Meet the Pawsibilities Team and Board Members.
Valerie Marcano, DVM, PhD
Dr. Valerie Marcano is the co-founder of Pawsibilities, a nonprofit that aims to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups to the veterinary profession. Valerie received a Bachelor of Science at Cornell University, and her DVM and PhD degrees from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 and 2020, respectively. Valerie’s PhD focused on vaccination strategies for Newcastle disease. During her time at UGA, Valerie served on the executive board of the national and University of Georgia’s chapter of Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE) for six years. She has also founded the Swine, Aquaculture and Poultry Food Animal Club and served in many roles in the board of directors and diversity and inclusion, education, and membership committees of the AAAP.
Currently, Valerie is a poultry veterinarian in North and South Carolina. She is also the chair of the first ever Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP).
Seth Andrews, ME, PhD
Dr. Seth Andrews, PhD is a Process Engineer with Precision BioSciences. He completed a post-doc at the University of Georgia after earning his PhD in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia in 2019. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering from Cornell University. Over the course of his graduate work, Seth has mentored numerous high school and undergraduate students. He also served as the president of the University of Georgia’s Engineering Graduate Club.
Staff and Volunteers
Heather Rosario is the Program Director of Pawsibilities Vet Med. She grew up in New York City and received her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in 2020. At Emory, she served as a MORE (Mentoring, Opportunities, and Resources at Emory) Mentor to provide support for first-year students of color and as a mentee in the Emory Pre-Law Society. She has held various
leadership positions focused on mentoring, DEI, and youth. This includes representing Emory undergrad on a task force for developing a possible diversity education requirement plan, raising awareness and funds for systems-impacted students, and helping children in the greater Atlanta area visit their incarcerated parents through ForeverFamily.
Board of Directors
Gerelyn Henry, DVM, MBA
My career focus and objective is to serve as an executive health scientist, leveraging my experiences as a veterinarian and pathologist with leadership and organizational development opportunities. By training, I am a veterinary pathologist with extensive experience in comparative medicine and translational sciences. After completing an internship, I was appointed as an anatomic pathology resident at Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and Diagnostic Center for Animal and Population Health; and was a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow in human cancer research in the Carcinogenesis Laboratory in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to biomedical skills and knowledge, I have an avid interest in finance and management, specifically involving the healthcare sector, medical quality, and leadership development. Recently, I earned my MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in the Global Executive MBA Program (GEMBA). My formal areas of completed study include Global Business Administration, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Medicine, Animal and Poultry Science, and Chemistry.
Laura Clark, DVM, PhD
Dr. Laura P Clark believes that veterinary medicine is a “career of options”; her journey clearly reflects this. Upon graduation from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, she completed an internship in orthopedic research at Emory School of Medicine, and spent a summer at the Atlanta Humane Society working as a clinician and emergency veterinarian on their premises. That fall, she moved to Pennsylvania and completed a 3-year post-doctoral training program at SmithKline Beecham Labs. After her comparative medicine training, she relocated to Ann Arbor MI where she was employed as a clinical veterinarian for Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert. After two years, she returned to Pennsylvania and over the next 15 years, accepted roles of increased responsibility at Johnson & Johnson. In 2007, she accepted the role of Director, Veterinary Medicine at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals where she had a global reach. She joined Zoetis in 2013, as a Manager for the companion animal veterinary team in Veterinary Medical Information & Product Support (VMIPS). In 2019, she transitioned to the role of Sr. Academic Liaison in Academic & Professional Affairs. She was the co-founder of Networking EXceptional Talent (NEXT) LLC, whose consortium of professionals provided targeted mentoring, coaching and training to undergraduate and veterinary students. She currently sits on the Advisory Committee for the veterinary technology program at Manor College and is the current Chair of the Penn State University-Abington Advisory Board.
Bonnie E. Price DVM, MPH
Dr. Bonnie Price is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Health Science within the School of Allied Health Sciences at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate TN. Dr. Price’s teaching is focused on One Health and includes courses such as Zoonotic Disease, Wildlife Disease, and The Human Animal Bond. Dr. Price lectures for undergraduates, graduate, and professional students across multiple disciplines (including vet tech, pre-vet, pre-med, nursing, conservation biology) with the goal of creating interdisciplinary collaborations very early in students’ training. In addition to her work with undergraduates, she has taught research design and analysis at LMU’s medical school and lectures on food safety for the LMU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Before training in veterinary public health, Dr. Price completed undergraduate work in anthropology and participated in primate fieldwork and conservation studies throughout Central America and West Africa, which fostered a strong commitment to culturally competent and multidisciplinary approaches to improve health and wellness at the interface of animals, humans and the environment.
