Dr. McIntyre is a 1997 graduate of Tuskegee University, School of Veterinary Medicine. She started in the Federal community during the summer of her sophomore year of veterinary college. She worked with the USDA, APHIS,VS where she earned hands on experience with eradicating Brucellosis in cattle and Pseudorabies in swine in the state of Georgia. Also during that time with USDA, APHIS, she worked with veterinarians during the 1996 Summer Olympics where she was a part of the Piroplasmosis and Equine Contagious Metritis Surveillance Team for the carrier horses that were brought to the U. S. for competition.
Dr. McIntyre started working for the USDA, FSIS, OFO after graduating from veterinary college. She has 21 years of knowledge and experience serving in several different roles that she believes will aid in meeting the mission of NAFV.
“Knowing the history of veterinarians in the federal sector and seeing first hand the important roles veterinarians have in the safety and security of our nation’s health and food supply has afforded me an appreciation for what we have done and still do today. Our roles are filled with hard work and complex challenges each day.”
At any time, Dr. McIntyre believes these positions are under appreciated, under served, taken for granted, etc., she intends to be a voice and a strong advocate to make what’s crooked straight. Serving as a board member has put her in a better position to do so.
Dr. Akilah Brooks, FSIS-OFO
Dr. Akilah Brooks is currently a Public Health Veterinarian with FSIS working in the state of Florida. Prior to this assignment, she was Frontline Supervisor in Nashville, TN from 2008 through 2019.
Dr. Brooks' formative years were spent in Hartford, CT until the age of 14 when she moved to Houston, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Paine College (Augusta, GA) in 1997 and a DVM from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (Tuskegee, AL) in 2001. After one year of clinical work, she accepted a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer position in 2003 and began working with the USDA.
In the 17 years that she has worked with the USDA, Dr. Brooks has first-hand experience with both the joys and challenges faced by the federal veterinarian. Her vision focuses on veterinarians from all generations seeking common ground through outreach and inclusion. Dr. Brooks is passionate about work life balance and in her experience, this concerns other federal veterinarians as well. She truly believes that though from various backgrounds, age groups and career paths, veterinarians working in the federal government share some of the same core beliefs. Capturing the ideas of every generation is key to a complete narrative. As beloved retirees leave the workforce, they take the valuable jewels of their expertise with them. Dr. Brooks hopes to find a way to motivate Gen X'ers and Millennials to collaborate with Traditionalists and Boomers. Her goal would be to unify veterinarians in federal positions such that they will feel supported and know the vital role that they play in the United States and the world.
Dr. Teresa Carpenter, FSIS PDS-OPPD
Dr. Teresa Carpenter grew up in Colorado and received a B.S. degree from the University of Michigan in Anthropology and Zoology. She started her federal career working as a research assistant at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Menlo Park, CA. She then enjoyed her years at the University of California at Davis earning her D.V.M. through the mixed animal track. She practiced small animal medicine and surgery in California before veterinary researching and writing, and clinical trial consulting work. Joining the Food Safety and Inspection Service in 2009, Teresa was a SPHV/IIC for a large poultry slaughter and processing establishment in lower Alabama. She found tremendous satisfaction in training and leading her inspection team along with assisting colleagues with everything from managing supervision and the LMA to navigating PHIS and export certifications.
Throughout her veterinary career, Teresa has been a proponent of and active member in organized veterinary medicine. Along with the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, current memberships include those with the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Food Safety Public Health Veterinarians.
Dr. Ahmad Jilani, FSIS
"About 45 years ago I came to this country with lots of hopes and looking for opportunities for future as every immigrant does. As President Jimmy Carter said in his inauguration speech 'This is a land of opportunities, it is up to you how much you can achieve.'."
I joined the USDA/ FSIS in 1984 as a Public Health Veterinarian. I started my career from Texas in red meat inspection and within few years I moved to Boston, Massachusetts. I was working covering 12 plants in New England area, consisting of 6 states. In this large territory, I inspected all species of animals including cattle, hogs, lambs, goats, horses, game animals, and poultry/turkeys. After spending about six years MA, I moved to Delaware and Maryland in large poultry plants.
