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“This is a great quest and we are proud to be a part of it. We owe it to our four legged friends, and at the same time, the technologies we are developing may also help cancer patients.” R. Scott Struthers, PhD, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Michelson Grant Recipient

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board of the Michelson Prize & Grants program is composed of world-class leaders from the scientific research and veterinary medical communities. Our advisors have an average of 30 years of relevant professional experience in areas such as reproductive biology, immunology, laboratory animal welfare, and regulatory affairs. The board provides valuable feedback to grant applicants at both the letter of intent and proposal stages.

Core Board

Shirley Johnston
Shirley D. Johnston, DVM, PhD, DACT, Chair
Found Animals, Los Angeles, CA
Scientific Director
Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Michelson Prize & Grants

Dr. Johnston has had a long academic career focusing on canine and feline reproduction, and she was the Founding Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences.

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Dr. Johnston oversees the Found Animals’ Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology, a $75 million endeavor to inspire qualified researchers from a variety of scientific fields to pursue the development of a low cost, nonsurgical sterilization product for cats and dogs. Such a product would help end the epidemic of companion animal euthanasia. According to the Humane Society of the United States, half of the 6-8 million pets that enter animal shelters nationally each year are euthanized.

A devoted animal advocate and professional, Dr. Johnston’s career spans more than 30 years and includes academic faculty and administrative experience in veterinary medicine, focusing on canine and feline reproductive endocrinology. She established and led the Endocrine Laboratory as well as Small Animal Reproduction Clinical Services at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota (1975-1996) and has lectured on canine and feline reproduction to more than 10,000 veterinarians on six continents. Dr. Johnston was the founding dean (1998–2007) of the 28th College of Veterinary Medicine in the United States, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California. Prior to joining Found Animals in 2009, Dr. Johnston served as Vice President of University Advancement at Western University (2007-2009).

Dr. Johnston was educated at the University of Washington, Seattle (BS Zoology, 1967), Washington State University, Pullman (DVM, 1974), and the University of Minnesota, St. Paul (PhD, Theriogenology, 1981). She is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT), the veterinary specialty board for animal reproduction and served as ACT’s first woman president.

Dr. Johnston’s honors include the Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching of Veterinary Medicine (1984, 1988), the Distinguished Service Award, Association for Women Veterinarians (1992), and the David E. Bartlett Award from ACT. She is the senior author of Johnston SD, Root Kustritz MV, Olson PNS: Canine and Feline Theriogenology, WB Saunders Co., Philadelphia, 2001.

Dr. Johnston lives in Southern California with her husband, Gary, a veterinary radiologist, their dog Maggie, and cats Brenda and Lucy. Their son, Gary, is a teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and their daughter, Alison, is a political economist on the faculty at Oregon State University.

Todd Alonzo, PHD
Todd A. Alonzo, PhD
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Professor of Research, Department of Preventive Medicine,
Keck School of Medicine
Dr. Alonzo serves as the statistician for the Acute Myelogeneous Leukemia Strategy Group of the Children’s Oncology Group.

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Dr. Alonzo completed his undergraduate degree in statistics at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and his MS and PhD in biostatistics at the University of Washington. His research interests include development of statistical methods for analysis of biomarkers, medical diagnostic tests, and screening tests, design and analysis of clinical trials. He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters. Dr. Alonzo serves as the statistician for the Acute Myelogeneous Leukemia Strategy Group of the Children’s Oncology Group. He is a member of the Editorial Board for Pediatric Blood Cancer and Biometrical Journal and has served as a reviewer for 25 scientific journals. Dr. Alonzo is a member of a number of societies including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, the American Statistical Association, and the International Biometric Society. He currently resides in Glendora, CA with his wife (Kim), two boys (Peyton 13 and Carson 11), and Pets (Tahoe a 6-year old Labrador Retriever and Titan a 1-year old Maine Coon cat).

Janet Baer
Janet Baer, DVM
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Resources

Dr. Baer has worked in multiple capacities in the field of laboratory animal medicine including as an on-call veterinarian for NASA and as an ad hoc site visitor for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.

