Dharati Szymanski, DVM, MPH
Dharati Szymanski serves in the AVMA’s Division of Animal and Public Health as the staff consultant to the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee, the Council on Public Health and the Food Safety Advisory Committee. Prior to her position at AVMA, Dharati served as a shelter veterinarian in the Chicago area and prior to that spent several years in companion animal private practice in the Chicago and Washington, D.C areas.
Charlotte Conway is the Deputy Director in the Office of Foods in the Center for Veterinary Medicine for the Food and Drug Administration.
Charlotte Lacroix DVM, JD
Charlotte Lacroix owns Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc., a national consulting firm advising on veterinary business and legal issues. Beginning her career as an equine veterinarian, she transitioned to law to advocate for veterinarians. With over 20 years of experience assisting veterinarians in all areas, her expertise is companion and large animal and multi-specialty practices. Dr. Lacroix lectures extensively on business and legal issues and facilitates continuing education seminars nationwide. Topics include succession planning, practices sales, employment and other contract negotiations, malpractice, medical records/informed consents, ethics, animal welfare, drugs and biologics, and human resources. Dr. Lacroix volunteers for organizations including AVMA, AAHA, AAEP, NJVMA and PVMA. She was the 2014-2015 President of NAVC, is currently Board member of the Veterinary Innovation Council and Veterinary Virtual Care Association.
Falina Hutchinson is a Feed and Fertilizer Specialist who has been working for Montana Department of Agriculture since 2014. She became an active member of Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) in January 2020 when she took on the role of investigator for Other Oilseed Products and began serving on AAFCO’s Ingredient Definitions Committee. Her role as investigator is to serve as a guide and voting member in the ingredient definitions approval process.
Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT
Dr. Ahna Brutlag is the Director of Veterinary Services and a partner at Pet Poison Helpline/SafetyCall International, a 24/7 animal and human poison control center. She is also a Diplomate of both the American Board of Toxicology (ABT) and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology (ABVT) and holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she teaches veterinary toxicology. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine and subsequently practiced small animal medicine in the Minneapolis metro before pursing specialty training in veterinary toxicology. Her areas of expertise include companion animal clinical toxicology, adverse event management, and post-market product/drug safety.
Bill Bookout BS, MBA
Bill Bookout is president and board chairman of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC), the world’s leading trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of supplements for dogs, cats and horses. Mr. Bookout is a recognized leading expert on regulatory issues surrounding animal health and nutritional supplements, including cannabis and cannabis derivative products. He was selected in 2017 for a Colorado Department of Agriculture committee exploring viable pathways for inclusion of hemp in animal feed. He testified in May 2019 at the FDA’s public hearing on scientific data and information about products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds. Mr. Bookout currently leads NASC’s efforts to define responsible and viable pathways forward for these products in a very rapidly growing and dynamic environment. He holds a BS in physical sciences from University of Wyoming and an MBA from the Pepperdine University Presidents and Key Executives MBA program. Mr. Bookout resides in Arizona with his wife and their two rescue cats, Marmalade and Luna.
Emmett McGregor, CEO
Founder and CEO of innovative hemp processing equipment company SciPhy Systems, Emmett McGregor has pursued innovation across botanical ingredients manufacturing, consumer product development, organizational design, and integrated supply chain solutions. Emmett’s experience includes business management and advising in the specialty botanical derived chemicals industry, nutritional supplement formulation, and investment and board membership in specialty companies in the hemp and cannabis space.
Tao Fei, PhD
Dr. Tao Fei is currently a research assistant professor at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is specialized in lipid chemistry and value-added processing and utilization of products, bioproducts, and waste from agricultural and food systems. He has extensive research experience in extraction and isolation of valuable compounds in agricultural products; structure modification of lipid components and synthesis of bio-based materials; and processing technologies such as emulsion formulation and bioactive compound encapsulation.
Francisco Leyva-Gutierrez, PhD candidate
Francisco is a native of Southern California and obtained B.Sc. degrees in Food Science and Chemistry from the California State Polytechnic University Pomona. He then began work on his Ph.D. degree in Food Science at Iowa State University under supervision of Dr. Toni Wang. Subsequently, the Dr. Wang lab transferred to The University of Tennessee Knoxville. Francisco’s research deals with the synthesis and physical characterization of representative plant waxes. New insights from these fundamental studies are aimed at increasing utilization of other domestic lipid feedstocks.
Jack Henion PhD, CSO
Professor Jack Henion is Emeritus Professor of Toxicology at Cornell University where he was a member of the College of Veterinary Medicine commencing in 1976. Dr. Henion was co-founder of Advion BioSciences in 1993 where he served as President and CEO until 2006 when he became CSO of Advion, Inc. Dr. Henion carried out a wide range of research in many application areas involving GC/MS and LC/MS/MS techniques. Professor Henion has received three Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) degrees in recognition of his international reputation in modern analytical techniques. During his tenure at Cornell Professor Henion conducted research and explored applications in many areas of liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) employing atmospheric pressure ionization (API) sources. Professor Henion has published 235 peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature, trained nearly 100 students, post-doctoral scientists, and trainees while receiving 12 patents for inventions developed from his work. He has also received a number of awards which recognize his contributions to analytical chemistry and entrepreneurship.
