Our Board Members
Julia Loew - Chairman
Senior Director, Companion Animal, Elanco
Julia currently serves as senior director of companion animal commercial operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Elanco. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University, and her experience includes positions at Bayer Animal Health, Veterinary Products Laboratories and Columbus Serum Company, now a division of Patterson Veterinary. Julia joined Elanco for the launch of the companion animal business unit in the U.S. Since the launch, she has been district manager, director of companion animal national accounts and U.S. companion animal operations, director of sales (CA western region) and corporate accounts, and most recently as senior director of channel strategy and sales force excellence (North America). Julia lives in Fishers, Indiana with her family.
Meggan Harris - Vice Chairman, Treasurer
Senior Regional Manager, MWI Animal Health
Meggan has over twenty years of experience delivering sales results in animal health. She has served as a manager at MWI Animal Health since 2011 and leads a remote team of sales professionals throughout California and Nevada. Prior to that she was a Territory Manager for eleven years during which time she served on the President’s Council and earned several awards including Most Valuable Team Member. Meggan has a sincere interest in empowering women in the animal health industry to achieve their professional aspirations. She serves on both the MWI Animal Health and AmerisourceBergen Women’s Impact Network Operating Committees. She also serves as both Vice Chairperson and Treasurer for WILMAH and is a contributor to the Marketing Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Meggan holds both an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science from Colorado State University. She resides in the Reno area with husband Jay, twin girls Abbey & Haily and multiple animals including her little flock of chickens.
Heidi Madsen - Membership Chair
Heidi currently manages partnerships and alliances on the west with Vetsource, She holds a B.S. in Animal Science from UC Davis. She has twenty years of strategy, business development, and alliance management experience on both the human and animal health side. She has held various positions at Aratana Therapeutics, Sutter Health, Glaxo Smith Kline and Pfizer Human/Animal Health. Heidi also serves as Board Member of the East Bay SPCA in the San Francisco Bay Area. Heidi lives in Moraga, California with her husband, Jon, their children Ty and Taylor, and their three cats, Arlo, Zander, and Sala.
Lesli Stasiek - Secretary
Global Marketing Director, Parasiticides, Elanco
Lesli is the global marketing director for parasiticides at Elanco. She earned her bachelor’s degree in management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, and her master’s degree in clinical counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Lesli has experience working in sales in both primary care and specialty roles for Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca, and as global director of business development and marketing for BioConvergence, a contract manufacturing organization for both human and animal health companies. Prior to her current position, Lesli was Elanco’s U.S. category manager for pain, surgical and dermatology companion animal brands, as well as U.S. category manager for parasiticides. Lesli lives in Fishers, Indiana with her husband, Tim, their two girls, Addy and Gwen, and their Puggle, Sydney.
Jessica Bayer - Board Member
Director Pet Vet Therapeutics Marketing, Boehringer Ingelheim
Jessica is currently the Marketing Director for the Pet Vet Therapeutics for Boehringer Ingelheim. She graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in Marketing. Jessica has more than 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to her current position, Jessica was the Director of Therapeutics and Vaccines for Merial and prior to that a Product Manager for Allergy, Women’s Health, and Gastroenterology. Jessica lives in Georgia with her husband Russ, her two boys Tyler and Jacob, and her two kittens Gunner and Wally.
Heather M. Fox - Board Member
Vice President of Corporate Sales, LifeLearn
Heather is the vice president of corporate sales for LifeLearn. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in marketing communications, and now has more than 15 years of experience in the veterinary industry. Heather has delivered superior business results at Advanstar Communications (DVM Newsmagazine and CVC/Central Veterinary Conference), Veterinary Learning Systems (Compendium, Veterinary Technician and Vet Forum magazines) and VetStreet, among others. Heather is a strong supporter of veterinary technicians, and has worked with the North American Veterinary Technician Association to develop continuing education programs for the advancement of vet techs and their critical role in the veterinary industry. She is a tireless advocate for continuing education for the entire health care team, and is passionate about collaborating with key opinion leaders across all specialties. Heather is a volunteer in her community, and is currently involved with Eversight Ohio and with LifeBanc as an ambassador/spokesperson for organ donation.
