2014 Class Officers

Patti Brown

Patti grew up in southern California and graduated with her B.S in Animal Science from UC Davis in 2005 and her A.S in Veterinary Technology in 2007. She worked at VMRCVM as a surgery ward technician from 2008 until beginning vet school in the fall of 2010. She has had an interest in veterinary medicine since a very young age and has a large variety of clinical experiences. Her duties as class President include acting as a liason between clinicians and students, providing structure and support to the other officers, scheduling class and officer meetings and discussing the course and exam schedule for the following semester with MDL at the end of each semester.

Rachael Dunn

Rachael, from Northern Virginia, loves to be outdoors and playing with her beagle Maddie. She is a huge Hokie football fan, having conducted her undergraduate career here at Tech as well. Her duties as Vice President include assisting the President and maintaining a positive class community.

Brian Neumann

Brian, born in Bethesda, MD, completed 3-years of undergraduate coursework here at Virginia Tech before being accepted into the VMRCVM. He was a chemistry major and animal science minor, and an employee at TRACSS and the parasitology lab at the vet school. He is a public/corporate tracker and hopes to work with the CDC after graduation. As vice president, he is responsible for maintaining the mental well being of the class, a liason between the faculty and students, and the direct assistant of the president of the class.

Ashley Gray

Ashley grew up in Charlottesville, VA and graduated with her B.S. in Science, specifically Food Science and Technology and Animal and Poultry Sciences. She worked for a small animal veterinary clinic as well as an equine practice during her year off before veterinary school. She is the class secretary responsible for keeping students up to date on daily activities, taking meeting minutes, and compiling the weekly class newsletter.

Kathy Hatziginnakis

Kathy is a registered vet tech from Baltimore, Maryland. She has worked several years in small animal general practice and is looking forward to returning to the profession as a veterinarian. Kathy is a member of the Veterinary Business Management Association and has an interest in practice management. She is currently the Treasurer for the class of 2014 and manages the financial duties for the class. She shares her home with her husband Tony and their two dogs, Quimby and Veruca. They enjoy watching sci-fi TV shows, checking out the local farmer's markets, and skiing in the winter time.

Chad Pelensky
Sergeant at Arms

Chad, a native of Erie, PA, graduated with a B.S in Animal Bioscience in 2009 from the Pennsylvania State University. His goal is to pursue a career in food animal medicine with a focus on dairy cattle. His duties as Sargent of Arms include maintaining order and equal speaking time for all attendees at class meetings and Executive Council meetings. The Sergeant-at-Arms also calls the class to order, if necessary, when it is time for lecture or laboratory to begin. Chad is a member of the Food Animal Practitioner Club and Alpha Psi Fraternity here at the VMRCVM.

Julia Gibson
SCAVMA Representative

Julia, from Warrenton, Virginia, did two years of undergraduate work at Virginia Tech before being accepted into VMRCVM. She is a huge fan of Hokie football and basketball, loves being around people, and loves the outdoors. She is one of the SCAVMA representatives for the class of 2014. Her duties include: organizing the dog wash fundraisers in the fall and spring, keeping track of her class' attendance to SCAVMA meetings, and taking her class's concerns to the SCAVMA officers.

Lisa Perez

Lisa is from Olney, Maryland. She graduated from The University of Maryland in 2009 with a B.S. in Animal and Avian Science. For nine years, she worked as a veterinary technician for six different veterinary practices in her area. Upon graduation, she wants to enter into a mixed animal practice that treats small animals and exotics. As the class Historian, she has several responsibilities. The first of which is photographing class events, both social and academic. She is also a member of the yearbook committee. Her final responsibility is to compile and present a slide show presentation of pictures from all four years at the graduation ceremony.

Katy Lamb

Katy is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia and attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate work. She is interested in food animal medicine, particularly rural practice. Her duties as Historian include taking pictures at class events and working with the yearbook committee of the college.

Nicole Boritz
Fundraising Chair

Nicole is a from Baltimore, Maryland and has a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. She worked at a small animal veterinary clinic for 12 years and an animal ophthalmology clinic for 3 1/2 years. Realizing how much she LOVES animal medicine she decided to apply to veterinary school. She volunteers for Hospice of the Chesapeake (when at home) and loves spending time with her family and friends. Her duty is fundraising representative for the Class of 2014. With the help of her fellow classmates and fundraising reps she hopes to bring in a generous amount of money for the class.

Alicyn Cross
Fundraising Chair

Alicyn, from Odenton, MD, graduated with her B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University. She, along with her mom, breeds and shows chinchillas. She would like to follow her passion and work with exotics and wildlife. As fundraising co-chair she will be helping to raise money to support the Class of 2014.

Katy Dorsey
Hospitality Chair

Katy, originally from Jacksonville, NC, graduated with her B.S. in Biology in 2006 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and her M.S. in Animal Science in 2009 from the University of Maryland. During her time in graduate school, she developed a passion for laboratory animal medicine while carrying out gamete cryobiology research on Atlantic sturgeon, and thus decided to go to veterinary school. Her duties as hospitality chair include organizing social events, keeping the class informed about various performances on campus, and being responsible for organization of celebratory/special events.

Alex Teed
Hospitatlity Chair

Dan Claffey
Sports Chair

Dan, originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, attended St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina where he graduated with a double major in Biology and English. After graduation he worked at his parent's veterinary hospital back home in Edmonton until making the move to VMRCVM. He is currently one of the social chairs for sports.

Kelsey Vonier
Sports Chair

Kelsey, a native of Richmond, VA, graduated with her B.S. in Biology in 2010 from the University of Virginia. She is now serving as the Sports Social chair for the class of 2014 and tracking small animal medicine.

Jennifer Thompson
Service Representative

Lauren Malick
Vetlogue Representative

Lauren, a native of Granite, MD, graduated with her B.S. in Biology in 2010. In 2004 she began working in veterinary practices as a veterinary assistant and has not looked back since. She dabbled in organic chemistry research for two years, but still decided veterinary school was the place to go. Her duties as Vetlogue Representative include recording any and all quotes that can be later taken out of context.

Rory Hekking
Honor Board

Rory grew up in McLean, Virginia, graduating in 2004. He attended Brigham Young University, where he met his wife, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Biology.

Mary Ashley Laine
Honor Board

Mary Ashley graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008. She has a strong interest in conservation and is working towards a career in wildlife medicine. As one of the two Honor Board Representatives for the Class of 2014, she is a member of the Student Code Board, which is responsible for the enforcement of the Student Honor Code.

Emma Corrigan
Curriculum Board

Born and raised in Cochranton, PA, Emma graduated from Kent State University in 2010 with her B.S. in Conservation. She is the Class of 2014 curriculum board representative who meets with the College Curriculum Board monthly to present the opinions of the class.