Lynn Anderson is the Vice President of Animal Welfare and Comparative Medicine for Covance Laboratories, Inc. A graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she has more than 25 years of experience developing and directing animal care and use programs, having served as the Attending Veterinarian and, ultimately, as the Institutional Official for Merck Research Laboratories. She also provided leadership for Charles River Laboratories’ global consulting and staffing business that provided technical and scientific personnel to academic, commercial and government research institutions. In addition to her clinical expertise, Dr. Anderson has extensive experience in animal facility design, personnel training, and management and regulatory affairs. She is a Diplomate and past President of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and past President of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners. She is a former Chair of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties for the American Veterinary Medical Association. She also serves as a specialist consultant and Trustee for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International, representing Americans for Medical Progress. In addition, Dr. Anderson served as the co-editor of Laboratory Animal Medicine, 2nd edition, and a member of the editorial board for the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook, 2nd edition.
Carol Clarke received her bachelor’s degree in the Natural Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and her DVM degree from the Tuskegee School of Veterinary Medicine. After receiving her DVM, she practiced small animal medicine in New York City for 13 years before entering the laboratory animal medicine training program at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of the program, she entered NIH in 1998 as the Primate Facility Veterinarian for the Veterinary Resources Program. In 2001, she accepted a position
with the Comparative Medicine Branch of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and became a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2005. During her 10 years with NIAID, she served as Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees Coordinator, Vice Chair of the Rodent Gnotobiotic Committee, and Chief of Shared and Central Facility Operations. In addition, she prepared all USDA, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, and Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International annual reports. Dr. Clarke accepted a position with USDA in 2011, and currently serves as the Research Specialist Staff Officer at APHIS-Animal Care Headquarters located in Riverdale, Maryland. Her duties include serving as the USDA Animal Care Representative for Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, Interagency Coordinating Commitee on the Validation of Alternative Methods, and the National Veterinary Accreditation Program.
Bruce Clemmons is the Manager of the FedEx Live Animal Desk, which is responsible for approving and coordinating live animal shipments on FedEx scheduled services flights throughout the FedEx network. He has been a board member of the IATA Live Animals and Perishables Board since 1998 and has served as the Chair of the IATA Live Animals and Perishables Board since 2010. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Animal Transportation Association since 2005. Mr. Clemmons graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Robert C. Dysko has been a faculty member of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine and the University of Michigan since 1990. During those two plus decades, he has had many major responsibilities for the Unit, including oversight of all campus animal facility design and construction projects, director of the rodent health surveillance program, membership on the university’s and the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs animal care and use committees, and director of the program for training graduate veterinarians in laboratory animal medicine and comparative medical research. In July 2012, he became the fourth Director in the 5-year history of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine. He has been active in AALAS, serving on its Executive Board from 2008 to 2012, and in the role of President in 2011; the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, serving
on its Board of Directors from 2000 to 2003; and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, beginning a 3-year term on its Board of Directors in 2013 as the at-large representative for the Department of Comparative Medicine.
P. Gary Egrie is from Long Island, New York, where he received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Stony Brook University in 1990 and 1992, respectively. In the mid-1990s, he worked in Ecuador (his mother is Ecuadorian) raising larval shrimp for sale to shrimp farms. In 2004, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. From 2004 to 2005 he worked at Michigan State University providing veterinary services for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ fish hatchery program. In 2005, he took a position with USDA as a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Aquaculture Program, where he was involved with aquaculture-related programs, policies, and regulations. In 2009, he took a newly created position of Farm Animal Welfare Coordinator, but is still involved with aquatic animal health as it relates to animal welfare and OIE. Dr. Egrie used to have hobbies, but now he has three young children and just enjoys sleep when he can get it.
Robert Fernandez is the Vice President of Operations and Quality Assurance for Direct Services, Inc., a national logistics and transportation services company. He is a graduate of New York University, College of Business and Public Administration, where he received a BS in Accounting and Economics.