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Dr. Baer completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Behavior at the University of California, Davis and her MS in Veterinary Medicine and DVM at Washington State University. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Baer currently serves as the Director of Laboratory Animal Resources at the California Institute of Technology. She also serves in the capacity of Attending Veterinarian for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Huntington Medical Research Institutes, the Heart Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital and Occidental College. Dr. Baer has worked in multiple capacities in the field of laboratory animal medicine including as an on-call veterinarian for NASA and serving as an AAALAC ad hoc site visitor for nine years. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of laboratory animal medicine and was the first author of a book, Aotus: The Owl Monkey. She has also been the recipient of 3 NIH grant awards. She currently is an active member of three Institutional Biosafety Committees and serves on the Veterinary Medical Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Zoo. She resides in Pasadena, CA but spends portions of her summers in the Yellowstone National Park area.

Margaret Barr
Margaret C. Barr, DVM, PhD
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
Professor of Virology & Immunology,
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Barr is the project director for the Snow Leopard Functional Genomics Initiative and is investigating the immunogenetics of captive and wild snow leopards.

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Dr. Barr received her DVM from Auburn University and her PhD from Cornell University. She is a Professor of Virology and Immunology and serves as Co-leader and facilitator for the Veterinary Basic Sciences problem-based learning (PBL) course at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Barr is the project director for the Snow Leopard Functional Genomics Initiative and is investigating the immunogenetics of captive and wild snow leopards. Additional research projects include investigation of the molecular epidemiology of canine parvovirus and rickettsial agents in southern California. She serves on the board of directors for Pegasus Rising, an organization that provides equine-assisted therapy to veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.

David Brake
David A. Brake, PhD
BioQuest Associates, LLC, East Lyme, CT
Founder and Principal

Dr. Brake is a scientific consultant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology, providing technical and project management expertise for several transboundary animal and zootic disease vaccine and diagnostic projects.

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Dr. Brake completed his BS in Biology at Muhlenberg College. After completing a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at Hahnemann Medical University (now Drexel College of Medicine), he completed a 3-year NIH post-doctoral fellowship at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals in the field of HIV molecular genetics. He was employed as a research immunologist at SmithKline Beecham Animal Health for 5 years, followed by 8 years at Pfizer Animal Health where he held several scientific and management positions in Veterinary Medicine Biological Discovery and Biological Development. During his private industry tenure, Dr. Brake worked on numerous new vaccines for companion animals, livestock, and poultry and published scientific papers in the areas of veterinary immunology, immunoparasitology, and vaccinology. In 2004, he founded the vaccine consulting company, BioQuest Associates, LLC. Dr. Brake currently serves as a scientific consultant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology, providing technical and project management expertise for several transboundary animal and zootic disease vaccine and diagnostic projects. Dr. Brake also provides consultancy services to clients in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. He enjoys running and reading, and resides in East Lyme, CT with his spouse and affectionate cat, Bruno.

Scott Campbell
Scott D. Campbell, DVM
The Hannah Society®, Portland, OR, Founder & Chairman
Founder of Banfield, The Pet Hospital®, DataSavant®,
Merlin D-Rad® Technologies, Silvies Valley Ranch®,
Apex Directional Drilling®, and Bear Valley Roadhouse

Dr. Campbell founded Banfield, The Pet Hospital, and now is Chairman of the Hannah Society.

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Dr. Campbell founded Banfield, The Pet Hospital, and served as doctor, Chairman, and CEO for 22 years. Under his leadership, the practice developed an international reputation for innovation and caring approaches to veterinary healthcare, expanded to more than 750 hospital locations, cared for over 100,000 patients per week, and grew over 22 percent per year for 22 years. Dr. Campbell has many diverse interests, a wonderful family, and owns “more Pets than anyone else in the world”; he holds two significant software patents and has written and lectured extensively.

Marcelo Couto
Marcelo A. Couto, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Executive Director, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, Geffen School of Medicine

Among Dr. Couto’s achievements are creating and directing UCLA’s Assisted Reproductive Technologies lab and creating a computer-based system for reporting veterinary clinical health cases.

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Dr. Couto completed his veterinary degree at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, his PhD in Comparative Pathology at the University of California, Davis, and postdoctoral training in Molecular and Cell Immunology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Couto is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and has worked in the laboratory animal field for over 22 years. He has held professional positions at Guidant Corporation, the Scripps Research Institute, and the University of California, Davis. Among his achievements are creating and directing UCLA’s Assisted Reproductive Technologies lab and creating a computer-based system for reporting veterinary clinical health cases. Dr. Couto is the Executive Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine at UCLA that provides animal pathology, surgical animal models, specialized breeding techniques, and laboratory animal health care services. Dr. Couto is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Campus Veterinarian at UCLA.

