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The Leadership Program

Vanessa Wallace

Image of Vanessa WallaceBackground:

Vanessa Wallace, the eldest of four children, was born and raised in Reston, VA. She attended South Lakes High School where she performed as a member of the Seahawks Marching Band, played for the Lady Seahawks soccer team, and – most importantly – met her future husband. She graduated as an International Baccalaureate and went on to study Biology and Business Management at Virginia Tech.

Her five years as an undergraduate did not go underutilized; she served as the president for Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society, president of a Success Networking Team for the inaugural class of the Society for Leadership and Success, and chartered a chapter of Theta Delta Sigma Society, Incorporated, a multicultural, co-educational fraternity. Her efforts were recognized with a nomination for Who’s Who Among American Colleges. In addition to her leadership positions, she also marched as a member of the Marching Virginians Flag Corps and worked as an undergraduate assistant in an Avian Immunology lab.

Following graduation at Virginia Tech, she began immediately as a Public Corporate tracker at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine—a lifelong goal of hers. She’s ecstatic to be representing her college at Cornell this summer!


Beyond the field of science, Vanessa has a deep and abiding love for video games and video game development, particularly web-based entertainment. She enrolled in college-level courses in HTML and web design when she was in 7th grade, and has since taught herself rudimentary CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL and SQL database architecture.

She’s also a solid hand at Photoshop, and can often be found doodling new ideas in the margins of notebooks, on napkins, and in one of a myriad of sketchbooks she’s collected over the years.

Recently she’s fallen in love with the field of canine sports. Logan, a blue heeler/border collie rescue, is currently training for Agility. Izzy, also a rescue mutt, will begin training for Flyball beginning in the fall.

If she ever has the time, she’d also love to write a book or two.

Career Goals:

With an insatiable desire to know the “whys” of disease manifestation, Vanessa hopes to pursue a residency in anatomic pathology. She’d love to work at the livestock-wildlife interface, particularly with zoonotic diseases, but will eagerly accept any opportunity that allows her to study disease in a wide variety of animal species