The VBMA Regional Leaders are veterinary students that volunteer their time to lead the six geographic regions of the VBMA. They facilitate the exchange of ideas between chapters in their region and nationally, ensure that information flows freely to and from the national organization, and help their chapters drive toward success.

Applications for Regional Leadership open each autumn. To learn more about regional leadership, please contact any of the current National Officers or Regional Leaders.


Kelly Williams


Kelly Williams is a third-year veterinary student at Lincoln Memorial University. She has served as her local VBMA chapter as Secretary and Vice President. Her love for VBMA inspired her to pursue her MBA while in vet school, and she hopes to pursue the path to ownership after graduation. She is excited to serve her peers as Regional Leader this year! She is looking forward to help facilitate the growth of our VBMA network and provide awesome learning opportunities for other VBMA chapters. In her free time, Kelly enjoys taking long walks with her dog, Zoey, kayaking down the Powell River, and spending time with her friends. Kelly is thankful to give back to a community that has given her so much and is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve her chapters well this year!



Nate Wichmann is a second year veterinary student at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is originally from Villa Hills, KY and attended the University of South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  He is interested in both small animal medicine as well as zoological medicine and has spent time both in small animal/exotic clinics as well as AZA institutions such as the Cincinnati Zoo and Newport Aquarium. He hopes to combine those interests by operating a small animal and exotic clinic and becoming involved with the AZA in his future practice. In his free time, he likes to brew his own beer and is currently trying to teach himself to play the piano. At Auburn, he is the Treasurer of the local VBMA chapter and is involved in the Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Club. He is excited to join the VBMA as a Regional Leader to enhance the business knowledge of both himself and our members.


Grace Duer


Grace is a second year veterinary student at Auburn University. She also attended Auburn University as an undergraduate and majored in Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and minored in Music. She grew up in Greeneville, TN, but now she calls Wetumpka, AL, home. Grace would like to pursue an internship and residency in ophthalmology after veterinary school and potentially own her own practice in the future. At Auburn, she currently serves as the Auburn VBMA Chapter President, and she is involved with several other clubs as well. In her spare time, Grace enjoys running, reading, and cheering on the Auburn Tigers with friends. She looks forward to working with other chapters and becoming more involved in VBMA as a Regional Leader!


Alex Barnett


Alex Barnett is a second-year student at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Fuquay-Varina, NC and obtained a Bachelor of Science in both Biology and Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University. Her passion for parrots is what inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and she plans to one day open her own veterinary clinic and parrot sanctuary. In her free time, Alex enjoys rock climbing, playing sand volleyball, and getting lost in an interesting book. Alex is looking forward to the new adventures that being a Regional Leader in VBMA will bring!

Sierra Slautterback


Sierra is a third year student at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Camarillo, California but has lived in Knoxville long enough to have that good ol’ southern accent come out at random times. She also attended the University of Tennessee for her undergraduate studies where she obtained her B.S. in Animal Science, with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and a minor in Biology. Sierra aims to become a poultry veterinarian and work in the poultry industry. She is immensely passionate about her career choice and can talk anyone’s ear off about “the best industry in vet med”. When procrastinating her schoolwork Sierra loves to read, bake and play videogames. When she is able to get away, she enjoys scuba diving in the warm Caribbean sea. She has immensely enjoyed her time as the Tennessee VBMA president this past year and is beyond excited to continue having a role in VBMA where she can apply her knowledge and experience while working with more chapters as RL.


Lindsay Harris


Lindsay Harris is a second year student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and served as the Treasurer for the Penn VBMA chapter in 2019. She is originally from the Bay Area in California and received her B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. Lindsay has experience in small animal private practice and also completed an internship in the human pharmaceutical field. She is currently planning to pursue a specialty in small animal internal medicine. In her spare time, she loves watching baseball and hockey and snuggling with her new rescue kitten, Badger, whose favorite pastime is closing her laptop while Lindsay is trying to study. Lindsay is thrilled to extend her journey with the VBMA as a Regional Leader and to help chapters foster passion for the VBMA in their respective schools.