OUR 2022 NATIONAL OFFICERS

The VBMA National Officers are veterinary students that volunteer their time to run the organization at the national level. As a team, the board is responsible for maintaining relationships with our generous sponsors, ensuring regional leaders and chapters have the resources they need to thrive, and carrying out the day to day operations. National Officers are chosen each spring and carry out a half year term as a national officer-elect and then a full year term as a national officer.

Madison Baumgartner

PRESIDENT

Madison Baumgartner is a 2nd year at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine with an emphasis on mixed animal medicine. She grew up on an angus cow-calf operation in Bismarck, North Dakota and earned her B.S. in Veterinary Science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In high school, she was very involved in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and that is where her passion for financial literacy and entrepreneurship blossomed. Immediately upon learning about VBMA’s mission, she knew this organization was special and exactly where she belonged. At her local chapter, she holds the director of marketing position, and she is honored to be serving you all as the 2022 National President. Her plans include continually advocating for business education within our veterinary schools and getting to know all the wonderful VBMA members. Upon graduation, she hopes to own a veterinary practice in rural America and possibly become a certified acupuncturist. Outside of the veterinary world, she is very passionate about traveling and exploring. She’s had the opportunity to travel to Italy, England, Hawaii, Alaska, Chicago, and Washington D.C. If only her cat, Luna could tag along on the adventures!

Joe Thurston

VICE PRESIDENT

Joe attends the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in the class of 2023. He is originally from Rice Lake, a small town in northern Wisconsin where his family has lived for four generations. A Labrador Retriever with a sock addiction that required frequent foreign body surgeries helped him to discover veterinary medicine, a passion that continued to develop throughout his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota. He always had an eye on business education, minoring in management at Minnesota, but it wasn’t until getting to vet school and interacting with the VBMA that he realized the breadth and importance to every veterinary student. Having a basic understanding of veterinary business operations helps students become better veterinarians and personal finance is as important to achieving large life goals as being competent at medicine. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the VBMA National Board and hopes to continue the VBMA’s tradition of helping to create well-rounded veterinarians. He is also excited to get to meet and interact with the driven and enthusiastic VBMA members at chapters around the country. Outside of vet school he loves playing, coaching, and watching soccer (especially getting up at 6am to watch Manchester City), supporting the Green Bay Packers, spending time at the lake, and baking and/or eating anything sweet.

Delaney Romaniello

TREASURER

Delaney is the 2022 National VBMA Treasurer and a second year at Louisiana State University. She is excited to jump into her role on the national board and work with the chapters to make their events possible. She decided at age six that she was going to be a veterinarian, and every educational milestone has lead her to LSU to complete the journey. When she got to LSU she joined her local VBMA chapter because every upperclassman she spoke to across the country recommended joining the business club above all others. She applied for their executive board and was appointed as their treasurer – an intimidating position, but one that she has managed to take in stride and excel at. She will start 2022 as her chapter’s vice president and is excited to experience another side of being a VMBA executive member. When she was appointed to the national board as their 2022 treasurer Delaney was just as – if not more – nervous to take on the role. With the help of her fellow executive members and Courtney she is learning the ropes and is excited for what will come in the next year.

Kyleigh Tyler

BUSINESS CERTIFICATE DIRECTOR

Kyleigh is a third year veterinary student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Ogden, Utah about 40 minutes north of Salt Lake City. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science from Utah State University. While initially drawn to veterinary medicine by general practitioners, Kyleigh is currently interested in pursuing a career in pathology and research, and believes VBMA is valuable to all veterinary students, even those who are pursuing a non-clinical path. She has always had a passion for business, and completed both an undergraduate minor and a graduate minor in business. She was persuaded to join VBMA her first year by an upper classman who told her that it would be the most worthwhile organization she could join in vet school. She has served on her local executive board as the Director of the Business Certificate Program and most recently as president, and is so excited to serve as the BCP Director nationally! When she’s not studying, Kyleigh enjoys hiking, photography, traveling, and obsessing over her Covid cat Winnie.

