President: James West, 3VM
James West is a kind, compassionate, and very humble individual
who will spare no expense to inform you just how amazing cats are.
The current Vice President for the SCAAFP, he earned his
undergraduate degree at University of Texas with a degree in
Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior. As such he is quite fascinated in
ecological and behavioral impacts in medicine, but his true joy is
feline medicine. He currently lives with one cat, Tempest, who he
loves very much and helps distract, yet focus him, towards his goal
of becoming a Feline Practitioner.
Vice President: Stephen Marsh, 3VM
I grew up in Jackson, MS and graduated with a degree in
Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi. I then
moved to Houston and decided to change career paths toward
veterinary medicine, so I came to Texas A&M for a couple years
before starting here at the CVM. My wife and I have three furry
roommates: Spite (tabby), Mocha (black), & a ferocious canine
beast named Bonnie who found her permanent home with us a year ago
at the age of 6. I love cats. I have always found them entertaining
and funny creatures, and I look forward to working with them in
practice. In my spare time I love doing jumping-jacks, playing
Settlers of Catan, collecting Helminths, and going to the movies
with my wife.
Treasurer: John Buikema, 3VM
I grew up all over, but consider myself a Houstonian because I
received my B.S. in Biology from the University of Houston. Before
that, I spent four years in the Marines, serving with Weapons
Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. My wife and I share our house
with an orange tabby named Attila, who may look like a Hobbes but
is definitely a Calvin when it comes to the level of mischief he is
capable of. I support the mission of SCAAFP because as a future
small animal vet, I need every tip and trick I can get to better
handle the unique veterinary challenges inherent to working with
Secretary: Jennifer McGill, 3VM
Historian: Stephanie Griesel, 2VM
I was raised in Cypress, Texas and received my B.S. in
Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 2013. I
have worked as a veterinary technician since 2008 and I plan on
becoming a small animal practitioner with a special interest in
feline medicine. My family and I have always been avid animal
lovers and I currently have four cats: Bert, Ernie, Spooky, and
Pepper. In my free time I love to read and spend time with
family and friends.
AFCAT Liason: Christine Gremillion, 3VM
I grew up in northwest Houston and obtained my
bachelor of science in Biology from Texas A&M in 2013.
At home, I have one cat, Neko (named, by his previous owner, after
the Japanese word for "cat") who is an avid snuggler while I study
for my classes. As a member of the Class of 2016, I look forward to
practicing small animal medicine after I graduate, with a special
interest in feline medicine. I am so grateful for the opportunity
to someday help as many cats as I can!
Open House Chair: Erin Binagia, 4VM
I'm Erin Binagia, born and raised in Nederland, Texas. I did
my BS. and MS. in Biology at Lamar where I also played for the
women's soccer team all 4 years.
I've always been in love with animals, but although I hate to
admit it, I used to think I didn't like cats! When I started
working in the clinic (where cats become demons), I realized I just
misunderstood them, and I began to respect them as they so deserve!
Soon after that I brought in two foster kittens, and in my second
year of vet school I adopted Siri, a beautiful kitten born in a
barn and abandoned by her mom. She is truly my best friend, and
every day is full of surprises. I also have two adopted bunnies
(Penny and Cooper). I love all small animals and exotics, and I
hope have a career working with all types of animals in the
In my free time I run long distances and play soccer. I also
love to travel (especially Central America), and after my summer
internship at the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic, I've decided
I would love to retire in Belize and work with the wildlife.
4VM Representative: Lexy Kremenzky
I am originally from Houston, and I
received my undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University. I have
always had cats as pets, and they hold a special place in my heart!
I find feline medicine and behavior very interesting, and I am
happy to be part of an organization that highlights that field of
veterinary medicine. I also grew up with dogs, and I love them as
well, so when I graduate I would like to work with both species as
a small animal practitioner. I currently have two kitties, Trigger
and Meishka, and they share the house with my dog, Gracie. In my
free time I LOVE to go fishing and relax at the beach (or the
3VM Representative: Joe Swartz
2VM Representative: Sarah Irving
I was raised in Orange, Texas with a great lap cat named
Leonardo who taught me a lot about behavior of cats as they age.
She lived to be 21 and our local veterinarian's compassion and
desire to help Lenny and my family inspired me to become a
veterinarian. I went to Texas A&M for my Biomedical Science
degree and graduated in 2012. I studied abroad in Costa Rica
to improve my Spanish and I love to travel. After
graduation I worked for a year as a veterinary technician
and I saw how few technicians understood cat behavior and the
people who love them. I want to help my colleagues have a
better understanding of this important section of small animal
medicine. When I am not cuddling with the new kitten my room mate
just brought home I love to knit, read, and walk in the park.
1VM Representative: Samantha Martinez
I'm Samantha Martinez and I was born and raised in Harlingen,
TX. I got my undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech
University. I actually grew up living in apartments so the only
pets I have ever had were cats and birds! I currently have two cats
and a parakeet in Harlingen: LuLu, Buttercup, and Juliet
respectively, and another cat here in College Station with me named
Abby. I have always had a profound love for cats and exotics and
I'm hoping to go into research once I graduate from vet school.
Tech Officer: Tyler Cochran, 3VM