Dr. Price is also an active member of PrideVMC’s Mentoring and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Working Groups, which exists to promote and uphold PrideVMC’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among its members, the larger LGBTQ+ community, the field of veterinary medicine, and all communities served by veterinary medicine.
Dr. Price earned a DVM and MPH from the University of TN.
Maria Jose Navarrete Talloni, DVM, MPVM
Dr. Navarrete Talloni is a Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist with a DVM from University of Chile, in Santiago. In 2006 she graduated from the Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (M.P.V.M) at UCDavis, and after being awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship in the same year, she started a Ph.D. in Hannover, Germany at the University of Veterinary Medicine in the Systems of Neuroscience Program (ZSN). In 2010 returned to Chile and moved to Valdivia, as an Assistant Professor at Universidad Austral de Chile. In 2019, she and her family made a life-change and packed to go to the Caribbean, where she is currently an Assistant Professor at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Kitts and Nevis. Her research lines relate to Anatomic Pathology in marine and terrestrial species, antibiotic resistance and emerging diseases in domestic animals and wildlife, also terrestrial and aquatic invasive species (mongooses and lionfish) and lately diseases in corals. She is devoted to science outreach and communication, participating in several projects to bring science closer to the public, especially to kids. She was recently selected as a mentor for the New York Academy of Sciences program 1000 girls 1000 futures, and she is much looking forward to share her journey in veterinary medicine and giving back to her mentees.
Kyle Granger, DVM
Kyle L. Granger, Jr., originally hailing from East Saint Louis, IL, is now a Small Animal Rotating Intern in the Seattle area. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his undergraduate and graduate degrees and completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he likes to annoy his dog, Gracie Mae, volunteer with local organizations, watch anime, dance, and sleep.
Alyssa Mages, BS, CVT
Alyssa is the Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) of EVT (Empowering Veterinary Teams) where she oversees the content development, clinical skills training, and overall vision of the company. She cofounded EVT to provide training programs, materials & coaching/learning opportunities for veterinary practices, as well as content development and training directives for veterinary industry service providers. The EVTeam consists of veterinary professionals, industry leaders & coaches.
Alyssa graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Marine Biology which led her to the education/conservation track. Ultimately her desire to learn and do more led her to transition to the veterinary field where she attained an AS in Veterinary Technology from Manor College and added CVT to her credentials.
She has over 16 years of veterinary experience and has worked in numerous sectors of the industry. Throughout her tenure she has held multiple leadership roles including Lead Veterinary Technician, Adjunct Professor and Education & Development Coordinator. Alyssa’s love of teaching and her passion for the education, evolution & empowerment of the support team members in veterinary medicine led to the launch of EVT in October of 2019
Currently, Valerie is a poultry veterinarian in North and South Carolina. She is also the chair of the first ever Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP).
Courtney Campbell, DVM
Dr. Courtney A. Campbell is a board certified veterinary surgeon who specializes in orthopedic, soft tissue, and minimally invasive surgery. He currently practices at VetSurg in Ventura, California. He is also a host, author, producer and the Chief Creative Officer for VetCandy. Dr. Campbell is the host of two popular podcasts, Anything Pawsible and The Dr. Courtney Show and he has also been dedicated to veterinary journalism for the past 9 years. He had the honor of co-hosting Pet Talk on Nat Geo Wild, a first of its kind talk show on Nat Geo Wild. He is now a recurring veterinary correspondent and pet health expert on daytime talk shows. WebMD, The Rachael Ray Show, CBS The Doctors, Home and Family, KTLA and other daytime talk shows. He was recently awarded the Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award at the Global Pet Expo. He shares his life between veterinary surgery, veterinary journalism, and exploring the depth of the human-animal bond. He’s looking forward to new possibilities in 2020.