Rebecca Davies
Rebecca L. Davies, PhD
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Director, Quality Central Quality Assurance Program
Associate Clinical Professor, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Davies works toward integration and implementation of quality assurance infrastructure into research and diagnostic service laboratories.

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Dr. Davies completed her PhD in Animal Physiology at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics and the Society for Quality Assurance. Dr. Davies is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota with interest in comparative endocrinology. As the Director of the Quality Central Quality Assurance Program, Dr. Davies works toward integration and implementation of quality assurance infrastructure into research and diagnostic service laboratories, and provides research support in assay development and test method validation for endocrine, analytic, and metabolic testing in multiple species.

Thomas Graves
Thomas K. Graves, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ
Associate Dean for Clinical Education,
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Graves is a veterinary educator and endocrinologist, focusing on geriatric medicine and diabetes.

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Dr. Graves completed his DVM degree at Cornell University and his MS and PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed a small animal internship at the Ohio State University and a small animal internal medicine residency at Michigan State University. Dr. Graves is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and past Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Morris Animal Foundation. He currently serves on the organization’s Animal Welfare Assurance Committee. He has published and spoken extensively in the area of small animal endocrinology. His research, focusing on geriatric medicine and diabetes, has been funded by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Feline Winn Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

Carl Johnson
Carl D. Johnson, PhD
Hereditary Disease Foundation, New York, NY
Executive Director for Science

Dr. Johnson is a neurobiologist and manages all scientific programs of the Herediary Disease Foundation.

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Dr. Johnson completed a BS in Chemistry at the University of Chicago and a PhD in Biology at the California Institute of Technology. He performed postdoctoral research in Neurobiology at the University of Wisconsin and, in 1986, joined the company Cambridge NeuroScience, Inc. as Director of Genetics. In 1990, Dr. Johnson co-founded NemaPharm, Inc., the first company to focus exclusively on using a genetically tractable model animal, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, for human therapeutic discovery. Dr. Johnson joined the Hereditary Disease Foundation (HDF) as Executive Director of the ‘Cure Huntington’s Disease Initiative’ in 2001. In 2004, Dr. Johnson became Executive Director for Science of the HDF, managing all aspects of the Foundation’s scientific programs. Dr. Johnson consults and reviews grant applications for the Found Animals Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and other groups. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with wife Susan Curtis, adopted cats Lena and Sammy, and a recently rescued Blue Heeler named Mabel.

Timothy Lawson
P. Timothy Lawson, DVM, DACLAM
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Director, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine,
Geffen School of Medicine (ret.)

Dr. Lawson was the Campus Veterinarian and Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine at UCLA until his retirement in 2006.

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Dr. Lawson was educated at the Ohio State University (BS Animal Science, DVM) and completed postdoctoral training in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Washington. During his career, he completed military service as Captain, U.S. Army Veterinary Detachment, worked in private practice and industry, and, from 1987-1995, was Chief of the Veterinary Medical Unit, Veterans Administration Medical Center at Fort Lewis, WA. Dr. Lawson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Until his retirement in 2006, he was the Campus Veterinarian and Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine at UCLA. While at UCLA, he was on the Medical Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Zoo, participated on the UCLA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and served as Clinical Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona.

Linda Rhodes
Linda Rhodes, VMD, PhD
Aratana Therapeutics, Inc., Kansas City, KS
Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Rhodes has 25 years of accomplishments in human and animal drug discovery, development, biomedical research, and clinical veterinary medicine.

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Dr. Rhodes was educated at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (VMD) and Cornell University (PhD). She has 25 years of accomplishments in human and animal drug discovery, development, biomedical research, and clinical veterinary medicine. She has an extensive background in physiology, medicine, and molecular biology. As a senior research fellow at Merck Research Laboratories for 10 years, she led pre-clinical biology evaluation of several marketed human drugs. Dr. Rhodes practiced clinical veterinary medicine for five years, with experience in both companion and farm animal practice. She worked for Sterling Winthrop Animal Health, and for Merial Ltd. as director of development projects, leading project teams developing novel compounds for a variety of indications. She headed new technology assessment, leading the evaluation of licensing opportunities. In April 2001, she formed AlcheraBio, a consulting, marketing, communications and contract research firm specializing in working with biotechnology and animal health companies, with clients in the US, European Union, Canada and Australia. AlcheraBio was acquired in 2008 by Argenta, a formulations and contract manufacturing company that specializes in animal health. In 2011, Dr. Rhodes accepted a position as CEO of Aratana Therapeutics, a venture capital backed start up company developing innovative new medicines for dogs and cats, and currently serves as its Chief Scientific Officer. She is a member of the Board of Directors of ImmuCell and the Alliance for Contraception in Dogs and Cats, and she serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Animal Science program at Rutgers University.

