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The votes are counted. Meet your Alumni Association Executive Board Members

BerlinerDr. Elizabeth Berliner received her BA from Union College in Schenectady, NY, in 1991, and her DVM from Cornell University in 2003. She worked in private practice and in animal shelters before returning to the College in January of 2010 as the Director of Clinical Programs in Shelter Medicine. She also serves as a consulting field services veterinarian to the Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) Program, training veterinary students in companion animal field medicine, including spay/neuter. She resides in Brooktondale, NY.






HavasDr. Karyn Havas graduated from Mary Washington College in 2001, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, and joined the US Army Veterinary Corps. She has since earned her PhD in epidemiology at Colorado State University. Currently, she works at the US Army Public Health Command, Disease Epidemiology Program as a Veterinary epidemiologist at the rank of Major.






HelfatDr. Mark Helfat graduated with a BA from Wesleyan University in 1973 and with a DVM from Cornell University in 1977. After working two years at a mixed practice in Amsterdam, NY, he joined Bryan Animal Hospital in Mount Holly, NY, in 1979 and purchased the practice two years later. In 1995 he founded Larchmont Animal Hospital in Mt. Laurel where he currently works full time in mixed practice. Dr. Helfat has held numerous positions and with the NJVMA and South Jersey VMA. He has been a continuous member of AVMA since 1977, serving as one of the New Jersey delegates to the AVMA House of delegates since 2002. In 2003, he was elected to the AVMA House Advisory Committee and served seven years. He served one year on the AVMA Executive Board during his service as Chair of the AVMA House Advisory Committee and participated twice in the AVMA Executive budget review process. Dr. Helfat has chaired all seven of the AVMA House of Delegates Reference Committees. At the July 20, 2011, Executive Board meeting of the AVMA, Dr. Helfat began his six-year term as the new District II director. District II represents the interests of 9,700 veterinarians from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He has received numerous awards including the NJVMA President’s Award twice, the NJVMA Service Award, the South Jersey Veterinarian of the Year Award, the Friend of 4-H Award, and the AVMA Certificate of Appreciation on three occasions. Dr. Helfat lives in Lumberton, NJ, with his wife, Mendy, and numerous dogs, cats, rabbits, and chickens. In his free moments, he plays golf.


MunschauerDr. Thomas Munschauer is a native of Buffalo, NY. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1975 and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in 1979. He practiced in Western New York and New York City before settling in Middlebury, VT, in 1986. He owns an AAHA-certified small animal hospital in Middlebury. Outside interests include downhill (real) skiing, swimming with the Middlebury Muffintops masters swim team, and Yoga (for mind and body- Nameste).





MorimotoDr. Mari Morimoto, a woman of many hats, is a big-city veterinarian by day, freelance manga translator by night, and panelist and interpreter at several northeast anime conventions and other local events throughout the year. Born in Japan but raised in New York City, she completed both her undergraduate (A&S 1996)and veterinary degrees (2001) at Cornell University before returning to the Big Apple. After spending her first year at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Morimoto decided to go per diem so she could also continue pursuing her other career translating Japanese comic books into English, as well as volunteer with various community and professional organizations (she often laughingly states that she has been published, just not in any scientific journal). She is also a Member-At-Large of the Executive Board of the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City.




Perez-BrunoDr. Maritza Perez-Bruno was born and raised in San Juan, PR, and graduated from Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. A year later she married her classmate Dr. Donald J. Bruno and settled in northern NJ. For 20 + years she has worked at West Orange Animal Hospital and became owner of the practice with Dr. Bruno in 2003. As a veterinarian, her specialty is soft tissue surgery in addition to serving as the practice general manager. She has three children: Matthew, Ashleigh (who is Pre-Vet at Rutgers University), and Christopher and enjoys family trips skiing/snowboarding and to their vacation home at the Jersey Shore. In the future she hopes to turn the practice over to her daughter and to be a full-time sun worshipper.