Adam Christman, DVM, MBA
Adam Christman, DVM, MBA is the Chief Veterinary Officer for dvm360 & Fetch Conferences and the current treasurer to the NJVMA. He is a proud dog dad to four dachshunds and married to his husband Chris of 18 years. Dr. Christman is also the adjunct professor and course coordinator the Veterinary Assistant program at his local community college. He also practices part time and does shelter medicine. Dr. Christman is a national speaker and co-author of “Honey, Have You Squeezed the Dachshund? A Pet Owners Guide to Dogs With Disabilities”. He is a PrideVMC member and supports the mission of Pawsibilities.
Addie Reinhard, DVM, MS
Dr. Addie Reinhard is a veterinary wellbeing researcher. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative interventions to support mental health and wellbeing within the veterinary profession. She is the Founder and Director of MentorVet, an evidence-based mentorship and professional development program for recent veterinary graduates. She is on the research team for the next phase of the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study and is currently collaborating with Merck Animal Health to grow and expand MentorVet. She completed a master’s degree in Community and Leadership Development and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning from the University of Kentucky in Spring 2021, was a 2019-2020 KVMA Power of Ten Leadership Program participant, and holds a certificate in Veterinary Human Support from the University of Tennessee. She is also a certified QPR instructor.
Brad Rosen, JD
Brad is a lawyer from New York and works in the insurance industry. He teaches undergraduate classes involving law, technology, and privacy at Yale University, and also serves as an ad-hoc advisor for certain startup companies.
Elena Contreras, DVM, MS, PhD
Dr. Elena Contreras, DVM, MS, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Animal Welfare and Behavior at the Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine, and she serves on the university’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She also assists in the teaching of Veterinary Ethics to second year veterinary students at Colorado State University (CSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Contreras made a career change to pursue veterinary medicine and specifically shelter medicine in 2007, entered vet school in 2009, and she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine that she attended via the university’s Eliza Ann Grier scholarship for under-represented minority groups. Dr. Contreras then completed a Small Animal Shelter Medicine and Surgery Internship and a Shelter Research Fellowship at CSU. She then received her PhD in Veterinary Clinical Sciences from CSU in 2019. Dr. Contreras is the 2017 recipient of the first Winn Feline Foundation/Miller Trust New Feline Investigator Award that supported her grant to assess novel non-invasive methods of measuring chronic stress in cats. While residing in Colorado, she was also the Medical Director and Veterinarian at a feline non-profit organization that focused on trap-neuter-return (TNR), the care and sterilization of community cats, and the provision of feline veterinary services to low-income communities.
Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Contreras worked and volunteered with non-profit, conservation, or healthcare organizations for marginalized populations. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in art photography, she worked at various inpatient and other psychiatric facilities in New York City. After moving to Colorado, she switched gears and worked for a large international conservation organization and subsequently obtained a Master of Science degree in ecology from CSU where she studied the effects of rural development on grassland bird populations.
Dr. Contreras has authored and co-authored numerous publications and has also received multiple scholarships and awards to support her shelter medicine work. Dr. Contreras has also spent many hours, days, and weeks volunteering at shelters, spay and neuter clinics including feral cat clinics, and low-cost or no-cost veterinary clinics in Mexico, Montana, and Colorado.
Dr. Contreras currently shares her home with 5 adopted former-shelter cats, 1 former-feral-cat, 3 adopted large-breed (2 Staffie/pittie-crosses and 1 border collie) dogs, and 1 human companion. She enjoys photography, swimming, snorkeling, dance/exercising, and listening to lots of podcasts.
Jonathan Teeple, DVM
Jonathan grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan where he had no exposure to veterinary medicine while growing up. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after completing high school, to serve an initial term of 5 years on active duty. After spending his first 6 months as a Military Policeman, he was fortunate enough to be selected to complete additional training as a Military Working Dog Handler. It was during this time that he gained his first exposure to veterinary medicine. Over the remainder of his service time, Jonathan would continue to gain more hands-on experience with Army veterinarians and became determined to pursue veterinary medicine once finishing his obligated service time. Jonathan initially started his college experience at Sacramento City College before transferring and finishing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Davis. While studying at UC Davis, he spent time working in rodent colonies, and shadowing veterinarians with the campus laboratory animal service. After finishing his degree, Jonathan would go on to work for Idexx as a histology laboratory technician during his gap year. He underwent veterinary school at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He initially had interest in pursing pathology or laboratory animal medicine. Before beginning his second year of veterinary school, he applied and was selected for the USDA-APHIS’ Saul T. Wilson scholarship. While working during breaks in school he was able to; participate in the response effort combatting Virulent Newcastle Disease in southern California, facilitating the international movement of horses, pigs, pets, and many species of fish while working in Chicago, Illinois, and master international pet travel requirements in Lansing, Michigan. This experience led him to accept a position with the USDA after graduating veterinary school in May 2020. He now serves as a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer in Laredo, Texas where he primarily works facilitating the importation for cattle into the United States.
