Board of Directors


John R. Brooks, DVM, Chair, was a graduate of the University of Philippines with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.  His career began in 1974 with a practice that included dairy, beef, swine, sheep, horse and companion animal medicine.  Many of his professional activities and memberships have included Ducks Unlimited, president of Harford VMA, Board of Directors for Maryland VMA, President of MVMA and AVMA HAC and Executive Board member.  His last year on the Executive Board he served as Chairman.  He was MVMA Distinguished Veterinary of the Year, 2004.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture for Maryland.  Dr. Brooks is currently involved in a clinical small animal practice in Bel Air, Maryland.

Jan Strother, DVM, Vice Chair, received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. After graduation, she opened the North Alabama Cat & Bird Veterinary Clinic in Hartselle, Alabama, followed by a second clinic in 1991. She is the founder and hospital director for the North Alabama Cat & Bird Veterinary Clinic. She has also been actively engaged in leadership roles with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association (ALVMA). An AVMA since 1986, she served on the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) as Alternate Delegate from Alabama. She served as president of the ALVMA from 1997-1998 and has won a number of professional awards including: ALVMA Veterinarian of the Year in 2002, ALVMA Service Award in 1991 and 1993, and received the ALVMA Auxiliary Service Award in 1993. She is a frequent speaker on veterinary health care topics and has been a guest on Good Morning America, the Today Show, and FOX Pet News.

Larry Dee, DVM, Treasurer Dr. Larry G. Dee, co-owner of a companion-animal hospital in Hollywood, Fla., has served veterinary medicine as both a leader and an educator. Dr. Dee has been a delegate or an alternate delegate for Florida to the AVMA House of Delegates since 1994, and he has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Medical Sciences at University of Florida since 1983. In his service to the AVMA, not only has Dr. Dee had an impact on the House of Delegates, he served on the Publications Committee from 1986-1990 and as its chair from 1988-89. He was a JAVMA reviewer in 1992, and served on the Consensus Panel on Vaccine Applications in 1999-2000. Dr. Dee also served as president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) in 1998-99 and served on the FVMA Executive Board. He was honored as the FVMA Practitioner of the Year in 1995. Dr. Dee is a former president of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and was honored as the AAHA practitioner of the year in 2001.

He also served as president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association from 2004-2006 and as president of the Broward County Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Dee was president of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (AVBP) in 1989-1990 and served for nine years as the ABVP representative to the AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties. Dr. Dee is a 1969 graduate of Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been married to Rita Carol Fisher since 1967 and he is active in his community on the Rotary Club, the Hollywood Committee of 100, and St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Ginger K. Brainard, Ph.D.,Secretary received her Doctorate in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 1990.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist, and works in both school and medical settings.  She is married to Don Brainard, DVM (Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1985) and is the mother of 2 children.  She is past president of the Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association and was a board member from 2004-2011.  She was also president of the Auxiliary to the Arkansas VMA and served as a board member of the Auxiliary to the Illinois VMA.  Dr. Brainard is a part-time organist and serves as a director on various boards in her community.

Directors at Large

Jose V. Arce, DVM received his BS in Animal Science and DVM degrees from Louisiana State University.  He completed an Internship in small animal medicine, surgery and emergency treatment at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital.  In 2003 he and his wife, Dr. Anik Puig, co-founded Miramar Animal Hospital, of which he is President.  His special interests include dermatology, ophthalmology and ultrasonography.  Dr. Arce has been active in the Puerto Rico VMA, serviced on the Ethics and Grievances Committee, the PRVMA Executive Board from 2000 - 2014 and is still active in the Legislation Commission, the Convention  Committee and the One Health Committee. He served as Alternate Delegate to the AVMF HOD from 2000 - 2010, as Delegate from 2010 - 2014 and has served on the AVMA Board since July 2014.  Dr. Arce is active in his community, serving on the Board of the Miramar Residents' Association, is the Past-President of Perpetuo Socorro Academy PTA, is Assistance Scoutmaster of Miramar's Boy Scout Troop 29 and serves as Precinct 1 Electoral Commissioner for the pro-statehood New Progressive Party.  He is also active in the sport of soccer, both as a player and team President, and serves on the board of the Puerto Rico Master Soccer League.

Rena Carlson-Lammers, DVM received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. After graduation, she started her career at Alpine Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Pocatello, Idaho.  She became owner in 1993. The clinic has grown from a 3 doctor practice to a 6 doctor practice including moving into a new building in 2009.  She was appointed as the attending veterinarian for Idaho State University Animal Facility in 1991 and has helped the facility maintain AAALAC accreditation during her tenure.  She has served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer multiple times for the  Eastern Idaho Veterinary Medical Association.  From 1998 to 2001 she sat on the Executive Board of the  Idaho Veterinary Medical Association serving as President in 2000.  In 2006 she was appointed to the AVMA House of Delegates serving until 2014 when she was installed as AVMA District XI Director and currently sits on the AVMA Board of Directors.   In 2004 she received the Idaho State University Distinguished Alumni Award and Idaho Veterinarian of the Year in 2006. 

Karen L. Davis, DVM, currently serves as delegate for North Carolina in the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD). Dr. Davis earned her DVM degree from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. She served as President of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association in 1995-96, and has been a member of the HOD since 2000. She was named NCVMA Distinguished Veterinarian in 2007, and honored as NCVMA Veterinarian of the Year in 2014. Dr. Davis lives in Hendersonville, NC, where she works in private small animal clinical practice.

