President: Sam Scholz (2017)

My name is Sam. My veterinary interests include lab animal medicine, regulation, policy, and organized medicine. I am also the President of Lab Animal Medicine Club, the Class Representative for the Course and Curriculum Committee, and the Treasurer/Class representative for Veterinary Student Outreach Program. My non-veterinary interests include video gaming, gardening, DIYing, cheering on the Fighting Illini football team and traveling! I live with my husband and 2 dogs, 1 conure, 1 parakeet, 1 leopard gecko, 1 goldfish and a handful of zebra finches. Kent State University is my alma mater and I earned my B.S. in 2013. I’m originally from Pennsylvania but now Illinois is my home. My personal motto is: Make things happen!

President-Elect: Krissy Kozak (2018)

Hello! I’m Krissy Kozak and I’m the ISCAVMA President-elect. I’m from Homer Glen, IL and graduated with honors from here at UIUC. I’m interested in pursuing mixed practiced veterinary medicine. I love being out on the farm but can’t lose working with small animals. I enjoy painting my nails to relax for the day. Working with fish is also a hobby of mine and I have two beta fish of my own (Fritz and Omo).

Vice President: Gosia Pajak (2017)

Gosia is the ISCAVMA Vice president. She is interested in small animal oncology, pathology and feline medicine and surgery.  She is very active on vet med campus and holds offices in several clubs: CC/Voice- Treasurer, AAFP- fundraising chair, Animal welfare club- Class of 2017 representative. While not studying veterinary medicine, Gosia likes to go to movies, bike, hike/camp, swim and dabble in photography.

 Secretary: Brittany Willeford (2018)

I am from Carol Stream, a western suburb of Chicago. I went to undergrad at Elmhurst College, a small private school also located in the suburbs. I am the current secretary for the ISCAVMA executive board. I also serve as the secretary on the Omega Tau Sigma executive board and sit as the chair for pet visitations. Additionally, I am the Class of 2018 AV Tech and representative for the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association. I am very interested in pursuing a career in wildlife, exotic, zoomed, aquatic, or lab animal medicine after graduation. I am passionate about volunteering outside of school, and I have mastered binge-watching Netflix to procrastinate studying.

Treasurer: Jason Tarricone (2017)

Treasurer-Elect: Mark Sadler (2018)

Hi y’all, my name is Mark Sadler and I am your new ISCAVMA Treasurer-Elect. I am from Harvard, Illinois and attended Auburn University for my undergraduate studies. I am entering my second year of vet school and intend to pursue a career in small animal medicine. I also have an interest in the disciplines of rehabilitation and sports medicine. In addition to acting as your ISCAVMA Treasurer-Elect, I hold positions as the Class of 2018 Social Chair as well as the OTS Webmaster.

Philanthropy Chair: Emily Byars (2017)

Fundraising Chair: Lindsay Andsager (2017)

 Fundraising Chair: Angela Krmarzick (2018)

My name is Angela Krzmarzick and I am a first year veterinary student. I am originally from Naperville, Illinois but spent the last five years in Minneapolis, Minnesota earning a degree in Biology and then working for a few months before entering veterinary school. I am interested in practicing mixed animal or food animal medicine in a rural community someday. Along with being on the ISCAVMA board, I am involved with planning the annual Vetscapades event. I have two cats, Louie (an orange tabby) and Mina (a torti), that demand a lot of my time outside veterinary school.

 Webmaster: Jessica Carnes (2018)

Hey everyone! My name is Jessica and I am the webmaster for ISCAVMA. I was born and raised in Kentucky and got my bachelor’s degree in accounting from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.  I am interested in working with small animals when I graduate. I hope to also own a clinic at some point. Outside of vet med I spend a lot of time with my wonderful Golden Retriever, Payton and I love to travel. My family has a little hobby farm back in Kentucky and I spend most of my free time there!