Karla Bradley is the Data & Technology Director at the New York Civic Engagement Table (NYCET). In her role at NYCET, she focuses on providing training and user support to organizers across New York State who are committed to building power with
communities of color, immigrants, and poor and working people. Prior to joining NYCET, Karla worked for 8 years at Planned Parenthood of Greater New York where she developed and implemented data-driven, patient and community-centered organizing strategies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Hofstra University and is from Rochester, New York.
Kemba Lee Marshall, DVM, ABVP
Dr. Marshall received her B.S. in biology from Howard University and her D.V.M. from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her veterinary degree, Dr. Marshall went on to complete her animal residency at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Marshall has worked in private veterinary practice, university laboratory animal practice and corporate retail veterinary practice.
Dr. Marshall has been a guest editor and first author for publications in the Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice and is also published in Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult, the American Journal of Veterinary Research and more.
In addition to providing veterinary support for the Exclusive Pet Foods team, including customer service and sales team representatives, Dr. Marshall is also involved with new product development.
Mariana Pardo, MV, BVSc, DACVECC
Dr. Mariana Pardo is a board-certified emergency and critical care specialist at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. Dr. Pardo earned her veterinary degree in 2009 from Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile. She came to the United States wanting to pursue Emergency and Critical Care specialization. She worked as an ICU technician for 4 years in Miami while she worked on validating her degree in the states. She then finished two emergency and critical care internships at the University of Georgia and the University of Florida and completed her emergency and critical care residency at Cornell University in 2018. She is bilingual and merges her love of traveling with being an international speaker. Her greatest passion is teaching and has made it one of her missions to give back to the Latin America community as much as possible by participating in numerous continuous education programs. She is passionate about advocating towards diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine and is the mentorship director of the Latinx Veterinary Medical Association and is a member of the ACVECC Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Megan Scholer, Ed.S. & Ian Scholer, DVM
Ian Scholer, DVM, and Megan Scholer, Ed.S., combined their careers to form Vets of All Colors, a K-12 outreach serving the 80 schools and 60,000 students of Augusta, GA. They hope to add diversity to the field by empowering ALL students to imagine a future in vet med. Dr. Scholer is a 2006 graduate of UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of Hill Top Animal Hospital in Evans, GA. Ms. Scholer is a 2006 graduate of UGA’s College of Education, taught 12 years of high school English, served two years as a middle school instructional specialist, and is now their nonprofit’s director.
Born and raised in the sunny Cayman Islands, Melanie spent a lot of her childhood outdoors. Through countless beach days, swimming with stingrays and climbing trees to pick the best fruit, her appreciation for nature and animals grew. She particularly developed a strong interest in helping animals. As a child she would often rescue animals in need, ranging from cats and chickens to iguanas and birds. Her parents were able to appreciate Melanie’s special connection with animals and continued to give her the exposure she needed to build upon her interests. Melanie was always an extremely outspoken and enthusiastic individual; volunteering at the local humane society and participating in community driven events, she never missed an opportunity to get involved. She became a young advocate for animal welfare in the Cayman Islands, making several appearances on local radio stations to discuss the importance of sterilizing pets, heartworm prevention and animal negligence. She used her voice to break down barriers and educate others. At the age of 14, Melanie started to work at her first veterinary clinic: Island Veterinary Services (IVS). Her mentor, Dr Brenda Bush, saw the potential Melanie had and continued to push Melanie, exposing her to different aspects of veterinary medicine. As well as gaining hands-on experience, her years spent interning at the IVS Clinic helped her develop strong client relationships. She is very passionate about client education and its role in animal health and preventive medicine. After graduating St Ignatius Catholic High school, Melanie went on to pursue a BSc in Animal Science at Aberystwyth University in Wales, United Kingdom. Upon completion of her degree she relocated to Canada to continue her education at the Ontario Veterinary College. As a final year veterinary student, Melanie strives to show the value that Black veterinary professionals bring to veterinary medicine.
