Transportation of Lab Animals Workshop Committee and Speaker Bios

Transportation of Laboratory Animals Workshop Planning Committee

Carol Clarke (Co-Chair)

Carol Clarke, DVM 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 the National Institutes of Health 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 ten years with NIAID, she served as Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee coordinator, Vice Chair of the Rodent Gnotobiotic Committee, and Chief of Shared and Central Facility Operations. In addition, she prepared the Annual Reports required by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), and Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC). Dr. Carol Clarke accepted a position with the USDA in 2011, and currently serves as the Research Staff Officer at APHIS-Animal Care Headquarters located in Riverdale, MD. In her present position she writes policy, addresses public concerns, participates in inspections, and works collaboratively with other federal agencies to reduce the numbers of live animals used in research.

William J. White (Co-Chair)

William White recieved his VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1972); his Master of Science degree in laboratory animal medicine from The Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, Pennsylvania (1970); and his Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania (1966). Prior to joining Charles River, Dr. White was a tenured Associate Professor of Comparative 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 within the organization, and is currently Corporate Vice President for Veterinary and Professional Services. In this capacity, he oversees the corporations world-wide diagnostic and professional services activities as well as its corporate biosecurity program. Dr. White has served as a consultant to numerous institutions, organizations, government agencies, and countries on the design, operation, and healthcare of animal programs and facilities. 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 coauthored 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 1996 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. He co-edited the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (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. Dr. White has an ongoing interest in the welfare of laboratory animals and in optimizing the environmental conditions under which they are maintained. He is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and served 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 standard for laboratory animals as well as in the development of the “Life Science Logistics for Laboratory Animals” chapter in the ITA Live Animals Regulation Manual.

Robert C. Dysko

Robert Dysko, DVM has been a faculty member of ULAM and the University of Michigan since 1990. During these two plus decades, he has had many major responsibilities for the Unit, including oversight of all campus animal facility design and construction projects, direction 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 the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, serving on its Executive Board from 2008 – 2012, and in the role of President in 2011; the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, serving on its Board of Directors from 2000 – 2003; and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, beginning a 3-year term on their Board of Directors in 2013 as the at-large representative for the Department of Comparative Medicine.

Judith B. Franco

Judy Franco, BS, LATG, 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, Judy manages the global supply chain for both nonhuman primate and canine resources, aligning supply and demand across research areas and lines within Pfizer. Judy also engages with external partners to promote the importance of biomedical research and ensure a positive climate for biomedical research. Jude received BS degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh in 1986. Since graduating, she has spent over 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 Sciences group, where she developed her skills in laboratory animal medicine. Judy 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. Judy is a long-standing member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and became a member of the Animal Transportation Association (ATA) in 2010. Judy currently serves as an ATA Board Member and as Chair of the ATA Laboratory Animal Transportation Committee.

Dianne Garnes

Dianne Garnes, DVM is a native New Yorker who attended Hunter College in Manhattan, where she obtained a BA in Biology. She then attended the NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and recieved a DVM degree. She joined a small animal veterinary practice in Hyattsville, Maryland and worked there for almost two years. She then 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, East Hanover, New Jersey. In this capacity, she is responsible for the enforcement of 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 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; board member of the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research; former President of the Ciba Toastmasters Club; and Former Toastmasters Area Governor.

Bruce W. Kennedy

Bruce Kennedy received his BS degree in zoology and MS in Avian Sciences at the University of California, Davis. His career is a mix of animals, chemistry, and people, which started in California, and included 19 years in Virginia and Maryland, and travel in 30 countries across five continents. Most of it has been as a research scientist type, conducting and managing studies with experimental animals in the disciplines of nutrition, physiology, and developmental biology. Bruce started in lab animal science using cotumix 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 Good Laboratory Practice toxicology reports (Hazelton), and preparing experimental diets with test substances (FDA). Currently, he is a compliance officer 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. Bruce has been a teacher and trainer for many years. 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 Internal Auditor certification in 2009. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in educational leadership. Bruce is currently the president of the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange. He has served on the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (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 the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International, and is a past president of AALAS.

David M. Kurtz

David Kurtz, DVM, PhD 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 – Birmingham (UAB) in 1991.  Upon completion of his residency, David Kurtz continued at UAB acquiring a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pathology in 1998. His research focused on the molecular aspects of inborn errors of lipid metabolism. Dr. Kurtz performed a post-doctoral 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, NC. Since 2011, Dr. Kurtz has served as a Staff Scientist in the Comparative Medicine Branch (CMB) of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of 27 institutes within the National Institutes of Health.  At NIEHS, his initial 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, David Kurtz assumed the role of the Head, Quality Assurance Laboratory (QAL) within CMB at NIEHS and is responsible for the animal health surveillance program and surveillance of the micro- and macro-environment of the NIEHS research animals.

C. Ford Morishita

Ford Morishita is a retired science teacher of 33 years (as of 2011), with 26 years served at Clackamas High School in Clackamas, Oregon. Assignments centered primarily on Biology, AP Biology, and Honors Biotechnology during his career. For the past two years, he has served as Science Specialist and Regional Science Coordinator at ESD112 in Vancouver, Washington. Ford’s work focused on professional development design and delivery, with respect to state and national initiatives. This work included the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, assessment and evaluation, and overseeing the science materials center which supported a K-8 science cooperative, composed of 29 districts in southwest Washington. One area of responsibility was to address OSPI (Office of the 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. Ford 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 five-year term as founding member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the National Research Council. During that time, Ford 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, Ford served on the National Science Resource Center national advisory board from 2003 – 2009 (currently known as the Smithsonian Science Education Center). In 2008, Ford was one of only three classroom teachers to be selected as a National Associate by the National Academy of Science for his service and contributions. Ford 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. He currently lives in Wilsonville, Oregon with his wife Jolene, and has two grown children: daughter Alyssa and son Keean.

Susan Brust Silk

Susan Brust Silk is the Director of the Division of Policy and Education in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) where she oversees the interpretation of Public Health Service Policy regarding the use of laboratory animals in research, testing, and training at PHS-Assured institutions. She directs tailored educational programs in the ethical and humane care and use of laboratory animals, including the OLAW online webinar programs and the OLAW website. Ms. Silk previously worked at the National Cancer Institute Office of the Director (NCI OD) in may roles, including Educational Program Developer, Special Communication Project Developer, Senior Scientific Writer, and Speechwriter. Prior to joining the NCI OD, she served the NCI Intramural Program as the Senior Animal Policy Advisor and Director of the Office of Mice Advice. Ms. Silk has conducted research on murine plasmacytomagenesis at NCI and the Karolinska Institute and directed transgenic mouse core laboratories at both NIH and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has an MS degree in Genetics from the University of Maryland, a BS degree in Biomedical Illustration from the University of Maryland, and a BFA in Design and Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Susan has 30 years of experience in biomedical research and scientific communication.


Transportation of Laboratory Animals Workshop Speakers and Panelists

Bruce Clemmons

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 (International Air Transport Association) 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.

P. Gary Egrie

P. Gary Egrie is from Long Island, NY, where he received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from SUNY Stony Brook 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 – 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 the USDA as a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Aquaculture Program, where he was involved with aquaculture-related programs, policies and regulations. In 1009, he took a newly created
position of Farm Animal Welfare Coordinator, but still keeps involved with aquatic animal health as it relates to animal welfare and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Gary
used to have hobbies, but now he has three young children and just enjoys sleep when he can get it.

Robert Fernandez

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.

Gale Galland

Gale Galland, DVM, MS, DACVPM graduated from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and after working for two years in private practice and research, she joined the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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 their importation for science, education, or exhibition. Later, she became the DGMQ Zoonoses Team Lead. In January 2013, Captain 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.

Kenneth Kobus

Kenneth Kobus, MBA is the Director of Logistics for Charles River Laboratories. Mr. Kobus has over 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 The BioPharma Institute (Regulatory Affairs). Mr. Kobus is also a member of the faculty for The University of Phoenix Online Campus, Graduate School of Business and Management, The John G. Sperling School of Business. Mr. Kobus is a member of several professional organizations, including APICS, ATA, AALAS, AST&L, CSCMP, and PMI.

Carl B. Kole

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 – 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 both 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 Live Animals / Perishable Board from 1994 to 2003, as Vice-Chair from 2003 – 2008, and participated as the vice-chair and board member since 1990. Mr. Kole was also a member of the IATA Live Animal / Perishable Board 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 Regulations (PHARMA) transport. 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 UFAW Handbook On The Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals. He continues to consult the IATA Live Animal / Perishable Board on an informal basis. Mr. Kole participates in various training and information presentation venues each year. Examples of previous trainings include those for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Care Inspectors in conjunction with the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (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 FAA, USDA, and AALAS attest to that expertise.

Daniel A. Kovich

Daniel A. Kovich, DVM, MPH is the Program Manager of the Office of Animal Care and Health Policy at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 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, WI. 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 Lains

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, David 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

Romelito Lapitan, PhD 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, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security (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 CBRNE programs. His current initiatives include developing tools, guidance, and methodologies for interdicting Ag/Bio-terrorism resources, handling and processing illicit trade of biologics at US 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, CA, where he enforced USDA regulations on all agricultural imports entering the US from Mexico. He was also instrumental in improving the CBP application software ACE/M1) for processing US 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

Steven L. Leary, DVM, DACLAM 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 AVMA Charles River Prize, the AALAS Griffin Award, and the ISU 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 NABR Board. HE lobbied for passage of the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 and has testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee.

Kirk Leech

Kirk Leech is the Executive Director of the European Animal Research Association (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 between 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 Kirk worked in government affairs for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). Prior to that, Kirk worked for Understanding Animal Research (UAR), the UK’s leading advocacy group on the use of animals in medical research. Before working with UAR, Kirk acted as a consultant for the White House Writers Group (WHWG), a strategic communications consultancy based in Washington DC and founded by a group of former US Presidential speechwriters. Kirk 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, Kirk advised Action Research in Community Health and Development (ARCH), 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. Kirk is a regular writer and presenter to UK and European media with over 200 articles and appearances on television and radio.

Sharon Lynn

Sharon Lynn is a senior wildlife inspector with the headquarters office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 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.

Gregg Pittelkow

Gregg Pittelkow received his Bachelors 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%, and consecutively increased program revenues by over 10% annually. In conjunction with his duties at Northwest, in 1994 Mr. Pittelkow was elected to the International Air Transport Association Live Animals and Perishables Board, 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 healthcare products. In recognition of his long service to the animal transportation industry, in 2009 Mr. Pittelkow was awarded the Animal Transportation Association 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 NGOs. In 2013, he joined Covance, Inc. where today he leads their global logistics team for research models.

Kathleen Pritchett-Corning

Kathleen R. Pritchett-Corning, DVM, DACLAM, MCRVS received her BS and her DVM from Washington State University and completed her post-doctoral training in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Washington. She became a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2002. Kate 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 Asst. Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington.

Robert Quest

Robert Quest obtained his degree at Cardiff University. He then did a spell teaching biology in Uganda before returning to the UK. 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. Rob 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 UK and abroad.

Joe Simmons

Joe Simmons, DVM, PhD, DACLAM 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 nonhuman primates for Charles River’s 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 nonhuman primates and nonhuman primate transportation, biosecurity and welfare.

Andy Smith

Andy Smith, MBA 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.