Pawsibilities Team

Founders

Dr. Valerie Marcano

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).

Dr. Seth Andrews

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.


Advisory Board

Dr. Courtney Campbell

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.

Dr. Laura Clark

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.

Dr. Russ Drury

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.

Dr. Kyle Granger

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.

Dr. Quincy Hawley

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”.

Dr. Gerelyn Henry

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.

Dr. Maria Jose Navarrete Talloni

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.

Dr. Kemba Marshall


Melanie Moore

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.

Dr. Serena Nayee

Hello! My name is Serena Nayee (DVM, UGA CVM ’20). My parents raised myself, 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 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!

Dr. Mariana Pardo

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.

Dr. Tierra Price, 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.

Garnetta Santiago, MA, LVT

Garnetta Santiago, MA, LVT, is Manager of Academic and Professional Affairs for Zoetis, where she helps  drive strategic engagement with Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technology programs in the United States and Caribbean; as well as educational, wellbeing and professional development outreach to the veterinary profession through several digital platforms. A graduate of the veterinary  technology program at SUNY Delhi, Garnetta has been a New York State Licensed Veterinary Technician  for over 17 years, having worked in small and mixed-animal clinical practice, shelter medicine and  academia as adjunct faculty in the veterinary technology program at Ulster County Community College.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Syracuse University); a Master of Arts degree in  International Relations (Rutgers University); an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary  Science Technology (SUNY Delhi), the Professional Certificate in Online Education Instructional Design  (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and is working on completing the Certificate Program for Diversity  and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine through Purdue University. With areas of interest in feline  medicine, veterinary technician advancement and diversity and inclusion, Garnetta has spoken  extensively on a broad range of topics including professional and personal empowerment, small animal  nutrition and cultural competency in veterinary medicine. She currently serves as President of the New  York State Association of Veterinary Technicians.  Garnetta lives in New York’s Hudson Valley region with her husband, daughter, two rambunctious orange tabby littermates and lots of wildlife.  

Dr. Jonathan Temple

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. 

Dr. Monique Wells

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. 


Partners


Sponsors


Friends of Pawsibilities

Dr. Mia Cary

Dr. Mia Cary, a 1999 UF CVM graduate, has a personal and professional purpose of activating others to thrive. In addition to speaking, meeting facilitation, association leadership, and customized consulting projects, Dr. Cary reserves a portion of every week for her coaching clients. Her professional experience includes executive leadership and education roles at the AVMA, NAVC, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Novartis Animal Health. She currently serves as CEO and Change Agent for Cary Consulting, CEO for the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC), serves on the board of advisors for the Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy (VEA) and is a Past President of the American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV).  She resides with the Cary Crew in Greensboro, NC. 

Dr. Adam Christman

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.

Dr. Jill López, MBA

Dr. Jill Lopez is an award-winning veterinary professional that has worked with Fortune 500 companies, not for profit humane organizations, and global pet product manufacturers. She is also the founder and game-changing entrepreneur at startup Vet Candy, LLC. Vet Candy seeks to accelerate a culture shift within the profession that supports inclusion, diversity, and gender balance. Vet Candy delivers world class content, with engaging voices and inspirational messages curated by a network of top influencers and experts. Check it out at myvetcandy.com


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