Kangming Ma, PhD
Dr. Kangming Ma is the President of Eurofins QTA. He has more than 20 years of experience in the spectroscopy technology. He specialized in industrial and customized infrared solutions for various applications. He travels worldwide to develop and implement benchtop and in-line systems. Dr Ma has authored patent, book chapters, scientific journals in infrared method development and QTA technology. Dr. Ma obtained his bachelor’s degree in polymer materials and master’s degree in chemical engineering in China. He earned his PhD degree in food science at McGill University in Canada and MBA at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has served as the chairperson of AOCS Analytical Division and currently the chair of non-destructive method subcommittee. He serves as the Mentor for CAFPNA.
Grace Brandog, MS
Grace Bandong is the Scientific Strategy Leader for Contaminants for Eurofins Food Integrity and Innovations. Grace has spent over 25 years in the food and supplement industry specializing in contaminants analysis and risk assessments. Over the years, Grace has developed contaminant testing programs that support supplier verification for food manufacturers and recently, the hemp industry. Grace has developed a process for a hazards based chemical risk assessment of ingredients that has been used by companies to respond to global regulatory requirements. She is an expert chemical risk assessment in food.
Grace is an active member of AOAC and is currently on the Executive Board of the AOAC Pacific Southwest section. She is currently on the Technical Committee of the US Hemp Authority. Grace received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines and her M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Houston.
Christopher Hudalla PhD, CSO
Dr. Christopher Hudalla is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, ProVerde Laboratories, Milford, Massachusetts. Dr. Hudalla is an analytical chemist with more than 30 years of research experience in analytical chemistry. He is the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ProVerde Laboratories, Inc., a premier analytical research and testing facility for the regulated medical cannabis and hemp industries. Dr. Hudalla received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has delivered presentations all over the world in his areas of expertise, including analytical testing and research specific to medical cannabis and serves on the Cannabis Expert Panel with the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
Joseph Wakshlag MS, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVSMR, CMO
Dr. Joseph Wakshlag started his academic career receiving a BS and MS from Montclair State University. He then attended Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 1998. He continued his residency training in both pathology and nutrition, as well as receiving his PhD in Pharmacology in 2005. He became a diplomate in the College of Veterinary Nutrition in 2008 and furthered his board certification as a diplomate in the College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2010 and is currently a Professor at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. His background in sports medicine and nutrition has produced many publications on working dogs, obesity, canine cancer cell biology and arthritis management. Recently, he has been working extensively in the field of cannabinoid research and is currently working with the ElleVet team part-time as Chief Medical Officer to help oversee its clinical trials program.
Igor Koturbash MD, PhD
Igor Koturbash, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor and Chair at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, and the Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Dietary Supplements Research at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR). Igor has a long lasting interest in diet and dietary supplements and their impact on human health. Therefore, the major focus of his research is safety, efficacy and mechanisms of action of dietary supplements and understanding how diet and dietary supplements can modulate tissue response to cancer therapy.
Aaron Rozental, DVM
Dr. Rozental is a first year neurology resident at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He attended Ross University for veterinary school and completed his clinical rotation year at the University of Missouri. He completed a rotating internship at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Illinois and a neurology internship at Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle. After a neurology research internship at CSU last year, where he was involved with the neurology department’s CBD research, he stayed on to begin a neurology residency in July 2020. Dr. Rozental particularly enjoys research as well as the treatment of infectious diseases affecting the central nervous system.
Dawn Boothe MS, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVCP
Dr. Boothe graduated from Texas A&M University (TAMU) in 1977, 78 (BS), and ‘80 (DVM). After an internship at Auburn University (AU), she returned to TAMU for an MS in Physiology, residency in small animal internal medicine (diplomate 1985), a PhrMA Fellowship and PhD in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (1989). She is among the first class of American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology diplomates (ACVCP, 1991). In 1990, she joined the TAMU faculty (Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology), reaching Professor in 2003. She then joined AU-CVM (Depts of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology and Clinical Sciences) where she directs the AU-Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory which serves over 4000 national and international practices and teaches in 1st- 4th year students. She has mentored over 30 graduate students/residents, implemented as PI over $1.75M in research, authored or coauthored over 125 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 2 text books and over 60 book chapters. Major awards include an Achievement Award in Teaching (University level, TAMU), the Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for Scientific Achievement (national), and at AU, graduate student mentor awards (University and College), the Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research, and most recently, an AU-Alumni Professor and an ACVCP Distinguished Service Award.
