Board of Directors
Ruth Parkin, DVM – President & Chair
Board Member Since 2002
Ruth grew up on a small family farm in Washington State. She graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, and fell in love with Colorado. After working as a small animal veterinarian in Denver for several years, she recently moved back to Washington State to be closer to her family.
“I participated in my first spay/neuter clinic in Playa del Carmen during the summer of 2002 – I was in my second year of vet school at the time. We had a successful clinic, but there was obviously so much more to be done. The streets in the area were covered with sick, starving animals – a direct result of pet overpopulation and lack of resources to adequately address it. We recognized the need for a sustained presence and vowed to provide as much as we could. Four of us, all classmates at CSU, founded ViDAS that same year and have been working hard toward our cause ever since, sending down several crews a year to do high volume sterilization clinics while keeping our medical and safety standards as high as those used in clinics in the US. We are seeing changes and know that our approach is working! I am so proud of ViDAS, our crews, volunteers and our accomplishments so far and know that we will continue to do great things! Working with ViDAS has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life, and I look forward to working with our great vets, students and volunteers year after year. Thanks everyone for all your hard work!”
Laura Littlebear – Vice President
Locust Grove, Oklahoma
Board Member Since 2017
Bio Coming Soon!
Kristine Ewing – Treasurer
Hospital Manager, Stay-at-Home Mother
Lone Tree, Colorado
Board Member Since 2015
Kristine was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. Her love of the mountains brought her to Boulder to study at the University of Colorado. Afterwards, she worked as the Hospital Manager and Area Manager at a small animal clinic in Littleton, with Dr. Ruth Parkin. She lives in Lone Tree, Colorado with her husband, son and Staffordshire Terrier.
It was through her friendship and working with Ruth that Kristine came to ViDAS. In August of 2014, she went on her first trip as a vet tech/photographer and really enjoyed the experience. The people, the crew, the community, the dogs, the hard work … all of it equally amazing and wonderful. She looks forward to being able to attend and support future ViDAS trips.
Kate Raczak, DVM – Secretary
Veterinarian – Primary Care Animal Hospital
Long Beach, California
Board Member Since 2016
Dr. Kate Raczak grew up in Aspen, Colorado. She pursued a BS at Colorado State University and then continued on at Colorado State University for veterinary school. She graduated in 2013 with her DVM, and she moved out to California shortly after graduating. She now works as a small animal general practitioner in Long Beach, California. She has been involved with ViDAS since 2012 when she attended her first clinic in Mexico. She has been hooked ever since.
When Kate is not working or participating in ViDAS-related activities, she is usually found spending time with her four-legged furbabies, traveling, doing yoga, hiking, teaching at Fembody Fitness, or hanging at the beach.
Travis Linney, DVM, MBA, MS – Volunteer Coordinator
Veterinarian – Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
Board Member Since 2011
Dr. Travis Linney grew up Just outside of Denver, Colorado at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. At the age of 6, after realizing his natural draw to animals, the outdoors, and all things science, he decided that being a veterinarian was his only path forward, and so it came to be. He started his college career at Colorado State University and completed his BS in Biology in 2009. Shortly after completing his undergraduate degree, while working as a technician at a local emergency vet, he heard about ViDAS through one of his friends/mentors/coworkers and got on board. Following his first volunteer experience in Mexico with ViDAS, he was absolutely hooked. Since that first trip, Travis has attended 12 ViDAS clinics to date and his involvement has grown in the non-profit each year. Back in Colorado, still working on his lifelong dream of becoming a Veterinarian, he pursued an MS in Biomedical Sciences in 2010, and was accepted into CSU’s joint MBA/DVM program in the fall of 2011. Travis graduated from Colorado State University in 2016 with his DVM, continued on to an internship in emergency medicine in Phoenix, AZ, and now works as an emergency clinician in Austin, TX.
Catriona MacPhail DVM, PhD, BA, DACVS – Board Member
Veterinarian – Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Board Member since 2018
Dr. Cat MacPhail was born in raised in El Paso, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her veterinary degree from Texas A&M University. Cat completed her rotating internship, surgical residency, soft tissue/surgical oncology fellowship, and PhD all at Colorado State University (CSU). She has been on faculty at CSU as a veterinary surgeon since 2004 and became the CSU Small Animal Chief Medical Officer in 2014. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), as well as an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology.
Cat attended her first ViDAS clinic in 2015 and has been addicted and committed to the mission of this organization ever since. Cat enjoys adventure travel, snow skiing, scuba diving, and spending every other spare moment with her four dogs.
Kaitlin Volkmer, MS – Board Member
Board Member Since 2018
Kaitlin grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. She attended Colorado State University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees before starting work as a veterinary technician in Denver, where she worked with Ruth. Kaitlin has always been a spay/neuter advocate and attended her first ViDAS clinic in August 2015. She currently works as a veterinary technician at a general practice in Conifer, Colorado and also for a mobile spay and neuter clinic, traveling to low income areas of Colorado. In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys hiking, running, and paddle boarding.
Katie Redd – Student Representative
DVM Candidate, Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
Board Member Since 2017
Katie Redd is a Colorado native who has always had a love for animals and a passion for science and medicine. While working as a veterinary technician at a local cat rescue’s spay and neuter clinic after earning her BS from Colorado State University, she discovered her passion for helping care for homeless pets and helping every animal receive the veterinary care they need. After hearing about the amazing work ViDAS does, she went on her first trip in the summer of 2017 and became very passionate about the incredible work done at the clinics. Seeing the number of people and animals that ViDAS can help in just a few days was astounding and inspiring.
As she earns her DVM at Colorado State University over the next 4 years, she hopes to go on many more ViDAS trips and help inspire other students to volunteer their veterinary skills toward helping the animals that need it most. When Katie isn’t busy working toward earning her DVM, she loves to travel, sing and play music, hike, paint, and cuddle her two cats Milo and Pepper.
Eric Berglund, MPS– Advisor to the Board
President & CEO, Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance, Inc.
Cape Coral, Florida
Board Member Since 2008
Bio Coming Soon!
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