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2016 Presenters D - J
National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs Summit

Lacie Davis, MS

Biography: Lacie is responsible for assisting with the efforts of the Disaster Response division of the Field Investigations & Response department, which covers natural disasters, as well as internal disaster readiness programs. Her focus is partnership development with state and local organizations to enhance disaster preparedness and response capabilities in ten Midwest states. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Lacie worked in various roles in the emergency management and animal welfare community. She started her career in Emergency Management as the Special Needs Coordinator for Brevard County Emergency Management. During her time in emergency management, one of her many accomplishments was developing partnerships and collaboration with community stakeholders, leading to a more robust and responsive Emergency Support Function 17 (Animal Issues) for her county. She worked with national leaders in the field of large animal technical rescue, and developed her county’s Large Animal Emergency Response Plan, one of the first in the State of Florida. Lacie has also served in various positions in the animal welfare field. She has extensive classroom and technical training in emergency management and animal welfare, including animal rescue, sheltering and veterinary care. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Old Dominion University. Presentation: Increasing Disaster Resiliency:  Animal Response Trends and Increasing Capabilities in Midwestern States (PDF) With the recent 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we reflect on how far communities have come in integrating animals into emergency response and we recognize a significant need still remains to increase local emergency response capacity and capability. In March 2014, the ASPCA launched the multi-year Midwestern Disaster Resiliency Program to build disaster capacity and resiliency in ten Midwestern States – Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota. Since the inception of this program, we have seen numerous communities increase their animal response capabilities, with assistance from the ASPCA, through training, planning assistance and procurement of response equipment. It is critical that communities have active and prepared animal response teams who have the resources and expertise to assist those who depend on animals for their livelihood and physical and emotional well-being, as well as to support human service organizations and government agencies that are inexperienced and ill-equipped to manage animal populations. An integral part of this program is utilizing the data from the ASPCA NCARE (National Capabilities for Animal Response in Emergencies) Survey to assess, among US states, US counties, and the District of Columbia, 1) the organization and infrastructure of animal response teams 2) equipment and supplies that are owned by each state or county, and those that can be shared with other jurisdictions under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact 3) level of coordination with and support from other organizations in the state or county. From the data collected, we will take it one step further and utilize the ASPCA developed community preparedness checklist and needs assessment to work with states and communities to further identify, and subsequently improve, deficiencies and gaps in planning and resources. Using the community preparedness checklist and needs assessment, we will be able to delve into the disaster response specifics of a jurisdiction. The intent and goal is to build stronger, more disaster resilient communities by enhancing their response capabilities; the main focus of the Midwestern Disaster Resiliency Program.

Kevin M. Dennison, DVM

Biography: Dr. Kevin Dennison is a member of the National Emergency Management staff for USDA APHIS Animal Care and is based in Fort Collins, CO.    Dr. Dennison joined APHIS Animal Care (AC) in August of 2008.  His current key responsibilities include overseeing APHIS AC Emergency Management Points of Contact with States, managing the AC Incident Management Team, serving on the national HPAI Incident Coordination Group as the Zoo Unit Leader, and serving on the Advisory Team on Environment, Food, and Health, a multiagency Federal team that provides protective action recommendations pertaining to response and recovery from nuclear or radiological incidents.  Dr. Dennison has written and presented extensively on animal emergency management issues. Dr. Dennison attended Colorado State University, obtaining his DVM in 1980.  Previously, Dr. Dennison practiced mixed animal practice in Colorado for over 20 years.  He worked on animal emergency management issues in Colorado for eight years, three as a volunteer and five full-time. He and his wife Mary live on a rural property near Fort Collins and enjoy horses, hiking, mineral collecting, hunting, fishing and photography. Presentation: Radiological Response Decisions:  Using Science to Guide Animal Emergency Management (PDF) The session will provide a very brief overview on radiation safety as well as a discussion of the EPA Protective Action Guidelines and the FDA Derived Intervention Levels and the scientific basis for developing Protective Action Recommendations. The speakers will address the challenges of making science-based decisions in a media-intense world that will undoubtedly create heightened public fear and political concern. The value of science in decision-making will use a mass care scenario and an agriculture scenario for illustration. Radiological Incident Recovery:  Using Science to Guide Animal and Agriculturally Related Recovery The presenter will discuss the long-term recovery challenges and options related to animals and agriculture. While the USA has not had a major radiation incident since the cessation of above-ground nuclear testing, there have been two catastrophic radiation international disasters in modern history, at Chernobyl (Ukraine), and Fukushima (Japan). The presenters will discuss scientific resources for helping to guide animal and agricultural recovery efforts, including a public database of scientific articles on radiological response and recovery. Multiple recovery challenges and strategies will be discussed from the experiences in Japan and Europe, including animal management, range/pasture management, soil remediation, remediation of trees/shrubs, and other agricultural production issues.

