Leadership 2020

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ leadership team is led by individuals who are deeply ingrained in shelter medicine, practicing and promoting better community animal health every day, while working on a volunteer basis for ASV.

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians seeks nominations for its Board of Directors. Veterinarians who have been ASV members for at least 2 years are eligible to apply via self-nomination. Board members are asked to participate in bi-monthly conference calls and Board emails throughout the year, contribute to committees and projects to advance the work of ASV, and participate in one in-person Board meeting and the ASV Member Reception.  In-person meetings take place at the annual ABVP Symposium - travel is not provided.  Terms are for 3 years, starting in January. We hope you will consider joining us!


Executive Board

Chumkee Aziz, DVM , DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)
President
Chumkee obtained her DVM degree at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She completed a rotating internship at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in NYC in 2013 and a shelter medicine residency with the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis in 2016. She currently works for the ASPCA as a senior director in the shelter medicine services department. Her areas of focus include the role of community collaboration in mitigating pet homelessness, proactive shelter population management and infectious disease prevention in shelters. Chumkee is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She joined the ASV Board in 2017 and serves on the Finance committee.  

Lucy Fuller, DVM
Vice President
Lucy received her DVM degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and immediately went to work for Charleston Animal Society in Charleston, South Carolina. She became Medical Director in 2009 and helped lead Charleston Animal Society’s Spay/Neuter Clinic to become a state leader in High-Quality, High-Volume Spay/Neuter surgeries. Lucy completed a Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine through the University of Florida’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program in 2013. In her role at Charleston Animal Society, she helps manage an open admission shelter, veterinary student externship program, veterinary continuing education program, and a shelter assessment and advisory program called No Kill South Carolina. In 2015, Lucy joined the South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Her professional interests include surgery, training programs for shelter support staff, and regulation of veterinarians and shelters. Lucy joined the ASV Board in 2019 and serves on the Development and Continuing Education committees.

Uri Donnett, DVM, MS, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)
Secretary
Uri received his DVM from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and completed a Masters of Science in Veterinary Preventive Medicine at Iowa State University as well. Uri then completed an internship and residency in shelter medicine at Mississippi State University from 2015-2018. Uri is currently the Maddie's Clinical Instructor in Shelter Medicine for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program. Uri is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. His veterinary interests include teaching veterinary students shelter medicine and surgical skills, high quality/high volume spay/neuter, transport programs, and epidemiology. Uri joined the ASV board in 2018 and serves on the membership and development committees.

Barbara Kompare, DVM
Assistant Secretary
Barbara earned her DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She worked in a low-cost clinic in the Chicago suburbs prior to her Maddie’s post-DVM Fellowship in Shelter Medicine with Purdue University. She has been working as a shelter medicine veterinarian at PAWS Chicago since completion of her fellowship in 2011. During her tenure at PAWS Chicago, she was promoted to Director of Shelter Medicine. She also joined the Animal Care League in Oak Park, IL in 2014 and serves as their shelter medicine veterinarian. Her professional interests include infectious disease control, population management, and behavioral health. Barbara joined the ASV Board in 2019 and serves on the Continuing Education, Membership, and Nominations committees.

Jennifer Bolser, DVM
Treasurer
Jennifer obtained her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2004 and then completed an internship at The Animal Medical Center in NYC. She’s currently serving as Chief Clinic Veterinarian of The Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Colorado where she’s enjoyed cumulatively over 10 years with this unique and wonderful organization. Driven by a passion for diverse and international perspectives, she lived and worked in Beijing, China and Chicago, IL and has performed thousands of surgeries in over 20 unique locations globally. She is a medical director for Spayathon For Puerto Rico. Jennifer is enthusiastic about collaborating and providing veterinary training and services to communities around the world to achieve sustainable impact and solutions for animal care and welfare. She joined the ASV Board in 2019 and serves on the Development committee as well as the COVID-19 and DEI Task Forces.

Erin Katribe, DVM
Assistant Treasurer
Erin earned her DVM degree from Texas A&M University in 2009, with a focus in small animal medicine and an interest in Shelter Medicine. Following graduation, she moved to Austin, Texas, where she initially practiced full-time emergency and critical care and performed relief work in High-Quality, High-Volume Spay/Neuter (HQHVSN) and local shelters. In 2014, she moved to nonprofit full-time, working as Medical Director for Animal Trustees of Austin, a small nonprofit organization that provided low-cost services to the public and partnering with local shelters. Erin moved to Kanab, Utah, in January 2017 and began working at Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary. She became Best Friends’ Medical Director in 2018 and completed her master’s degree program in Shelter Medicine through the University of Florida the same year. Erin also provides contract services for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) program as a Field Clinic Veterinarian and is passionate about teaching the next generation of veterinarians about the field of Shelter Medicine. She joined the ASV Board in 2019 and serves on the Website, Continuing Education, and Membership committees.