W. Ron DeHaven, DVM, is the executive vice president of the AVMA.  He obtained his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Purdue University in 1975 and a master’s degree in business administration from Millsaps College in 1989.  He has more than two decades of experience with the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).  He received the President’s Rank Awards (Meritorious and Distinguished) for his leadership.  He also received the Secretary’s Honor Award twice.  The AVMA honored Dr. DeHaven’s contributions to the veterinary profession with the Meritorious Service Award in 2004.  He also received the Roswell Award from the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare.  His 20 years at APHIS included roles as Administrator, deputy administrator for APHIS’ Veterinary Service program, acting associate administrator, deputy administrator for the Animal Care Unit, and the Animal Care Unit’s western regional director.  Prior to starting work at APHIS, he was commissioned into the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and served in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard.

Clark Fobian, DVM, attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1977.   Dr. Fobian has owned and operated the Thompson Hills Animal Clinic in Sedalia, MO for over thirty years.  From 1972 to 1978, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a medic for the 5503rd US Army Hospital.  He has served as the Missouri VMA President and Chairman of the Board.  In January of 2006, the Missouri VMA named him “Veterinarian of the Year’ and in 2011 he received the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine “Alumnus of the Year Award”. He is an active member of the First United Methodist Church.  Currently, he is serving as President-Elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Robert E. "Bud" Hertzog, DVM, has been the managing partner in general veterinary practice for Lee’s Summit Animal Hospital in Missouri since 1956.  While in Missouri, he was President of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association and the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Alumnus Association.  He has been involved in many service activities and elections and has received accolades including the Missouri “Veterinarian of the Year.”  Since 1992, he has served as laboratory animal consultant in the Kansas City University of Health Science Medical School.

Joseph Kinnarney, DVM, is a mixed animal practitioner in Reidsville, NC.  He is a 1980 graduate from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  While there, he was also the  President of the Cornell Student AVMA Chapter and President of the National SAVMA.  During his service as North Carolina’s alternative delegate on the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) from 1990-1999, he worked to help secure a HOD vote for SAVMA.  He served two terms as AVMA Vice President, 1999-2001.  He also served as president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association in 1989-1990 and was named 2006 Distinguished Veterinarian.

Larry Kornegay, DVM, is a 1971 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and received the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2005.  He has practiced companion animal veterinary medicine and surgery in Houston for forty-one years.  He has served as president of the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association and is currently president of the North Harris County Veterinary Medical Association.  During his nine years on the AVMA Executive Board, he chaired the Legislative Advisory Committee, Diversity Task Force, Executive Board Selection Committee and Governmental Relations Division's Fellows Selection Committee.  Prior to his term on the AVMA Executive Board representing District VIII (Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas) he served a four-year term on the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust and chaired Group One of the AVMA Organizational Audit Task Force.  He and his wife, Chris (also a veterinarian) have four children and four grandchildren.

Mr. Jeff Olivarez, DVM Candidate, is a veterinary student at Oklahoma State University, who expects to complete his DVM in 2018. Born and raised in the great state of Oklahoma, he grew up surrounded by animals, which helped develop his love for veterinary medicine (although there was a short period in his childhood when he wanted to be a taxi driver). He attended the University of Oklahoma for undergraduate where he received his B. S. in Zoology in 2013. After taking a year hiatus, Jeff started veterinary school in the fall of 2014. There he quickly immersed himself in student organizations, and began to take on leadership roles. At the 2016 SAVMA Symposium, he was named President-elect of SAVMA. He is excited for the opportunity to serve his fellow students and help shape the future of this great profession.

V. Hugh "Chip" Price, Jr., DVM, received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1969.  In 1980, he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge.  Dr. Price served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1974 and continued his military career serving in the U.S. Army Reserve.  He served in the 141st Med Det (VC), in Columbia, Mo., from 1982-1984, and then served as a Laboratory Animal Veterinary Officer.  Dr. Price worked in the U.S. Reserve as a Laboratory Animal Medicine Veterinary Officer at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland from 1984-2007.  Dr. Price is currently Director of Animal Resources at the LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport, where he is also Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and Emergency Medicine.

Chet Rawson, DVM, Dr. Chester L. Rawson is a 1968 graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and became a diplomat for the American College of Theriogenologists in 1980. Following graduation he worked as a general practitioner serving northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin for over 30 years. In 2002, he took a position with Alta Genetics in technical services and training as a field fertility specialist.

Dr. Rawson has been active in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since graduation from veterinary school. He served on the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee (AALC) from 1996 to 2011 and in the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) from 2003 to 2011 as the alternative delegate representing the Society for Theriogenology. He has also been an active member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) since 1972, serving as the WVMA president in 1999. In the Society for Theriogenology, he has serve as director from 1985 to 1988 and as the society president in 1990. In the American College of Theriogenolgists (ACT), Dr. Rawson served on the executive board from 1985 to 1988 and as the ACT president in 1995.

Kimberly Littleton Topper, MS, received her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University in 1997.  After retiring from the Food and Drug Administration where she was a Health Science Administrator, she currently serves as a volunteer leader for state and local organizations.  She is married to Mike Topper, DVM, PhD, a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is a past president of the Auxiliary to the AVMA, past president of the District of Columbia VMA Auxiliary, as well as, serving a number of years as the Executive Director for the DCVMA.  In addition to her duties with the AVMF, she currently serves as a board member for the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation and as the co-chair of the fundraising committee.

Ms. Libby Wallace, BS,  Libby Wallace joined the AVMA GHLIT on December 3, 2007 as Chief Executive Officer. In her role, Libby is responsible for the business operations of the Trust. She works closely with the Trustees and business partners in developing and executing a strategic plan, which provides an array of personal lines of insurance products to meet the varying needs of veterinarians. Libby also represents the GHLIT at various veterinary conventions and colleges of veterinary medicine. Before joining the GHLIT, Libby served as Vice President, National Accounts at Coventry Health Care where she oversaw the account management of multiple large employer plans, including several Fortune 500 companies. Libby graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Life Studies.