Monique Y. Wells, V.M.D., M.S
Dr. Monique Y. Wells is a visionary, a change maker, and a steward of legacy. She is a native of Houston, Texas and a 28-year resident of Paris, France. Through her entrepreneurial work as a veterinary pathologist and toxicologist, travel professional, writer, speaker, and mentor, she embraces and harnesses the power of education to change lives. Prior to launching her travel company and her scientific consulting business, Monique worked for 13 years in the corporate world, including four years at L’Oréal Cosmetics in Paris. She has combined her passion for life sciences, literacy, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), the arts, travel / study abroad, and women’s empowerment under the umbrella of her U.S. non-profit organization, the Wells International Foundation (WIF). WIF serves women and people of African descent. Its mission is to cultivate global citizenship through education and culture. Monique hosted WIF’s first Women’s Empowerment event – a workshop/retreat on leadership, communication, and creativity (LCC) – in Paris in 2016. After the success of the second LCC workshop in 2017, she decided to increase the scope of this activity and organized WIF’s first International Women’s Day event, The Successful Woman: Lifestyle, Legacy, and Leading by Example, which was held in Paris on March 7-8, 2019.
Niccole Bruno, DVM
Dr. Niccole Bruno, works as Chief of Staff of Companion Animal Hospital in Spring, TX. She grew up in Queens, New York and became interested in veterinary medicine at the age of 12. Dr. Bruno would often feed the neighborhood stray dogs and cats with her weekly allowance. Shortly after, she began volunteering at an animal hospital and her passion grew. She attended Tuskegee University graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2002. Thereafter, she went on to earn a DVM degree from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2006.
Following veterinary school, Dr. Bruno completed a one-year medicine and surgical internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. For 11 years she continued working in Long Island in high volume general practice hospitals. Her primary interests include endocrinology, renal disease, allergic management and veterinary dentistry.
Dr. Bruno enjoys mentorship and has done numerous speaking engagements to students in New York City and Long Island to promote veterinary medicine on behalf of Cornell Cooperative Extension Program. She has been nominated as Best of Long Island Veterinarian from 2013-2015. Leaving New York for a better quality of life, she relocated to Katy, Texas in April 2017. Now that she has settled in Texas, she has resumed her work in mentorship, speaking to high school and college students across the country. She was instrumental in the formation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce for her corporation, Vetcor. Their mission is not only to create a pathway for students of color to enter veterinary medicine but also to ensure that there is an inclusive hospital culture to receive them upon graduation.
In her spare time, Dr. Bruno enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She has one dog – Jimmy, a Shih-Poo she rescued as a puppy. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, (AVMA), Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) National Association for Black Veterinarians, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Quincy Hawley, DVM
Dr. Quincy Hawley is a 2013 graduate of NC State’s CVM. Dr. Hawley has 6 years of experience working in small animal general practice, and is currently practicing as a small animal relief veterinarian. He is the co-founder of Get MotiVETed LLC, a company that provides wellbeing solutions for veterinary professionals and organizations. He is a Certified Professional Coach, self-published self-help and fitness author. Dr. Hawley has experience coaching a variety of veterinary professionals including but not limited to veterinarians, practice managers, and various veterinary hospital support staff. Dr. Hawley volunteers his time as the president of the NC Association of Minority Veterinarians, a 501-3c non-profit organization with a purpose of improving diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency for the profession. He also volunteers his time as a member of NC State’s CVM admissions committee, and is currently serving his 4th term on the committee. Dr. Hawley is also one of the creators of Get MotiVETed University: School of Wellbeing for Veterinary Professionals, an online platform that provides a robust supply of veterinary-specific, RACE-approved and non-RACE-approved wellbeing content and courses. Through Get MotiVETed, Dr. Hawley aims to make poor veterinary well-being a thing of the past and True Wellbeing the way of the future! Dr. Hawley is married to Dr. Tierra Kershaw Hawley – a mobile veterinarian – and they have two beautiful daughters, 7 dogs, 3 chickens, and a blue-crowned conure named Jack aka “Satan”.
