Board Members

NAIA Board and Advisory Board

Board Members

NAIA's board members are volunteers from a wide variety of animal fields, including dog and cat associations and sports, animal agriculture, rodeo, medical research, veterinary medicine, wildlife management and hunting associations, entertainment and education. They are distinguished and respected members of their respective communities and serve without compensation in support of NAIA’s mission and goals. We are honored by their service.

Thomas L. Albert, Attorney at Law Thomas L. Albert, Attorney at Law
Tom Albert is Vice President of Government Relations for Feld Entertainment, Inc., parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® and the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation (CEC) a state-of-the-art breeding and conservation center in Florida, recognized and respected worldwide for their Asian elephant breeding program, the most successful program outside of Asia, with 20 Asian elephant births. Before joining Feld, Mr. Albert was in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he represented wildlife, natural resource, public lands and conservation issues before Congress and various federal and local regulatory bodies. Mr. Albert received his Juris Doctor cum laude from The American University - Washington College of Law.
Lance Baumgard, PhD Lance Baumgard, PhD
Lance is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science, Norman Jacobson Endowed Professor of nutritional physiology, Iowa State University. His areas of expertise are Nutritional and Environmental Physiology, and he has extensively published in both fields.  In addition, Lance also writes and speaks on the weak connection between dietary fat and human disease. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Minnesota and his PhD from Cornell University.  Lance received the 2007 Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award and the 2007 Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science Young Scientist Award.
   
Wendy Davis is the Associate Coordinator of the University of Arizona’s Race Wendy Davis
Wendy Davis is the Associate Coordinator of the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.  Her teaching responsibilities include coursework focusing on the management of racing animals, form and function of race and sport horses, and racing marketing/media – a course that includes a strong animal issue component, including the effect the animal rights organizations have on racing.  Wendy serves on a number of national racing boards and committees including the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit’s Education and Licensing Committee, The Racing Officials Accreditation Program, Groom Elite (an educational program for race track grooms as well as inmates at facilities that care for retired racehorses) and the American Horse Council’s Research Committee. She continues to actively compete in the hunter/jumper discipline, many times with her off-the-track thoroughbreds.
Anne Edwards
Anne Edwards is a former high school mathematics and science teacher. In the early 1960's, while her husband Ray attended graduate school at MIT, she was a research assistant at the Harvard University Department of Chemistry. At Harvard, she raised and cared for laboratory animals and performed research in the use of radioactive tracers in cholesterol metabolism. The group leader received a Nobel Prize for this groundbreaking work. In her private life, Anne and her husband began breeding and showing St. Bernards in 1969, Persian cats in 1979, and Havana Brown cats in 2002. Anne is an officer, board member and webmaster for an animal welfare organization and is co-founder of the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners, Inc., where she is active in legislative issues affecting animal owners in Missouri.
Arnold L. Goldman DVM, MS, MPH
Dr. Arnold L. Goldman owns Canton Animal Hospital LLC in Canton, CT and is president of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation. He developed the CTSART disaster response program and the Companions-in-Crisis domestic violence program. Since 2004 Dr. Goldman has served on a variety of emergency preparedness and response committees, task forces and work groups at the local, state and national levels. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Alliance of State Animal & Agricultural Emergency Programs, Americans for Medical Progress, and is currently the AVMA Delegate from Connecticut.

Dr. Goldman was instrumental in passage of Connecticut Public Act 07-11, mandating evacuation of household pets in disasters. For this accomplishment the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association named Dr. Goldman 2008 Veterinarian-of-the-Year. In 2011 he led the passage of Connecticut Public Act 11-187, which gave the Connecticut Department of Agriculture control over the burgeoning animal importation industry.

Dr. Goldman is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and is a life member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He speaks frequently on a variety of issues regarding animal welfare and veterinary medicine.

Nancy Fisk, Chair of AKC Delegates Legislative Caucus
Nancy Fisk is the owner of Wishing Well Kennel, an all-breed boarding kennel located in Massachusetts, where she actively breeds and shows Akitas and Beagles under the kennel name of “Akiko.” She is President and AKC Delegate for the Hockamock Kennel Club, and is Vice President of the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners, working with them to protect the rights of dog owners.

Nancy has also had a long involvement in the horse world. Growing up she enjoyed riding, showing and fox hunting, earning her colors with the Millwood Hunt Club. For many years she and her husband Heath Fisk owned and operated a busy Hunter/Jumper boarding and training stable in Bedford, Massachusetts.

