OUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERS

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.

Kay Preston

North Central Region

Kay Preston is a second-year student at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where she served as Chapter Vice President in 2020 and will be serving as Chapter President alongside her Regional Leader Role in 2022. She is undecided on location but knows that she wants to pursue a career in Emergency medicine while bringing her love/desire to treat all animals into practice. She hopes to own her practice at some point in the future. In her free time, Kay loves reading books, playing video games, and crocheting. As Kay no longer has her pets she loves living vicariously through her boyfriend’s dog, Ella. Kay is passionate about

VBMA and can’t wait to connect with the clubs in her assigned region as well as assist where needed across the nation.

Alyssa Greer

South Central Region

Alyssa Greer and is a second-year veterinary student at Lincoln Memorial University. She is originally from California and graduated from CSU Fresno State with a BS in pre- veterinary science. She hopes to one day own her own practice and would love to treat all kinds of animals from companion animals to exotics! She looks forward to building her practice and putting all of the great information she is learning from VBMA into active use. She enjoys exploring new places and would love to travel more in the future. In her spare time, she really likes to go for walks and take some time to appreciate the outdoors. She’s had the pleasure of not only working in veterinary medicine, but also previously working within management in another field. This has given her a lot of knowledge regarding the back of house in terms of running a business. She was beyond excited when she discovered VBMA because she believe it is extremely important to understand the business aspect of a veterinary practice, regardless if you go into private practice or not. She is very passionate about VBMA and am looking forward to playing her part in continuing to make great things happen.

Kayla Chase

WESTERN REGION

Kayla Chase is a third-year student at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Wisconsin, she plans to move to a southern state and explore small animal practice ownership. Kayla would love to also complete a radiology residency to become a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist, which she hopes to then incorporate into her practice ownership. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling as often as possible, cooking, and spending time with her friends, family, dog (Phoenix), and two cats (Journey and Colby). She served on the MN VBMA executive board for two consecutive years, most recently as Chapter President. She is ecstatic about being involved at the national level and sharing her business passions with other students around the country!

 

Alayzha Turner-Rodgers

GREAT LAKES REGION

Alayzha Turner-Rodgers is a second-year student at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and earned her BS in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from Arizona State University. Alayzha plans to be a wildlife veterinarian with a focus on conservation medicine. In her free time, she loves to dance, read books, and spend time with friends, family, and her kitten, Temperance! As a Regional Leader, she is excited to continue her personal growth as a VBMA member and take part in the development and success of VBMA members within the region!

Samantha Dypko

EASTERN REGION

Samantha Dypko (known as Sam to most) is a third-year student at Midwestern University. She served as Vice President for two years there, and it has been without a doubt one of her favorite parts of veterinary school. Sam is originally from Fair Lawn, New Jersey just 12 miles from the George Washington Bridge, where she plans on moving back to post-grad. Although she plans on doing small animal GP, she has a very special place in her heart for exotics, especially rabbits, and definitely plans on incorporating them into her future career (follow her special needs bunny Penelope on Instagram, @penelope_thespecialneedsbun)! In her free time, Sam enjoys eating way too much food, rereading Harry Potter for the 17th time, embarrassing herself to make her friends laugh, and planning ridiculously expensive Disney trips that hopefully she’ll be able to afford one day. She is honored and privileged to continue being a part of VBMA and cannot wait for the connections and business knowledge she will gain.

Breanna Demaline

SOUTHERN REGION

Breanna Demaline is a third-year student at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she served as Chapter President in 2021 and as Business Certificate Program Director in 2020. While originally from the small town of Wauseon, Ohio, Breanna has made Michigan her proud home since 2016. After attending Northen Michigan University for 3 years and falling in love with the Upper Peninsula, Breanna was accepted without her bachelor degree to veterinary school in 2019. She has strong passions in small animal emergency medicine as well as culture and communication, which drives her goals of private practice ownership. She hopes to conquer these goals shortly after graduation. In her spare time, Breanna enjoys making bandanas for her cats and entertaining her three chinchillas, Vena, Cava and Aorta. She is incredibly honored to be joining the National VBMA Team as a Regional Leader and looks forward to working with fellow VBMA- lovers and students nationwide