Board of Directors


Jan Strother, DVM, 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.

John R. Brooks, DVM, Immediate Past-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.

Karen L. Davis, DVM, Vice-Chair, 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.

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.

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. 

Heather Case, DVM is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council for Veterinary Assessment where she serves both a key strategic planning and day-to-day managerial role.  Dr. Case is a native of Minnesota who received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota. She completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada.  She is board certified in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and is a Certified Association Executive.  After working at a mixed animal practice, Dr. Case completed a residency in veterinary public health. While a resident, she became a volunteer member of the AVMA's Veterinary Medical Assistance Team and completed a deployment to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. Following her residency, she served as an AAAS/AVMA Congressional Fellow for a member of the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC.  She later joined the staff of the AVMA as the National Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Director of the Scientific Activities Division. Dr. Case is an avid Morgan Horse and Schipperke dog enthusiast.

Janet Donlin, DVM received both her DVM and her Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from the University of Minnesota. She is also a graduate of the veterinary technician program at the Medical Institute of Minnesota. She is a licensed veterinarian in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and has professional membership in several associations, including the AVMA, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society of Association Executives, and the American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians. Dr. Donlin also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust (AVMA PLIT) from April 2013 - September 2016. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the AVMA.

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.

Ronald E. Gill, DVM received his DVM from the University of Illinois in 1975. He has practiced his entire career in small rural settings in Illinois. During that time, he has been active in organized veterinary medicine at the regional, state and national levels. He served as President of the Southern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association. He served 9 ½ years on the board of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, serving 4 ½ years of that time in leadership roles and was president of ISVMA in 2007-2008. He has served on numerous AVMA entities since 2001, including the Council on Veterinary Services where he served two years as Chairman, Governance Performance Review, serving two years as Chairman and the Council on Education where he served one year as Vice-Chairman. Dr. Gill also served on the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. He was recently elected to the AVMA Board of Directors representing Region 6 which includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Dr. Gill received the Erwin Small award from the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 as well as the ISVMA President’s Award in 2006, and the ISVMA Service Award in 2009. He has been married for over 45 years to his wife Terry and they have four daughters, 10 grandchildren and currently three foster grandchildren.

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.

Doug McInnis, DVM, received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Oregon State University in 1987. Since graduation he has been actively involved in organized veterinary medicine having served in several capacities including the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). Dr. McInnis was president of the OVMA in 2005-2006. He was honored as a past recipient of the OVMA's President's Award and the OVMA's Animal Welfare Award. He has been a member of the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) since 2007 and currently serves as the HOD delegate for Oregon. Dr. McInnis is a member of the AVMA Advocacy and Public Policy Review Committee. He  actively serves his community, including the Sky Lakes Medical Center, where he is a member of the Board of Directors, the Foundation Board and chair of the Finance Committee. He owns two veterinary hospitals in Klamath Falls Oregon, East and West Ridge Animal Hospitals, where he is a small animal practitioner.

Gary Marshall, DVM received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Washington State University in 1984, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the same institution in 1989. While in Veterinary School, he served as President of the WSU Student Chapter of the AVMA . He began his career as an associate at Bellevue Animal Hospital prior to becoming the owner in 1991. He founded Island Cats Veterinary Hospital, on Mercer Island, Washington in 1996, where he continues to practice. He has been named a “Seattle Top Vet” by Seattle Met Magazine for multiple years. He has served on the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors since 2016. He is currently a member of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Feline Focus Task Force actively working toward improving the facilities and training to cater more toward the unique characteristics of cats. He has been on multiple international short term mission trips with Christian Veterinary Mission, and has been an invited speaker to their annual Real Life, Real Impact conference. Dr. Marshall has been an active mentor to many veterinary students interested in feline practice, as well as being an invited speaker to the student chapter of AAFP at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine on several occasions.

Sarah Neuser, BS, Sarah is a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota (Class of 2019). She is Minnesota's senior delegate to the Student AVMA and has also recently been elected President-elect of SAVMA. Her professional interests include companion animal medicine, public health, and community education. When she's not studying, she likes to go hiking, try new restaurants, and teach her cat, Obi, tricks. 

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 AVMA LIFE Trust in December 2007 as Chief Executive Officer.  In her role, Libby is responsible for the overall direction and business operations of the Trust.  She works closely with the Trustees and business partners to develop and implement strategic plans, which provide an array of personal lines of insurance products and services for veterinarians, their dependents and staff.  Libby also represents the Trust at various conventions and colleges of veterinary medicine.

Before joining AVMA LIFE, Libby served as Vice President of National Accounts at Coventry Health Care, where she oversaw the account management of multiple large employer plans,  including several Fortune 500 companies.