM in food animal medicine in 2016, both from the VMCVM.

In her current role, Dr. Walters, who has a passion for flock health, production management, and disease diagnostics, enjoys participating in the education of backyard producers, teaching students about poultry medicine, and working hands-on with the commercial industry.

In her free time, Dr. Walters enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and traveling. She and her husband, along with their menagerie of animals, reside in Rockingham County, Virginia.