Executive Board Officers & Members

The American Heartworm Society was founded in early 1974 by a group of veterinary practitioners and scientists concerned about heartworm disease. Since then, the Society has continued to thrive and grow.  Active membership is open to all veterinarians and scientists with interests in any aspect of heartworm disease.  Membership as a Subscriber or Student Member is also available to other individuals interested in keeping abreast of the latest developments in this area.

The American Heartworm Society is governed by an Executive Board made up of veterinary practitioners, academicians and researchers. Executive board members are actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Society and volunteer hundreds of hours of time in the Society’s service. Only members in private clinical practice may serve as President.

The American Heartworm Society is an international organization, with members from five continents and 13 countries.

 

Officers

Chris Duke

President

Chris Duke, DVM, is a practitioner and co-owner of Bienville Animal Medical Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
chris.duke@heartwormsociety.org


ChrisRehm2

Immediate Past President

Christopher J. Rehm, Sr., DVM, is the owner of Rehm Animal Clinics of Mobile and Baldwin counties, four small animal clinics in south Alabama.
chris.rehm@heartwormsociety.org 


DougCarithers

Vice President

Doug Carithers, DVM, is Director of Applied Research and Publications at Boehringer Ingelheim in Duluth, Georgia.
doug.carithers@heartwormsociety.org


ElizabethClyde

Secretary/Treasurer

Elizabeth Clyde, DVM, is the owner of Clyde’s Animal Clinic in Mattoon, Illinois and the Animal Family Vet Care Center of Paris in Paris, Illinois.
elizabeth.clyde@heartwormsociety.org


BrianDiGangi2

Editor

Brian DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice, Shelter Medicine Practice), is a Senior Director of Shelter Medicine at the ASPCA and is based out of Gainesville, Florida.
brian.diGangi@heartwormsociety.org


TomNelson

Research Chair

Charles Thomas (Tom) Nelson, DVM, is Medical Director at the Animal Medical Centers of N.E. Alabama, based in Anniston, Alabama.
tom.nelson@heartwormsociety.org


 

Executive Board Members

AngeleBiceAngele Bice, DVM is owner of Summerville Pet Clinic in Summerville, South Carolina and also practices shelter medicine part-time at Dorchester Paws and the Charleston Animal Society.
angele.bice@heartwormsociety.org


MarisaAmesMarisa Ames, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) is Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and AHS Triennial Symposium Program Co-Chair.
marisa.ames@heartwormsociety.org

 


AndyMoorheadAndrew Moorhead, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVM (Parasitology) is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia and is Director and Primary Investigator of the Filariasis Research Reagent Resource Center in Athens, Georgia.
andrew.moorhead@heartwormsociety.org


JenniRizzoJennifer Rizzo, DVM, is an Emergency Veterinarian at the Friendship Animal Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
jennifer.rizzo@heartwormsociety.org


LindsayStarkeyLindsay Starkey, DVM, PhD, DACVM (Parasitology), is Assistant Professor of Parasitology in the Department of Pathobiology at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama.
lindsay.starkey@heartwormsociety.org


Bianca Zaffarano

Bianca Zaffarano, DVM is the Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
bianca.zaffarano@heartwormsociety.org


Ex-Officio - Non-Voting

ChrisAdolphChris Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM (Parasitology), Veterinary Specialist (Parasitology) at Zoetis in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
chris.adolph@heartwormsociety.org

 


JohnMcCall2John W. McCall, MS, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Georgia.
john.mccall@heartwormsociety.org


C.RoyalChristine Royal, DVM, is Director of Veterinary Professional Services, Companion Animal and Equine, at Merck Animal Health in Tallahassee, Florida.

Christine.Royal@heartwormsociety.org


TonyRumschlag

Tony Rumschlag, DVM, is Director of Consulting Veterinarians, Companion Animal, at Elanco/Lilly Companion Animal Health in Greenfield, Indiana.

tony.rumchlag@heartwormsociety.org


von Simson

Cristiano von Simson, DVM, MBA,is Director of Marketing and Veterinary Services, at Virbac North America in Westlake, Texas.

Cristiano.vonSimson@heartwormsociety.org


AHS Association Management Team

ELEVATE DVM, Inc. serves as the Association Management Team of the American Heartworm Society. Please contact the following persons for specific needs:

Kathy Gloyd, DVM
President, ELEVATE DVM, Inc.
Director of the Association Management Team
kathy.gloyd@heartwormsociety.org


Lisa Scott
Sponsor Contact, Triennial Symposium, General Information
lisa.scott@heartwormsociety.org


Bonnie Gamble
Financial Inquiries, Publications
bonnie.gamble@heartwormsociety.org


Sonya Hennessy
Membership, Heartworm University
sonya.hennessy@heartwormsociety.org


Public Relations

Sue O’Brien
Communications and Media Inquiries
obriensuek@gmail.com