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Dr. Barr is the National Manager, Import/Export, Animal Health Division of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. She has the statutory responsibility for ensuring that only healthy animals and their products and by-products are imported into Canada and exported from Canada. Dr. Barr has worked as a veterinarian with the Federal Government for 21 years in various positions that include both field operations and program and policy development. Prior to that, her clinical experience was in small animal practice.

Danelle Bickett-Weddle, DVM, MPH, DACVPM is the Associate Director for the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She coordinates the development of educational materials related to bioterrorism, agroterrorism, biological risk management and zoonotic diseases. She also teaches public health, biosecurity and ruminant nutrition in various classes at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Dr. Bickett-Weddle is currently pursuing a PhD focusing on dairy biosecurity with plans to complete it by August 2008.

Dr. Buchanan currently serves as Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was nominated by President Bush in 2005. He is a native of Madison County, Florida. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agronomy from the University of Florida in 1959 and 1962, respectively, and the Ph.D. in Plant Physiology, with minors in Botany and Agronomy, from Iowa State University in 1965. He spent 21 years with Auburn University in the Department of Agronomy and Soils, with primary teaching and research responsibilities in weed science. He served as Dean and Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station from October 1, 1980 to September 30, 1985. In 1986, he was appointed Associate Director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations and Resident Director of the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia. He served as Interim Director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations from June 1994 to February 1995. He became Dean and Director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences March 1, 1995, and served until 2006. He retired from the U.S. Army National Guard in 1992 and holds the federally recognized rank of Colonel (0-6).

Mr. Cain is the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Homeland Security project director at Purdue University. In 2005 he was selected as an agroterrorism consultant to the National Academies of Science. He has published thousands of articles nationally and locally. He has a contributing writer to World Book's Science Yearbook, hosted the nationally-televised Science and Technology Update for Direct TV's Channel Earth, and was a communication consultant in Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Russia and Uganda.

Dr. Heather Case is the Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the American Veterinary Medical Association in Schaumburg, IL. As a member of the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team Five, she responded to Hurricane Katrina serving in logistics and as Commander of Shelter Medicine for the Lamar Dixon Animal Shelter which housed thousands of animals. She served as an AVMA Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC in 2006-07. As a public health resident she was involved with multiple projects including West Nile Virus surveillance, biosecurity and risk assessment, food borne pathogens and several projects in the turkey industry.

Jeff Clark oversees Producer Services at Manitoba Pork Council, and is a member of numerous provincial and national committees devoted to Emergency Preparedness within Canada's livestock sector. Jeff's had significantly involvement with the development of a national swine traceability system in Canada, having helped design and implement various components to date. Before coming to Council, Jeff enjoyed a diverse background in the natural sciences ranging from positions in molecular biology, medical research, and wildlife management. Jeff is in the final stages of acquiring his Master's Degree in Natural Resources Management at the University of Manitoba with an extensive research project focussed on woodland caribou in northern Manitoba.

Dr. Clifford is the Deputy Administrator of APHIS, Veterinary Services. He was the Associate Deputy Administrator National Animal Health and Policy program where he led VS' efforts to protect, sustain, and improve productivity, marketability, and health of the nation's animals, animal products, and biologics. Dr. Clifford has also served as the area veterinarian in charge in Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, and Indiana; the National Health Monitoring System coordinator in Ohio; and the brucellosis epidemiologist and veterinary medical officer in Kentucky. Before beginning his work with APHIS, Dr. Clifford was a private veterinarian in a mixed practice.

Dr. Kathleen M. Connell is owner/consultant for Foxglove Consulting, offering consulting services in animal and public health, communications and public relations, emerging and foreign animal diseases and emergency and disaster management. As Washington State Veterinarian in 2003-2004, she implemented emergency management plans in response to the nation's first BSE incident and served as Area Co-Commander in coordination with USDA. Other experience includes 2005-2006 AAAS/AVMA Congressional Science Fellow, working for US Senator Dr. Tom Coburn, R-OK, as a Health Policy Fellow, 1995-2003 Washington Assistant State Veterinarian and 1991-1995 Associate Veterinarian for Lacey Animal Clinic.

Andrew Dickson is the General Manager of the Manitoba Pork Council. He has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural extension, legislative and regulatory policy development and rural economic development. From 1975-2005, Andrew worked for the Manitoba government in Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives and held a variety of positions, including agricultural representative, chief of 4-H programs and regional director. Born and raised in England, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science. (Hons.) in Agriculture from the University of Reading, England. He completed his education in Canada and has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Green is Vice President, Producer Education at National Cattlemen. His experiences include more than 30 years in veterinary medicine in Mississippi, Missouri and Florida, including consulting and working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Green also spent 12 years in the animal sciences division at Monsanto. Early in his career, Green spent four years with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service as leader of extension veterinary medicine.

Andrea Husband is Program Coordinator for Agroterrorism and Disaster Preparedness at the University of Kentucky. She provides training opportunities for Extension professionals, veterinarians, emergency responders, and others with a vested interest in maintaining agrosecurity.

Dr. Kassenborg is the Director of the Dairy and Food Inspection Division at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Her previous positions include epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Health and clinical veterinarian at mixed and small animal practices.

Dr. Keller is the State Veterinarian for North Dakota. She has held that position since 2004 and was the Deputy State Veterinarian from 1997-2004.
Dr. Keller oversees and has statutory responsibility for the maintenance of domestic animal health and exclusion of agents that may put the health of these animals at risk.

