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.

V. Hugh "Chip" Price, Jr., DVM, Vice Chair, 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.Medicine.

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.

Richard P. Streett, Jr., VMD, Immediate Past Chair, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1969. He served as a Captain in the US Army Veterinary Corps for 2 years doing research at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In 1971 he founded the Churchville Veterinary Clinic in Churchville Maryland which started out as a mixed animal practice but over the years changed to a 3 location, 10 doctor small animal practice. Dr. Streett recently retired from the practice which is now owned and managed by one of his sons and 2 other partners. He also is a partner in the Spenceola Group, a real estate development and property management company.

Dr. Streett has been a member of the AVMA HOD from Maryland since 2005. He also serves on the Maryland Veterinary Association Executive Board and previously served as chair of the Maryland Veterinary Foundation. He is a member of the Maryland Agricultural Commission, on the Board of the Maryland Environmental Service, on the Board of the Upper Chesapeake Health System, and serves as chair of the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation.

Directors at Large

L. Garry Adams, DVM, PhD, is a Professor of Veterinary Pathology, and former Associate Dean for Research of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Adams earned the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Pathology degrees from Texas A&M University.  He is diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He worked for seven years with the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and other organizations while living on four continents and performing research in over 15 countries where he developed and led programs on infectious diseases of domestic animals and established international programs. He is very active in developing and implementing biodefense and emerging diseases research initiatives.  Dr. Adams’ research areas include studies of the genetic basis of natural disease resistance, molecular pathogenesis of intracellular bacterial pathogens, and the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests for zoonotic diseases.  He has authored more than 240 scientific publications in refereed journals, 145 abstracts, six book chapters, served as editor for two books, and made over 350 scientific presentations.  He has chaired or co-chaired the graduate committees of 42 PhD students and training 5 post-doctoral fellows in his own laboratory, and serving as member on 78 PhD graduate student advisory committees.  His honors include the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Faculty Achievement Award for Research; Texas A&M University System, Deputy Chancellor of Agriculture & Renewable Resources, Team Research Award for Research Excellence; Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for Research, Texas A&M University System; USDA National Superior Service Award for Outstanding Research; American Veterinary Medical Association Excellence in Research Award; Elected Full Member of Academia Veterinaria Mexicana; and Faculty Fellow, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.

 Ms. Jessica Carie,DVM Candidate, Jessica Carie is a DVM candidate for the class of 2016 at Colorado State University. She is the current President-Elect for the Student AVMA and the President of the Wildlife Disease Association at CSU. She received her BS in Biology from the University of Miami. She grew up in New Orleans, completed her undergraduate in Miami and then moved to Alaska where she worked for 7 years with Alaska Department of Fish & Game and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Her work focused on marine mammal research and included behavioral studies of walrus, population health in polar bears and reproductive health in Steller sea lions. She loves hikes with her dog Lou.  

Suzanne Craig, DVM, DACLAM, received a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a DVM, Cum Laud from Tuskegee University.  She started her professional career as a veterinarian at American Cyanamid, a research facility in Princeton, NJ.  In 1999, she joined the faculty of U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and is now Professor and the Deputy Chair.  In 2005, she began working with Tomball College as an instructor for the Veterinary Technology program.  She is an active member of the Animal Research Strategic Advisory Committee and participates in the facility design of vivaria.  She is a member of several professional organizations include AVMA, ASLAP, AALAS, TVMA, ACLAM, among others.  Currently, she serves as the Educational Director for the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and chair of the TVMA Animal Welfare Committee.

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.

Dennis P. Drent, received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Drent Advisory Services LLC, a consultancy company that works with senior executives to create transformational changes to business models and supporting processes.  Dennis was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (VPI).  Prior to VPI, Dennis served as Senior Vice President of Internal Audits for Nationwide Insurance, a diversified insurance and financial services company.   Dennis also served as a Partner in the internal controls consulting practice at Ernst & Young LLP where he held the designation of Certified Public Accountant.  He also held several financial management positions at TIG Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded multi-lined property/casualty insurance company, including Vice President - Internal Audit and Vice President - Divisional Controller.  Dennis and his family reside in Yorba Linda, California.

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.

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 Sciencein Applied Life Studies.