During my college life and afterword, I was very active in different organizations and associations. I believe no organization moves forward without the member's strength. I joined NAFV in my first year of appointment with FSIS in 1984 and since then I have taking part in all NAFV activities.
My aims & objectives are to increase the membership as much as possible, I approach new hires and convince them to be member of this great association. I was top recruiter for NAFV, to combine efforts for upgrading the status of field veterinarians that only can be achieved. My aim is to unite and strengthen NAFV, improve the condition of employment, opportunities to continuous education, recognition of professional and scientific communities.
Dr. Kari Johnstone, FSIS-OFO
Dr. Kari Johnstone has been dedicated to food safety for over 18 years. Before coming to FSIS, she earned a B.A. degree in Music Performance with the Flute from Oklahoma Christian University, a B.S. in Biology from Pittsburg State University and a B.S. in Medical Technology from Lester E. Cox School of Medical Technology. Upon becoming board certified by the ASCP, she worked as a medical technologist in clinical microbiology, virology and hematology before graduating with her DVM in 1997 from Louisiana State University. Dr. Johnstone practiced veterinary medicine privately in Bentonville, Arkansas, prior to beginning her career with FSIS. She credits this experience with teaching her to work flexibly and to think quickly, two concepts that she applies to her work each day at FSIS.
She currently serves as a SPHV in the Office of Field Operations. Dr. Johnstone strives to be a capable, compassionate team member and uses her passion and talents to try to enrich her professional work and those who work alongside her. She firmly believes in being personable and in the power of spirited teamwork. "When I am doing presentation verifications and standing next to the Food Inspector on the line, I ask how they are doing and how the birds look. I really work to promote the idea of the inspection team."
Dr. Johnstone feels very strongly about listening to NAFV member's ideas and points of view to resolve any issues they are experiencing, which she does regularly. She is looking forward to assisting NAFV in improving communication between the Federal veterinarians and the agencies if elected to the Board of Directors.
Dr. Teresa Martinez, FSIS-OFO
I attended Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2002 with my DVM. I also have a Master's of Science in Nutritional Physiology, specifically Neonatal Nutritional Physiology from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa and a Bachelor in Biology form Frostburg State University, Frostburg State, Maryland.
In 2004, I started my career as Public Health Veterinarian for the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Services, Office of Field Operation, Des Moines District, Marshalltown, Iowa. I am currently a Frontline Supervisor (FLS) Philadelphia District, Office of Field Operations, Food Safety Inspection Service, USDA. During 6/2007-8/2010, I was Senior Staff Veterinarian-Technical Trades Service (TTS), National Center for Import and Export (NCIE), Veterinary Service (VS), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Riverdale, MD.
I am interested in serving on the NAFV Board of Directors because I feel NAFV members need to support this organization because it supports all of us in federal service. I am personally aware of the different types of support NAFV provides. NAFV needs active and motivated members to lead its efforts and to make sure NAFV remains pertinent and effective. I feel I can help provide that type of support. NO other group provides the support to federal veterinarians that NAFV does.
Dr. Don Beckett, APHIS-VS
Dr. Don Beckett is the Area Veterinarian In Charge for Colorado and Wyoming. He has served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, the Army as a Veterinary Corps Officer, and has practiced in both food animal and small animal practices. Dr. Beckett received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, his Veterinary degree from Purdue University, and his Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida. He has been employed by the USDA for the last six years and has worked on disease outbreaks of Bovine Tuberculosis in California, Vesicular Stomatitis in Colorado, Newcastle Disease in California, and Avian Influenza in Oregon, California, Iowa, and Minnesota.
Dr. Barbara Porter-Spalding, APHIS-VS NPIC
Dr. Barbara Porter-Spalding is a Senior Staff Officer with the USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services (VS), National Preparedness and Incident Coordination (NPIC) in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1991 and Masters of Veterinary Public Health from North Carolina State University in 2007. Currently, I manage the VS National Training and Exercise Program.
