Student Ambassadors

Ask one of our student ambassadors a question. Our ambassadors are highly-motivated and passionate veterinary students, who are here to help you explore opportunities at CSU.

Johnny Altwal
Johnny Altwal

• I was born in Jordan but grew up in Qatar for most of my childhood. I didn’t move to Northern California (San Jose to be more specific) until right before sophomore year of high school!
• During undergrad, I did a study abroad trip to South Africa to learn more about wildlife vet med and wildlife ecotourism and management (and it was the best trip of my life!).
• I am an out of state non-sponsored student interested in pursuing small animal surgery in an academic setting.

Dakotah Anseth
Dakotah Anseth

• I am a first-generation college student from Washington state. I received my B.S. in zoology with a minor in business from CSU in 2019.
• Outside of class, I love to go to the gym, spend time with my dog, experiment with recipes in the kitchen, go to baseball games, travel, go boating with my family, and many other things!
• I am interested in small animal general practice, practice ownership, and military medicine (either with the U.S. Army or as a civilian working on a military base).

Paige Bodner
Paige Bodner

• My dream pet is a mini pig.
• I lived in Baltimore for two years between undergrad and vet school doing neuroscience research (after growing up in Montana).
• I played college softball and was an assistant college coach after that!

Clarissa Carver
Clarissa Carver

• I love to run, read, ride horses, and cook.
• I grew up in northern Illinois.
• I am interested in equine and livestock medicine, nutrition, and am in the D.V.M. and M.S. in Animal Sciences Combined Degree Program.

Cindy Chon
Cindy Chon

• I love painting, drawing, and graphic design, and even do portraits of my friends’ pets!
• I play ukulele and sing exclusively for my cat.
• I am an Arizona WICHE student and interested in internal medicine, surgery, small animal medicine, and working with small ruminants/camelids.

Melissa Chromik
Melissa Chromik

• My background is in marine conservation, so I love the ocean! But the mountains are pretty great, too.
• I’m interested in wildlife pathology, infectious disease research, and teaching.
• I like making pottery, backpacking, and seeing live music (especially house, funk, and bluegrass).

Lily Crandall
Lily Crandall

• I was born and raised in Saint Louis, MO and went straight into vet school after undergrad in Nashville.
• I love painting, dancing, and hiking with my cat, Ravioli. I am a big bird nerd!
• While I am pursuing a career in small animal general practice, most of my previous experience is with wildlife rehab and zoo medicine.

Hailey Davis
Hailey Davis

• I was born and raised in Colorado, and earned my bachelor’s degree in equine science from CSU. Currently, I am interested in going into equine internal medicine.
• I work in a laboratory at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital for Dr. Lappin and the Center for Companion Animal Studies. I am involved both in the lab and with some of Dr. Lappin’s ongoing research studies!
• I have been a competitive dressage rider my entire life, and am a United States Dressage Federation bronze medalist.

Sarah Deluty
Sarah Deluty

• I love to bake, cook, and go hiking with my cat, Moose.
• I grew up in Singapore.
• I am interested in emergency practice, feline medicine, wildlife, and exotic animals.

James DeMoss
James DeMoss

• I’m a military brat and have lived in many places including Argentina, Alaska, and Colorado.
• I enjoy anything outdoors, photography, cooking (fermentation is so cool!), and spending time with family and friends.
• I’m interested in emergency medicine, mixed animal house calls, and marine mammal medicine. I am in the University of Alaska Fairbanks/CSU Collaborative Veterinary Program to explore opportunities in wildlife medicine and with sled dogs!

Ariana Dolan
Ariana Dolan

• I was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii. I am also a WICHE student.
• I earned my Bachelor of Science in agriculture and my Beekeeping Certificate from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
• I am interested in small animal general practice but I also may be interested in specializing in dermatology.

Caity Erickson
Caity Erickson

• I'm originally from Massachusetts.
• I love small animal emergency and critical care medicine, internal medicine, and education.
• In my free time I enjoy trying out new recipes, working on my garden, crafting, and exploring Fort Collins.

Ashley Feliz
Ashley Feliz

• I was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado, and I earned my Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences right here at CSU!
• I’m trying to figure out what I want to do once I graduate, but I especially want to explore mixed animal medicine, ophthalmology, or wildlife medicine.
• Outside of class I love to fly fish, hike, kayak, bake, eat, play sports, and explore breweries. I am passionate about Jim’s Wings. Fun fact: I am an expert in every sport on Wii sports.

Tessa Ferrari
Tessa Ferrari

• I am in the D.V.M. and Master of Business Administration Combined Degree Program, which allows me to get my master's at a discount and obtain sponsored tuition. I am interested in small animal practice.
• I am a first-generation student who graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in animal sciences.
• I am passionate about playing sports and my favorite sport is archery. I am an All-American athlete in archery.

Andrew Fugleberg
Andrew Fugleberg

• My goal is to work in a clinical practice with small animals and exotic pets.
• I am a WICHE student from rural North Dakota.
• I have ADHD, and I'm happy to talk about how I've navigated vet school as a neurodivergent student.