Gary Richwald
Gary A. Richwald, MD, MPH
Viral Disease Consultants, Los Angeles, CA
Medical Director/Epidemiologist

Dr. Richwald has served as a faculty member at the UCLA Schools of Public Health and Medicine and as the Consulting Medical Director of the California Cryobank.

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Dr. Richwald completed an engineering degree at Cornell University, medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and the MPH in Health Services Research/Epidemiology from UCLA. He completed his specialty/subspecialty training in internal medicine, geriatrics, and preventive medicine at the University of Michigan and UCLA, and he was a Robert Wood Foundation Clinical Scholar at UCLA/RAND in Health Policy and Health Services Research. He served as a full time faculty member at UCLA in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine from 1981 to 1989 and headed the multidisciplinary program in Women’s and Reproductive Health. He later served as Director, Sexually Transmitted Disease Program and Chief Physician, Division of Communicable Diseases at the LA County Department of Health Services. Since 2000, he has been involved in teaching, research, clinical care, and policy development in the areas of communicable diseases, biotechnology, laboratory medicine, and women’s and reproductive health. He has worked for a number of organizations in the development and commercialization of health technology including: GSK and Novartis (HSV and VZV antivirals), 3M (topical immune response modifiers), Johnson & Johnson (HIV rapid tests), Abbott and CDC (chlamydia tests), Focus Technologies/Quest Diagnostics (HSV antibody tests), Medical Tactile and SonoCine (breast cancer screening), and Prentiff/NIH (barrier contraceptives). Dr. Richwald was formerly Consulting Medical Director of the California Cryobank, the largest reproductive tissue bank in the United States. Additionally, he serves on the boards of several scientific, educational, and charitable organizations.

Amy A. Ross, PhD
Amy A. Ross, PhD
USC Alumni Association, Los Angeles, CA
President, Board of Governors

Dr. Ross received her PhD in Experimental Pathology and has more than 25 years of experience in the bone marrow transplantation/cancer diagnostic field.

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Dr. Ross received her PhD in Experimental Pathology from USC in 1986. She worked in biotechnology and the bone marrow transplantation/cancer diagnostics field for over 25 years. Her research focused on the detection of low numbers of tumor cells in the circulation of breast cancer patients as a means of targeting early relapse. She is the author of over 75 scientific publications and the holder of three US patents. Although most of Dr. Ross’ career was in the biotechnology industry, she spent three years developing a tissue culture system for bone marrow-derived stem cells in the laboratory of Dr. Ellen Rothenberg at Caltech. An active USC alumna, Dr. Ross was a co-founder of the USC LGBT Alumni Association and currently serves as President of the USC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors.

Andrew Rowan
Andrew N. Rowan, PhD
Humane Society of the United States, Washington, DC
Chief International Officer & Chief Scientific Officer
President & CEO, Humane Society International
President, Humane Society University

Dr. Rowan is an important leader in animal welfare, serving multiple positions in HSUS and HSI and on advisory panels of the World Society for the Protection of Animals and the Morris Animal Foundation.

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Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Rowan completed a bachelor’s degree at Cape Town University and his masters and doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Rowan joined HSUS in 1978 as Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems. In 1983, he moved to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he founded the Tufts Center for Animals & Public Policy and served as professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Studies. Dr. Rowan is the author and editor of numerous books and articles and is the founding editor of the journal Anthrozoös. He is Treasurer of the World Society for the Protection of Animals and is on the Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. He currently serves as Chief International Officer and Chief Scientific Officer for HSUS, and as President & CEO of Humane Society International. He lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife, and with Charles, who spent his puppydom in a semi-cab but who now dominates the Rowan family and makes sure they have sufficient exercise.

Josep Rutllant
Josep Rutllant, DVM, PhD
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
Professor, Anatomy and Embryology,
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Rutllant is a veterinary anatomist with research interests in gamete physiology, and a recipient of the Norden-Pfizer Award for Distinguished Teaching of Veterinary Medicine.

