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

Diana L. Dabdub

Dabdub serves as the Director for Admissions and Recruitment Affairs at the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). In this role, she develops and implements programs and initiatives related to admissions and recruitment activities at AAVMC and member institutions, and serves as project manager/staff liaison on special projects that support AAVMC’s strategic goals. She is also the Director of the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS), where she generates admissions and recruitment-related data and reports to support and enhance the activities of AAVMC member institutions. Diana attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and holds a BS in Economics. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Vice-Chair of the ASAE Gold Circle Awards Committee, and an ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar 2009-2011. In 2016, Diana received the Forty Under 40 Award from the Association Forum and USAE.

Brittany S. Moore-Henderson

Moore-Henderson currently serves as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in MSU Animal Health Center and provides veterinary clinical services while teaching veterinary and veterinary technology students. A native of Pickens, Mississippi, she earned her BS degree in Biology from Jackson State University in 2012 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University in 2016. During her time as a veterinary student, Dr. Henderson dedicated her time to not only achieving academic excellence but also to creating opportunities for current and future students by developing programs and organizations that promote diversity and inclusion. For her contribution to the college, she was awarded the Associate Dean’s Award for excellence in leadership and professionalism at graduation. In 2018, she was awarded the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Diversity Award. After graduation, she served as the Community Outreach Veterinarian for MSU-CVM prior to taking on her current role in 2018. She completed a residency in canine and feline medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2020. Dr. Henderson currently resides in Starkville with her husband, daughter, and four pets.

Hilda Mejia Abreu

As associate dean, H. Mejia Abreu, PhD, provides leadership for the Offices of Admissions, Student Life, and Inclusivity at Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Dr. Mejia Abreu received her baccalaureate and Master of Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts. She received her PhD from the Michigan State University College of Education. Since 1993, Dr. Mejia Abreu has implemented programs that prepare disadvantaged students to reach their career objectives. She sets program objectives, develops public relations material, approves participant qualifications, provides for component evaluation, oversees preparation of reports for various agencies, in consultation with the dean and the College’s Admissions, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees. The associate dean also acts as the liaison to feeder institutions. Uniquely qualified, her background is rooted in the social sciences, organizational management, higher education administration, and public policy. She serves nationally as an inclusive leadership consultant and serves on the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Committees on Diversity and Admissions. Dr. Mejia Abreu is responsible for directing the college’s diversity and inclusion activities; she synthesizes a total college effort with interdigitating levels. Dr. Mejia Abreu is a member of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, past Chair of the AAVMC Admissions and Recruitment Committee, and past president of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Hispanic Caucus. Dr.  Mejia Abreu is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic and Spanish is her first language. She is a product of a public university system in Boston. Her experience as a new immigrant in Boston prepared her to understand issues related to disadvantage student academic achievement, social justice, and inclusivity. Dr. Mejia Abreu, in consultation with the Dean, carries final responsibility for the program and she has over 20 years of experience in higher education. 

Katie Beringson

Beringson serves as the Director of Student Affairs and Admissions at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Master’s in Higher Education and has worked in Admissions for the past 14 years within law school admissions, medical school admissions and now veterinary medicine Admissions. Katie’s passion is helping students succeed in higher education and achieve their goals of becoming licensed veterinarians and becoming day one ready veterinarians. 

Gretchen Delcambre

Delcambre has served as the Assistant Dean of Veterinary Admissions at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science since 2017. She earned her BS in Chemistry (’05) and DVM (’09) at Louisiana State University and her Master’s in Veterinary Medicine concentrating in infectious disease and neuropathology at the University of Florida (’15). Delcambre teaches Veterinary Histology, provides prospective and veterinary student advising, participates in local outreach, and promotes holistic and inclusive admissions practices. 

Katey Pelican

Pelican’s work focuses on strengthening the multi sectoral systems needed to address challenges at the interface of animals, humans and the environment (One Health).  She leads a partnership with USDA, CDC, FAO and WHO to implement new One Heath tools, most notably the One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit (OH-SMART) in the US and 18 countries globally to improve multi-sectoral cooperation around infectious disease, antimicrobial resistance, natural disasters and other complex challenges. She is the founding Co-Director of the Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC) at UMN, charged with establishing large-scale, multidisciplinary programs and projects to address global grand challenges. She is also co-leading the University system-wide Sustainable Development Goal Initiative to promote high impact programs to meet these 17 UN goals. Most recently, Dr. Pelican has supported Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work at the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine including launching the grass roots Veterinary Anti-racism Coalition for Action (VACA) and chairing the college DEI committee.

Lauren Bernstein

Bernstein is an assistant professor in Community Medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bernstein has a background in private companion animal practice, community-engaged public health research, and One Health policy. Her primary interests include understanding how structural social, economic, political, or cultural barriers affect access to information, access to veterinary care, and dynamics of power and trust. Dr. Bernstein started her career in companion animal practice in Dallas, Texas and later completed a Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency at the University of Minnesota, where she partnered with diverse Minnesota communities in zoonotic disease research, integrated community-based participatory methods into ecosystem health research, and collaborated in the development and expansion of the Community Medicine Initiative at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bernstein now leads the Community Medicine Initiative and works in partnership with the college of veterinary medicine and many local, outstate, and Tribal communities. She developed a new clinical rotation for fourth year veterinary students at the Animal Humane Society Veterinary Center in St. Paul, Minnesota where students learn about nonprofit medicine and practice along a spectrum of care. She and her team are now developing a pre-clinical didactic curriculum that will allow students to explore how their social and professional identities influence their practice, and will challenge them to develop creative solutions to barriers to care at all levels of advocacy. Dr. Bernstein also serves as the advisor for two student-run veterinary free clinics, Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services (SIRVS) and Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health (VeTouch).

Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky

Martinez-Podolsky serves as the first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Her past work includes working at the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University where she created various DEI trainings for faculty, staff, and students, worked with special populations (BIPOC students, LGBT+ students, and student Veterans), and was a co-creator and lead for the Academic Affairs DMSS council, bringing college partners together to discuss DEI. Elizabeth helps the college develop and prepare for the future of the changing veterinary and scientific fields by focusing on intentional equity work with a restorative lens.

Nicholas Frank

Frank holds a BSc Honors degree from the University of North Carolina and DVM and PhD degrees from Purdue University. He is diplomate of ACVIM. Dr. Frank joined Tufts University in 2011 and became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2017.

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