Officers

President: Laura Molinet (2019)

Hey there! I’m Laura Molinet, ISCAVMA President. I was born and raised in Evansville, IN, which is about a three hours southeast of here. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue University. My ideal future job would be a zoo veterinarian, but I would be happy working with exotics/wildlife in any form! I have many pets that are living back home with my parents, including horses, kitties, and a crazy black lab, but I brought my favorite (don’t tell the others) to school with me. She is a 17 ½ year old border collie mix named Sophie. I got her as my first dog when I was 6! My hobbies include napping, Netflix, and spending time with my geriatric dog.

President Elect: Kelsey Chereskin (2020)

Hello! My name is Kelsey Chereskin and I am your ISCAVMA president-elect! I’m in the University of Illinois Class of 2020 and while I am thrilled to have had a successful first year at Vet Med, this is my fifth year here on campus! The University of Illinois is my alma mater and with that in mind I have a lot of Orange and Blue pride! If you have any question about vet med, the university, ISCAVMA or life in general, please feel free to reach out to me! My main interests within veterinary medicine are research directed in the wildlife, public health and conservation realms! My favorite animals are Elephants and Orcas and while I haven’t worked closely with either, I fully intent to at some point! Marine mammals are my favorite, but my German Shepherd, Schatzi and Quarter Horse, Ellie suffice for now! I also enjoy running, rock climbing, netflixing and napping! If you share any of these interest, come see me!

Vice President: Emily Sutton (2019)

I am originally from Chico, California and I completed by Bachelor Science in Animal Science at California State University, Chico. I worked in a small animal specialty clinical for three years before entering veterinary school. I am interested in a mixed animal practice and would like to return to my home state for my future career. In addition to my involvement in ISCAVMA, I’m also a founding member and Vice President of the Illinois Chapter of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative. Outside of veterinary school, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and our two dogs, whom we take on mountain biking and camping trips as often as possible.

 Secretary: Lauren Sammons (2020)

Hello! My name is Lauren Sammons and I am part of the Class of 2020. I am originally from a small town called Rensselaer, IN and received my Bachelor’s in Biology from Indiana University. I am interested in working in a mixed animal or food animal practice somewhere in the Midwest. In addition to being the ISCAVMA Secretary, I am also the Secretary of the Non-Traditional Species Club. I have a one year old short- haired tabby named Charlie who keeps me on my toes. When I’m not studying, I like to watch any sports game or spend time outside.

Treasurer: Cassie Saufley (2019)

I’m Cassie Saufley, ISCAVMA Treasurer.  I am from Hudson, IL and attended Augustana College in the Quad Cities for undergrad.  I would like to become a mixed animal practitioner or potentially become boarded theriogenology. I enjoy playing softball, reading, riding horses, and watching Netflix in my spare time or I should say when I’m procrastinating. I currently live with my betta fish, Sam, but I plan on getting a puppy this summer!

Treasurer Elect: Sara Manzo (2020)

Hello! My name is Sara Manzo and I am the ISCAVMA Treasurer-Elect. I am from Rochester, MI and I graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. I am pursuing a career in small animal medicine, but I also like the idea of working for a mixed animal practice. My two dogs, Allie & Abby, are back in the mitten state with my parents. Traveling, crafting, and spending time with my friends or family (or anything that does not involve studying) are some of my favorite things!!

Philanthropy Chair: Shannon Ure (2018)

Fundraising Chair: Ana Valbueno (2019)

My name is Ana Valbuena and I was born in Cuba, raised in Nicaragua and Florida. I received my bachelors in Biology at Florida International University. I am interested in small animal medicine and behavior, but I am keeping an open mind. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music from all the decades!

Fundraising Co-Chair: Candice Barath (2020)

Webmaster: Cassie Atkinson (2020)

Hey there everyone! My name is Cassie and I am the current ISCAVMA webmaster. I am originally from Roselle, IL and I went to undergrad at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and graduated with a degree in animal science. I am proud to say, I am a crazy cat lady. I have three cats: Ruby, Buttons, and Zira whom I spend a lot of my free time with. I am interested in feline medicine, shelter medicine, and exotic companion animals and hope to further my education in those fields.