  

Board of Directors

Brendan Bergquist, DVM
Brendan received his DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. After graduation he moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he was in general practice while his wife completed her internship. After she matched for an oncology residency at Auburn University, they moved to Auburn, AL where he spent the next 3 years working as a shelter veterinarian at a private humane society and HQHVSN clinic in Columbus, GA.  They then moved to Vermont where he spent the following two years working at a few small shelters as well as a HQHVSN clinic. Then they moved to Asheville, NC where Brendan took a position at the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance as an instructor. Most recently he and his wife moved back to Auburn, AL where he took a faculty position at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Shelter Medicine. Brendan really enjoys teaching 4th year veterinary students HQHVSN surgical techniques as well as exposing them to things such as best practices in animal shelters and outbreak management. He joined the ASV Board in 2020 and serves on the Position Statement and Nominations committees.

Nancy Bradley, DVM
Treasurer
Nancy has been a veterinarian for 24 years. She started out in private practice and eventually ended up in emergency medicine. The majority of her career has been in shelter medicine working for both an animal control agency and a nonprofit humane society. Nancy was the Chief Veterinarian at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control for 2 years and the Chief Veterinarian and eventually the Medical Director for the Arizona Humane Society. During her years in Shelter Medicine, Nancy has been heavily involved in the investigation and expert witness testimony in animal abuse cases. She served as a reserve police officer for over 12 years, three of those years as a detective with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Animal Crimes Unit in the Phoenix area. She was an adjunct assistant clinical professor at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine for two years. She is currently a full time Assistant Clinical professor of Shelter Medicine at MWU, teaching in multiple classes but primarily 3rd year electives in shelter medicine and veterinary forensics and 4th year shelter medicine rotations. She has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and is finishing a second Master’s degree in Veterinary Forensics. Her next major goal is to become Boarded in Shelter Medicine.  Nancy joined the ASV Board in 2017 and serves on the Finance, Development, and Nominations committees.

Dianne M. Brown, DVM
Dianne received her DVM degree from Washington State University.  After graduation she worked as a general practitioner in small animal medicine for over 20 years, including owning her own practice.  Deciding to make a change in her career, she accepted the position of Medical Director for SpaySA in San Antonio, TX and became proficient in HQHVSN.  From there she returned to her native Oregon and became the Medical Director at Cat Adoption Team where she has been since 2014.

Staci Cannon, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice) 
Staci received her DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She worked for several shelter organizations and private practices in Massachusetts prior to completing the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Residency at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.  Staci also completed her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Florida and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Staci is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Staci is currently the medical director at Metro Animal Care and Control in Nashville, Tennessee. She enjoys working with dedicated shelter staff and volunteers to advance the medical and emotional wellbeing of shelter animals.  Staci joined the ASV board in 2016 and serves on the Membership, Website, and Continuing Education committees.

Lena DeTar, DVM, DACVPM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)
Lena joined the ASV as a student member in 2005 during her first year at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2009, she worked in shelters and low-cost clinics in the western United States before starting a residency program in Shelter Medicine at Oregon State University/Oregon Humane Society in 2013. Lena completed the residency, a master’s program in veterinary science with a Public Health certificate through the University of Florida, and became boarded in Preventive Medicine in 2016. Since then, Lena has been an Assistant Clinical Professor at Cornell University’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program and regularly teaches didactic courses to third- and fourth-year students, teaches the clinical rotation in Shelter Medicine, lectures at conferences and veterinary colleges, and consults with regional shelters. Lena became board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice in 2017. Lena joined the ASV Board in 2019 and serves on the Position Statements, Membership and Continuing Education committees and is the ASV Board Liaison to the Guidelines Review task force. 

Brandy Duhon, DVM
Brandy was hired as an instructor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in 2015, following her shelter medicine internship at the LSU SVM. She received her BS from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005 and her DVM from the LSU SVM in 2013. Originally from Rayne, Louisiana, Dr. Duhon was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis at the age of 13. This cut off blood flow to her extremities, leading to gangrene in her hands and one foot, so doctors had to amputate both hands and her right heel. Despite this, Dr. Duhon has embarked on a successful career as a veterinarian and instructor. She recently moved from shelter medicine to the LSU SVM’s clinical skills lab to make sure the veterinary students have the skills necessary to be successful in their careers. Her success in training doesn’t stop there; Dr. Duhon also manages the LSU SVM’s Disaster Response Team and works with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team to manage trainings for animal control officers, veterinary professionals, and first responders. She also coordinates the Disaster Response Team’s efforts responding to disasters.