Judith B. Franco is Associate Director of Global Standardization and Business Resources for Comparative Medicine at Pfizer Inc. In this position, she orchestrates the laboratory animal supply chain and supply chain partners to maximize contract return and ensure access to lab models, supplies, and services for the Pfizer research community. Additionally, Dr. Franco manages the global supply chain for both nonhuman primate and canine resources, aligning supply and demand across research areas and lines within Pfizer. Dr. Franco also engages with external partners to promote the importance of biomedical research and ensure a positive climate for biomedical research. Dr. Franco received BS degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1986. Since graduating, she has spent more than 27 years in the
pharmaceutical industry, beginning with Ciba-Geigy at the Environmental Research Center in Farmington, Connecticut, where she held multiple roles in agrichemical toxicology testing. She joined Bristol Meyers Squibb in 1995 as an intern with the Veterinary Services group, where she developed her skills in laboratory animal medicine. Dr. Franco began her Pfizer career in 1996, and for more than 18 years she has delivered against the Comparative Medicine departmental goals while working in the Veterinary Science and Technology, Site Operations, and Administration and Business Resources groups. Dr. Franco is a long-standing member of AALAS and became a member of the Animal Transportation Association (ATA) in 2010. Dr. Franco currently serves as an ATA Board Member and as Chair of the ATA Laboratory Animal Transportation Committee.
Gale Galland graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and after working for 2 years in private practice and research, she joined the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), working for the CDC. During her 21 years as a commissioned officer, she worked in a variety of positions, including Staff Veterinarian for the Division of Parasitic Diseases, Attending Veterinarian, and then Branch Chief for the Laboratory Animal Medicine Branch and lastly, for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) Zoonoses Team, which is responsible for preventing the importation of animals and animal products that pose a threat to human health. During her work with DGMQ, Dr. Galland utilized her expertise with nonhuman primates and worked in the Nonhuman Primate Import Quarantine Program, overseeing its importation for science, education, or exhibition. Later, she became the DGMQ Zoonoses Team Lead. In January 2013, Dr. Galland retired from the USPHS and currently works part time with DGMQ in the Nonhuman Primate Import Quarantine Program and part-time as a Clinical Veterinarian in private practice.
Dianne Garnes is a native New Yorker who attended Hunter College in Manhattan, where she obtained a BA in Biology. She then attended the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and received a DVM degree. She joined a small veterinary practice in Hyattsville, Maryland, and worked there for almost 2 years. Then she left small animal practice to work as a Clinical Veterinarian in the laboratory animal facility at Georgetown University and was introduced to the world of research and academia. She is currently the Director of Animal Welfare
Compliance and the Animal Welfare Officer for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in East Hanover, New Jersey. In this capacity, she is responsible for the enforcement of all government regulations and Novartis policies that apply to animal welfare, and the oversight of the committee that establishes policies and reviews and approves the humane care and use of animals in research and development at the site. She has worked for Novartis (Ciba-Geigy before the merger) for more than 20 years with varied responsibilities, including Director, Laboratory Animal Services (1995–2000) and Director, Safety Pharmacology (2000–2005). In the latter position she had the opportunity to establish a telemetry unit, which performed Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) studies in validated animal models. Current and past professional affiliations include veterinary licensure in Washington, DC, and Maryland; Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association; and Board Member of the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research.
Bruce W. Kennedy received his BS degree in Zoology and MS degree in Avian Sciences at the University of California, Davis. His career is a mix of animals, chemistry, and people that started in California and included 19 years in Virginia and Maryland, as well as travel in 30 countries on 5 continents. Most of it has been as a Research Scientist, conducting and managing studies with experimental animals in the disciplines of nutrition, physiology, and developmental biology. Mr. Kennedy started in lab animal science using coturnix quail for his graduate thesis in nutritional toxicology. He has also worked at the bench (analytical chemistry) with dogs in protein metabolism and rats in carbohydrate nutrition studies (USDA), writing GLP toxicology reports (Hazelton), and preparing experimental diets with test substances (FDA) and managing transgenic mouse colonies at NIH and the California Institute of Technology. Currently, he is a Compliance Associate at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, administering both the lab animal and the human subjects research committees and assisting graduate students and PIs in their research efforts. Mr. Kennedy has been a teacher and trainer for many years, lecturing on lab animals science and education research at Cal Poly Pomona and lab animal management at AALAS Institute for Laboratory Animal Management. After receiving his Laboratory Animal Technologist certification, he was asked to inaugurate a lab animal training course for USDA. He obtained the Certified Manager of Animal Resources Certification in 2006
and the Certified Professional IACUC Administrator certification in 2009. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in educational leadership. Mr. Kennedy is past President of the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange and AALAS. He has served on the AALAS education and certification committees and sat on the Scientific Advisory Committee. He is a Director of the California Society for Biomedical Research. He is a recipient of the Bantin and Kingman Institute of Animal Technology Award, the AALAS George R. Collins Award for training and educating in laboratory animal science, and the Purina lab animal tech award. Currently, he serves as an ad hoc specialist with AAALAC, International.
