American Association of Food Safety & Public Health Veterinarians

AAFSPHV Governing Board 


Dr. Donna DeBonis, DVM,
MS President

Dr. Donna DeBonis has been practicing veterinary medicine for almost 40 years. She has a special interest in pet food safety and has her Masters in Food Safety with an emphasis on Pet Food. Dr. DeBonis also served as Lt Colonel and Commander in the Army Reserve and has been deployed to Afghanistan and Kosovo, where she cared for Military Working Dogs in combat. She has two children, a herd of horses, 4 cats, and 4 dogs. Her favorite sport is horseback riding and she especially enjoys doing Horseback archery.


Dr. Angela Demaree, President Elect

Dr. Angela Demaree earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University‘s College of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of Southern California‘s Keck School of Medicine. She recently retired as a Major in the United States Army Reserve and has spent her career in companion animal, equine and regulatory medicine.
 
She currently serves as the President-Elect for both the American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians and the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine's Alumni Board. She is also a member of the Indiana Animal Health Foundation Board and active in her state and local veterinary medical associations. She spends her free time with her horse, Tommy.


Dr. Bonnie Buntain, Acting Past President

Bonnie Buntain has a BS and MS in Animal Sciences from the University of Hawaii and a DVM from Colorado State University. She is a Diplomate Emerita, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine), Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Fellow in One Health of Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK, and Professor Emerita in Public Health and Food Safety at the University of Calgary, Canada. She spent 10 years in equine practice in Hawaii, 15 years with USDA in APHIS and FSIS, 7 years as Assistant Dean of Government and International Relations and founding department head of Ecosystems and Public Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada, and 8 years with the University of Arizona, currently with the new College of Veterinary Medicine.


Carie (Catherine) Alexander DVM, MPH,
DACVPM Recording Secretary

Carie (Catherine) Alexander is a Risk Analyst on the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine's Secure Food Systems Team, researching the risk of animal movements (currently fish, swine, and poultry) in a foreign animal disease outbreak. After graduating with her DVM degree from Colorado State University, she practiced small animal medicine for many years before receiving a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota and diplomacy in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. She has 3 grown children and lives with her husband and two dogs in Minnesota, where they tend their BeeOtch Honey apiary. 


Kelly G. Vest DVM, MPH, DrPH
Diplomate, ACVPM
Vice President, HACCP Consulting Group

Dr. Kelly G. Vest received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University
(1987) and his Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (1994). Later, he completed his Doctor of Public Health degree in epidemiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS; 2003).


Over 35 years, Dr. Vest dedicated his efforts to veterinary and infectious disease epidemiology, public
health, disease surveillance, food safety, food defense, One Health, and research of military relevance. He served 20 years in the US Army Veterinary Corps. He is a Past President of the American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians and is presently serving as Treasurer. Dr. Vest joined the HACCP Consulting Group in October 2016 and is serving as a Vice President and is a registered HACCP and Safe Quality Food Trainer. His experience is with Dairy (fluid, cheese, powdered); Storage and Distribution; Bakery; Bottled water; Ice; Packaging; and agricultural products.


Captain Renee Funk, Board Representative
for Uniformed Services

CAPT Renée Funk (retired), is recently retired from the US Public Health Service. 

Dr. Funk received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University and her Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University. She completed her Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University.  She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. 

Dr. Funk is a recognized expert in environmental and occupational health and public health emergency management.


Dr. Roger H. Murphy, Board Representative
for Federal (civilian) Government Veterinarians

Dr. Murphy is currently a Raleigh District, Deputy District Manager of the USDA Food Safety, and Inspection Service (FSIS). Dr. Murphy has been with FSIS since 2010. Prior to FSIS, he owned and operated a private practice in Lexington Kentucky for 27 years, primarily a thoroughbred reproductive practice.  Dr. Murphy is a past president of the Kentucky Medical Association and the Kentucky Equine Practitioners Association.  He is a 1981 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine with a BS in Biology from Auburn. 


Dr. Kristen Clark, Representative,
Education/Research/Extension

Dr. Kristen Clark is a public health veterinarian dedicated to the promotion of human, animal,and environmental health. She holds her BS in Zoology and DVM from Iowa State University, her MPH from the University of Minnesota, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. In addition to working in private practice, she previously served as the State of Iowa‘s enteric disease epidemiologist and coordinator for food and feed emergencies. In 2015, Dr. Clark began her employment with Iowa State University as a Veterinary Specialist with the Center for Food Security and Public Health. In 2021, she began serving in her current role as Iowa State‘s inaugural University Public Health Coordinator where she oversees campus public health operations for all faculty, staff, and students. She lives just outside of Ames, IA, with her family and fibered, feathered, furry, and buzzing menagerie better known as the Happy Bottom Homestead.


Dr. Michael Gilsdorf, Representative
Private/Corporate Practice

Dr Gilsdorf received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Kansas State University in 1974 and a Bachelor‘s Degree in Animal Science in 1972.  He also earned an advanced degree (Masters in Veterinary Microbiology) from Iowa State University in 1981.  Dr Gilsdorf worked for 33 years (1974 to 2007) with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service‘s Veterinary Services (VS).  Dr Gilsdorf also served as the Executive Vice President of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians. Dr. Gilsdorf currently serves as the Chief Consultant at International Animal Health Solutions


Dr. Pam Abney
Representative, At Large

Dr. Pamela Abney received her BS Biology/Chemistry from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, AL. She completed her Internship in Medicine and Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.  She practiced veterinary medicine in NYC for 15 yrs, becoming involved in organized veterinary medicine early on in her professional career; moving to Washington, DC for 10 yrs. with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division as Sr. Policy Specialist, then as Assistant Director overseeing the grassroots programs. After leaving DC, Abney moved to AL and joined USDA/FSIS in the field as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian (SPHV), then transitioned to a full time Enforcement, Investigations Analysis Officer (EIAO). After 14 yrs., Abney retired from the federal government and moved to corporate life in Delaware as Director of Food Safety for Mountaire Farms Inc. where she led the company to a full conversion to New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) of all its poultry slaughter plants, including a new plant start up in NC.


Dr. Van Brass, Representative,
State and Local Government

Dr. Brass is a 2011 graduate of the Univ. Of Florida CVM. With over 21 years of experience, Dr. Brass is a subject matter expert in global health security, public health, infectious disease, zoonotic disease control, emergency management, and laboratory biorisk management. He is a dual degree DVM/MPH recipient, is certified in food animal medicine, a and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine since 2018.