Max Dow, MPH

Biography: Dr. Max Dow is currently Region 3 Director with the Texas Animal Health Commission. Dr. Dow has been in this position since 2007. Prior to TAHC employment, Dr. Dow owned a large animal ambulatory practice in East Texas. Dr. Dow received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 1984. Dr. Dow completed studies to earn an MPH degree in 2012, with emphasis on Disaster Management and Epidemiology. Presentation: Quarantine of a Dog Exposed to a Human Case of Ebola Virus Disease This presentation will discuss the October 2014 Dallas, Texas response to care for a dog that had potentially been exposed to a human with Ebola virus disease. The presentation will address the movement, quarantine, care, testing and release of the pet dog, highlighting the extensive collaboration and communication involving several local, county, state and federal agencies involved in the response effort.

Cathy Furness, DVM, MSc, DACVIM - Large Animal

Biography: Cathy Furness received her veterinary degree, with Distinction, from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2000. Following graduation, Cathy practiced in both small animal and equine practice prior to returning to the Ontario Veterinary College to complete a Masters in Clinical Studies (Equine Respiratory Disease) and a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine.  Cathy obtained American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Diplomate status in 2015. In 2013, Cathy joined OMAFRA – Animal Health and Welfare Branch as the Lead Veterinarian for Planning and Preparedness.  In this role, she is responsible for provincial level disease planning and preparedness, disease outbreak response and works with various commodity and stakeholder organizations to enhance their respective emergency preparedness.  Cathy is also the lead for the hazard risk assessment process.  Other activities that she is currently involved in include supporting the development of a technical large animal training program for first responders in Ontario, teaching courses at the Ontario Veterinary College and supporting training and implementation of the Incident Management system in OMAFRA and stakeholder organizations. Cathy lives on a hobby farm in Rockwood, Ontario which she shares with her husband, 3 children and a menagerie of cats, chickens and Dexter the Pug. Presentation: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Panel, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ontario, Washington, and Wisconsin (PDF) The United States is still recovering from the worst animal disease event in its long, rich agricultural history.  NASAAEP Summit participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to the representatives who were active participants in the response activities in the many states and Ontario that encountered HPAI from 2014-2016. This session will be moderated by Dr. Mike Neault of North Carolina.

Eric Grant, MS, MPH, Ph.D.

Biography: Dr. Eric Grant serves as National Coordinator for ESF #11, Agriculture and Natural Resources, with USDA APHIS Emergency Management Safety and Security Division. Dr. Grant previously served as Senior Agricultural Expert for USDA at Regional Platform Southwest-Helmand Province. Prior to his arrival in Helmand, Dr. Grant worked with the Kansas Agribusiness Team in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, and served as a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) member in Baghdad and Tikrit, Iraq. In his previous position of Risk Assessment Analyst with USDA, he worked with the Belize Ministry of Agriculture to complete a risk assessment for plant and animal health; completed several plant pest risk assessments, animal disease risk assessment, and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) risk assessment projects with the Tuskegee University Centre for Computational Epidemiology Bioinformatics and Risk Analysis (BIMS/CCEBRA) in Sub Sahara Africa, Ethiopia, South Africa Dakar and Ghana. As a USDA consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, he led a team to evaluate agricultural health services in Trinidad, Antigua, St. Lucia, and other Caribbean Islands. Dr. Grant received his Bachelors in Agricultural Sciences and Masters in Computational Epidemiology Science from Tuskegee University, Masters in Public Health from Middlesex University-London, and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Maryland. Presentation: National Program Updates (PDF)

