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  • Date: November 6, 2015
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AAVSB Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Kansas City, MO (November 6, 2015) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is pleased to announce the members of its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Elections were held at the 2015 AAVSB Annual Meeting and Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 19, 2015. John Lawrence, DVM, was reelected as President. He will serve in this role for a one-year term. Frank Walker, DVM, moved from his position as Treasurer to President-Elect. Mark Olson, DVM, moved from his position as Director to Treasurer.

Per a change to the AAVSB Bylaws in 2014, two new Director positions were added to the board's roster. Kim Gemeinhardt, DVM, and Walter Robinson, DVM, were elected to the open positions as Directors. Dr. Gemeinhardt joins the Board of Directors after most recently serving as Chair of the AAVSB Conference Committee. She is a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. Dr. Robinson most recently served on the AAVSB Bylaws & Resolution Committee. He is a member of the South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Leslie Knachel was also elected to the position of Director. She had previously been appointed to that role to fill a mid-term vacancy. Ms. Knachel is the Executive Director of the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine.

"The current AAVSB Board of Directors is a uniquely qualified group of men and women dedicated to veterinary regulation," said Dr. Lawrence. "I am proud to work with these extraordinary leaders as we lead the association in its mission to ease the public protection burden of its member licensing boards." The current AAVSB Board of Directors consists of the following individuals:

  • John Lawrence, DVM (Minnesota), President
  • Beckey Malphus, DVM (Georgia), Immediate Past President
  • Frank Walker, DVM (North Dakota), President-Elect
  • Mark Olson, DVM (Kansas), Treasurer
  • Kim Gemeinhardt, DVM (North Carolina), Director
  • Michael Gotchey, DVM (Colorado), Director
  • Leslie Knachel (Virginia), Director
  • Roger Redman, DVM (Ohio), Director
  • Walter Robinson, DVM (South Carolina), Director
  • Chris Runde, DVM (Maryland), Director
  • James T. Penrod, CAE, FASLA, Ex-Officio Member (non-voting), Secretary & Executive Director


About the AAVSB: The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reliably provide quality resources and accurate information for veterinary regulatory agencies and professionals in the interest of public protection. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 59 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six Canadian provinces: Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.



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