Committees

Our committees and task forces do the real work of our Association. Want to get involved? Email us!

Conference Program Committee

The Conference Program Committee works with the Executive Director in planning and executing the annual conference of the Association. The Board of Directors shall vote their approval of the program.

  • Carol Falck, VMD – Cleveland, GA, Chair
  • Deborah Mitchell, DVM – Schaumburg, IL, Vice-Chair
  • Lisa Fox Wright, DVM – Wellington, OH
  • Jennifer Levitsky, DVM – Severna Park, MD
  • Julie Sturm, DVM – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Editorial Committee

The Editorial Committee shall assist the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the AHVMA. The Committee shall have a minimum of three (3) members. The Committee, in close relationship with the Editor, helps to set goals and guidelines for the Journal. The Board and its President shall be responsible for the ultimate decision in case of dispute or disagreement with the Editor of the Journal.

  • Shelley R. Epstein, VMD – Wilmington, DE, Chair and Editor-in-Chief
  • Bernie Fischer, DVM, PhD – Durham, NC, Editor Emeritus
  • Laurin Cooke, DVM – Asheville, NC
  • Jean Dodds, DVM – Garden Grove, CA
  • Laurie Dohmen, VMD – Hartly, DE
  • Richard Palmquist, DVM – Inglewood, CA
  • Nancy Scanlan, DVM – Mount Shasta, CA
  • Ann Swartz, DVM – Springfield, OR
  • Kristy Herman – Student Intern, Michigan State

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee shall, with the Executive Director, develop an annual budget for the Association. The President-Elect shall serve as Chair of the Finance Committee.

  • Colleen Smith, DVM, Chattanooga, TN, – Chair
  • Charles H. Emely, PhD – Abingdon, MD
  • Neal Sivula, DVM, PhD – Richfield, OH
  • Gary Stuer, DVM – Bethel, ME
  • Madeline Yamate, DVM – Woodland, CA

Issues Committee

The Issues Committee will gather information on issues presented to the AHVMA about which the Association is interested or required to respond or take action. Reports will be sent to the Board for their decision on how the Association will proceed, copied to the office. The Vice President shall be the Chair of the Issues Committee.

  • Diana Drumm, DVM – San Diego, CA, Chair

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall have the responsibility of collecting nominations for elected positions of the Association. The Immediate Past President shall serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee.

  • Gary Stuer, DVM– Bethel, ME, Chair
  • Jessica Dreyfuss, DVM – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Doug Knueven, DVM – Beaver, PA

SAHVMA Committee

The SAHVMA Committee shall work with the SAHVMA group(s) to ensure their integration into the activities of the Association.

  • Mandie Emely – Abingdon, MD, SAHVMA Administrator
  • Gabrielle Pagana – Student Committee Member – Western University

AVMA Delegates

Dirk Yelinek, DVM – Redondo Beach, CA, Delegate
Gary Stuer, DVM – Bethel, ME, Alternate Delegate

Council of Elders

The Council of Elders purpose is to provide spiritual guidance and advice to members when requested to maintain the heart of AHVMA.

  • Cynthia Lankenau, DVM – Colden, NY, Chair
  • Twila Floyd, DVM – AL, Co-Chair
  • Mona A. Boudreaux, DVM – Zirconia, NC
  • Christina Chambreau, DVM – Sparks, MD
  • James Clark, DVM – Salmon Arm, BC Canada
  • Victoria Farthing, DVM – Hopkinton, MA
  • Angel Mitchell, DVM – Columbus, NC
  • Richard Palmquist, DVM – Inglewood, CA
  • Margo Roman, DVM – Hopkinton, MA
  • Nancy Scanlan, DVM – Mount Shasta, CA
  • Judith Shoemaker, DVM – Nottingham, PA
  • Linda Stern, DVM – Camp Hill, PA