For nearly twenty-eight years Nancy was Director of Riding at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusettes. Students from the school successfully competed at the “A” level horse show competitions throughout the Northeast. Though retired from the horse world she has carried her devotion to the human-animal bond forward into her very active life involving dogs. 

Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD, NAIA Board Chair
Dr Greer has run the Veterinary Village Small Animal Clinic in Wisconsin since 1982, working extensively with clients who breed and compete with their dogs. She counsels clients seeking assistance in making dog breeding decisions and frequently lectures on canine reproduction. In 2002, she opened the International Canine Semen Bank-Wisconsin, which allows breeders to preserve their dogs semen for use at another time or a remote location. Considered a specialist in her field, Dr. Greer has contributed to pharmaceutical and nutritional research as an investigator for Abbott Laboratory, Deprenyl Animal Health, Pfizer Animal Health, and Hill's Pet Food Corporation. In 2010, Dr. Greer completed her JD at Marquette University. She serves on the Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board, on the board of directors of the Society of Veterinary Medical Ethics, and as a district representative for the American Veterinary Medical Law Association.
Nancy Halpern, DVM, Attorney
Dr. Nancy Halpern is a patent attorney representing animal owners, veterinarians, animal-related businesses and the pharmaceutical industry in veterinary and animal law matters and clients in intellectual property matters at Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm. A licensed veterinarian in the State of New Jersey, she previously served as the Director of the Division of Animal Health for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and as New Jersey's State Veterinarian. Dr. Halpern is interested in continuing to contribute to the development of public policy regarding animal issues and animal law, to help ensure that animals can continue to enrich human lives, without changing the legal status of animals.

 

