CVMA officers assume new roles

CVMA officers assume new roles

During an October 8 meeting of the CVMA Board of Directors, the CVMA board accepted the results of the 2020 election process and the new officers assumed their roles for 2020-2021. The officers will be formally installed during a virtual membership meeting scheduled for December 6, 2020.

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Jackie Christakos, DVM | President

Littleton Equine Medical Center
Littleton, CO

Dr. Jackie Christakos grew up in southern Illinois and became passionate about horses early, beginning with riding lessons at age 10 and progressing to eventing at preliminary level before moving to Colorado in 2004 to begin her undergraduate education. Dr. Christakos completed her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Colorado State University. She then completed her internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center after graduation, where she still works. She became certified in Equine Veterinary Medical Acupuncture in the spring of 2014. Dr. Christakos has focused her continuing education on musculo-skeletal imaging and advanced lameness courses. Her areas of focus at LEMC are lameness/sport horse practice and musculo-skeletal ultrasound but she also enjoys general practice, acupuncture, and emergency field work. Dr. Christakos has been an FEI treating veterinarian since 2015 and gained her status of FEI Official Veterinarian in Eventing in 2018. She also has served on the CVMA Board of Directors since 2017. When she is not working, Dr. Christakos enjoys riding her thoroughbred gelding, hiking 14ers, snowboarding, and hanging out with her husband, Ty, their dogs, and her daughter Levi.

Ashley Ackley, DVM | President-Elect

Animal Urgent Care
Arvada, CO
Dr. Ashley Ackley is a Colorado native and a proud Colorado State University Ram for her undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary degrees. She completed an internship in emergency medicine and practiced at Animal Urgent Care for three years before transitioning to general practice for continued growth as a well-rounded practitioner. Emergency medicine is her passion, and Dr. Ackley rejoined Animal Urgent Care in August 2019 as the associate medical director. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture, Fear Free and has served on the CVMA Board of Directors since 2018. In her free time, you can find her volunteering with Metro Denver Partners, traveling the world with Vet Treks, mountain biking with her very tolerant partner Jacob, and doting on her three rescue mutts and ancient Siamese cat.

Kelly Walsh, DVM | Secretary/Treasurer-Elect

Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital
Colorado Springs, CO
A true Colorado native, Dr. Kelly Walsh earned her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Colorado State University after serving in the Army. Dr. Walsh offers her unique certifications as a veterinary chiropractor and a canine rehabilitation practitioner in her current role at Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital. In 2017 and 2018, Dr. Walsh participated on the CVMA and Colorado Chiropractic Association Joint Task Force where she worked to draft a legislative bill regarding altering the oversight needed by chiropractic doctors to be able to work on veterinary patients. She has served on the CVMA Chapter 7 | Colorado Springs Area leadership team since 2014, and currently serves as chapter representative for CVMA Chapter 7. Dr. Walsh also hold leadership roles with the U.S. Eventing Association and the Bijou Springs Hunt Association. Dr. Walsh shares her life with her husband, two dogs, four cats, and thoroughbred horses. She participates in horse trials and loves to go camping, hiking, and scuba diving.

The following members of the CVMA Board of Directors transitioned automatically to the following roles within the board during the October 8 meeting:

    • Stacee Santi, DVM | Immediate Past President
    • Steven Dick, DVM | Secretary/Treasurer
    • Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, DVM | AVMA Delegate
    • Curtis Crawford, DVM | AVMA Alternate Delegate

Will French, DVM, transitioned off the board during the October 8 meeting. CVMA board and staff applaud him for his service and leadership!