Dean’s Leadership Council

Marty Becker

Dr. Marty Becker (’80 DVM) has dedicated his life to advancing the health of pets and the human-animal bond. Known as “America’s Veterinarian,” Becker founded Fear Free, an organization that works to prevent and alleviate anxiety and stress in pets by inspiring and educating those who care for them. He also established FearFreeHappyHomes and FearFreeShelters […]

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Paul Casey

Paul Casey (’75 BA) is an entrepreneur, business consultant, and founder of Casey Communications, a Seattle-based communications and marketing firm. Prior to starting his business, Casey served in state government as a community affairs director. He also worked as public affairs manager for a public relations firm and helped oversee the Downtown Seattle Tunnel Project. […]

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Robert Esch

Robert Esch (’75 BS, ‘78 MS) has made significant contributions to the fields of microbiology and immunology as a leader, researcher, and educator. For nearly four decades, Esch has guided organizations and science professionals in pioneering solutions to global health challenges. He served as an industry representative to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Allergen […]

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Beth Fritzler

Dr. Elizabeth Fritzler (’91 DVM) has made exceptional contributions across the spectrum of veterinary medicine as an advocate for veterinary students and an experienced practice administrator. In 2006, she earned a Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from Purdue University’s Veterinary Management Institute, and she is board certified in veterinary practice management. She has served on […]

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Tim Kraabel

Dr. Timothy Kraabel (’89 DVM) dreamed of being a veterinarian from childhood. He fulfilled his dream at WSU and joined Lien Animal Clinic in the fall of 1990. In 1999, he purchased the clinic with his wife and fellow veterinarian, Dr. Elizabeth Friztler (’91 DVM). In 2007, Kraabel earned a Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration […]

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Kerri Marshall

Dr. Kerri Marshall (’81 BS, ’85 DVM) is a pioneer of veterinary innovation. After a decade in private practice and on the veterinary staff at UC Davis, she joined Banfield Pet Hospital in 1995. There she served as director of operations and led the design of the organization’s patented electronic medical record system and the […]

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Barb Mendelson

For more than 25 years, Barb Mendelson has helped build a legacy of generosity at Washington State University. She and her husband, Joe, have been enduring advocates for WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine−though neither attended WSU. In 1996, the couple made their first gift to the college in honor of their dog Scout, who had […]

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Joe Mendelson

Joe Mendelson’s generosity has opened doors to the future for WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, students, and research programs for more than two decades. Through transformational contributions, Mendelson and his wife, Barb, have supported the college’s mission by creating opportunities and empowering innovation across its veterinary programs. Though neither attended WSU, the Mendelsons made […]

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Lindsay Roitman

Lindsay Roitman implements and manages strategic communications, public affairs policies, fundraising, and other key initiatives for corporations, national political organizations, and philanthropic groups. Since 2019, she has been the director of Microsoft’s MSPAC, a committee responsible for oversight of Microsoft’s political spending. Prior to this role, she was senior philanthropy director for the Climate Leadership […]

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Sam Smith

Dr. Samuel H. Smith has dedicated his life to opening doors of opportunity for students. From 1985-2000, Smith served as Washington State University’s eighth president and helped launch WSU’s Vancouver, Tri-Cities, and Spokane campuses. During his tenure, he also promoted distance learning programs that expanded into the university’s Global Campus. Smith’s improvements to education, international […]

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