John Howe, DVM, Chair
José Arce, DVM
Michael Q. Bailey, DVM
George Bishop, DVM
Karen Bradley, DVM
Grace Bransford, DVM
Mary Ergen, DVM
Sandra Faeh, DVM
Ronald E. Gill, DVM
Arnold Goldman, DVM, MPH
Robert Knapp, DVM
Douglas Kratt, DVM
Chuck Lemme, DVM
Melanie Marsden, DVM
Seyedmehdi Mobini, DVM
Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline), CVJ
Sandy Willis, DVM, MVSc, DACVIM
Kimberly Littleton Topper, MS (Auxiliary to the AVMA Representative)
John Pennell, DVM (House Advisory Committee Representative)
Karen L. Davis, DVM, Chair, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from N.C. State University, then graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University in 1980. She was elected President of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association in 1995-96. Dr. Davis represented North Carolina in the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) for 18 years, serving as Delegate from 2007-2018. She was named NCVMA Distinguished Veterinarian in 2007 and honored as NCVMA Veterinarian of the Year in 2014. Dr. Davis lives and works in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where she owns a private small animal practice.
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.
Ginger K. Brainard, Ph.D., 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 two children. She is past president of the Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association and was a board member from 2004 to 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.
Heather Case, DVM, Vice Chair, 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, D.C. 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.
Larry Dee, DVM, is co-owner of a companion-animal hospital in Hollywood, Florida, 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 to 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.
Joe DiPietro, DVM, served as the 25th president of the University of Tennessee from 2011 to 2018. He is regarded as one of the University’s great leaders, and the UT Board of Trustees bestowed upon him the status of president emeritus upon his retirement.
Prior to becoming president, DiPietro served as chancellor of the UT Institute of Agriculture from 2006 to 2010. Under his leadership, the institute began interdisciplinary programs such as the Center for Renewable Carbon, the Tennessee Biofuels Initiative and the master’s degree in landscape architecture. Between 2006 and 2010, external grant support for the Institute of Agriculture increased 30 percent from $26.6 million to $34.8 million annually.
A veterinarian by training, DiPietro’s research emphasis was veterinary parasitology. He earned his bachelor’s, doctor of veterinary medicine and master’s degrees at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Before coming to UT, DiPietro served as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida from 1997 to 2006. Prior to that, he rose to tenured professor of veterinary clinical medicine and veterinary pathobiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and held administrative positions there including assistant director of the Agriculture Experiment Station and associate dean for research of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
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, Missouri, for more than 30 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.
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 9½ 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.
Robert Knapp, DVM, is a small animal practitioner in Columbus, Ohio, and owner of Knapp Veterinary Hospital, a seven-veterinarian practice founded by his grandfather in 1945. Upon completing his undergraduate and DVM degrees at The Ohio State University in 1986 and 1992 respectively, Dr. Knapp joined his father in the practice and became owner in 2007. He also holds a master's in animal science from Texas A&M University.
An active Ohio State alumnus, Dr. Knapp serves as treasurer of the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and held the position of president in 2008. Over the past decade, he has also participated in search committees for a variety of positions within the College, including dean, department chairs, practitioner liaison, and clinical faculty. Additionally, he has offered his expertise as an advisor to the Stanton Program, was an inaugural member of the Small Animal Practitioner Advisory Board, and participated in the College's strategic planning in 2017.
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 41 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.
Chuck Lemme, DVM, has been a small-animal practitioner since graduating from Iowa State University in 1975 and started his career as an associate veterinarian at Bramer Animal Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. It was there where he became involved in organized veterinary medicine, serving as a committee chair and then a board member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. In 1985, Dr. Lemme and his family moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he bought a small-animal practice and practiced until his retirement in 2018
Melanie A. Marsden, DVM, a native of South Dakota, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at University of California, Davis in 1990 followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She owns a small & exotic animal practice, Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her husband and two children have kept her “over” involved in Girl & Boy Scouts, cupcake baking, backyard chickens, gardening, hiking & camping. She has been actively engaged in leadership roles with the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association including receiving the “Up & Coming Young DVM ” award (many, many years ago), CVMA President 2008 and “Colorado Veterinarian of the Year” in 2016. She served as Colorado Delegate in the AVMA House of Delegates from 2011 to 2018 and on the House Advisory Committee to the House of Delegates from 2014-2017. She recently began serving on the AVMA Board of Directors.
Hidayah Martinez-Jaka is SAVMA President-Elect and a student at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
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.
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, Ph.D., 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.
Sandy Willis, DVM, MVSc, DACVIM, is a small animal internist for Phoenix Lab, a small, privately owned veterinary diagnostic laboratory located in Mukilteo, Washington. She has also worked for Antech Diagnostics and served as the medical director for the Humane Society for Seattle King County. In addition, she had the opportunity to follow two years in private practice with stints as the veterinary affairs manager in the Midwest Region for Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., and as the veterinary customer affairs manager for Hill's Canada. Dr. Willis completed her residency in small animal internal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and her internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota. She is a 1984 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.