Dick Green, Ed.D

Biography: Dick is the Senior Director of Disaster Response for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).  Prior to coming to the ASPCA, Dick was the Emergency Relief Manager for Disasters at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).  He has responded to scores of international and national disasters including typhoons in Taiwan, Philippines, and Australia, volcano eruptions in Philippines and Iceland, and earthquakes in China, Haiti, and Japan.  Dick has trained hundreds of responders in disaster prevention and response and has developed training curricula and texts for Slackwater Rescue, Water Rescue for Companion Animals and Rope Rescue for Companion Animals.  Since 2000, Dick has delivered over 100 domestic and international presentations and/or trainings on animal rescue. He is the Treasurer for the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition, on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs, and co-chairs the Animal Search and Rescue Best Practice Working Group. Over the last several years, he has presented his work in disaster preparedness and response to professional groups in China, Costa Rica, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Philippines, and the United States. Presentation: State and County Resources and Capabilities for Responding to Animals in Emergencies To our knowledge, no systematic national assessment has been conducted to determine the level of preparedness for managing animals in an emergency. To address this knowledge gap, the American SPCA has launched NCARE (National Capabilities for Animal Response in Emergencies) Survey to assess, among US states, US counties, and the District of Columbia, 1) the organization and infrastructure of animal response teams 2) equipment and supplies that are owned by each state or county, and those that can be shared with other jurisdictions under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact 3) level of coordination with and support from other organizations in the state or county An email invitation with a link to an internet-based survey was distributed to emergency management and chief animal health officials from all US states with a request to forward the survey to all counties in the state. Follow-up via telephone – focused on obtaining responses for all counties over 1 million population and a random sample comprised of 25% all other counties a – will be completed in February, 2016. In preliminary results based on responses from 44 states and 233 counties, 63% of states and 23% of counties report having a State or County Animal Response Team (respectively), and 71% of states and 29% of counties report having a cache of supplies for managing small animals. 75% of states have a Veterinary Reserve Corps, or similar organization, with the number of members ranging from 10 to over 2,000. In preliminary data, the level of preparedness for managing animals varies widely by geographic region. This presentation will provide full results with an emphasis on what we have available as a nation to respond to animals in distress and using GIS mapping, identifying where those resources are located.

Cheryl Eia, JD, DVM, MPH

Biography: Dr. Cheryl Eia has served as the Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since 2012. Working with the AVMA’s Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues, she is responsible for coordination of information and people to advance AVMA’s all species/all hazards emergency preparedness and response, including oversight of the AVMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) program. Presentation: The Future of Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT): Focus Group and Discussion (PDF) (Handout) The AVMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) program is a resource for states in disaster preparedness and response. The AVMA Board of Directors is currently reviewing the program. As part of the review, the AVMA is seeking stakeholder feedback regarding VMAT’s current offerings and ways to improve and restructure the program. This interactive session seeks input from stakeholders about VMAT’s role in animal emergency training and response, what works well, and what does not, and new or improved ways VMAT could assist states in disaster preparedness and response.

David Finch, DVM

Biography: David Finch, DVM is currently Region 1 Director with the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).  Dr. Finch has been in this position since 2011.  Prior to serving as TAHC Region 1 Director, Dr. Finch was a Field Veterinarian for central Texas from 2004-2011.  Prior to TAHC employment, Dr. Finch practiced veterinary medicine serving the food animal industry from 1988 until 2004.  Dr. Finch received a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1983 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 1988. Presentation: Tuberculosis Response in Texas In October 2014, Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) was detected in one dairy cow originating from a 10,000 head count dairy from the Texas Panhandle. Following the confirmation of the index case of M. bovis, a second sister dairy of about 10,000 head was confirmed positive for M. bovis. The decision was made to depopulate the entire index herd and test out the sister herd, perform cleaning and disinfection (C&D) of the index facility, and eventually repopulate the index dairy. During this process, M. bovis was detected in a second large dairy (approximately 12,000 head) in the Texas Panhandle, testing is currently underway and many decisions remain to be made for this second facility. Additionally, concurrent to the M. bovis disease response, Winter Storm Goliath occurred, delaying testing and C&D, and necessitating a natural disaster response in the area of the affected dairies. This presentation will cover the outbreak timeline, the TAHC response effort, and lessons learned.