Kenneth Kobus is the Director of Logistics for Charles River Laboratories. Mr. Kobus has more than 25 years of experience in Logistics Management across a broad range of industries, including life sciences. Prior to coming to Charles River, Mr. Kobus was the Director of Logistics for a global medical device company and previously, for a global biotechnology company. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Logistics and Transportation Management and an MBA in Finance and Logistics from Northeastern University. He has obtained graduate certificates from Harvard University Extension School (Management), The Ohio State University (Logistics), and BioPharma Institute (Regulatory Affairs). Mr. Kobus is also a member of the faculty for University of Phoenix Online Campus, Graduate School of Business and Management, John G. Sperling School of Business. Mr. Kobus is a member of several professional organizations, including APICS, ATA, AALAS, American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L), Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), and Project Management Institute (PMI).
Carl B. Kole is a 40-year veteran of the aviation industry. His operational experience dates from 1968 to 1990. His work background as an airport agent to operations manager has provided him with a complete understanding of the operational issues facing the airport manager in today’s environment. From 1990 to April 2008, Mr. Kole was the Administrator of Special Cargoes for United Airlines. In that role, Mr. Kole had the sole responsibility for determining, developing, and implementing processes and procedures for dangerous goods, pharma, live animal and perishable transport. Mr. Kole currently manages his own consulting firm (Kole Consulting) based in the Chicago area. Mr. Kole served as the Chairman of
the IATA LAPB from 1994 to 2003, as Vice-Chair from 2003 to 2008, and participated as the Vice Chair and board member since 1990. Mr. Kole was also a member of the IATA LAPB and had been in that role from 1994 to 2008. As the Chair, Mr. Kole contributed and facilitated the writing of Chapter 17 of the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations. The IATA regulations provide the worldwide aviation industry guidance and regulatory requirements on transport issues. His work with live animal transport and the harmonization of transport standards continues. This work was documented in the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals. He continues to consult the IATA LAPB on an informal basis. Mr. Kole participates in various training and information presentation venues each year. Examples of previous trainings include those for the USDA Animal Care Inspectors in conjunction with the APHIS Preceptor program and the ILAR International Workshop “Meeting the Challenges of a Global Environment.” Mr. Kole is recognized throughout the industry as an expert in his areas of expertise, which include shipping perishable cargo and cool chain management. Recent commendations by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), USDA, and AALAS attest to that expertise.
Daniel A. Kovich is the Program Manager of the Office of Animal Care and Health Policy at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Dr. Kovich has primary responsibility for managing Virginia’s various animal welfare programs, including animal pound and shelter inspections, the Animal Record Summary Database, the Dangerous Dog Registry, animal control officer training standards, and provision of veterinary technical services to local governments. Dr. Kovich also has responsibility for regulations promulgated by the Department pertaining to animal health and welfare. Prior to joining VDACS, Dr. Kovich served as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian for the USDA in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his DVM and MPH degrees from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Iowa State University.
