Vet Ventures

Board Members

Jennifer Brown, DVMJennifer Brown, DVM, ACVS Board-certified Veterinary Surgeon-LA, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVSMT


A 1999 graduate of Washington State University, Dr. Brown went on to complete her large animal surgery residency at Michigan State University in 2003. She served as a faculty member at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine until 2010. Dr. Brown now resides in Tampa, FL where she specializes in sports medicine and rehabilitation. She participated in both American Samoa campaigns as well as Requena, Peru, Cancun, Mexico 2011, and Belize. She joined the board of Veterinary Ventures in 2009 and was elected president in 2011.

Sandy StillSandy Still, Pharm.D

Vice President

Sandy obtained her Pharm. D. from Oregon State University in 2000 and currently resides in Portland, OR where she works as a hospital clinical pharmacist and consultant pharmacist for Banfield Pet Hospitals. She was the Manager of Pharmacy Services at the University of Florida Veterinary Hospital from 2008-2011. Sandy has always had a passion for addressing the veterinary needs of animals, volunteering on spay-neuter campaigns in the Bahamas, Bora Bora, Cook Islands, and American Samoa. Sandy is one of the founding members of Veterinary Ventures and was instrumental in organizing the inaugural campaign in American Samoa. 

Jennifer Betz, DVMstaff_jen

Board Member

Dr. Jennifer Betz was born and raised in Florida and earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of South Florida in 1993. She graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. After practicing for one year in Alabama she relocated to Oregon. Dr. Betz became the owner of Sandy Animal Clinic in January 2002 and her professional interests are in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. When she is not practicing at Sandy Animal Clinic she spends her time working as a Federal Employee for the Department of Health and Human Services, NDMS, on the National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT), where she was instrumental in the relief efforts during Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath. Dr. Betz also works as a professional responder for the ASPCA with Field Investigations and Repose (FIR), working on anti-cruelty cases such as dog fighting, cock fighting, hoarding and puppy mills. Dr. Betz is an active member of the AVMA, PVMA, VMAT-5 and OVERT.  In her spare time she often volunteers her time providing veterinary medicine and surgery in underdeveloped countries with different organizations such Dogs of Chernobyl, where she acts as the veterinary medical director, CANDI, Coco’s Cat Rescue, Animal Balance, and AVMF.  In her personal life she enjoys hiking and competing in Dock Dogs and Extreme Air Dogs competitions with her Yellow Lab, Sandy and her Golden Retriever, Kona.

ailienAilien Britt, DVM

Board Member

Dr. Ailien Britt earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. Her professional interests include canine and feline surgery and critical care.  Dr. Britt is Head of Surgery at Webster Groves Animal Hospital & Urgent Care Center.  She is an active member of the AVMA VMAT-2 disaster team.  She is a member of Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and Greater St Louis Veterinary Association.  She is a volunteer member of the MO Veterinary Volunteer Corp and the Missouri Bi-State Pet Food Pantry.  She has been involved with Veterinary Ventures since 2011 when she went to Mexico in efforts to assist in desexing, education, and preventative medicine.  She enjoys doing outreach programs for education in animal welfare.  Her other interests include spending time with her husband Joe, their three dogs and three cats, travel, gardening, biking, and dabbling in photography.


Kelsey Huwaldt, MBA

Board Member

Kelsey is part of the strategic communications team at Oregon Health & Science University, previously spending more than a decade in marketing communications at Banfield Pet Hospital. Kelsey earned her MBA in 2016 from the University of Oregon and her bachelor’s in journalism in 2005, also at the University of Oregon. She joined Vet Ventures in 2016 and also enjoys playing soccer, softball, kickball in her free time.

Stephanie Calves JD, MPH

Board Member

Stephanie Cálves, JD, MPH works for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), where she supports capacity building and organizational development of local non-profit organizations to manage HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs in Africa. Prior to working with EGPAF, Ms. Cálves, served as the Policy Advisor for the APIN Plus/Harvard PEPFAR program in Nigeria at the Harvard School of Public Health where she supported an HIV/AIDS program in Nigeria. Ms. Cálves has supported the founding 5 NGOs in Africa, which implement HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs and has participated in their governance in a variety of roles. Ms. Cálves has also served as the Project Director for the Massachusetts Consortium for Children with Special Health Care Needs, a project of New England Serve. She practiced law in the areas of civil litigation, medical malpractice law, employment law, and commercial litigation. Ms. Cálves has a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University, a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ms. Calves is an avid international traveler. Between her trips abroad, she lives in Washington, DC with her loving cat Nova. Stephanie joined the board in 2011.