I am also the outgoing President of NAFV and has been working hard to make NAFV the most engaging, forward thinking, membership focused association we can be. Working with the BOD to influence hiring a new EVP (Dr. Annelli is doing an awesome job), promoting membership, cost-cutting and balancing the budget, continuing engagement with AVMA on important legislative and government management issues that impact our PHVs and VMOs has been energizing to the BOD in the last 2 years. As the past - president I would like to continue to support our new incoming President and keep NAFV energized by continuing to serve as a BOD member
Dr. Suelee Austerman, APHIS-VS
I am currently the National VS Laboratory Director of at USDA/APHIS/VS/NVSL and have been in this position since early-2020. Prior to accepting this position, I was the aboratory Director of the Diagnostic Bacteriology and Pathology Laboratory, and also served as Section head of the NVSL, Mycobacteria and Brucella Section for 7 years.
I have also worked as a relief and/or associate veterinarian in several clinical practices, worked for the Agricultural Research Service as a VMO, worked for Iowa State University teaching veterinary students food animal medicine, and have a doctorate in Veterinary Microbiology. I feel I have a good understanding of a variety of positions in government and have experienced the benefits and difficulties of being a federal employee for over 18 years.
I would be honored to serve on the Board of Directors. I have a very high opinion of the work NAFV does, as well as our federal veterinary workforce. I deeply believe in the importance of our mission and recruiting quality candidates into federal service is a goal of mine. At the diagnostic laboratory, I have had the opportunity to work with federal veterinarians in VS, FSIS, FDA, CDC and the military. The standards and qualities that I see in the work being done are humbling and set the bar high.
Dr. David Hsi, APHIS-VS STAS CEAH SDA
David Hsi, DVM I am a VMO/ epidemiologist with USDA APHIS VS STAS CEAH SDA and I am seeking re-election as the NAFV/USDA APHIS representative. I received my DVM and MPH from the University of Florida in 2014 and while in school was a Pathways intern with USDA FSIS OPHS. After graduating I joined FSIS OFO as an SPHV before transferring to my current position.
When I was still in veterinary school and interning with USDA, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to NAFV and its mission and what it does. At the time, and even more so now, I recognized that it is vitally important to have, and be a part of, an organization like NAFV that truly advocates for the needs of federal veterinarians and works to resolve major workforce issues that may arise.
Accordingly, I want to continue to serve in my current capacity in order to help provide an avenue for issues to be heard, and addressed, and ultimately work to help ensure a positive work environment for both myself and colleagues.
Dr. Patty Bennett, USDA AMS
Patty Bennett, DVM I graduated from the University of Florida in 1993. I then worked as an associate veterinarian for a year providing medical and surgical care at a small animal practice. I felt the need to expand my experiences and held a variety of positions including working as a VMO for the Western Pacific District Army Veterinary Command overseas. I came to work for FSIS in 2005 and joined the NAFV at the same time. I feel veterinarians need to give back to their profession and therefore am a member of multiple veterinary associations.
I worked in FSIS for almost 13 years and I was actively involved in initiatives to recruit and retain PHVs in FSIS. Specifically, I led the development of a survey asking FSIS PHVs about the positive and negative aspects of working for FSIS. I led the establishment of a veterinary student scholarship providing $15,000/year in exchange for the new graduates working for FSIS to fill much needed positions in the field. In the three years of offering the scholarship, we recruited 50 students. What began as a pilot initiative is now part of the student employment program within the Office of Management. I co-created a presentation series, "I am FSIS", to encourage employees to share aspects of their lives as a means to connect with one another. The FSIS Civil Rights Division has recognized this series as a means for FSIS employees (including senior executives) to fulfill their departmental requirement for diversity and inclusion training. I support these types of efforts within NAFV. I look forward to demonstrating how veterinarians can lead in Agencies where veterinarians are not well represented. Federal service is a worthy professional choice for veterinarians and I would like to be considered for another board term to continue promoting federal opportunities to my colleagues.