Zarah Hedge, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)
Zarah graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2009 and moved to Portland, OR where she completed a shelter medicine internship and shelter medicine residency program at the Oregon Humane Society. Zarah received her Master of Public Health with the University of Minnesota in 2013 and board certification in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2014. After completing her residency, she worked as a staff veterinarian at San Diego Humane Society for about two years before becoming an Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. In her time at WesternU, she opened and operated the WesternU Spay/Neuter Center, a HQHVSN teaching clinic, providing affordable surgical and medical services for shelter animals and animals of the community in Los Angeles. Zarah received board certification in Shelter Medicine Practice (ABVP) in 2017. In the summer of 2019 Zarah once again joined the San Diego Humane Society as their Chief Medical Officer and VP of Shelter Medicine. Zarah joined the ASV Board in 2017 and serves on the Membership, Continuing Education, Website, and Nominations committees.

Staci Kehir, DVM
Staci graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s in Animal Science in 2000.  In 2004, she graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an equine ambulatory internship in New Hampshire, focusing on equine power dentistry and ophthalmology, the following year.  She continued to practice as an ambulatory equine veterinarian in New England until 2009.  In 2009, she moved to New York City and started working at New York City Animal Care and Control, Manhattan Branch.  Since then, she has stayed in shelter medicine and is currently the Medical Director of Greenville County Animal Care, where she’s been since 2014.  Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery and the welfare of the veterinarians and shelter staff.  She also enjoys training veterinary students that come to Greenville County Animal Care for an externship. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling and mountain biking.  Staci joined the ASV Board of Directors in 2020 and serves on the Nominations and Position Statement committees.

Rachael Kreisler, VMD, MSCE, DACVPM (Epi)
Rachael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in 2012 following a decade long career in Information Technology. She completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in 2014 while working as a Lecturer in Shelter Medicine and Surgery at Penn Vet.  In 2015 she became an Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine at the Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine where she worked to create a didactic elective and clinical rotation in shelter and community medicine as well as an extracurricular mobile clinic program that involves 80% of the students.  In 2020 she was promoted to Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine and Epidemiology with tenure.  Rachael became board certified in Preventive Medicine in 2018 and achieved board certification in their Epidemiology specialty in 2019.  In 2019 she became President of the Association of Veterinary Informatics, following a year as President-Elect.  She has a passion for research and has published over a dozen papers on topics that support clinical decision making in shelter medicine.  She joined the ASV Board in 2020 and serves on the Membership and Website committees.

Barbara Laderman-Jones, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)
Barbie graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 2004. After graduation, she completed an internship at Massachusetts SPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and then completed a 3-year residency in Shelter Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Over the next 11 years, she worked with the East Bay SPCA, Placer SPCA, and several high-volume spay/neuter clinics and a non-profit general practice providing care to underserved pets in northern California.  She earned board certification in Shelter Medicine Practice from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2017. Barbie has worked with shelters across North America and around the world, including Israel and Papua New Guinea. Currently, she serves as the Director of Shelter Medicine at the San Francisco SPCA. Barbie had a prior career as a high school teacher and previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer.  She shares her home with her husband, their 12-year-old son, and multiple pets. In her free time, she enjoys ballroom dancing, canoeing, singing, and travel. She joined the ASV Board in 2019. She is chair of the Nominations Committee and a well-being position statement working group and serves on the Position Statement and Finance committees.

Emily Purvis, DVM, MBA
Emily is a Pacific Northwest native but has moved and traveled across the US a few times. She is currently the Medical Director for a private non-profit shelter with animal control contracts. Emily obtained her veterinary degree from Washington State University and followed with a small animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee. From there, Emily navigated small animal private practice for about five years as both a small animal practitioner and a relief business. Feeling absolutely disenchanted with her work, Emily volunteered for the newly formed Auburn Valley Humane Society board of directors. Shortly after they opened in 2013, she realized her love for animal welfare and shelter medicine, stepped down from the board and took a full-time position as Medical Director.  In 2020, Emily earned her MBA from the University of Washington in an effort to narrow the communication divide between medical and executive functions at the shelter level.  She’s passionate about doing more with less through strategic operational strategies and team building for a productive and vested organizational culture. 

 

Board Liaison

Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice, Canine & Feline Practice), CAWA Regent, Shelter Medicine Practice, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Vice President of Shelter Medicine Services and Julie Morris Shelter Medicine Residency Program Director at the ASPCA

 Stephanie represents ASV as American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Regent.

 

Association Management

Sonya Hennessy, Executive Director
Sease Management, LLC

Lisa Scott, Administrator
Sease Management, LLC