 SAVMA Senior Delegate: Jeff Hess (2019)

Hi, my name is Jeff Hess, and I’m the SAVMA Sr. delegate. I’m from Buffalo, NY and did my undergrad studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I’ve kept all kinds of reptiles and fish but currently my only animal at home is my pitbull-rotweiller Bumi. In my free time I prefer to be outside hiking, camping, and fishing with my dog. I hope to pursue a career in wildlife/zoo medicine or perhaps working with sled dogs in Alaska.

 SAVMA Junior Delegate: Judson Smith (2020)

Hello, my name is Judson Smith and I am your SAVMA Jr. Delegate. I’m originally from Boston, MA and I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in History back in 2010 from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. I am interested in pursuing small animal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, and/or veterinary clinic ownership. In addition to being the SAVMA Jr. Delegate, I am also the current Vice President/President Elect for the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA). I live in Savoy with my wife, my crazy lab mix, and two cats. When I am not studying I enjoy traveling with my wife, reading epic fantasy novels (I’m on my second time through a 14 book series), writing (I’m hoping to write my first novel this summer!), and cheering on my Boston sports teams! Feel free to seek me out for any questions or conversation about veterinary economics and clinic ownership, organized veterinary medicine, or an invigorating explanation about why Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time.

 Vet Med Senator: Annie Heo (2019)

IVSA Representative: Taylor Jones (2020)

Hi, my name is Taylor Jones, and I’m the IVSA Representative. I’m from Sanger, Texas and I did my undergrad studies at the University of North Texas. I have two horses and a Dachshund named Tiger back home, and hope to get a dog soon to keep me company here. In addition to my involvement with ISCAVMA, I am the Class of 2020 representative for both VSOP and VOICE. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading a good book, or simply trying to save all the money I can to travel the world. In the end it is my goal to pursue a career in zoological medicine and conservation.

Class of 2017 Representative: Matthew Shockley

I am from Mechanicsville, Virginia, and I went to undergrad at James Madison University.  I pursued a master’s at Virginia Commonwealth and worked for a vaccine research company a few years after school.  This is the first time I have ever lived anywhere other than Virginia.  I am currently exploring all my options about what I can do as a DVM, but I am interested in infectious disease/epidemiology and the aspect of international travel.

Class of 2018 Representative: Chaney Tambling 

Hi! I’m Chaney Tambling, the ISCAVMA Class of 2018 Student Representative.  I’m originally from Dwight, a small town in central Illinois.  For my undergraduate degree, I went to Augustana College in the Quad Cities.  I plan to be a large animal veterinarian when I’m done with school, in a private practice back home because I have a lot of family that I’m looking forward to living near.  My dog, Marley, is a Yorkie and lives here at school with me.  I enjoy playing sports and just relaxing with my dog in my free time.

Class of 2019 Representative: Jimmy Holtschlag 

Hey there, my name is Jimmy Holtschlag, the Class of 2019 Representative. I hail from the gem city, Quincy, IL. I earned my degree in Agriculture Science at Western Illinois University. My dream job now is to become an orthopedic surgeon/chiropractor, so who knows what will happen. I enjoy the outdoors and being able to walk away from the notes. I have a little beagle named Donny, who keeps me sane.

Class of 2020 Representative: Faisal Shabib

Hello, my name is Faisal Shabib, and I am the Class of 2020 Representative. I’m from Hanover Park, IL. I earned my degree in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Chicago. My goal is to practice small animal and exotic medicine upon graduation, however I’m keeping my mind open to all possibilities. I have a dog named Frankie and a Ball Python named Snake, I’m fairly confident they’re not fond of one another. When I’m not studying, I enjoy spending time with family and friends…. and not studying.

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