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Dr. Rutllant received his DVM and PhD (Veterinary Medicine) from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona. He completed a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Animal Transgenesis and Germ Cell Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and has held positions of lecturer and visiting professor of veterinary anatomy at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rutllant’s research funding and publications are in the general areas of sperm cell biology and function, to include isolation of spermatogonial stem cells and Sertoli cells from dogs, patterns of MHC protein expression during porcine spermatogenesis, and expression and characterization of aquaporin water channels in equine sperm. He is a recipient of the Norden-Pfizer Award for Distinguished Teaching of Veterinary Medicine, and the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence at the WesternU CVM.

William Swanson
William F. Swanson, DVM, PhD
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH
Director, Animal Research, Center for Conservation
and Research of Endangered Wildlife

Dr. Swanson currently leads a multi-disciplinary research team at the Cincinnati Zoo with a primary focus on maternal and embryonic factors affecting reproductive success in small felids.

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Dr. Swanson was educated at the University of Texas, Austin (BS), Texas A&M University (DVM), and Louisiana State University (PhD, Animal Science). He currently leads a multi-disciplinary research team at the Cincinnati Zoo on the preservation of endangered animal species, with a primary focus on maternal and embryonic factors affecting reproductive success in felids. He participates in collaborative studies of endangered small felids in Mongolia, Thailand, South Africa, the UAE, and Brazil, and he trains foreign scientists in conservation strategies. He was Co-Chair of the Felid Taxon Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for ten years and has published and spoken widely on reproductive physiology of endangered and domestic felids. Before joining the Cincinnati Zoo, Dr. Swanson completed a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive physiology of domestic and nondomestic felids, and worked as a gamete biologist at the Conservation & Research Center, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, in Front Royal, VA. He received a five-year Special Emphasis Research Career Award from the National Center for Research Resources of the NIH. Work at the Smithsonian included examination of maternal and embryonic factors affecting reproductive success in felids. Specific studies were directed toward the application of in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer for propagation of felid models of human disease and for conservation of endangered cat species.

John Tegzes
John H. Tegzes, MA, VMD, DABVT
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
Professor, Toxicology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tegzes is a nurse and a veterinary toxicologist with expertise in interdisciplinary education.

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Dr. Tegzes was educated at Thomas Jefferson University (BS Nursing), University of Santa Monica (MA Applied Psychology) and University of Pennsylvania (VMD). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and a recipient of the Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching of Veterinary Medicine. His career has included professional positions in nursing practice, veterinary practice, completion of a residency in veterinary toxicology at the University of California, Davis, and veterinary outreach through PeaceWorks in Honduras. At Western University, he directed the first year, Problem-Based learning curriculum at the College of Veterinary Medicine, serves as the faculty content resource in toxicology, and is a member of the Interprofessional Education Committee.

David Wildt
David E. Wildt, PhD
Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Front Royal, VA
Senior Scientist and Head, Center for Species Survival

Dr. Wildt manages the wildlife animal collection at the National Zoo’s 3,200-acre Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, a living laboratory in Virginia.

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Dr. Wildt has conducted research at Michigan State University, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M University, the National Institutes of Health, and now the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute. He leads a group of scientists, fellows, students and technicians who study the biology of animals, from the domestic cat and dog to frogs and elephants. Dr. Wildt also manages the wildlife animal collection at the National Zoo’s 3,200-acre Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, a living laboratory in Virginia. Basic and applied research is devoted to creating scholarly knowledge that leads to better management and conservation of small populations, especially of endangered species. Efforts are centered on reproduction, but also are linked to genetics, veterinary medicine, behavior, nutrition, ecology, small population biology and the reintroduction of species to nature. This cross-disciplinary integration is fundamental to Dr. Wildt’s philosophy and his team’s research on the cheetah, Florida panther, black-footed ferret, and the giant panda, among others. Besides a text edited by Dr. Wildt and his colleagues, Giant Pandas: Biology, Veterinary Medicine and Management (Cambridge University Press), he has more than 285 publications in the peer-reviewed literature and 57 book chapters spanning more than 50 vertebrate species.

Joanne Zahorsky-Reeves
Joanne Zahorsky-Reeves, DVM, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Regulatory Affairs Program Administrator,
Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine,
David Geffen School of Medicine

Dr. Zahorsky-Reeves worked in xenotransplantation genetics at USC and Childrens Hospital LA, and now is a laboratory animal veterinarian at UCLA.