 ISVMA Representative: Lynsee Melchi (2017)

Lynsee Melchi is the Class of 2017 Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association representative.  She will hold the student position on the ISVMA board for the majority of the 2015-16 academic year.  She will also head up a recently formed ISVMA Student Task Force designed to increase student involvement in the ISVMA.  Lynsee is interested in large animal medicine in the context of public health and international initiatives.  She has a great love for all things African and attended the University of Pretoria’s Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty in Pretoria, South Africa for two years through a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship.  She also holds these positions at the College: Inclusive Illinois Representative, Secretary of VOICE (Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity), Vice President of the Animal Welfare Club, tour guide, guest blogger.  She is employed at the Veterinary Medicine Research Farm and is the Senior Curator for the Poisonous Plants Garden.

 SAVMA Senior Delegate: Matt Holland (2017)

Matt is our SAVMA Senior Delegate and a member of the class of 2017. He is interested in public health, infectious disease and food security. Away from vet med, Matt likes biking, listening to live music and playing board games. He is SAVMA President-elect and is the UIUC Public Health Association President.

 SAVMA Junior Delegate: Maggie Bland (2018)

Hi I’m Maggie Bland and I am a DVM Candidate for the Class of 2018. I am one of two Delegates on the ISCAVMA Executive Board and I serve as a liaison between SAVMA and ISCAVMA.

I am from Orland Park Illinois. I completed my undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University in 2013, with a degree in Biology.

I have two cats, Louie and Sassafras; and two dogs Charlie and Tucker.

Right now everything in Veterinary Medicine interests me but I am pursuing a career in Private Practice for companion animals. I am enthusiastic in my education because I want to be able to, one day, provide the best health care for pets while also providing their owners with compassion and empathy.

 Vet Med Senator: Shelby Adcock (2017)

Hello!  My name is Shelby Adcock, and I am the College of Veterinary Medicine’s representative to the Illinois Student Senate.  I came from a small town in west-central Illinois, completed my undergrad at the University of Illinois Springfield campus, and now I’m here at U of I College of Veterinary Medicine and a member of the class of 2017.  My veterinary interests include equine, farm animal, dentistry, parasitology, and recently I’ve found some interest in research and ophthalmology as well.  In short, I’m not really sure what direction I want to go once I get my DVM!  In addition to ISCAVMA, I am active in AAEP, VBMA, and Omega Tau Sigma veterinary fraternity.  I’m a member of the colic team too.  Outside of vet school, I love to read and write when time allows, and I enjoy horseback riding and spending as much time outdoors as I possibly can.  I’m owned and loved by four furry friends: a horse, a dog, and two cats.


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: Brooke Murphy

My name is Brooke Murphy and I am the ISCAVMA Student Representative for the Class of 2018!  Originally from central Michigan, I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Animal Science Production Medicine in spring of 2013 (Go Green!).  I am primarily interested in food animal medicine and dairy cattle hold a very special place in my heart.  Dairy management was an underlying theme of my undergraduate education; I participated in dairy immunology research during my four years there and was a member in several production clubs on campus including a senior team member for the National Dairy Challenge.  I can’t wait to see where veterinary medicine can take me in an industry that has already shaped so much of my professional career!  I am also pursuing a Master’s in Public Health through the dual degree program with UIC in hopes that I can make an impact on the food animal industry on a larger scale.  Outside of academics, I have really enjoyed all the hats I wear here at Vet Med.  I currently hold, in addition to my ISCAVMA position, the Production Medicine Club Class of 2018 Representative position, the Beta Pledge Master position for Omega Tau Sigma – Theta Chapter, and the Class of 2018 Zoetis Student Representative position.  When I do finally get home after a busy day, my free time is spent enjoying Champaign-Urbana with friends, my fiancé, and my dog, Roger!  It’s a busy life, but I have loved being involved in the college and I am so excited to see what the next three years has in store!



Dr. Anne Barger


  • Clinical Associate Professor, Pathobiology
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Veterinary Diagnostic




Dr. Allan Paul


  • Associate Dean for Public Engagement
  • Professor for Pathobiology
  • Chair of Parasitology, Pathobiology
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