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

Teresa Graham Brett

course co-director with Dr. Ryane Englar of the 6-semester longitudinal Professional Skills course at UACVM. She and Dr. Englar have developed a fully integrated DEI curriculum into the program. Prior to being at the UACVM, she served at the University of Arizona as Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion. Brett also served as Associate VP & Dean of Students at the University of Texas-Austin and Associate Dean & Co-Director, Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Brett provides training across the US in the areas of intergroup dialogue, social justice education, and integration of equitable and inclusive learning processes into the curriculum.

Bridgette Bain

Bain currently holds the position of Associate Director of Analytics at the American Veterinary Medical Association. She earned her Ph.D. in Financial Economics from the University of New Orleans and a Masters in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Bain maintains the statistical reliability of surveys and ensures the consistency of various data sets to be used in analysis. She contributes to the interpretation of data for publications and assists in the development of both survey instruments and economic modeling.

Kimberly Carney

Carney joined the faculty at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 after years in private clinical practice and a stint in rural development and veterinary education in South America. She is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions, and in this role oversees diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the college for faculty, students, and admissions. She also manages well-being and academic success programs for students. With an MPH focused on community and behavioral health, Dr. Carney’s research spans from human and animal parasite prevalence in Ecuador, student well-being, and admissions to antimicrobial resistance and risk factors for leaving equine practice. She is passionate about public health/One Health and holistic student well-being.

Makenzie Peterson

Peterson serves as the AAVMC’s first Director for Wellbeing. She works to advance AAVMC’s strategic goal of fostering a culture of wellbeing throughout academic veterinary medicine by promoting preventative, systems-based initiatives. Peterson provides subject-matter expertise on the science and application of evidence-based health and wellbeing practices, as well as the development and implementation of strategic organizational changes to enhance the wellbeing of faculty, staff, and students and improve the overall wellbeing of academic communities. She also speaks on a variety of wellbeing-related topics across the profession to drive positive change. Peterson previously served as Vice Chair of the AAVMC’s Veterinary Medical Health Professions (VMHP) group, and as the first Wellbeing Program Director at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. At Cornell, Peterson developed and led a comprehensive wellbeing program to enhance community wellbeing, productivity, satisfaction, and academic and professional success for faculty, staff, and students. Peterson’s previous roles include being a health specialist for an MIT/Harvard-sponsored start-up that was based in Harvard Business School’s Innovation Lab which focused on educating college students on health topics. She served on the Wellbeing Committee for the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative. Peterson is also a certified rape crisis counselor and opioid overdose prevention educator. Born and raised in Alaska, Peterson earned a Master of Science (MSc) in Health Promotion and Health Education from the University of Utah, and will be completing her Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) from the University of Southern California in 2022.

Elpida Artemiou

Artemiou began her professional career at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in counseling and continued to teach communication and professional skills upon completing her PhD in Medical Education with an emphasis on clinical communication, simulation-based teaching and learning and outcome assessments. Dr. Artemiou has focused her career on incorporating blended learning in the classroom. She has also developed and implemented outcome assessments to evaluate students’ communication competence and established the role of simulated clients as raters. Dr. Artemiou is passionate in exploring the advances of emerging technologies including the use of Apple technology, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence within veterinary and medical education. Her interests further encompass a variety of areas relevant to veterinary medical education including workplace learning and assessment, leadership development, diversity programs, human-animal interactions, the principles of relational coordination in academia and practice, and the One Health approach. Through her many roles at RUSVM, Dr. Artemiou encourages a culture of personal wellness and mindful, reflective daily practice with a focus on Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Dr. Artemiou is equally passionate about human-animal interactions and improving quality of life for both animals and humans.

Misty Bailey

Bailey holds an MA degree, has a PhD in Higher Education Administration, and has an interest in DEI in veterinary education. Dr. Bailey coordinates the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Professional Skills, Wellness, and Ethics III course, which includes DEI elements. She served on the UT Commission for Women from 2015 to 2017, helped revise the UT Safe Zone Training Curriculum in 2015, and since 2019 has been on the steering committee for the Southeast Veterinary Education Consortium. Dr. Bailey also received a 2020 Sponsorship Grant from the UT Office of Diversity and Engagement for the DEI project being presented and is co-investigator on a USDA Multicultural Scholars Program grant.

Heidi Banse

Banse obtained her DVM from Washington State University in 2007, and completed a combined residency (equine internal medicine) and PhD program at Oklahoma State University in 2013. After four years on faculty at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, she moved to Louisiana State University where she is presently an Associate Professor of equine medicine and Director of Education.  At LSU, she completed a graduate certificate program in Teaching in the Health Professions and led the development of the LSU SVM Teaching and Learning Academy. She chairs the curriculum review committee and coordinates faculty development programming in teaching and learning. Her educational research interests include curriculum development and clinical skills.

Emma Read

Read is a 1998 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada who completed a large animal surgery residency at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Georgia. She then joined the Ontario Veterinary College teaching large animal surgery until 2005 before relocating to Alberta to join a private surgical referral practice near Calgary. She focused on sport horse medicine and surgery, as well as the competition season at nearby international showjumping facility Spruce Meadows. In 2007, Emma joined University of Calgary’s newly established Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Given this college’s hybridized distributed model for clinical service, she remained engaged in private practice. Emma stayed at the University of Calgary until 2018, achieving the rank of Professor of Teaching, and serving as Chair of Clinical Skills Program, leading a multi-year, multi-instructor, multi- disciplinary program that comprised ~20% of the overall curriculum. In 2015, she was appointed to serve as Associate Dean Academic. In early 2018, Emma moved to Columbus, Ohio and joined The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as Associate Dean for Professional Programs. She oversees the DVM program and is leading a major curricular redesign. Dr. Read is currently serving as AAEP’s 2022 President.

Lisa M. Greenhill

Greenhill currently serves as the Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Dr. Greenhill directs the Association’s internal study of academic veterinary medicine through collaborative research, analysis and publication efforts. She also manages the DVM: DiVersity Matters initiative, which promotes increased representation of underrepresented persons in academic veterinary medicine, inclusive academic environments and the inclusion of diversity related professional competencies in the DVM curriculum. Dr. Greenhill previously served nearly three years with the AAVMC, during which time she managed legislative and regulatory policy issues including agriculture production, biomedical research, professional education, food safety and environmental health. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in public policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and a Doctorate in Education from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She is mom to an amazing daughter and a terrier mix.

Alex Avelino

Avelino is the Marketing and Communications Specialist for the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Alex has a master’s in mass communications from the University of Florida. Her capstone project, Underrepresented No More, is a website of pre-veterinary resources with a special focus on underrepresented students. Utilizing her strength of teaching, Alex recruits and prepares University of Florida undergraduate pre-veterinary students in her created course–Survey of Veterinary Professions.

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