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2015 Class Officers

Tom Riegel

Tom, from Lexington, VA, graduated with a B.A. in Biology in 2009 from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. He enjoys playing musical instruments, hiking, and learning foreign languages.

Meme Robinson

Meme grew up in Washington D.C. and graduated from Stevenson University with a B.S. in biology. Meme played basketball for all four of her undergraduate years, and is now one of the assistant basketball coaches at Blacksburg High School (go lady bruins!). She plans to persue a career in small animal emergency medicine.

Robert Fathke

About Robert

Elizabeth Wall

Elizabeth is from Gresham, Oregon. In 2011, she graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington with a BA in Spanish and a BS in Biology. She is currently the Class Secretary for the Class of 2015. Elizabeth likes to hike, cook and bake, and travel.

Ali Silver

Alexandra, a native of Baltimore,MD, graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2008. After graduation, she spent three years working in a 24-hour emergency animal hospital and volunteering with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. She is currently the VA-MD Vet Med Class of 2015 Treasurer. Ali would like to gain experience in all fields of veterinary medicine. Her hobbies include hiking, playing team sports,cooking and relaxing with friends.

Dustin Burch
Sergeant at Arms

Dustin, from Newburg, MD, graduated with his B.S. in Animal & Poultry Science with a Pre-Veterinary Emphasis in Poultry in 2010. After spending a year in working for the Maryland Dept. of Agriculture working in all aspects of the poultry industry he decided to return to veterinary school. He is currently the VA-MD Vet Med Class of 2015 Sergeant of Arms. Dustin aspires to become an Avian Veterinarian dealing mainly with government and corporate industry while also giving back to the community through volunteering with different 4-H, FFA programs, and with local extension offices. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, farming, hiking, sport shooting, and hanging out with good ol' friends.

Ellen Weaver
SCAVMA Representative

Ellen grew up in Lakeland, FL and graduated from Florida Southern College with her B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology. After an internship in wildlife rehabilitation, Ellen moved to Virginia and worked in an equine referral hospital until joining the VA-MD Vet Med Class of 2015. She plans on tracking either Equine or Food Animal and is proud to be a Hokie!

Karen Hicks
SCAVMA Representative

Karen came to VA-MD Vet Med after several years working in non-profit management in Washington, D.C., where she was also a volunteer for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and the Washington Animal Rescue League. Her main interest is in small animal medicine. Following graduation, she hopes to spend a lot of time outside private practice running spay/neuter and vaccination clinics in developing countries.

Emory Dabney

About Emory

Allyson Ripley

Allyson Ripley was born and raised in Midlothian Virginia and completed her BS in Biology with an minor in Animal Science at Virginia Tech. Although growing up in the suburbs, Allyson is interested in food animal medicine with an emphasis on small ruminants and theriogenology. In her spare time she competitively trains and runs her two Border Collies in sheepherding trials. If there is any time left in the day, she also enjoys reading and painting.

Cierra French
Fundraising Chair

Cierra is from Colora, MD, and graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Chemistry in 2011. Throughout her undergraduate studies she worked as a veterinary assistant, and volunteered in animal shelters, as well as sterilization clinics. Her hobbies include studying, yoga, and art, and she hopes to become a small animal specialist in the future.

Kristina Ruffner
Fundraising Chair

Kristina grew up on a beef cattle farm in the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia). She attended Virginia Tech as an undergraduate, majoring in Animal and Poultry Sciences. After receiving her DVM, she hopes to work at a private practice in a rural setting, treating primarily small animals and cattle. In her free time, Kristina enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and spending time with her pets.

Catherine Claxton
Hospitality Chair

Catherine grew up on a small dairy and swine production farm in Berks County Pennsylvania. Her farm had 60 head of cattle producing for Clover Hill Farms, and they raised finisher hogs for Hatfield. She went to Penn State University for undergrad, majoring in Veterinary & Biomedical Science with a minor in Biology, and she graduated in May 2011. She will be tracking food animal medicine, and hopes to go into a private practice. She enjoys any kind of outdoor activities and anything athletic, especially intramural sports. Fun fact, She won 3 intramural championships at Penn State for flag football, and is red cross certified in Kayaking safety.

Kristin Marzin
Hospitatlity Chair

Kristin, is from Sterling, VA and graduated from Penn State in 2011 with a B.S. in Veterinary and Biomedical Science. Her goal is to practice as a companion animal veterinarian. Kristin enjoys having fun with friends, reading, figure skating, and spending time with her dog, Nellie.

Mel Toulhouse
Sports Chair

A native of Arlington, Va, Mel graduated with a B.A. in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She loves sports, particularly soccer, and serves as the class of 2015's co-sports chair. Mel hopes to one day work in Brazil as a mixed animal practitioner. She has 4 rescue dogs: 3 from Brazil and one from West Virginia. Her hobbies include reading, writing, playing sports, dancing salsa and napping.

Clara Nelson
Sports Chair

Clara grew up on a beef cattle and sheep farm in Natural Bridge, Virginia. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech. She is interested in food animal private practice and would eventually love to do non-profit vet work in Latin America. Clara loves Hokie football and basketball and probably spends too much time watching and discussing games. Go Hokies!

Lindsay Vega
Service Representative

Lindsay is from Smithsburg, Md. She will graduate with a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Science from Virginia Tech at the end of her first year of vet school. She wanted to work with animals her entire life and worked extremely hard to get into vet school. She is currently the VA-MD Vet Med Class of 2015 service representative. Lindsay is not sure whether she wants to be a small animal vet or a mixed animal vet. She is also interested in small animal orthopedics. Her hobbies include studying, exercising, reading, and visiting her family and boyfriend when she has time.

Jessica Gould
Vetlogue Representative

About Jessica

Katie Eisner
Honor Board

Katie grew up in Jarrettsville, MD and attended nearby Loyola University Maryland. In May of 2011, she graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in French. Currently, she is one of two Honor Board Representatives for the Class of 2015.

Dani Reece
Honor Board

Danielle, originally from Bel Air, Maryland, received her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Maryland in the spring of 2011. Danielle has been dreaming of becoming a veterinarian her entire life, and considers herself blessed to be able to study at VA-MD Vet Med on the Mixed track, focusing on small and large animal medicine. After obtaining her DVM, Danielle hopes to use her degree to serve people and animals as a surgeon, or a specialist (either in ophthalmology or oncology). Within the college, she is a member of SCAVMA and the Christian Veterinary Fellowship. Outside of school, Danielle enjoys listening to music and watching movies.

Tara Satalino
Curriculum Board

About Tara

Carly Mayer

Carly grew up in Montclair, Virginia. She graduated with a BS in Biology from James Madison University in 2008. She then moved to Richmond, VA where she attended Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Professional Science Masters in Bioinformatics. Carly then spent some time at the Medical College of Virginia, where she worked as a bioinformaticist on the Human Microbiome Project until moving to Blacksburg. Carly plans to focus on Equine medicine. She spends her free time training her Irish sport horse, reading, playing with computers and being outdoors.