Jack Miller

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Jack Miller is a third year at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. He was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and attended Washington and Lee University for undergrad, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and played on the men’s varsity soccer team. His professional interests include small animal medicine, surgery, ultrasonography, and practice ownership. His father is a small animal veterinarian, who opened and owns a small animal hospital. Jack was exposed to a variety of animal and reptile species in his father’s hospital, and these encounters sparked his passion for veterinary medicine. As he grew older, Jack began to help with the hospital management and operations where he witnessed first hand the joys and struggles of being an owner. These experiences sparked in him a passion for business and a desire to teach others the importance of business in the veterinary industry. Upon arriving at NC State, he immediately joined the VBMA where he now serves as his chapter’s Careers and Conferences Liaison and as a Co-Director for the Eastern VBMA Summit. From within these roles, he has enjoyed sharing with students the many benefits and experiences that the VBMA provides. He is honored to serve as the 2022 National Marketing Director and is excited to bring forth innovative ideas, explore uncharted territory, and invigorate students’ passions for veterinary medicine.

Tiffany Galen

Tiffany Galen grew up in China before moving to Seattle, Washington at 11 years old. Watching pets treated as family members in America strengthened Tiffany’s motivation to become a veterinarian and improve companion animal welfare across the world. Tiffany earned a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington before transitioning to Colorado State University’s veterinary prep program, where she earned an MS in Toxicology. Tiffany is currently a rising second-year veterinary student at Colorado State University. Her interests include business ownership, small animal general practice, and emergency care. Aside from a strong interest in companion animal emergency medicine, Tiffany is incredibly passionate about business and technology. She hopes to channel her passions into owning a successful veterinary practice in the future, using her story and experience to give back to the field of veterinary medicine. When not in school, Tiffany loves to travel the world with her pup, Cinnamon, and eat great food.

COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR

Officers President Vice President Treasurer Marketing Director Compliance Director BCP Director
2021 Lindsay Harris Xanth El-Sayed Courtney Mooney Thomas Kile Luci Krenzke Jessica Meseck
2020 Sarah Montoya Rachael Strauss Jeffrey Lowenthal Kelsey Pearce Helena Montin Kenzi Wattenburger
2019 Ricky Walther Emily Farmer Samuel Tucker Amanda Sautner Shiloh Landskov Rebecca Mears
2018 Rachael Ostrem Becky Beardall Cody Land Faith Ramsey Rachel Katz Abbey Earle
2017 Lance Kidder Kate McDaniel Jack Perkins Joseph Kamper Laura Philbin
2016 Jessi Kraemer Zach Loppnow Garrett Harvey Kim Bocchiaro Mikayla Schroeder Jill Giunco
2015 Hatley McMicking Jayme Cicchelli Katie Bishop Kristin Wuellner Anastasia Handwerk Emily Tincher
2014 Bridger Smithers Brittney Dawson Melania Lang Brandon Thornberry Caitlin Davis Maggie Canning
2013 Rebecca Eddy Stacy Bartholomew William Hodges Hannah Leventhal  
2012 Kristen Britton Jennifer Covington Leila Herndon Al Claiborne Kristine Stellato  
2011 Ashley Craig Kate Boatright Shamus Brown Misti Nuxoll Ilyssa Meren  
2010 Nathanael Oster Jeni Rogan Christina Moore Holly Stewart Lily Nieh  
2009 Juliette Hart Steve Tousignant Adam Berman Cyndie Johnson Mandy Wallace  
2008 Kevin Finn Ashley Stich Ava Redig Michael Jennings Kaylee Yoshimoto  
2007 Tonya Sparks Vivian Koo Kaylee Yoshimoto Nina Kieves Melissa Austin  
2006 Andy Roark  Deidre Weissman  Natalie Barrett  Colleen Tansey  Tai Curry  
2005  Carmen Yeamens  Kate Lobus  Cassi Haslett Secretary: Amy Graham Mohl     
2004 Meghan Stalker  Raina Petrov  Cassi Haslett Secretary: Jessica Gentile