Dr. Kitching is the Director of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, Winnipeg. He was a member of the OIE FMD and Other Epizootics Commission, and is an OIE expert on FMD, swine vesicular disease, sheep and goat pox, and lumpy skin disease.

Dr. Lautner is the Director of USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa. She is responsible for the operations and programs of NVSL which is the only Federal facility engaged in the diagnosis of both domestic and foreign animal diseases with locations in Ames, Iowa, and Plum Island, New York. NVSL serves as the national reference laboratory for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network and as an international reference laboratory for the World Organization for Animal Health

Jim Leafstedt, a pork, beef, and crop producer from southeastern South Dakota, currently serves as President of the United States Animal Health Association. Mr. Leafstedt has served on the organization's executive committee as a representative of allied industry. He was also active as chair and vice-chair of committees on pseudorabies eradication along with being representative of the National Pork Board's Swine Health Committee.

Ronald J. Lewis, DVM, MVSc, DACVP is the Chief Veterinary Officer and Director of the Animal Health Branch for the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands at Abbotsford. Dr. Lewis works closely with other provincial and federal government agencies, the livestock and salmon aquaculture industry, and provincial public health. He is the government spokesperson for animal health in British Columbia and for several years served as a member of the AAVLD Accreditation Committee.

Michael Lynk is a Special Agent with North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. His current duties include Coordinator of the North Dakota Fusion Center. The Fusion Center works with several local, state, tribal, federal agencies and private infrastructure partners to evaluate incidents of terrorism. He is a 26 year law enforcement veteran.

Grant Maxie, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, is the Director of the Animal Health Laboratory, Laboratory Services Division, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is currently president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), and is a member of the AAVLD Accreditation Committee.

Charlie Powell is the Senior Public Information Officer for Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and the Public Information Director for the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association. He teaches crisis and risk communications in WSU's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. Combined he has more than 30 years experience dealing with media as it concerns all aspects of animals and people.

Dr. Kris Ringwall is the Director of the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC) and is an Extension Livestock Specialist with the NDSU Extension Service. Dr. Ringwall is responsible for the administrative and research leadership role in the overall planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of programs at the DREC. In addition, he assumes responsibility for the development and leadership of various statewide educational programs on livestock production with primary emphasis in animal breeding and reproduction involving beef cattle. Recently, his efforts have focused on beef cattle identification, trace-back, trace-forward and operational bio-security. He is involved with the integration of agricultural resources within NDSU with the Agricultural Department of Dickinson State University (DSU) and teaches at DSU.

Mark Robinson, PhD, DVM is the National Program Leader for Animal Agrosecurity at the USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). He provides programmatic leadership and coordination for CSREES activities in animal agrosecurity involving intergovernmental and extramural groups. Among other things, he is a CSREES representative to the EDEN Agrosecurity Committee, and provides support to the Regional Agrosecurity Conferences.

Chuck Sanderson is the Executive Director for Manitoba's Emergency Measures Organization (EMO). EMO is the provincial agency responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in Manitoba. Chuck is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, and represents Manitoba at
SOREM (Senior Officials responsible for Emergency Management).

Larry Schnell is a third generation auction market operator and auctioneer at Stockmens Livestock Exchange in Dickinson, North Dakota. This auction market sells over 150,000 cattle for over 3,000 cattle producers annually.

Lt Col Shireley is the Commander of the 81st Civil Support Team (CST) of the North Dakota National Guard in Bismarck, ND. The 81st CST consists of 22 fulltime National Guard members which provides 24/7 response and assistance to civilian first responders involving chemical, biological and radiological incidents.
Lt Col Shireley was previously the State Epidemiologist and the Director of the Division of Disease Control at the North Dakota Department of Health. He was employed with the Health Department from 1989 - 2005.
He currently has 21 years of military service; 18 years of service as a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard and three years as a Public Health Officer at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Shanyn Silinski, Executive Director, Manitoba Farm Animal Council. Shanyn has been involved in farming for most of her life, and loves working with producers through MFAC. She brings a background in livestock handling, management, emergency services and a wide variety of experiences with producers from across Canada and the USA. MFAC is a non-profit organization which advocates, educates and speaks out on farm animal welfare. Shanyn ranches with her husband and son in addition to her work with MFAC.

Dr. Van Wie is a biosecurity consultant and has worked with Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and numerous private entities. Dr. Van Wie spent 2 years as a corporate biosecurity consultant in Wisconsin before assisting development and presentation of several management level courses on agroterrorism preparedness for emergency response personnel offered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for which he is a certified instructor.  A member of the USDA/APHIS Veterinary Reserve Corps, he responded to FMD in the U.K., staying for essentially the duration of the outbreak in 2001.

Linda Williams, Montana State University Chouteau County Extension Agent and Disaster & Emergency Management Coordinator at Fort Benton, Montana. Linda has provided emergency preparedness, planning, response and recovery coordination and expertise locally for Chouteau County as well as assisting other states and territories. She also serves on the board of the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

Dr. Norm Willis is a private consultant in international animal health, located in Ottawa, Canada. He was formerly Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada and Executive Director of the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health. He has served as President of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and has led the use of foresight technology in developing new approaches for animal health, and in envisioning the future for veterinary medical education in North America. Currently he is involved in the development of a farmed animal health strategy for Canada.

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