David M. Kurtz received his veterinary medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1989. After 2 years as a small animal private practitioner, Dr. Kurtz entered the residency program in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1991. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Kurtz continued at UAB acquiring
a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pathology in 1998. Dr. Kurtz performed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSTL). His research focused on the regulation of metabolic gene expression by members of the nuclear hormone receptor superfamily of transcription factors. Dr. Kurtz also had an appointment in the Division of Comparative Medicine as a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian. He was promoted to research faculty in 2000 and was awarded research funding from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) under a Special Emphasis Research Career Award (SERCA–K01) and from the WUSTL Diabetes Research Training–Program Project. From 2003 to 2011, he served as the Attending Veterinarian at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, under a contract with Experimental Pathology Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Kurtz received Diplomate status in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) in 2005. During that same period, Dr. Kurtz also served as the Attending Veterinarian for The Hamner Institutes of Health Sciences and Integrated Laboratory Systems, Inc., both located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Since 2011, Dr. Kurtz has served as a Staff Scientist in the Comparative Medicine Branch (CMB) of the NIEHS, 1 of 27 institutes within NIH. At NIEHS, his primary responsibilities include animal use protocol consultation and review, regulatory compliance, clinical laboratory animal medicine, and oversight of the animal health surveillance program. Beginning August 25, 2013, Dr. Kurtz assumed the role of the Head, Quality Assurance Laboratory within CMB at NIEHS.
David Lains has been the Aquaculturist and Sales Manager for the Zebrafish International Resource Center (ZIRC) at the University of Oregon since its inception in 2001. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science/Zoology at The Evergreen State College, focusing on his life-long passion for aquatic environments and their inhabitants. He has an extensive background in aquatics and frequently consults on large and small-scale fish operations in both academic and commercial settings. In addition, Mr. Lains has a thorough knowledge of fish health and husbandry, and he routinely assists hobbyists, educators, and researchers worldwide with their questions and concerns. He builds and operates the aquatic life support systems at ZIRC as well as his own personal fish projects, which are primarily focused on heirloom Japanese goldfish.
Romelito Lapitan is a Program Manager at the Ag/Bio-Terror Countermeasures (ABTC) Division within the Agriculture Programs and Trade Liaison (APTL) Office, Office of Field Operations, CBP, DHS. He also served as Acting Branch Chief at ABTC and Ag/Bio subject-matter expert to DHS biothreat analysis and countermeasures, operations visualization, and CBP chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense (CBRNE) programs. His current initiatives include developing tools, guidance, and methodologies for interdicting agricultural- and bio-terrorism resources, and handling and processing illicit trade of biologics at U.S. points of entry (POE). Before joining APTL in 2011, he served as an Agriculture Specialist and later, in a supervisory role, at the Otay Mesa Commercial POE in San Diego, California, where he enforced USDA regulations on all agricultural imports entering the United States from Mexico. He was also instrumental in improving the CBP application software ACE/M1 for processing U.S. trade imports in sea and rail environments. He holds a postgraduate degree in Environmental Biophysics and, prior to joining CBP in 2008, was affiliated with Colorado State University doing research with a focus on groundwater quality and atmospheric loading of greenhouse gases.
Steven L. Leary is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Veterinary Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Leary earned his DVM from Iowa State University and was a USPHS Postdoctoral Fellow in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Comparative Pathology at Johns Hopkins University. He is a past recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Charles River Prize, the AALAS Griffin Award, and the Iowa State University Stange Award. Dr. Leary has served as a member of the AAALAC Council, president of ACLAM, chair of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee, AVMA Panels on Euthanasia and Human Slaughter, and the National Association for Biomedical Research Board. He lobbied for passage of the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 and has testified before the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee.
Kirk Leech is the Executive Director of EARA. EARA is a communications and advocacy organization seeking to uphold the interests of biomedical research across Europe. The creation of EARA was prompted by the need (expressed by the research community) to better inform the
European public on the continued need for, and benefit of, the human use of animals in biomedical research. Representing both public and private research organizations, the association facilitates collaboration among networks across the European scientific community in order to coordinate national efforts and provide accurate and reliable information to the public and decision makers regarding the importance of animal research. In doing so, EARA aims to improve understanding and encourage openness in animal research. Previously, Dr. Leech worked in government affairs for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Prior to that, Dr. Leech worked for Understanding Animal Research (UAR), the United Kingdom’s leading advocacy group on the use of animals in medical research. Before working with UAR, Dr. Leech acted as a consultant for the White House Writers Group, a strategic communications consultancy based in Washington, DC, and founded by a group of former U.S. Presidential speechwriters. Dr. Leech was engaged to advise clients on improving public opinion on the environmental, economic, and cultural impact of a new billion-dollar gold mine in Transylvania, Romania. Before this position, Dr. Leech advised Action Research in Community Health and Development, a tribal rights organization working in the eastern tribal areas on Gujarat, India, on influencing public opinion on the economic benefits of the Narmada Dam and in opposing the imposition of wildlife sanctuaries on tribal land. Dr. Leech is a regular writer and presenter to UK and European media with more than 200 articles and appearances on television and radio.