Daniele Piomelli, PhD
Daniele Piomelli studied pharmacology and neuroscience with James H. Schwartz and Eric Kandel at Columbia University (1983-1988), and with Paul Greengard at the Rockefeller University (1988-1990). In 2000, two of his mentors (Kandel and Greengard) were awarded the Nobel Prize for their contributions to physiology and medicine. After working at the INSERM in Paris (France) and at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, with Nobel Laureate Gerald Edelman, Daniele joined the University of California, Irvine, where he is now Louise Turner Arnold Chair in Neurosciences and Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry. Daniele is an author of >400 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Medicine, PNAS and Nature Neuroscience, three full-length books, and 34 patents. He founded the department of drug discovery and development (D3) at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa (Italy), which he directed from 2007 to 2016, and three biopharmaceutical start-ups based on discoveries made in his lab. He is director of the UCI’s Center for the Study of Cannabis and Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, the only peer-reviewed journal entirely dedicated to the study of cannabis, its derivatives, and their endogenous counterparts in the human body.
Vermont Dia, PhD
Vermont Dia has a Ph.D. degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Food Science, The University of Tennessee. His research interest is on the health-promoting aspects of food-derived bioactive peptides and proteins. Dr. Dia’s research on hempseed focuses on the characterization of co-products from hempseed oil processing: hempseed protein isolate and meal.
James D. House, PhD
Dr. House is a Professor in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba. He completed his Ph.D. in amino acid nutrition and metabolism from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1996. Since arriving at the University of Manitoba in 1998, he has maintained research programs in 3 primary areas: 1) understanding factors regulating sulphur amino acid metabolism in animals; 2) sustainable egg production systems, including novel value-added egg products; and 3) determining factors influencing the quality of dietary proteins. His research program has trained 40 graduate students and 15 post-doctoral fellows, as well as over 40 undergraduate research assistants. His research program has advanced our understanding of factors affecting the utilization of plant- and animal-based protein sources in the human diet. He has received awards from the Canadian Society of Animal Science, the Canadian Society of Nutritional Sciences (now the Canadian Nutrition Society), as well as awards for merit and administrative service from the University of Manitoba. In 2018, Dr. House was elected as President for the Canadian Nutrition Society, and currently serves as Past-President. His research program is funded via NSERC Discovery Grants, as well as numerous tripartite funding programs involving industry and government partners.
Mike Kleinhenz, PhD, DVM
Dr. Kleinhenz is an assistant professor in Beef Production Medicine at Kansas State University. His research focuses on pain assessment and therapeutics in food production animals; and applications for utilization of industrial hemp and hemp biomass in cattle. Dr. Kleinhenz is an Ohio native and attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate and DVM studies. Following graduation he completed an internship in food animal medicine for a year; and then joined a mixed animal veterinary practice in West Central Ohio for 3 years. Dr. Kleinhenz has complete residency training in dairy production medicine and clinical pharmacology; and has a PhD in Pharmacology from Kansas State University.
Serkan Ates, PhD
Dr. Ates holds a PhD in Pasture Agronomy (2010) from Lincoln University (New Zealand), and an MSc in Feeds and Animal Feeding (2002) from Suleyman Demirel University (Turkey).
Before joining OSU, Dr Ates was a Forage and Pasture Scientist at the International Center for Agricultural research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)-one of 15 CGIAR (Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research Centers) Institutes. In his position, he conducted a number of multidisciplinary crop-livestock research studies and managed projects in North Africa, West Asia and Central Asia Regions. He joined Oregon State University as an Assist. Prof. of forage/livestock systems at the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences in September 2016. Some of Dr Ates’ current research interests include: Evaluation of pasture forbs with high bioactive compounds for livestock production, health and environmental effects; Livestock production in agrivoltaics systems; Management of self-regenerating annual legumes in permanent pastures in dryland conditions; Use of spent hemp biomass in ruminant nutrition; Dual purpose management (grain/hay and pasture) of small grain winter annuals.
Dr. Ates has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific publications including journal and conference papers, book chapters and scientific reports. In 2015, Dr Ates was elected as a member of the continuing committee for the international grassland congress to represent Mediterranean Region. He is serving on the editorial board of Grass and Forage Science Journal and African Journal of Range & Forage Science.
Raj Kasula DVM, MS, PAS (ARPAS), PhD
Dr. Kasula is the Vice President and Chief Nutrition Officer for the Wengner Group in Rheems, PA. He is a Veterinarian with postgraduate degree in Immunology and Nutrition from Marathwada Agricultural University, India, and a certified Professional Animal Scientist for Poultry (PAS) by ARPAS.
He has 32 years in Feed Additives and Animal Nutrition segment, multispecies experience predominantly in poultry in over 33 countries across the globe. Dr. Kasula is actively involved with Poultry Science Association and is a past Exec Member of WPSA, Singapore Branch, and currently, Board of Directors and Steering Committee Member – HempFeed Coalition, Executive Member – PennAg Feed, Grain and Allied Industry, Trustee and Ex-Joint Treasurer – Austin Hindu Temple and Community Center Executive Committee.
Dr. Kasula is leading nutrition, quality, food safety and innovation functions at Wenger. He has associated in the past with feed additive and animal nutrition leaders such as Ridley, Inc. (a unit of Alltech), Kemin, Cargill, Mars Pet Food, Prince Agri/Phibro Animal Health, and entrepreneurial experience with his own global animal nutrition business development consultancy.