2017-2018 Executive Board
Past President: Christine Kass, CVT
President: Trisha Roehling, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
Trisha Roehling graduated in 2003 from Madison Area Technical College with her associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She was accepted in to the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA) in 2012.
Trisha has worked at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary medicine since 2007. She was a senior technician in the Anesthesia and Pain Management Department. She also work in the Large Animal Surgery Department. In April of 2017 she moved to the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. Here she is currently working as an anesthesia/surgery technician with their veterinary service. She also works part time as a private practice technician at the Columbus Countryside Veterinary Clinic.
She has served as the Treasurer and NAVTA liaison for the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association and currently is the President. She also assists the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia as part of the application credentials committee and as an application mentor. She has written a book chapter on equine and bovine anesthesia.
Trisha passion is anything anesthesia. She has anesthetized many different animals from a harpy eagle to a 2500# Angus bull and everything in between. Large animal anesthesia has always been her first love though. She continues to learn new ways to provide safe and adequate anesthesia and pain management to our large animal patients.
President Elect: Khrista Linnevold, CVT
Hello I am Khrista, the new President Elect for the WVTA. I have been a CVT for 9 years now and could not imagine doing anything else. I am the Lead Technician at And Dogs Too Veterinary Clinic in Middleton, WI. My job duties include client communication, inventory, and staff training, along with my daily technician duties. In my free time I love to be outdoors with my husband Murray. We are usually traveling to go hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, or ice skating if weather permits. We are also big Packer fans, so usually vegging out in front of the game on Sundays. We have two rescued cats, Roakey and Jax, who are always keeping us on our toes. We also have Sam & Dean, two rats from the Madison College Vet Tech program. I have been on the WVTA board for several years and a member since college. This new position on the board will be both challenging and enjoyable. I am very thankful we have an organization like the WVTA and I am proud to be a part of it.
Interim Treasurer: Angela Stryck, CVT
Angela started her working career as an auditor with the Illinois Dept. of Revenue in the Chicago suburbs. She became interested in dog obedience and training and earned a Companion Dog and a Canine Good Citizen title on her yorkie. Becoming ever more involved in animal rescue and welfare, she decided to attend Madison College and received her CVT in 2012. She volunteers at animal shelters and clinics, participates in transports and often fosters dogs with differing physical abilities. She is extremely committed to animal welfare, owner education and spay/neuter programs.
Communications Co-Chair: Brynn Schmidt, BA, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
Brynn started her career working in research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She changed careers in 2008, working at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine's teaching hospital in the anesthesia and pain management department. There, she anesthetized both small and large animals, from finches to bulls and everything in between. She also discovered her love of teaching, guiding veterinary students through their clinical rotations and overseeing veterinary technician student externs. In 2014, she earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Anesthesia and Analgesia. In early 2015, she relocated to Los Angeles and worked as the surgical and anesthesia technician supervisor at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She now works at the VCA Support Office as the Academic Program Specialist, working in all aspects of technician and assistant education and development focusing of new and novel ways to mentor and advance the careers of our VCA family. She serves on the AVTAA board as a Member at Large and is currently the WVTA Communication Chair.
Communications Co-Chair: Niki Albridge, CVT
Niki obtained her CVT license in 2012. Since then she has worked in many aspects of the veterinary profession, from the humane society, to a mixed practice, to academia at UW Madison’s Anesthesia and Pain Management Dept, and now to Lead Technician at WisCARES, a non profit extension of UW SVM working with homeless clients/patients or those at risk of homelessness. She has also traveled internationally to work with spay and neuter projects in South America. When she is not working, she is home with her two amazing sons, her husband and two crazy dogs in their cozy country home.
Interim State Program Committee Co-Chair: Janean Boss, CVT
Interim State Program Committee Co-Chair: Erika Froeming, CVT
Erika Froeming has been a CVT since 2003, and is a graduate of Madison Area Technical College. She is a Territory Manager for Patterson Veterinary Supply. She enjoys connecting her customers to the resources available through Patterson and industry partners, many of which are designed to improve within a veterinary practice the standards of care, client satisfaction, and general managment. She is an advocate for veterinary technicians and continuing education, and hopes to help grow the WVTA’s CE program. She lives a happy life on a secluded farm near Edgerton, WI with her dogs, horses, chickens, cats and very understanding husband.
Legislative Committee Chair: Kristen Cooley, CVT, VTS (Analgesia/Anesthesia)
Kristen Cooley is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in anesthesia and analgesia. She is an Instructional Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine where she has spent over decade studying anesthesia and pain management under some of the most brilliant minds. Kristen is the immediate Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia, she is a board member of the International Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and a part of the steering committee for the newly organized North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS). Kristen is a published editor, author and illustrator of anesthesia related text books as well as an internationally recognized and frequently sought after speaker and award winning instructor. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and 5 year old twins, a handful of dogs and cats and a 28 year old box turtle.
Leadership Development Chair: Jill Medenwaldt, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Jill is a 2003 graduate of the Veterinary Technician Program at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin. Jill began her career in a general practice setting where she became interested in veterinary dentistry. In 2008, she joined the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) to work in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Department, as a clinical coordinator. In 2010, she earned her certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry (VTS-D). When not working at the university, she enjoys providing continuing education to technicians across the Midwest. In her spare time she is an avid Wisconsin Badger volleyball and basketball fan and enjoys hiking and running with her dog Morley.
Member at Large 1 year: Jessica Dorn, CVT
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to work with and help animals. After graduating from DeForest High School in 2003, I joined the Veterinary Technician Program at MATC. My special interests are dentistry, surgery, and radiology. I thoroughly enjoy assisting in complicated cases and helping effect the positive outcome!!
Member at Large 2 year: Holly Neils, CVT
Leadership Development Council Member: Rebecca Blatter, CVT
NAVTA Liasion: Sara Cockroft, CVT