Sharon Lynn is a Senior Wildlife Inspector with the headquarters office of the FWS Office of Law Enforcement, where her work includes policy development and programmatic support to implementing laws that regulate the import and export of live wildlife and wildlife products from a conservation perspective. Before taking this position, she served as a Wildlife Inspector at the port of Chicago from 1992 through the end of 2007. Her work there included ensuring that live wildlife imports (including those being imported for research use) complied with conservation laws and humane transport requirements.
C. Ford Morishita is a retired science teacher of 33 years (2011), with 26 years served at Clackamas High School in Clackamas, Oregon. Assignments centered primarily on Biology, AP Biology, and Honors Biotech-
nology during his career. For the past 2 years, he has served as Science Specialist and Regional Science Coordinator at ESD112 in Vancouver, Washington. Mr. Morishita work focused on professional development design and delivery, with respect to state and national initiatives. This work included the NGSS, Common Core State Standards, assessment and evaluation, and overseeing the science materials center that supported a K–8 science cooperative, comprising 29 school districts in Southwest Washington. One area of responsibility was to address Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction regulations and practices related to laboratory animal dissection and proper handling and disposal of native and non-indigenous laboratory animals. This also included provision of alternatives to lab dissection practices in the classroom. Mr. Morishita has served on two consensus study committees for the National Research Council on Testing Teacher Candidates and Evaluation of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He also completed a 5-year term as founding member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the National Research Council (NRC). During that time, Mr. Morishita worked in an advisory role on other NRC projects such as formal input and review of Science, Medicine, and Animals: Teacher’s Guide, and Enhancing Professional Development for Teachers: Potential Uses of Information Technology. Moreover, Mr. Morishita served on the National Science Resource Center national advisory board from 2003 to 2009 (currently known as Smithsonian Science Education Center). In 2008, Mr. Morishita was one of only three classroom teachers, to be selected as a National Associate by the National Academy of Sciences for his service and contributions. Mr. Morishita received his MAT in Biological Sciences and BS in Biology from Lewis and Clark College. He was selected as the 1994 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and 1997 Oregon Teacher of the Year.
Gregg Pittelkow received his bachelor’s in Business Administration from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota (1985). In 1982, Mr. Pittelkow began his long career in the airline industry, serving in a variety of positions in both Passenger Marketing and Cargo Operations at Republic Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and Delta Airlines. In 1994, he was given the opportunity to head up Northwest Airlines’ fledgling passenger and cargo live animal programs. The changes he made to these programs greatly enhanced animal welfare, decreased citations and fines by more than 95 percent, and consecutively increased program revenues by more than 10 percent annu-
ally. In conjunction with his duties at Northwest, in 1994 Mr. Pittelkow was elected to the IATA LAPB, a position he served in until his retirement from Delta Airlines in 2010. While on the Board, Mr. Pittelkow initiated or oversaw a number of enhancements to the regulations, including approval to use standard plastic pet containers for species other than dogs and cats and creation of the airline industry’s first standards for the acceptance and handling of time- and temperature-sensitive health care products. In recognition of his long service to the animal transportation industry, in 2009 Mr. Pittelkow was awarded the ATA International Award for outstanding contributions to the welfare of animals in international commerce. Since 2010, Mr. Pittelkow has remained active in animal transportation, serving as a consultant to airlines, government departments and agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. In 2013, he joined Covance Laboratories, Inc., where today he leads its global logistics team for research models.
Kathleen R. Pritchett-Corning received her BS and her DVM from Washington State University and completed her postdoctoral training in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Washington. She became a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2002. Dr. Pritchett-Corning was the Director of Research and Professional Services at Charles River Laboratories until 2013 and she is currently employed at Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences as a Senior Clinical Veterinarian. She is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington.
