Our Team

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Our Co-Founders

Valerie C. Marcano, DVM, PhD, Dip. ACPV

CEO & Board of Directors Co-Chair

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Dr. Valerie Marcano is an international speaker published in multiple peer-reviewed journals as well as an entrepreneur advocating for health and belonging in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Marcano is a diplomat of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV). She graduated in 2020 from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program with her veterinary (DVM) and PhD degrees. Prior to that, Dr. Marcano completed a Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Research at Cornell University in 2012. Dr. Marcano has worked at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (ARS, USDA), University of Georgia’s Poultry Diagnostic & Research Center, National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP, APHIS, USDA) and Elanco Animal Health.

In 2020, Dr. Marcano co-founded the 501(c)3 nonprofit Pawsibilities Vet Med and in 2022 she founded ValCri Consulting LLC. Pawsibilities Vet Med is a nonprofit that aims to increase recruitment and retention of individuals from underrepresented and marginalized communities to the veterinary profession. ValCri Consulting LLC is a firm offering consultations in poultry health as well as diversity and belonging. Dr. Marcano is the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and a member of the Commission for a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Veterinary Profession of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Dr. Marcano has been featured in numerous articles and podcasts and has presented over forty seminars on infectious diseases or poultry, inclusive mentorship and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Seth Andrews, ME, PhD

COO & Board of Directors Co-Chair

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Dr. Seth Andrews, PhD is a Process Development Engineer with Precision BioSciences, where he is also a lead on the DEI council. He completed a post-doc at the University of Georgia after earning his PhD in Biological Engineering from the same institution in 2019. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering from Cornell University. Over the course of his career, Seth has mentored numerous high school and undergraduate students.

 

Our Team

Heather Rosario

Program Director

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Francella Macabata

Communications & Engagement 

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Sharema Williams

Grant Writing

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Cindy Cole

Editing & Review

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Steve Shay

Information Systems Manager

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Sarah Sheraski

Consulting Executive Director

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Robyn Tucker 

Fundraising Strategist

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Jackie Barber

Marketing and External Affairs

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