Student Affairs Staff

Amanda Anderson - Student Affairs Coordinator
Violeta Bonneville - Admissions and Scholarship Coordinator
Keith Brown - Academic Technology Consultant
Sara Dion - Academic Coordinator
Chava Garcia - Audio Visual & eLearning Support Associate
Lynne Lura - Coordinator, Externships and External Students
Joe Maple - Director of Academic Affairs
Laura Molgaard, DVM - Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs
Karen Nelson - Director of Admissions
Darlene Toedter - Registrar


amanda a. photoAmanda Anderson - Student Affairs Coordinator

Amanda is the Student Affairs Coordinator in Academic and Student Affairs. She works with and advises students in a range of programs that include Student Organizations, International Travel Scholarships, and VetCamp. Amanda also coordinates student events such as Student Appreciation week, the White Coat Ceremony, and Commencement. Amanda and her husband enjoy being outdoors, and love finding new places to explore and experience. They keep busy with one hyperactive golden retriever, Kosmo, and two mischief making cats, Isis and Cormac.



violeta b. photoVioleta Bonneville - Admissions and Scholarship Coordinator

Violeta works closely with the Director of Admissions and is a resource for prospective students on the DVM program application process. She coordinates recruitment, interviews and admissions for DVM, VetFAST and VetLEAD, is involved with scholarship disbursement, and assists with special student events. As a native Romanian, Violeta has a strong passion for intercultural communication and welcomes inquiries from the international students at the College. In her spare time, Violeta enjoys reading, long-distance running, biking, hiking, exploring other cultures, spending time with her international friends and family, and attending live music performances



Sara Dion Bio PhotoSara Dion - Academic Coordinator

Sara serves as Academic Coordinator for the ASA office and supports the Associate Dean, the Director of Academic Affairs and the Director of Admissions. She facilitates student disability accommodations, coordinates events and is a liaison with the International Programs Council. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, has traveled around the world and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. She enjoys foreign and independent film, indulging her inner foodie, writing, road trips and Gopher sports!




Chava bio picChava Garcia - Audio Visual & eLearning Support Associate

Serving as audio visual and eLearning coordinator, Chava is involved with classroom technology and eLearning support. He works closely with faculty and course coordinators to ensure that the multifaceted technology needs of the college are being met. Originally from Chicago, Chava earned his M. A. in New Media Studies from DePaul University where he pondered mind bending quandaries such as "the medium is the message." In his spare time, Chava enjoys playing electric guitar at high volume, web development, cheering on Chicago sports teams, and exploring Minneapolis with his wife and their energetic shih tzu named Wasabi.   


PUB/CVM/EDU/LynneLuraLynne Lura - Coordinator, Externships and External Students

Lynne has been Coordinator with the DVM program for thirty years! As Coordinator, Lynne is responsible for clinical rotation scheduling and maintaining the list of externship sites, including soliciting new sites and obtaining grades from the current sites. She is often found advising students on their clinical rotation schedules and externships, or assisting them with obtaining nametags or UCard access to the buildings. Lynne also works with the finances for the Academic and Student Affairs department, coordinates with external visitors to the college, and is the liaison between the University and other colleges of veterinary medicine, amongst a wide variety of special projects.



PUB/CVM/EDU/JoeMapleJoe Maple - Director of Academic Affairs

Serving as Director of Academic Affairs, Joe Maple is involved with student academic advising and helps to create, maintain, and update college policies. He is a liaison with Disability Services, Financial Aid, University Counseling and Consulting Services, and other University offices. As well as overseeing Registrar functions for the College, he works with faculty on creation and maintenance of the clinical and didactic teaching schedules. He is a member of the colleges Health and Safety Committee as well as an ex-officio member of the Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy and the Student Promotions Committee. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Joe lived in San Francisco for nine years and spent seven of those with San Francisco State University, working in the College of Extended Learning. Joe and his wife have two sons, aged nineteen and six, a nine-year old Boston Terrier named Olive and four hens: Large Marge, Pipsy, Big Bird & Lucy. In his spare time, Joe enjoys reading, repairing and riding vintage motorcycles, cheering for OSU Buckeyes football, seeing live music and theater, and fixing up his 1920's bungalow.



Laura Molgaard Staff PhotoLaura Molgaard, DVM - Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Dr. Molgaard oversees the DVM educational program. She received her DVM from Iowa State University in 1991, joined the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, and has worked in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs since 2001. Prior to joining the University , she was in small animal private practice and taught at a veterinary technician program. Her teaching interests at the College include professional and clinical skills. She currently teaches in the Gopher Orientation and Leadership Experience (GOALE) and Professional Development II: Clinical Communications. Her research interests include admissions and outcomes assessment. Dr. Molgaard welcomes any opportunity to advise students on academic and personal issues. In her spare time, she keeps busy with her family, including a cockapoo named Ben.



karen nelson picKaren Nelson - Director of Admissions

As Director of Admissions, Karen spends her time advising prospective students on the DVM program, prerequisite courses and the application process, and recruiting prospective students at regional colleges, universities, and educational fairs. She oversees application processing and admissions interview scheduling, as well as the admissions process for VetFAST, VetLEAD, and general transfer students. She is also involved with scholarships and the Gopher Orientation Leadership Experience (GOALE). Karen has worked in higher education since 2002, and has been here at the College of Veterinary Medicine since 2005. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an M. A. in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University. Karen professes to have too many hobbies, but enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, golfing, alpine skiing, running, and waterskiing. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.



Darlene Toedter Staff PhotoDarlene Toedter - Registrar

Darlene is the Registrar for the DVM program, she registers students for courses, works with registration holds, and student clinical advising and registrations. Darlene is responsible for preparation of statistical reports on educational activities and interpretation of registration policies to faculty and students. In her down time, she is busy with her five year old daughter. She also has two Siberian cats named Saffire and Schrodinger (Dinger).


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