Jennie Hogden, Ph.D. - Board Member
Meat Scientist, Merck Animal Health
Jennie is a meat scientist on Merck Animal Health’s technical services team. She received her bachelor and master degrees in animal science and food science at Oklahoma State University. After completing her doctorate in meat science and muscle biology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jennie taught high school food classes, provided food sanitation training for large foodservice organizations and helped small processors gain HACCP compliance. At Merck, Jennie has worked on meat quality, sustainability and animal well-being research, as well as consumer sensory and messaging studies. She interacts with foodservice organizations, retailers, associations and governments to answer their questions about animal agriculture. Jennie also serves as adjunct professor at several universities and has taught college classes on meat science, food analysis and dairy processing, among other topics. Jennie grew up on a cow/calf ranch in New Mexico, and now lives on her husband’s family farm in Indiana with their four children.
Kristin Kasselman - Board Member
Regional Business Director, Zoetis
Kristin Kasselman is responsible for leading Zoetis’ Petcare Division Sales in the West Region. She is a member of the Zoetis Petcare Division Leadership Team and former President of the Zoetis Women’s Council. Prior to her current role, Kristin served as an Area Business Manager in the Petcare Division. Kristin began her career with Pfizer Animal Health in 1999 as a Customer Service Representative. She has held multiple roles of increasing responsibility within the Cattle and Equine division, including Associate Territory Manager to Senior Territory Manager and Associate Director Operations Cattle, and she was a member of the Cattle/Equine Leadership Team. Kristin has also contributed in leadership roles to several operational excellence work-streams, including the One Zoetis strategy business initiative, and multiple other task forces. Kristin and her husband Bryan reside in Linwood, KS with their dogs, Jackson and Savannah.
Mary Pat Thompson - Board Member
Mary Pat Thompson, CPA, Senior Vice President, Finance, MWI Animal Health, a division of AmerisourceBergen
Mary Pat is the senior vice president of finance at MWI Animal Health. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Idaho. Mary Pat has played important leadership roles throughout most of AmerisourceBergen and MWI’s distinguished history. She became MWI’s controller after working for Arthur Andersen in auditing and accounting services, and then controller of the feedlot and commodity division of AgriBeef, MWI’s parent company at the time. Mary Pat became MWI’s CFO, leading its highly successful IPO and its effective implementation of Sarbanes Oxley requirements. Mary Pat then assumed the title of senior vice president of finance and administration, with oversight of finance, procurement, inventory management, information technology and human resources. Mary Pat has served on the Zions Bank Advisory Board and the Federal Reserve Bank’s 12th District Economic Advisory Counsel, and is currently acting as the vice chair. In addition to her WILMAH board position, Mary Pat is a member of the University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics Advisory Board and is past-president of the American Veterinary Distributors Association. Mary Pat is a certified public accountant in Idaho, where she serves on the City of Boise Chamber of Commerce Financial Committee Board and the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Finance Committee.
Betsy A. Watkins - Board Member
Senior Director, Business Development, Pegasus Laboratories Inc./PRN Phramcal
Betsy is the Senior Director of Business Development for Pegasus Laboratories, Inc. and PRN Pharmacal. Originally from Wisconsin, Betsy attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness. While at ASU, Betsy interned for Blalock & Associates Commodities and Farnam Companies, Inc. After graduation, Betsy worked for Farnam as a Marketing Assistant on the Equine Team, and later moved to the Strategic Alliance Team. Betsy then moved to Ohio and secured a position in Veterinary Sales at Ralston Purina (Nestle S.A.). At Purina, she specialized in developing and building expansion territories. She later worked at Veterinary Products Laboratories (VPL) as Director of Marketing, Director of Sales and Marketing and Business Unit Director. When VPL was acquired by Pegasus, Betsy was an integral member of the Transition Team. She currently leads Business Development, which is responsible for sourcing new products via licensing and acquisitions, and the Pegasus Contract Manufacturing Team. Betsy lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Tracy, a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and their Westie, Duncan.