Welcome to Catalyze 2022!
March 3-5, 2022 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC

Lisa Stewart-Brown

Lisa Stewart-Brown has a passion for building comprehensive mental health strategies to meet the unique needs of associates. With over 20+ years of experience, she integrates mental health and wellbeing into the business by drawing upon her work as a licensed clinical social worker and her MBA knowledge. Prior to Banfield Pet Hospital, Lisa held roles at United States Postal Services Employee Assistant Program, Costco’s Employee Assistant Program, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Rady’s Children’s Hospital.  Lisa lives with her wife, two children and nine pet family members, on a small farm in California. 

Julie Noyes

Noyes serves as the Director for Academic Affairs at the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges where she leverages her skills as a veterinarian and educational psychologist to lead a number of AAVMC initiatives. Dr. Noyes received her DVM from Colorado State University and her PhD in Educational Psychology from Washington State University. She also earned an MA in Education and an MS in Veterinary Science, both from Washington State University, and a BS in biology and environmental science from Oberlin College. Prior to joining the AAVMC, Dr. Noyes served as Director of Education at VetBloom, where she led the company’s strategic learning services focused on developing and implementing a variety of evidence-based educational strategies and designing competency-based courses and curricula for professional and academic programs. She co-led the Veterinary Learning Credential Network Alliance that seeks to create a blockchain based digital credential framework for competency-based learning, and remains an active member of the Open Skills Network to create innovative strategies for veterinary professionals to achieve their career goals. Dr. Noyes worked with the Consortium on Workplace-Based Education & Learning (COWBEL), an international organization of veterinary colleges that utilize the distributive or community-based workplace education model for their programs. She was involved in guiding the initial development of a novel competency-based curriculum intended to provide clinical educators working at veterinary colleges around the world with training that helps them develop effective and rewarding careers. Dr. Noyes served as the Director of Education and Research at WholeLogic® Inc. where she designed DVM, veterinary student, and technician competency-based simulation curricula for private and academic training programs. She also formerly served as Chief Learning Officer for the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Noyes maintains a rigorous scholarly portfolio with multiple publications in both veterinary and human medical education journals. She has been invited to serve as a member of the organizing board for the proposed American College of Veterinary Medical Educators (ACVME). Dr. Noyes has received multiple honors for her work in medical education research including the Excellence in Research Award and the Distinguished Scholars Exemplary Research Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Tracey Witte

Witte received her BS in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2004 and her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University in 2006 and 2010, respectively. She completed a clinical psychology pre-doctoral internship at Brown University Medical School in 2010. Currently, she is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the Jane Dickson Lanier and Alumni Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Auburn University. Dr. Witte’s research is broadly concerned with understanding and preventing suicidal behavior. She also has a line of research focused on mental health and wellness in the veterinary profession. 

Dane Whitaker

Whitaker has been practicing veterinary medicine in the San Francisco area for over 25 years. He completed his Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 2017 and is currently providing small animal clinical relief services across central California. He is also a relief veterinarian at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, and he provides clinical as well as field support for marine mammal research projects. Although a Bay Area native, he grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. After graduation, he completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. His veterinary interests include small animal medicine, clinical pathology, marine mammal medicine and One Health. Dr. Whitaker is the president of the Pride Veterinary Medical Community and takes an active role in promoting the ideas of inclusion and acceptance for all members of the community in the veterinary profession.

Kristin Chaney

Chaney is associate professor and assistant dean for curriculum and assessment at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her DVM degree from Colorado State University.  As an equine veterinarian, she holds credentials as a diplomate in both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Emergency & Critical Care.  She has received numerous teaching awards at both college and university levels and her work in curriculum development is recognized nationally and internationally.  Her research focuses on veterinary education and novel educational modalities.  She is the co-chair of the AAVMC’s Council for Outcomes-based Veterinary Education.

Jordan Tayce

Tayce is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 2008 and moved to Las Vegas to practice small animal medicine. He then returned to school to earn a Masters of Arts in Higher & Professional Education from the Institute of Education in London, UK in 2011. He teaches professional skills in the DVM curriculum, serves as the associate director of the Center for Educational Technologies, and as an associate director of the Office of Continuing Education.

Jennifer Gaunt

Gaunt joined the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Communications Office in 2017 and was named director in 2019. In her role, she manages the college’s public relations, media relations, and marketing efforts, which includes publications, digital communications, crisis communication, graphic design, the college’s public-facing website, photography, videography, social media, printing operations, and the CVMBS Ambassador program.  In addition to her duties with the CVMBS, she teaches writing classes in the Texas A&M School of Public Health and has served as a public information officer for the CVMBS’s Veterinary Emergency Team, with which she deployed for 13 days during the Hurricane Harvey response and for six days to Paradise, California, where the team managed a sheltering operation for lost and injured pets affected by the 2018 Paradise Camp Fire. Before joining the CVMBS, Jennifer worked for 14 years in the Sam Houston State University public relations/communications office and taught journalism classes for three years in the SHSU Mass Communication Department. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s degree in English from SHSU.

Nance Algert

Nancy founded The Center for Change and Conflict Resolution (CCCR) in 1995, and as President of CCCR, she provides consulting, counseling and conflict management services. She consults and facilitates groups with an emphasis of capacity building for individuals and organizations. Nancy’s areas of expertise include effective communication, conflict management and diversity, change management and organization development.

Kenita Rogers

Rogers is Senior Professor and Professor Emeritus of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. She received a BS in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University in 1979, DVM from Louisiana State University in 1982, and MS from Texas A&M University in 1986. After her clinical training (University of Georgia internship and Texas A&M University internal medicine residency), she joined the faculty in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences from 1986-2006, and served as the Associate Dean for Professional Programs from 2006-2016. She is an ACVIM Diplomate in the specialties of Internal Medicine and Oncology, and a board member of the Veterinary Leadership Institute. She has received the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, Richard H. Davis Teaching Award, three College-level Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Awards, two Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Service Awards, University-level Award for Individual Student Relationships from the Association of Former Students, Broad Spectrum LGBTQ+ Awareness Award, Dean’s Impact Award, TAMU ACE Diversity award for faculty service, and the AAVMC Iverson Bell Diversity Award. She is the author of over 60 refereed journal articles and 30 book chapters. From 2009-2021, Dr. Rogers was the Dr. Charles H. and Mildred Kruse Bridges Chair in Veterinary Medical Education, and served as the college Director for Diversity & Inclusion from 2011-2021. Her current areas of interest include climate and diversity issues, conflict management, and leadership development.  

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