Meet The Staff, Office of Advancement, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Meet The Staff

Brenda Betts

Brenda K. Betts
Associate Dean for Advancement


I came to head the advancement team in March 2006--an exciting time when new leaders and new plans are accelerating the College to excellence. Previously I worked in development and alumni relations for 15 years at Michigan State University, where I also earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in public relations. In Lansing I was involved in the leadership at Capital Area Humane Society. At home I have an impetuous cocker spaniel named Cassie.

I joined the College with great respect for the veterinary profession, and I look forward to assisting friends and alumni who want to advance the work of the dedicated faculty, staff, and students who are improving the quality of life for animals and humans.

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Chris Beuoy
Director of Communications & Marketing

I've been at the College since 1996, working to share with a wide variety of audiences news about the discoveries, achievements, and other activities of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. I produce many of the College publications and would love to hear from alumni and College personnel about news items to include in our quarterly print newsletter, Veterinary Report, and our monthly electronic newsletter, Illinois VetNews. In addition, I facilitate media and public relations to give reporters and community groups access to our faculty experts and serve as liaison to the students who organize our annual Open House.

My educational background includes a BA degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master's from Northwestern University. My family includes a daughter and a voracious beagle pound puppy.

Debra & Emma

Debra Domal
Media Communications Specialist

I’ve been at the College since 2002, working to coordinate the Web site.  I work with people throughout the College and across campus and use the latest technology to make our site dynamic and accessible for our alumni, friends, prospective students and faculty and our community.  Since we have a big site, including much that is not visable to the general public, part of my job is to work with in-house designers and train our many internal content providers.  I am also responsible for our electronic newsletters and electronic event management and promotion system.

My educational background includes a BA degree from New York University and a master’s from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Center for Writing Studies.  My family includes my husband and four rescued felines. 





Misty and her dog Zuzu

Misty Oakley
Administrative Assistant

I joined the advancement team in December 2012 after three years with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Previously, I have worked at Facilities and Services, Building Research Council, The College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Academic and Student Affairs, and University Library Advancement. I am responsible for coordinating the administrative functions of the Advancement Office, and find working with the alumni, staff, students and faculty fun and rewarding. My three sons and I enjoy sharing our home with our dog, Zuzu.



Jackie Sturdyvin

Jackie Sturdyvin

In the fall of 2004, I was hired to coordinate the Companion Animal Memorial Fund Program.  I receive donations from individuals as well as over 100 clinics on a weekly, daily, and monthly basis.  These gifts generate memorial cards to the families whose pets are now deceased.  It is heartwarming to see the response from the recipients of these cards.  They are somewhat comforted to know that the monies donated help teach future veterinarians and help with noninvasive research for a variety of animal diseases.

Before I came to Vet Med, I was a church secretary in Champaign for 15 years. My husband, Chris, and I own and operate a lawn maintenance and water garden design company. We have three children, one granddaughter, and a new puppy, Roxie.


Our mailing address is:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / College of Veterinary Medicine
2001 S. Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802