Donna Herzig, Attorney at Law
Donna Herzig has worn many hats throughout her multifaceted career, including teacher, business consultant and tax attorney while feeding a passion for breeding champion dogs. As part of a natural progression reflecting her legal background as well as her active involvement in the sport of pure bred dogs for over 27 years, Donna has served on numerous legislative policy and drafting committees. Her efforts have been focused on the issues surrounding the government-private ownership relationship of humans and animals with a commitment to honoring the human-animal bond and ensuring fair and non-discriminatory laws.   Donna has served as legislative chairman for the past 16 years for the Louisville Kennel Club and is directly involved in litigation challenging the constitutionality of a severely harmful ordinance passed in Louisville, Kentucky.
Patte Klecan
Patte Klecan has had a lifelong interest in animals. Today she is involved in canine legislation and the movement to protect pet owners rights. Patte is a dog fancier who raises and shows Bouvier des Flandres and owns a professional grooming business.
Kenneth A. Marden
Ken is past president of the American Kennel Club, where his major accomplishments included the establishment of the canine legislative department and new performance events. He has been a member of the AKC board of directors for 22 years. Ken has bred and campaigned German Shorthaired Pointers for 40 years and has judged pointing breed field trials since 1966. A lifetime hunter and fly fisherman, he actively opposes unfair dog legislation and laws proposed by animal rights fanatics in their attempts to restrict hunting, fishing and trapping. He has a deep understanding of the negative consequences of animal extremism and terrorism on the lives of farmers and ranchers.
Paul Mundell
Paul is currently the National Director of Canine Programs for Canine Companions for Independence, a national nonprofit organization that breeds, raises and trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Paul joined Canine Companions in 1989 as an instructor, training assistance dogs after receiving a BA from Haverford College and attending graduate school at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany. Paul has continued his educational excellence and grown professionally to be one of the most highly regarded practitioners in his field of applied animal genetics and breeding. Additionally, Paul is a consultant for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) assisting in a project to develop specialized search dogs that will remotely detect improvised explosive devices in a tactical environment. He also provides the USMC with expertise in the selection, training, conditioning and deployment of dogs for this purpose.
Dr. L. Gabriel Navar
Luis Gabriel Navar is a professor and chairman of the Department of Physiology at Tulane University School of Medicine. His distinguished career has focused on kidney function and the pathophysiology of hypertension. Dr. Navar has served on the editorial boards of several major specialty medical journals, including the American Journal of Physiology (Renal Fluid and Electrolyte), Kidney International, the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and the American Journal of Hypertension. Among his awards are the American Physiological Society's C.W. Gottschalk Distinguished Lectureship Award in 1997, the American Heart Association Scientific Council's Distinguished Achievement Award in 1999, and the Richard Bright Award from the American Society of Hypertension in 2002. He is past president of the American Physiological Society.
Julian Prager
NAIA’s Legal Analyst and Legislative Coordinator, has helped us in countless ways during his service, acting as an advisor on numerous legal and legislative issues, analyzing legislation, drafting amendments when necessary, helping draft model legislation and speaking at conferences. In addition to his valuable role at NAIA, Julian is a Bulldog breeder and exhibitor, Counselor for the Bulldog Club of America and an AKC judge who is licensed as an attorney in NY. Julian serves as the Legislative Chairman for the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs where his leadership was a key ingredient in gaining reasonable changes in the Pennsylvania Dog Law. In his professional career he held several Commissioner-level positions in NYC government and was the General Counsel and Executive Director of New York City Animal Care and Control, where he negotiated an agreement with the Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals to reduce euthanasia rates and increase placement rates by the City. In its fourth year as a Maddie's Fund project, this effort has increased adoptions by 96% and reduced total deaths by 49% from the base year. He is currently a public member of the PA Governor's Dog Law Advisory Board and has been a panel member at the Animal Law Conference of the PA Bar Institute. Julian's unique background makes him a tremendous asset to NAIA where he offers advice on a range of very complex and specialized issues.
Cindy Schonholtz, NAIA Vice President
Cindy serves as is the Director of Industry Outreach for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association handling livestock  welfare issues as well as being the Program Manager for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.  She assists the PRCA by monitoring animal welfare and animal rights issues, educating the public and livestock industry regarding animal welfare issues facing rodeo, networking with veterinary and livestock organizations, assisting PRCA members with animal health issues, and overseeing the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Animal Welfare Committee.  Additionally she handles government relations for the PRCA relating to animal issues leading to the defeat of numerous bans on rodeo.  In addition to her work with the PRCA, Cindy networks with many other animal use industries and works to educate the public on animal welfare issues.  She has authored many articles on the subject of animal rights and animal welfare and offers presentations on the topic at conferences. She serves as the President of the Animal Welfare Council, Vice President of the National Animal Interest Alliance and serves on the Colorado Horse Council Board.  Additionally, she is a member of the Public Policy Committee for the American Quarter Horse Association and as a Board Member for the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance.  Cindy is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Prior to moving to Colorado, she served as the Executive Director for the Miss Rodeo California Pageant.  
Dr. John Richard Schrock
Richard is professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Emporia State University. After teaching high school biology for 10 years, he earned his doctorate in entomology from the University of Kansas. He has directed the biology teacher training program at E.S.U. since 1986 and is editor of the Kansas School Naturalist and Kansas Biology Teacher. He likewise spends substantial time assisting teacher training programs in a China that is undergoing modernization. He defends appropriate animal use in education, working with researchers, school administrators, and businesses, as well as providing commentaries in newspapers and on radio.
Dr. Robert C. Speth
Bob is a professor of pharmacology in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern Universiy and teaches bioethics in the graduate program. Since obtaining his PhD in pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, Bob has studied brain receptors for neurotransmitters and hormones. He focuses on the hormone angiotensin, which causes hypertension. His research has shown that receptors for angiotensin in the brain are strategically located to stimulate nerves that act upon the cardiovascular system to raise blood pressure.  Bob is also widely recognized as a resource on the ethics of animal research. He has written numerous articles, opinion pieces and letters to editors in support of the use of animals in biomedical research.
Sharon Steckler, Attorney at Law and CPA, NAIA Secretary
Sharon is a licensed attorney in Texas, as well as a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the Fort Bend County Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the US Tax Court. As a long time animal welfare advocate, Sharon was a founder of the Houston Animal Welfare Coalition, and a spokesperson and advocate for the rights of responsible animal owners. Sharon is a member of numerous AKC clubs, where she serves in board and officer positions, including the American Boxer Club.
Patti Strand, NAIA President
Patti is a recognized expert and consultant on contemporary animal issues, most notably responsible dog ownership and the animal rights movement. She often appears on radio and television and her articles on canine issues, animal welfare, public policy and animal rights have appeared in major US news publications and in trade, professional and scientific journals. Patti and her husband Rod co-authored The Hijacking of the Humane Movement: Animal Extremism in 1993, the first US book exposing the extremism of the animal rights movement. Patti has been a Dalmatian breeder and enthusiast since 1969, is an approved AKC judge and has been a member of the AKC Board of Directors since 1995. She holds a degree in political science from Portland State University.
Holly E. Sheltry
Holly grew up on her grandfather’s horse farm, which was also the location of his veterinary practice. Holly’s exposure to animals throughout her life precipitated strong support of responsible animal use and the welfare of animals.  It also fostered an interest in biology that led her to a career in Biotechnology. Holly’s first dog was a street find that was probably an American Staffordshire Terrier, a breed that both she and her mother continue to cherish, breed and show. Holly’s loyalty to this breed thrust her into the legislative arena where she has fought breed specific legislation (BSL) since the mid 1990’s. Holly works with therapy animals, is a member of many AKC clubs and is an evaluator for the American Temperament Test Society.
Ellen Yamada
Ellen Yamada has been actively involved in various phases of dogs for over 45 years. Using her background in genetics she has bred over 78 champions with several best in shows, top producers, national specialty winners and number one standard schnauzers.