Yoshua Goodman
Yoshua Goodman

• I am involved in student government, Surgery Club, the Veterinary Business Management Association, and I helped found JAVS: the Jewish Association of Veterinary Students.
• I love to travel, hike, rock climb, ice skate, play guitar, and eat sushi until I enter a food coma.
• I was born in Mexico City and I grew up in Las Vegas, NV. I became a U.S. citizen when I was nine years old. I’m a Nevada WICHE student.

Sam Keum
Sam Keum

• I hail from the beloved city of Cleveland, OH.
• I was a member of the University of Vermont’s CREAM Program and their show team.
• I am interested in livestock medicine (especially dairy medicine) and collaborating with the world of One Health.

Julianna Maynard
Julianna Maynard

• I am an Air Force brat!
• I am a New Mexico WICHE student.
• I am interested in small animal and exotic medicine and would eventually love to practice wildlife medicine with a focus on conservation and increasing endangered numbers in the wild.

Hayden Naylor
Hayden Naylor

• I was born and raised in Aurora, Missouri. I then got my bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!).
• I grew up showing cattle, and am now interested in a career in livestock medicine and reproduction services.
• I was actually tracking to apply to med school, but changed my mind at the very last minute, and have not regretted it since!

Martin Perez Jaimes
Martin Perez Jaimes

• I am a Texan, born and raised.
• In my free time, I like to try new foods, cook, binge watch shows, and grow plants.
• My interests are in comparative medicine and lab animal research.

Carolyn Piche
Carolyn Piché

• I am a first-generation college graduate from Massachusetts, making me a non-sponsored student.
• I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in biomedical science, and stayed on the NH seacoast for two additional years before starting vet school.
• I am interested in small animal general practice and surgery, as well as practice ownership (one day). I also am a golden retriever enthusiast!

Indra Rapinchuk-Souccar
Indra Rapinchuk-Souccar

• I grew up in Massachusetts but have lived in South Carolina, Florida, and most recently moved to Wyoming, making me a WICHE student. Fort Collins is my first place of residence with a population of over 1,000.
• I took a year off between undergrad and starting vet school to work, play, and spend time outside and am so glad I did.
• Most of my vet med experience is in equine sports medicine, but I am taking advantage of my time in school to explore other opportunities and careers as well.

Bri Rosales
Bri Rosales

• I am a first-generation student from Los Angeles, California. Before vet school, I attended community college and transferred to complete my bachelor's degree.
• I enjoy hiking, crafting, bedazzling anything and everything, and hanging out with my dog/best friend, Odie. I am a people person, lover of laughter, and blue cheese enthusiast.
• While most of my experience in vet med has been in small animal practice, I also worked on a dairy farm where I found a passion for cattle. I am most interested in mixed animal practice but am open to all the opportunities that vet school will bring.

Michelle Salomon
Michelle Salomon

• I lived with a host family in Japan for two months! I love traveling, exploring different cultures, and trying new food.
• I plan on becoming a small animal general practitioner but I've been heavily involved in our mixed animal program and am particularly interested in nutrition, preventive medicine, and internal medicine.
• I’m from Seattle so it took a while to adapt to all the Colorado sunshine. Pro tip: wear a lot of sunscreen.

Janna Smith
Janna Smith

• I love all things Disney, and I have worked at Disney World for the past four summers. My goal after graduation is to take my stethoscope to Magic Kingdom and give Pluto his annual checkup and vaccines.
• I competed in college rodeo during my undergrad time at Northeastern Junior College and CSU.
• I want to be a mixed animal vet in a rural area. I love the southeastern part of the U.S., so hopefully I’ll end up in Kentucky, Tennessee, or Georgia (even though I was born and raised in Colorado).

Lauren Soranno
Lauren Soranno

• I was born and raised in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. I earned my bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut.
• Outside of school, I love to hike, climb, bake, explore Fort Collins and CO, hang out at cafes and breweries, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
• I am currently interested in pursuing a career in small animal medicine. Most of my experience has been in general practice, but I am excited to learn more about specialities such as soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and ophthalmology during vet school.

Caroline Walker
Caroline Walker

• I was born and raised in the hot and humid state of Alabama.
• My favorite activities outside of school include snowboarding, cross country skiing, exercising, reading, and exploring as much as I can. I traveled all over Alaska this summer with fellow ambassador James DeMoss experiencing so many things, tsunami included.
• Within veterinary medicine my interests are ever evolving. I am currently interested in emergency, surgery with a focus in orthopedics, small animal general practice, zoo and wildlife rehabilitation, and equine general practice.

Angela Warner
Angela Warner

• I was born and raised in Hawai’i and am a WICHE student.
• I love music and dance, spending time outdoors hiking, going to the beach (sadly none here!), snowboarding, checking out cafes, breweries and restaurants, snagging more plants from the local nurseries, and hanging out with friends!
• I am interested in mixed animal practice but curious where vet school will take me! I also have a particular interest in wildlife, surgery, and theriogenology. Eventually I would like to go back and work with marine mammals - I was a member of the marine mammal stranding team back home in HI!

Ilana Weisberg
Ilana Weisberg

• I have worked with exotic species from six different continents (my favorite to train was a wolverine named Olga).
• I am interested in emergency medicine and zoo medicine, preferably heading back up to Alaska to practice!
• In undergrad I helped run Hillel (a Jewish organization) and am one of the founders of the first national chapter of JAVS (Jewish Associate of Veterinary Students) at CSU.