John Haven

Biography: John Haven is the Director of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is the college disaster team leader, and is the state SART Co-Chair.  He is also the task group co-chair for animal technical rescue for both National Fire Protection Association technical standards committees 1006 and 1670.  He teaches one of the only DHS approved and NFPA standards compliant Operations Level animal technical rescue programs in the country.  He is also a Center for Domestic Preparedness credentialed ICS 300 and 400 instructor.  His responses include hurricanes dating back to Charlie, large fires, disease outbreaks, technical rescues in assistance of local agencies, and assistance to agencies with large hoarding responses.  He has also performed pilot study research on decontamination using real radioactive material.  In years without a major response, he has coordinated large scale deployment workshops to prepare the state for the real thing. Presentation: Florida Statewide Deployment Workshop to Bay County (PDF) On Feb 27/28 2016, FL SART will have deployed the state college of veterinary medicine team, the state animal response coalition, state veterinary reserve corps, etc. to Panama City FL, where they worked with Bay County Animal Control, County DEM, Red Cross, Public Health, and others to receive, triage, decontamination, shelter, medically treat, and ultimately reunify owns and pets at the completion. Mobile command centers, portable radio communications, Fire/Rescue HAZMAT, and Baptist Mobile Feeding Unit are additional participants. The workshop will include up to 80 human victims, 40 canine, and 6 equine. Owners will span healthy and special needs. There is also a large animal technical rescue component.

Andrew Hennenfent, DVM, MPH

Biography: As a DVM/MPH Dr. Hennenfent has a strong interest in disaster response, one health, and community-based wellness programs. This interest started growing up on his family’s farm in western-Illinois and has persisted throughout his career. Dr. Hennenfent earned his DVM at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and his MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While completing his MPH, Dr. Hennenfent practiced small animal medicine full time in the south-Chicago suburbs. Dr. Hennenfent is currently completing a CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship at the District of Columbia Department of Health, where he has helped coordinate domestic emerging disease response efforts for Chikungunya virus, Ebola virus, and Zika virus. Presentation: Creating a Well Balanced Volunteer Emergency Animal Response Team in the District of Columbia (PDF) Disaster events in the United States (US), such as Hurricane Katrina, demonstrated that lack of planning for companion and service animals is a barrier to evacuation for the residents of impacted communities. In the District of Columbia (DC) weather patterns resulting in extreme weather conditions, and the concentration of the US Federal government, make the region at increased risk for natural and manmade disasters. Increasing community resilience, including planning for pets, is an important emergency preparedness strategy. The following summarizes the creation of the DC State Animal Emergency Response Team (SART), and recruitment of volunteers, to support residents’ pets during emergencies. DC SART was constructed from January 2015, through June 2015. This was accomplished through conducting community outreach meetings, speaking with established SARTs, and reaching out to local, state, and Federal stakeholders. Prospective volunteers were recruited by contacting local veterinary and non-veterinary related animal groups, established emergency response groups, and hanging flyers in the community. Several workshops, a tabletop exercise, and an emergency animal sheltering exercise were developed and executed to train prospective volunteers. During workshops, volunteers were surveyed about their existing knowledge, experience, and interest in emergency animal response. After each workshop, an online evaluation (SurveyMonkey) was distributed to all attendees. RESULTS: Recruitment efforts produced 150 volunteers. On May 9 and 12, 2015, an all-day workshop was offered, providing an overview of animal emergency preparedness. A second workshop was offered on May 26, 2015, focused on emergency animal sheltering. These workshops led to a tabletop exercise on June 3, 2015, and an emergency animal sheltering exercise on June 6, 2015. The majority of attendees from the first workshop reported experience handling dogs (44/53, 97.8%) and cats (37/53, 82.2%), respectively. Additionally, over 80% (43/53) of attendees correctly defined the term zoonotic, with 52.8% (28/53) identifying the correct method to report an infectious disease outbreak in animals. On average, the usefulness of the 13 different activities held during the various events was ranked at 80.5/100%; an emergency animal sheltering presentation was ranked the highest (94.4%) and a human-animal bond presentation the lowest (70.6%). Identifying the established skills, knowledge, and interests of volunteers helps create effective emergency animal response teams, while simultaneously highlighting areas for improvement and growth. This will allow future workshops to focus on the team’s weakest areas, keep interest strong among team members, and further build community resilience in the face of disasters.