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Dr. Zahorsky-Reeves attended Cornell University both undergraduate (BS with Honors ‘90) and veterinary school (’95). She completed her PhD in Comparative and Experimental Medicine at the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville (’99). She worked as a post-doc in xenotransplantation genetics at the University of Southern California and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (’99-’04). Dr. Zahorsky-Reeves now serves as the laboratory animal veterinarian in the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, and is board certified in lab animal medicine (DACLAM) (’11).

Stephen Zawistowski
Stephen L. Zawistowski, PhD, CAAB
ASPCA, New York, NY
Science Advisor
Executive Vice President, National Programs

“Dr. Z” is a well-known speaker on animal shelter issues including animal behavior, the use of statistics to manage programs, and the history of animal sheltering.

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Dr. Zawistowski completed his PhD in Behavior Genetics at the University of Illinois. “Dr. Z” is a well-known speaker on a number of animal shelter issues including animal behavior, the use of statistics to manage programs, and the history of animal sheltering. He is a certified applied animal behaviorist and chaired the Animal Behavior Society’s Board of Professional Certification from 1998-2007. He is a founding co-editor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, adjunct professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, an adjunct assistant professor in the Animal Behavior and Conservation graduate program at Hunter College and adjunct professor of Anthrozoology at Canisius College. He co-edited Animal Shelter Medicine with Dr. Lila Miller (2004) and the second edition in 2013, co-authored Heritage of Care with Marion Lane (2008) on the history of the ASPCA, and authored a textbook Companion Animals in Society (2008). Dr. Z currently serves as Science Advisor at the ASPCA.

Aimee Gilbreath
Aimee Gilbreath, MBA
Ex Officio Member
Found Animals, Los Angeles, CA
Executive Director

Ms. Gilbreath is responsible for the development and launch of all major programs including the $75M Michelson Prize & Grants program, pet adoption programs that place nearly 5,000 shelter animals per year, and a free, nationwide online microchip registry.

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Aimee was born with a love of animals, which eventually led to her position as Found Animals’ Executive Director. In her role as head of the social entrepreneurship and innovation focused non-profit in the pet space, Aimee is responsible for the development and launch of all major programs including the $75M Michelson Prize & Grants program, pet adoption programs that place nearly 5,000 shelter animals per year, and a free, nationwide online microchip registry. She also serves as a Board Member for Spay4LA and the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles, which together have four clinics that provide over 30,000 subsidized surgeries to underserved communities each year.

Before Aimee joined Found Animals as its first employee in March 2008, she earned her MBA from Stanford University and rose to Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a management strategy consulting firm that works with Fortune 500 companies to solve complex business issues. During this time, in an effort to introduce balance and service into her busy business career, Aimee began volunteering for a local animal rescue group. It was here Aimee fell in love with one of the most popular yet misunderstood breeds of dog, the pit bull. She eventually adopted a pit bull of her own – Rufus — who accompanies Aimee to the Found Animals’ office daily.

Earlier in her life Aimee received a full scholarship to attend the University of Arizona, where she earned her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, graduating summa cum laude in 1996. She began her career in biotechnology and was hired by Motorola Corporation’s R&D division. Aimee was the third member of a team recruited to start a biotechnology research program with the goal to develop a biochip device for use in personalized medicine.

Ad Hoc Board

David A. Brent, PhD
Brent Tech, Chapel Hill, NC
President
Lawrence G. Carbone, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
University of California, San Francisco, CA
Associate Director, Laboratory Animal Resource Center
Amy E. Fischer, PhD
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Teaching Associate & Extension Specialist,
Department of Animal Sciences
Gary Gamerman, MS, JD
Afaxys Inc., Charleston, SC
Senior Vice President,
Technical Operations and Business Development
Christopher M. Hardy, PhD
Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization,
Canberra, Australia
Principal Research Scientist & Team Leader,
Functional and Environmental Genomics
Herod L. Howard, DVM, MPVM, DACLAM
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
Senior Director, Institutional Animal Program
Safdar A. Khan, DVM, MS, PhD, DABVT
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,
Urbana, IL
Director of Toxicology, Animal Poison Control Center
David M. Petrick, VMD, JD
Delta Consortium Regulatory Consulting, Ltd, Princeton, NJ
Principal
Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Professor, Small Animal Reproduction,
College of Veterinary Medicine
Margaret R. Slater, DVM, PhD
ASPCA, Northampton, MA
Senior Director, Veterinary Epidemiology,
Shelter Research and Development
Nancy S. Wexler, PhD
Hereditary Disease Foundation, New York, NY
President
Professor, Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry,
Columbia University