Kansas City, MO (September 26, 2022) – The AAVSB is pleased to announce its new President and members of the 2022-2023 Board of Directors. Elections were held at the 2022 AAVSB Annual Meeting & Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, September 17, 2022. At this meeting, Leslie Knachel, MPH, moved into the position of President. She will serve in this role for a one-year term. “It is an honor and a pleasure to serve the members of the AAVSB as we work together to support and advance the regulatory process for veterinary medicine,” shared Ms. Knachel.
Ms. Knachel has held numerous AAVSB leadership positions since 2012. From 2021-2022, she served as the AAVSB President-Elect. Since 2019, she has served as a member of the Regulatory Policy Task Force, and as the chair of the Student Outreach Task Force after serving as a member of the task force since 2017. From 2015 - 2019, she served as a Director. From 2014 - 2015, she served as a PAVE Committee member. From 2012 - 2014, she served as a Finance Committee member. Ms. Knachel is the Executive Director of the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine.
Kim Gemeinhardt, DVM was elected to the position of President-Elect. She will serve a one-year term. Dr. Gemeinhardt served as the AAVSB Treasurer from 2019-2022. From 2015-2019, she served as Director. From 2013-2015, she served on the AAVSB Conference Committee and was Chair of the committee in 2015. Dr. Gemeinhardt was appointed to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board in 2010 and served until 2020. From 2015-2017, she served as President.
Timothy Kolb, DVM was elected to the position of Treasurer. He will serve a two-year term. Since 2014, Dr. Kolb has held numerous AAVSB leadership positions. He has served as Director since 2017. From 2019-2022, he served as a member of the Student Outreach Task Force and has served as the task force Chair beginning in 2022. From 2014-2017, he served as a member of the Leadership Development Task Force. From 2015-2016, he served as a member of the Bylaws & Resolution Committee and served as committee Chair from 2016-2017. Currently, Dr. Kolb serves as Director on the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, and previously served from 2010-2018. In 2012 and 2015, he served as President.
Kimberly Riker-Brown, DVM was elected to the position of Director. She will serve a two-year term. Dr. Riker-Brown has served on the AAVSB Finance Committee since 2018. Since 2016, Dr. Riker-Brown has served on the AAVSB Nominating Committee as Chair from 2017-2018, and as a member from 2016-2017. She has served on the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board since 2015 and served as President from 2016-2017 and has begun another term in 2022.
Michelle Shane was elected to the position of Director. She will serve a two-year term. Currently, Ms. Shane serves on the AAVSB Regulatory Policy Task Force as a member since 2022, and on the AAVSB Programs & Services Think Tank as a member since 2019. She served on the AAVSB Conference Committee from 2021-2022. Ms. Shane has held the position of Executive Director of the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners since 2018.
Mark Nunez, DVM was elected to the position of Director. He will serve a one-year term. Dr. Nunez has served on the AAVSB Programs & Services Think Tank since 2019 as a member. He has served on the California Veterinary Medical Board since 2013 and served as President from 2015-2016 and again in 2021.
Amy Haywood, LVT was re-elected to the position of Director. She will serve a two-year term. Ms. Haywood has served as Director for the AAVSB since 2019, and as a member of the AAVSB VTNE Committee from 2017-2019. Ms. Haywood has served on the District of Columbia Board of Veterinary Medicine since 2014.
The 2022-2023 AAVSB Board of Directors in its entirety consists of the following individuals:
Leslie Knachel, MPH (Virginia), President
Kim Gemeinhardt, DVM (North Carolina), President-Elect
Chris Runde, DVM (Maryland), Immediate Past President
Timothy Kolb, DVM (Ohio), Treasurer
Thomas Branch, DVM (Alabama), Director
Amy Haywood, LVT (District of Columbia), Director
Kim Riker-Brown, DVM (Ohio), Director
Mark Nunez, DVM (California), Director
Michelle Shane (Kentucky), Director
Frank Richardson, DVM (Nova Scotia), Director
James T. Penrod, CAE, FASLA (non-voting), Secretary and Chief Executive Officer
The AAVSB also elected two additional leadership positions at the 2022 Annual Meeting & Conference.
Roger Redman, DVM was elected to the AAVSB Nominating Committee. Dr. Redman served as the AAVSB President from 2019-2021, and Immediate Past President from 2021-2022. From 2018-2019, Dr. Redman served as the AAVSB President-Elect and as Chair of the AAVSB Leadership Development Task Force. From 2013-2018, he served as Director. From 2011-2013, he served as a member of the AAVSB Bylaws Committee, and from 2010-2011, he served as a member of the AAVSB Finance Committee. Dr. Redman served as President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board in 2009, and as Vice President in 2008. From 2006-2016, he served on the board.
Elizabeth Farrington, DVM was elected to the role of Representative to the ICVA – Veterinarian. Since 2019, Dr. Farrington has served as a member of the AAVSB Bylaws Committee. From 2018-2019, she served as a member of the AAVSB Nominating Committee. Dr. Farrington was appointed to the board of the Nebraska Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Board in 2017 and appointed to role of Chairperson in 2020. She currently serves in both of these roles. Previously, she served in the role of Secretary.
About the AAVSB: The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen the veterinary regulatory community. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 62 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and nine Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.