Kathy Jorgensen, DVM, MPH, DACVOM

Biography: Kathy Jorgensen graduated from North Dakota State University in 1991 with a B.S. in microbiology and from the University Of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.  In 2011, she completed a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Jorgensen achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2011.  She is the coordinator of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps and is also a member of federal disaster response teams.  She has been active in agricultural disaster preparedness and response and also the state’s Radiologic Emergency Preparedness Program.  She is a certified FEMA trainer for three radiologic/nuclear hazards courses.  She and her husband Tim live on a dairy farm in rural St. Cloud, MN along with their Border Collie, Sally Sue, 6 cats (Puss-n-Boots, Redford, Edmund, Charlotte, Ambrose and Mr. Gus Fluffigans) and 2 dozen chickens. Presentation: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Panel, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ontario, Washington, and Wisconsin (PDF) The United States is still recovering from the worst animal disease event in its long, rich agricultural history.  NASAAEP Summit participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to the representatives who were active participants in the response activities in the many states and Ontario that encountered HPAI from 2014-2016. This session will be moderated by Dr. Mike Neault of North Carolina.

Bernadette Juarez, JD

Biography: Bernadette Juarez serves as Deputy Administrator, Animal Care (AC) Program, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Ms. Juarez leads the program’s employees (approximately 210) in protecting and ensuring the welfare of millions of animals nationwide that are covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Horse Protection Act (HPA). She also oversees the collaborative work done at AC’s Center for Animal Welfare, building critical partnerships domestically and internationally, while seeking to improve regulatory practices and develop training and educational resources. Prior to being named Deputy Administrator in February 2016, Ms. Juarez served with APHIS’ Investigative and Enforcement Services (IES), first as Deputy Director for nearly five years and then as Director beginning in 2013, where she led a team of 135 investigators, enforcement specialists, analysts, and administrative personnel who conduct investigations of alleged violations of APHIS-administered statutes and regulations, and pursue appropriate enforcement action. Before joining IES, Ms. Juarez served as a trial attorney in USDA’s Office of the General Counsel for over six years, and represented the Administrator of APHIS in nearly 50 AWA administrative proceedings and a record setting HPA disciplinary proceeding resulting in $117,700 in civil penalties and a 10-year disqualification period. Presentation: National Program Updates (PDF)
Protecting the entire family.

Eleanor Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP

Biography: Dr. Eleanor Green holds the Carl B. King deanship of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She is a Diplomate of ACVIM and ABVP. She received a BS in Animal Science from the University of Florida and a DVM from Auburn University. She established a veterinary practice in Mississippi as partner/owner. She became a founding faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. Her academic appointments have included: Equine faculty member at University of Missouri; head of Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and director of large animal hospital at the University of Tennessee; chair of Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and Chief of Staff of large animal hospital at the University of Florida. She served as president of three national organizations: American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. Her awards include: 2004 Award of Distinction from UF College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; 2011 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni Award from Auburn; 2012 Women’s Progress Award for Administration; 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for Administration at Texas A&M; and induction into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2013. Presentation: Welcome from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences