Staff and Volunteers

Meet the Board of Directors

Dr. Linda Fineman, DVM, DACVIM- PresidentLinda Fineman photo
Dr. Fineman is a board certified veterinary oncologist with extensive experience in private practice, working at various times as a clinician, clinical investigator, practice owner and in management.  She spends time at Washington State University and Colorado State University helping to train students in group clinical problem solving and clinical communications skills.  Areas of special interest include professional development of young doctors, effective client communication, and advancement of clinical research in the private practice setting. Linda joined the Foundation Board in 2012.


Dr. Janet Bailey, DVM, DACVIM – President-ElectDr. Janet Bailey
Dr. Bailey is an ACVIM Board-certified Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialist and has been an owner of the Arizona Veterinary Internal Medicine practice in Gilbert, Arizona since 2005. She is the chair of the AzVMA Public Relations Committee and has worked to increase public awareness of veterinary medicine, medical conditions, and awareness of the 250th anniversary of veterinary medicine. She has tremendous enthusiasm for advancing the veterinary specialty profession both medically and in the public sector. Additionally, Dr. Bailey serves on the Phoenix Zoo Advisory Team.

Cammi Bailey, CPA, CVA – Treasurer
After graduating from the University of Idaho with a BS in Accounting, Cammi spent several years with accounting firms, followed by 15 years as partner in a local Arizona CPA firm. In 1998, Cammi formed her owned firm focusing on veterinary specific services. Her firm services veterinary clients throughout the United States and is known nationally for its expertise in veterinary accounting, tax planning and preparation, practice valuations, profit improvement consulting, employee development and training and practice management and advisory services. With more than 30 years’ experience, Cammi enjoys being a Financial Advisor, mentor and popular conference speaker, guiding veterinary professionals to achieve the financial rewards (and piece of mind) they deserve.

Dr. Barbara Kitchell, DVM, PhD, DACVIM- ACVIM RepreKitchellBsentative
Dr. Kitchell is an ACVIM Diplomate in Internal Medicine and Oncology with extensive experience in both academia and private practice.  She has served veterinary and comparative medicine in many capacities, including membership on the Morris Animal Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, the Nestle Purina Nutrition Council, NCI-F Manpower and Training Study Section of NCI, the Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium, and is a consultant and key opinion leader for several veterinary pharmaceutical companies. She is past president of the Veterinary Cancer Society and is currently President of the ACVIM Board of Regents. Dr. Kitchell is the author of over 100 scientific publications, abstracts, proceedings, book chapters, and handbooks in her field. She has a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles and keeps busy as a single mom of six.  She has also been active in adoption, foster care and Transition to Independence for foster adolescents.


Dr. Joe Kornegay, DVM, PhD, DACVIMJKornegay
Dr. Kornegay is a Professor for the Departments of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences and Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience, and Director of Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS). He is a Diplomate and past president of the neurology specialty of the ACVIM and currently serves as the Chair of ACVIM’s Board of Regents. For the past 30-plus years, Dr. Kornegay has studied a spontaneous canine disease termed golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD), which serves as an animal model for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) of humans. Results of these preclinical studies should guide use of similar treatment strategies in DMD patients.


Dr. Todd Archer, DVM, DACVIM archer
Dr. Todd Archer is an assistant professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His areas of specific clinical interest include hematology, immunology, as well as endocrinology. He was an ACVIM Foundation grant recipient in 2006. He joined the board in February of 2012 to help spread public awareness of and research in veterinary internal medicine. Todd is married with four children, and he enjoys spending time with his family.


Dr. William Fenner, DVM, DACVIM Dr. William Fenner
Dr. Fenner is a Neurologist at MedVet in Columbus, OH.  He has also worked in academia at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University and Purdue University Colleges of Veterinary Medicine.  He has served the Board of Directors as the ACVIM Professional Liason since 2003.


Dr. Kyle Frandle, DVM, MSkyleafrandle-200x260
Kyle has worked at Los Gatos Dog and Cat Animal Hospital since 1980. He has a special interest in the area of orthopedic surgery and speaks to students at Veterinary schools and symposiums around the country.  He is also a Lecturer in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.  He joined the Board in June of 2013.


Nadja TorlingNadja Torling, MS
Nadja Torling is the Director of Marketing for MOON, an Innovative Veterinary Collaborative. After spending 10 years in advertising agencies, Nadja joined Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in 2007 where she oversaw marketing and client relations. She joined MOON in 2014. Nadja received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and minor in Studio Art, from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree in Advertising Management from the University of Denver. She lectures on marketing at veterinary conferences across the US. Nadja has served on the ACVIM Foundation Board of Directors since October 2015.


Dr. Wendy Vaala, VMD, DACVIMwendy-e-vaala-vmd-dipl-acvim_1
Wendy is the Senior Equine Technical Services Specialist at Merck Animal Health where she specializes in internal medicine and equine neonatology and perinatology. Prior to that, she served on the staff of BW Furlong and Associates where she started both a new foal intensive care unit and a foaling program for mares with high-risk pregnancies and a general medicine referral service. She also established a neonatal intensive care facility and medicine referral service while on staff at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center. She has been an invited lecturer at seminars and symposiums for horse owners and breeders around the globe.  She joined the Board in June of 2013.


Dr. Erika Pickens, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Pickens is an ACVIM Diplomate in small animal internal medicine. She has worked in specialty private practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 2004, and has been a practice owner of Veterinary Medicine Specialists of Dallas/Fort Worth since 2008. She has been a supporter of the ACVIM Foundation for many years, and joined its Board of Directors in 2016 to help achieve the objectives of the Foundation.


Dr. Zach Mills, DVM
Dr. Zach Mills is the Executive Director of US Veterinary Services and Chief Medical Officer for Pets at Merial. Dr. Mills grew up in Kansas and attended Kansas State University where he received dual BA degrees in Biology and Life Sciences and a BS in Veterinary Science before completing his Doctor of Veterinary medicine in 1999. Upon completion of his DVM, Dr. Mills spent two years at Colorado State University working in Infectious Disease Control and Biosecurity at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Mills is a Preventative Medicine Veterinarian and Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and serves as Chief of the Functional Specialty Cell for the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion and is Unit Public Affairs Representative. Dr. Mills has served on both the Board of the American Kennel Club – Canine Health Foundation and the Winn Feline Foundation.

Scientific Review Committee (SRC)

The SRC is comprised of ACVIM Veterinary Specialists with a strong background in research who are tasked with the responsibility of evaluating, ranking and making recommendations to the Foundation’s board of fundable projects extracted from proposals submitted in response to announced Foundation grant calls.
Dr. Doug Thamm, Chair
Dr. Todd Archer
Dr. Mike Davis
Dr. Gabriele Landolt
Dr. Erica McKenzie
Dr. Mark Papich
Dr. Meg Sleeper
Dr. Stephanie Smith

Development Committee

The Development Committee is responsible for overseeing development and implementation of the fundraising plan for the veterinary industry, identifies and solicits funds from external sources of support working with Foundation staff.
Dr. Joe Taboada, Co-Chair
Dr. Claire Weigand, Co-Chair

Dr. Stephanie Kube
Dr. Linda Fineman
Dr. Julie Ducote
Dr. Cindy Stubbs
Dr. Saundra Willis