Corrie Brown is founder and Executive Director of LifeStock International and a veterinary pathologist who has worked in animal health in developing countries for more than 30 years. Her work on enhancing the livelihoods of poor farmers through improving animal health has taken her to over 60 countries, on projects financed by various organizations, including the USDA, USAID, US Department of Defense, US Department of State, the United Nations, and the World Bank. She is fluent in Portuguese, French, and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Arabic.
Fernando Torres-Velez is the Assistant Director of Research at the Carter Center in Atlanta, and in this position oversees global research on eradication of the guinea worm. He led the USDA Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) at Plum Island for almost a decade, 2008-2017. Dr. Torres-Velez earned his PhD from the University of Georgia in a joint program with CDC, funded by NIH, investigating the pathogenesis of Nipah virus infection.
Suzanne is an adjunct faculty member for the Veterinary Pathobiology Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University where she helped develop the Medical Spanish curriculum for veterinary students interested in travel abroad. Dr. Burnham’s 35-year veterinary career has ranged from private practice to regulatory medicine serving the State of Texas’ Animal Health Commission and the Department of State Health Services where she retired after serving in Public Health Preparedness and Strategic Planning.
Keegan earned his business degrees (BBA, MBA) from Johns Hopkins University. He has evaluated current advances in cost-containment and revenue generation solutions for nonprofits nationwide. He is a 3rd generation entrepreneur with experience in developing organizations throughout the Americas for an array of industries. Keegan’s worldwide network and business insight enables him to drive value and satisfaction for all involved.
Tanja is a board-certified veterinary pathologist and Senior Scientist at Genentech. After her BA from Princeton University, she earned a veterinary degree from University of Georgia and residency training from UC Davis and San Diego Zoological Society. She maintains a strong focus on ecosystem health, and organizes a Uganda/Rwanda/DRC Pathology Network. Additionally she is co-founder and chair for the Davis-Thompson, Global Health Pathology Network.
Robert has worked in some 30 countries as a veterinarian in food animal production. As a Veterinary Medical Officer / Public Health Veterinarian for the USDA he served as a trainer in all aspects of veterinary public health. In Africa and Latin America, he conducted mass treatment programs for livestock, taught Community Animal Health Workers, and planned and coordinated enhanced laboratory training for multi-district veterinarians. He earned his DVM at Auburn University and his BSc at Middle Tennessee State University.