Dr. Adam Langer, DHHS CDC
Dr. Adam Langer is an epidemiologist with the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Langer received his DVM in 2001 from Oklahoma State University and entered companion animal practice in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. After five years of clinical practice experience, Dr. Langer entered public health practice and gained a strong understanding of the relationship between public health, regulatory agencies, and the practitioner community.
During 2003-2005, Dr. Langer completed a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. In 2006, Dr. Langer entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service, CDC's premier train-ing program for applied epidemiology and public health. Assigned to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Dr. Langer gained a thorough understanding of One Health through collaborations with physicians, nurses, research scientists, and other public health professionals.
In 2008, Dr. Langer attained board-certification in veterinary preventive medicine (ACVPM) and began a Preventive Medicine Fellowship with the CDC Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases, where he conducted an epidemiologic study of outbreaks associated with areas of foodborne illnesses. Dr. Langer is sitting for the examination in the ACVPM subspecialty of veterinary epidemiology in August 2010.
Dr. Langer is an active member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, and the American Association of Public Health Veterinarians.
"I am a veterinary epidemiologist and board-certified in veterinary preventive medicine. My career has been split between private practice and working in governmental public health. In addition to my technical skills as an epidemiologist, I also provide the dual perspective of a practitioner who deals with colleagues and patients as well as a public health veterinarian who understands the dynamics of the federal system. I am known as a consensus builder and critical thinker who respects differing opinions and always seeks the best possible outcome. I believe in servant leadership and I would like to have a long history of successful service to the NAFV."
MAJ Anna B. Mullins
MAJ Anna B. Mullins is a native of upstate SC. She earned a BS in 2005 from Clemson University followed by her DVM in 2008 from the University of Georgia. Most recently, she earned her MBA from The Citadel in 2019. She is Board Certified in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Laboratory Animal Medicine. She serves as faculty for the largest laboratory animal medicine residency program in the country and is a published researcher.
MAJ Mullins commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in 2008 and served as Fort Gordon Veterinary Treatment Facility Officer in Charge. Upon completion of her tour, she was assigned as Deputy Commander, Dog Center Europe where she led numerous public health initiatives for the local community and provided comprehensive care for more than 800 military working dogs. Her next assignment brought her back stateside to Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where she completed a residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine. She then served as Deputy Director and Executive Officer of the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources, Uniformed Services University (USU). Currently she serves as Chief, Veterinary Support Services USAMRIID.
"My goal as the Military representative on the Board of Directors is to improve awareness and participation in NAFV by the 800-plus active duty Army Veterinary Corp Officers, and to leverage my 12 years of federal experience in operational management and interagency relations to build collaborative relationships between participating specialties and organizations. Ultimately, I want to aid in harnessing the collective capabilities of our various specialties and unite us in advancing well-selected objectives for the betterment of our profession."
Lieutenant Colonel Marc Knobbe
LTC Knobbe received his direct commission in 2011 to the United States Army Veterinary Corps. He is a native of Falls City, NE. Before his commission, he practiced veterinary medicine for six years. His current assignment is the Command Staff Veterinarian for 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
He received his BS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, DVM from Kansas State University and Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He completed his clinical residency in comparative animal reproduction and genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified by the American College Theriogenologists and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He completed a graduate certificate in Global Health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. He is a graduate of AMEDD Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Ft. Sam Houston, TX; and Command and General Staff College, Fort Belvoir, VA.
As the military representative for the National Association of Federal Veterinarians Board of Directors, I will focus on advocacy for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program continuation and improvement. The cost of veterinary education continues to rise and entry level compensation for veterinary medical officer positions within federal agencies and the military can be a hindrance to recruiting and retention of talented veterinary professionals for public service. I would like to work with partners on data driven information to share with other advocacy groups and policy makers to ensure this program continues to be available for public service veterinarians.