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From the Office of Alumni Affairs: Introducing the newest members of the Alumni Association Executive Board

Thank you for casting your vote in our elections for the Alumni Association Executive Board. Your votes have been counted, and we want to introduce you to your new members.

AckermanSusan Ackermann graduated with her quadruple majors from Muhlenberg College in 1981 and her veterinary degree from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Following veterinary school, she worked at Monmouth Animal Hospital, a small animal and exotics practice, until 1988. From 1989 to 1994, Dr. Ackermann worked as a feline practice associate at the Allentown Clinic for Cats. In 1994, she became the owner of the Cat Doctor, an exclusive feline practice in Hellertown, PA. She is co-owner and a member of the Board of Directors of the Valley Central Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Whitehall, PA. In addition, Dr. Ackermann is a member of the AVMA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. At the state and local level, she served as the Continuing Education Committee Chair for the Lehigh Valley Veterinary Medical Association (LVVMA) from 2001 to 2004, Advisory Board Member of the Lehigh Carbon Community College/Northampton Community College (LCCC/NCC) Veterinary Technician Training program, and currently serves as Trustee District VIII on the PVMA Board of Trustees. In her spare time, she enjoys serving as president of the non-profit organization Hellertown Enhancement Project, leader of the Second Sunday Music in Dimmick Park summer concert program, instructor for the Da Vinci Science Center summer camp, mentor for the Minsi Trails Boy Scout Career Exploration Program, chair of the Women in Medicine Career program for the Northeast Pennsylvania Girl Scouts Council, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1986 Reunion Chair, and performing as a Soprano I with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia’s Camerata Singers.


SchlaferDr. Schlafer is a professor of Comparative Obstetric and Gynecologic Pathology at Cornell University where he has been a member of the faculty for 32 years. He is a Diplomate of the ACVP, ACVM, and ACT and in addition to his role in teaching and research, he serves as a senior diagnostic pathologist in the Section of Anatomic Pathology in the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell where he has held leadership roles and from which he has finally graduated into partial retirement. Dr. Schlafer received his bachelor’s degree in 1971, his veterinary degree in 1974, and a master’s degree in 1975 – all from Cornell University. In addition, he holds a doctorate in Experimental Pathology from the University of Georgia, which he earned in 1982. His dissertation research was done at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. He has taken sabbatical leaves at the University of Oxford in England, at the veterinary school in Padua, Italy, and at the San Diego Zoo. Dr. Schlafer has authored or co-authored more than 110 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, 122 abstracts and presented more than 130 invited papers, seminars, or symposia. Don’s primary interests outside of his academic position, for which he now has more time, include time on the farm with his wife, Judy, making maple syrup, playing fiddle music, and blacksmithing.



OlcottDr. Mark Olcott is originally from upstate NY and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He then received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1995. For the first few years after veterinary school he worked in a local performance horse practice, but since then has worked solely with small animals. For several years Mark was a partner in a multi-doctor small animal practice before leaving to start his own mobile ultrasonography business. More recently, he has worked as an emergency veterinarian at a local referral hospital and has recently returned to his roots in general practice. He was recently named by his peers as one of the Top Veterinarians in Northern Virginia, is a published author, and holds two patents. Since obtaining his MBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, his goal has been to bring modern information technology into the mainstream of veterinary medicine. A recovering Ironman triathlete, he enjoys the outdoors and spending time on the family ranch in southern Oklahoma. He lives in Urbana, MD, with his beautiful wife, Molly, three children, two cats, two dogs, and a rabbit.