PVAA Board Member Profiles
The PVAA is guided by the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Alumni Board. The Alumni Board acts as a liaison between PVM alumni and the College. The Alumni Board meets two times per year and gives guidance on alumni activities and events. They also participate in activities within their home areas to promote the College and alumni involvement. Both DVM and Veterinary Technology alumni participate on the Alumni Board.
Dr. Erin Kosta Wilson, PRESIDENT
Current position: Veterinarian, McDavitt Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Wilson is originally from a farm in Fair Oaks, IN and is a lifetime horse owner. She has ridden and shown Quarter Horses in a variety of events since childhood. After gaining valuable experience working and externing at several specialized equine clinics in Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma, she joined the team at McDavitt Veterinary Clinic in Zionsville, IN as an associate veterinarian in 2008. Her special practice interests include performance horse medicine and lameness, internal medicine, and anesthesia.
Dr. John Feutz, PAST PRESIDENT
Current position: Co-owner, Princeton Veterinary Hospital
Dr. John Feutz is actively involved in the leadership of veterinary medicine in Indiana. He is the President of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. He is on the Board of Directors of the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Southwestern Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Jerry Rodenbarger, Secretary/Treasurer
Current position: Veterinary Surgeon, Vale Park Animal Hospital
Growing up in West Lafayette, IN, “Dr. Jerry” was destined to be a “Boilermaker”! He is a 1979 graduate from Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jerry’s professional areas of interest are small animal (dogs and cats) and equine. He also has a special interest in orthopedics, soft tissue surgery, and reproduction.
Dr. Angela Demaree, PRESIDENT ELECT
DVM 2002, MPH
Current position: CEO and Principal Consultant for PAWS Consulting, LLC
Dr. Angela Demaree serves as the CEO and Principal Consultant for PAWS Consulting, LLC, a public health and political consulting firm. Angela recently retired as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves and deployed in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She previously served as the COO of a veterinary startup company in the pharmaceutical space and led forty part-time employees through institutional change as the Equine Medical Director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. She completed her Master of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, is a Certified High Performance CoachTM and the host of Beyond the Stethoscope, the podcast for veterinarians and busy professionals.
She spends her free time with her horse, Tommy and teaching her Quaker Parrot the Purdue Fight Song. You can connect with Angela on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn @DemareeDVM.
Dr. Bill Donohue
Current Position: Associate Veterinarian, Vale Park Animal Hospital
Dr. Bill Donohue was born and raised in Crown Point, Indiana. He graduated undergrad from Purdue University Calumet in 2001 prior to veterinary school. While attending vet school, he was president of Omega Tau Sigma (OTS), a social and community service co-ed fraternity. Dr. Bill joined the Vale Park Animal Hospital Family in May 2006. He has a special interest in internal medicine, oncology, dermatology and wellness care in dogs and cats. He enjoys helping clients maintain a long healthy relationship with their pets. During his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Cyndi (also a veterinarian) and his 3 children Nora, Lainey, and Liam!! As an avid football fan, he enjoys football year round but mostly his competitive fantasy football league. Yearly trips to state and national parks to enjoy the fall colors and hiking with his girls fulfills days.
Dr. Abigail Cox
West Lafayette, IN
Current position: Assistant Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
My research interests include translational in vivo laryngeal pathology models; as well as research collaborations with scientists across campus and beyond. I am teaching the General Pathology course that is required of all 2nd year veterinary students as well as training pathology residents through my service as diagnostician in the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
Leslie Popplewell Ferguson
Current position: Veterinary Nurse, Fairway Animal Hospital
Leslie Popplewell Ferguson is a former marketing manager for an animal health pharmaceutical company and is currently practicing in Kansas City, MO. Leslie has transitioned from the Young Alumni Board.
Dr. Alfonso Gerbolini
Current Position: Veterinarian, Blair Animal Clinic P.C.
Dr. Alfonso Gerbolini is originally from Lima Peru where he studied in a German School. He lives with his partner Stacy and their dog Molly, a red 5 year old Golden Retriever. Dr. Alfonso worked in the swine industry for 9 years before entering veterinary school. He is now a vegetarian for animal welfare reasons. Dr. Alfonso describes himself as a humanist, an animal lover, and an advocate of mother earth. Dogs are his favorite animals in the summer and cats in the winter, and he has become fond of horses.