Robert Quest obtained his degree at Cardiff University. He then did a spell teaching biology in Uganda before returning to the United Kingdom. For the past 29 years he has been an Enforcement Officer for the City of London Corporation, which involves ensuring compliance on the import and transit of animals at the Border Inspection Post at Heathrow Airport, which he manages. He is a member of the UK National Animal Health and Welfare Panel and chairs the regional branch, as well as sitting on various other relevant working groups. Mr. Quest is also employed as a government Wildlife Inspector (part time) for the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. His other specialty is the CITES regulations and identification of CITES species for UK Police and Customs. Mr. Quest has broad experience as a tutor, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Susan Brust Silk is the Director of the Division of Policy and Education in the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), where she oversees the interpretation of Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals regarding the use of animals in research, testing, and training at Public Health Service (PHS)-assured institutions. She develops and directs educational programs in the ethical and humane care and use of laboratory animals including the OLAW online webinar programs and the OLAW Web resources. Before joining OLAW, Ms. Silk worked at the NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI), Office of the Director, as the Senior Scientific Speechwriter and Special Communication Project Developer. She served the NCI Intramural Program as Senior Animal Policy Advisor and Director of the Office of Mice Advice. Ms. Silk has conducted research on murine plasmacytomagenesis at NIH NCI and the Karolinska Institute. She directed transgenic mouse core laboratories at both NIH and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Ms. Silk has an MS in Immunology/Genetics from the University of Maryland, a BFA in Design and Fine Art from the Maryland Institute, College of Art.
Joe Simmons pursued residency training in comparative medicine and a PhD in Veterinary Pathobiology, studying novel virus infections of laboratory animals at the University of Missouri-Columbia after completing veterinary school. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Columbia, as a Research Veterinarian at a major pharmaceutical company, and as Director of Research Animal Diagnostic Services for Charles River Laboratories. In 2009, he joined Charles River Research Models Houston as General Manager, where he was responsible for import and supply of NHPs for Charles River Laboratories’ internal and external customers. He is currently an Executive Consultant for Insight Diagnostics and Consulting. His primary areas of interest and responsibility include infectious diseases of NHPs and NHP transportation, biosecurity, and welfare.
Andy Smith is the Vice President at Marshall BioResources, a breeder of laboratory canines, ferrets, and minipigs with facilities in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and went on to get a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester. Mr. Smith has been with Marshall for more than 20 years, working
through various positions leading to his current overall responsibility for North American and Asian operations. As part of his role, he oversees all animal transportation-related activities. Mr. Smith is a long-standing member of the national AALAS organization and is the past President of the upstate New York branch.
William J. White received his VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1970); his Master of Science degree in Laboratory Animal Medicine from The Pennsylvania State University (1972); and his Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University (1966). Prior to joining Charles River Laboratories, Dr. White was a tenured Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine of the College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where he conducted basic research in a number of areas involving the effects of environmental variables on laboratory animals and laboratory animal anesthesia. In 1988, he joined Charles River as Director of Professional Services, subsequently holding a number of positions in the organization, and is currently Corporate Vice President for Veterinary and Professional Services. In this capacity, he oversees the corporation’s worldwide diagnostic and professional services activities as well as its corporate biosecurity program. While at Charles River, he has continued to head corporate research programs in environmental factors influencing animal performance as well as other areas involving the care and use of animals in a research environment. He has authored or co-authored 75 peer-reviewed research articles or book chapters. Dr. White served on the ILAR committee that developed the 1996 Laboratory Animal Management Guide for Rodents and on the ILAR committee that developed the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. He co-edited the ACLAM text on anesthesia and analgesia in laboratory animals and has been a member of the editorial board of the journal Comparative Medicine. Dr. White is a Diplomate of ACLAM and the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM). He is past President of ACLAM. He is a member of the International Association of Colleges of Laboratory Animal Medicine in which he holds the office of president. He is a member of IATA and serves on the Live Animals and Perishables Board as a member of its Animal Welfare team. He has played the lead role in the development of the new container standards for laboratory animals as well as in the development of the “Life Science Logistics for Laboratory Animals” chapter in the IATA LAR manual.