Ellen has been in the trenches fighting animal rights extremism in California from the beginning. She travels abroad with her husband Burt and has been struck by the effect animal rights has had on legislation in various countries.

In addition to raising dogs and kids, Ellen has been a real estate investor, custom home builder and farm manager. She has also written many articles for The AKC Gazette, Dog News, Canine Chronicle and breed publications. Her BA was from UCLA and her MS from Cal State University SB.


NAIA ADVISORY BOARD

Sharon Beck
In addition to being a fourth generation cattle rancher in northeast Oregon, Sharon is the former president of Oregon Cattlemen's Association and the Oregon Agricultural Legal Foundation. She also headed the Endangered Species Committee for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and has been active on a number of state boards and committees dealing with natural resources. She now sits on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Committee dealing with the potential migration of the Canadian gray wolf into Oregon, and co-chairs the Wolf Task Force for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association.
John Connolly, Emeritus
John is a retired police chief and a life long purebred dog enthusiast, first as a breeder, then as a handler and now as an AKC dog show judge approved for all Working, Herding and Non Sporting breeds, plus Junior Showmanship. As someone who has been around long enough to observe and interpret trends, John is concerned about the growth of animal rights extremism, in particular restrictive legislation spawned by extremist factions, which limit pet ownership and responsible breeding.  John currently serves as the president of the American Boxer Club.
Dennis Foster, Lt. Col. (retired)
Retired from the US Army, Lt. Col. Foster is the executive director of Master of Foxhounds Association. He is an avid horseman, an internationally recognized expert in the tactics of the animal rights movement and an award-winning author whose articles have appeared in US, European and Canadian publications. He has testified before the US Congress and as an expert witness in court cases and legislative hearings, often dealing with issues such as habitat, and hunting with hounds.
Sheila Lehrke
A lifelong love of animals led Sheila to her current position as coordinator of animal issues for the International Professional Rodeo Association. She also sits on the board of directors of Friends of Rodeo. Sheila learned about rodeo and the criticism it faces in urban centers from those who do not understand its traditions and its commitment to animal welfare. As a result, she now coordinates educational programs about the responsible care and training of rodeo animals for the public, the rodeo industry, the media and legislators.
Fr. Michael Manning, MD
Fr. Manning practiced Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology for 13 years before entering seminary to prepare for ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood. He is the author of a book condemning physician-assisted suicide, a regular columnist for the Diocese of Trenton's weekly newspaper and the pastor of St. William the Abbot Church in Howell, NJ. Father Manning is the coordinator of the Respect Life Ministries for the Diocese of Trenton and devotes much of his pastoral time defending the unique sanctity of human life from those who would place all living beings on the same spiritual plane. He lectures in bioethics and ethics and teaches courses in bioethics, spirituality and healing at the graduate level.Dr.
Adrian Morrison, DVM, PhD
Dr. Adrian Morrison was a founding member of NAIA and one of its first presidents. Adrian earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1960 from Cornell University. Soon after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, he began to focus his post-doctoral research efforts on the mechanisms of sleep. He has published more than 110 papers on sleep-related topics and has edited five books. Adrian has been the recipient of awards from a host of organizations: these include the Distinguished service Award from the Society for Neuroscience in 1990 and the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1991. He has distinguished himself worldwide as a scientist and as a champion for biomedical research and for all others who responsibly utilize animals.
Edward Walsh
Ed Walsh is the director of the Developmental Auditory Lab at Boys Town National Research Hospital and a professor in the Biomedical Sciences Department of the Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, Nebraska. His research interests include two basic disciplines: developmental neurobiology and animal bioacoustics. The central themes of these interests are congenital deafness and the development of accoustical conservation protocols to reduce extinction pressures facing certain endangered species.
Norma Woolf: Editor Emeritus
Norma Woolf has been an integral part of the NAIA communications team since our inception. She wrote and edited numerous articles and was a guiding force in our development. NAIA is forever thankful to Norma, who continues to write for us on a limited basis. Please visit the Woolf's excellent compendium on all issues relating to dogs and dog ownership here: Dog Owners' Guide.