Dr. Lisa Grasso
Current position: Owner, Albany Veterinary Clinic
Why PVAA? Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association is important to me because it keeps me connected with the program and school. I had a daughter in vet school and saw the direct benefits of the stethoscope dinner, the white coat ceremony, the senior gala, and other events. I have attended the alumni get together at the NAVC, and I have enjoyed catching up with classmates and faculty. Being a part of the PVAA board has been a definite benefit.
Dr. Melissa Justice
Current position: Field veterinarian, Indiana Board of Animal Health; Small Animal Emergency
Most influential PVM Faculty Members: Connie and Cheryl from Radiology because they made Radiology a fun place to be! Also, Dr. Jim Toombs because he had such high expectations from us as students and made us rise to the challenge.
What advice would you give to a student who is about to graduate: Be confident in your skills as a veterinarian but don’t assume you know everything. Learn everything you can in practice, spend time with senior veterinarians and listen to your technicians, they know a lot of practical information.
Dr. Trisha Keffer
Current Position: Owner, Heartland Veterinary Services
Dr. Keffer opened Heartland Veterinary Services as a mobile practice in June of 2015. Two years later, in August of 2017, she opened up the facility located in Oxford, IN. Dr. Keffer enjoys both small and livestock practices. Her interests include surgery, nutrition, urology and beef production medicine. Dr. Keffer's professional affiliations include the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). She also serves on the advisory board for the Purdue Animal Science Department. In the community she is active as an Extension Board Member and volunteers with the Benton County 4-H Program.
Dr. Bruce Lamb
Current position: Field Veterinarian, Indiana State Board of Animal Health
Current position: Part-time RVT and pharmacy business owner
Favorite Purdue memory: Taking a ride on the Continuum sculpture horse in front of Lynn Hall with fellow technicians.
Why do you participate in PVAA: To be involved in decisions that will help to move the College into the future.
Dr. Allen Leuking
Current Position: Veterinarian, Robinson Hospital for Animals
For 42 years, Dr. Allen owned and operated a veterinary practice in Sullivan and Linton. Upon retiring, he and his wife, Shirley, knew it was important to give back to the community and chose to make a difference by initiating plans to build a humane shelter for Sullivan County. Dr. Allen currently works part-time.
Dr. Adrienne Noble-Clark
Current position: Veterinarian, Angel Animal Hospital
Dr. Adrienne Clark was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, but has also lived in St. Louis, MO and Charlotte, NC, where her parents currently reside.
Dr. Clark worked as an associate veterinarian in Madison, IN for one year prior to moving to Greenwood. While living in Madison, she and her husband adopted 2 cats, Neon and Henry. In her free time Dr. Clark enjoys doing activities with her church, spending time with her husband, talking to her family and friends, going to the gym, socializing on Facebook, shopping, and trying new foods.
Holly McCalip, RVT
Current position: Instruction Technologist, Purdue Veterinary Nursing
Dr. Ben Poehlein
Current position: Animal Drugs, Toxicoses & Veterinary Diagnostics/District 7, Indiana State Board of Animal Health
Dr. Steve Sunbury
Current position: Veterinarian, Seymour Animal Hospital
Dr. Sunbury was born and raised in Seymour. Coming from a family of veterinarians, his father is retired and his older brother Scot is currently working in Austin, TX. He has been very involved with organized veterinary medicine serving on the IVMA board in a variety of positions including committee chairman, board chairman and is a Past President. He currently sits on the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. His wife Leisa is an art teacher at St. Ambrose School. They have 3 children; Delaney, Karley and Keegan and share their home with a Shih Tzu cross named Holly and a lazy cat named Lilly. Dr. Sunbury enjoys spending time with his family, trail running, triathlons and ultra-marathons.
Dr. Kelli Werling
Current position: Director of Swine Health Programs, Indiana State Board of Animal Health
After growing up on a Central Indiana sheep and grain farm, Kelli Werling, DVM went on to attend Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, where she graduated with a degree in Animal Sciences. Dr. Werling graduated from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 and joined the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) as a field veterinarian. Since that time, she has served as the agency’s Director of Swine Health, managing Indiana’s various regulatory swine health programs.
In addition to serving on the PVAA Board of Directors, Dr. Werling is the past District 12 (Public Health) board representative for the IVMA and is a current member of the AASV and USAHA.