Russ Drury, DVM
Dr. Russ Drury joined Boehringer Ingelheim (previously Merial) in 2015, transitioning from a small animal private practice in Memphis, Tennessee. He has worked with veterinarians in many different geographies spanning twelve states since joining Boehringer Ingelheim, which has enabled him to understand the needs of practitioners in various markets. In 2019, Dr. Drury transitioned to a position within commercial operations supporting the sales, marketing, and innovation teams of the US Pet Healthcare Business Unit. In his current role, he is responsible for aligning the technical messaging of the e-commerce, Omni-channel, and pet specialty groups with the over-arching message of the US Pet Vet business unit. Dr. Drury is a board member at large for PrideVMC and enjoys working to advocate for veterinary professionals in marginalized communities.
Serena Nayee, DVM
Hello! My name is Serena Nayee (DVM, UGA CVM ’20). My parents raised me, my younger brother, and my younger sister with a multicultural background, rooting from strong Gujarati and American values. Fishers, Indiana has been home to myself and my family for over 25 years. After graduating high school, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Ohio State University and recently received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Within veterinary medicine, I have significant interests in emergency medicine and the development of affordable and accessible urgent/preventative healthcare (clinical and policy) to diversify the veterinary field and commit to the value of One Health. Recently, I founded Chapter VIII: Veterinary Inclusion and Intersectionality Initiative, to promote inclusive advocacy and education, intersectional art and story-sharing, communication workshops, community mentorship, and diversifying professional experience. Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy writing poetry and short literary fiction, singing, reading, and filming/editing videos!
Tierra Price, DVM, MPH
Dr. Tierra Price is a recent graduate of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where she served as Vice President of her class and President of the Women’s Veterinary Development Leadership Initiative. She is currently a Community Medicine veterinarian in Los Angeles, California, but has a wide variety of veterinary interests including emergency/critical care, surgery, public health and lab animal medicine. As a veterinary student, in 2018, Dr. Price founded BlackDVM Network, a community that connects Black veterinary professionals for mentorship and advancing veterinary medicine. This safe space provides educational and networking opportunities for its members as well as a sense of belonging. Dr. Price’s commitment to highlighting Black veterinary professionals is directly related to her desire for a mentor she could identify with. In her free time, she loves dancing, yoga, reading and soaking up the sun. Most importantly, Dr. Price believes we should be able to show up as our entire selves in our career. She hopes to inspire others with her drive, authenticity and confidence to boldly take on challenges in veterinary medicine.
Tyron C. Vereen, Ed.D., M.P.A., M.S.Ed.
Dr. Tyron Vereen is a passionate community advocate who leverages his eclectic training and experiences to enrich lives via quality programming. Ty is a native of North Myrtle Beach, SC, who has resided in Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; New York, NY and now Houston, TX. Tyron and his wife Niccole (a Veterinarian) have been married for almost eight years. They have two children– Cole Ellis (6 years old) and Addison Grace (3 years old).
His academic Alma Maters include Upper Darby High School, Howard University (Bachelor of Science in Health Management), Saint Joseph’s University (Master of Science in Education), Long Island University- Brooklyn (Master of Public Administration), and Baylor University (Doctor of Education). Additionally, Tyron holds an Advanced Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management, a Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®).
He has applied his knowledge to management roles at various not-for-profit, community-based, healthcare, and educational institutions. His titles have ranged from educator, trainer, facilitator, counselor, consultant, adjunct professor, grant writer to program director. The arenas of his experiences include Education, Mental Health, Reproductive Health, Social Services, Workforce Development, and Youth Development. Specifically, Dr. Vereen has successfully written, been awarded, administered, and provided technical assistance for grants from institutions such as the NY State Education Department (NYSED), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), among others. Currently, Tyron serves as Project Manager, Institutional Initiatives for Houston Community College and owns TCV Consulting Services, LLC.
Ty is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Finally, he mentors youth at Harris County Juvenile Detention Centers and provides pro bono services to Youth SOULutions, Inc. As a multi-discipline professional, Dr. Vereen strives to find synergies and opportunities to advance the causes of holistic human development through “Servant and Steward Leadership.”