VLC Planning Committee

Mission: To develop leaders for the benefit of the individual and the veterinary profession.

Charge/Objective: The committee is responsible for planning the annual Veterinary Leadership Conference.

Recent Graduate Representative, Dr. Erin Casey

Term: January 2012 – January 2015
Erin Casey is a 2010 graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C., Dr. Casey continued in small animal private practice in northern Virginia. She was honored to be selected as a member of the inaugural class of the AVMA Future Leaders Program, and will continue AVMA service as the Recent Graduate Representative for the Veterinary Leadership Conference Planning Committee through 2014. She is also a facilitator for the Veterinary Leadership Experience held yearly in Post Falls, ID.

Executive Board Representative, Dr. Larry Dee
Term: January 2011 – January 2014
Dr. Larry G. Dee, co-owner of a companion-animal hospital in Hollywood, Fla., has served veterinary medicine as both a leader and an educator. Dr. Dee has been a delegate or an alternate delegate for Florida to the AVMA House of Delegates since 1994, and he has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Medical Sciences at University of Florida since 1983.

In his service to the AVMA, not only has Dr. Dee had an impact on the House of Delegates, he served on the Publications Committee from 1986-1990 and as its chair from 1988-89. He was a JAVMA reviewer in 1992, and served on the Consensus Panel on Vaccine Applications in 1999-2000.

Dr. Dee also served as president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) in 1998-99 and served on the FVMA Executive Board. He was honored as the FVMA Practitioner of the Year in 1995. Dr. Dee is a former president of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and was honored as the AAHA practitioner of the year in 2001. He also served as president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association from 2004-2006 and as president of the Broward County Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Dee was president of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (AVBP) in 1989-1990 and served for nine years as the ABVP representative to the AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties.

Dr. Dee is a 1969 graduate of Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been married to Rita Carol Fisher since 1967 and he is active in his community on the Rotary Club, the Hollywood Committee of 100, and St. Johns Lutheran Church.

HAC Representative, Dr. Mark Cox
Fulfilling Dr. Benjamin Franklin's unexpired term: January 2012 – January 2015

Constituent Association Representative, Dr. Hailey Gentile
Term: January 2013 – January 2016
Dr. Hailey Gentile graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, and moved to Vermont. Dr. Hailey has worked in small animal medicine since graduation, most recently doing relief work in Northern and Central Vermont and growing her rural house call practice, Doctor At Your Door. Dr. Hailey is the President-Elect for the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association. Her two-year presidential term will run from June 2013-June 2015. Dr. Hailey attended the VLC as an emerging leader in 2010 and in 2011 as President Elect for the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association. Having been a graduate from Washington State University, as a student, Dr. Hailey worked closely with the creators of the Veterinary Leadership Experience and was an attendee in 2006. Dr. Hailey lives in Newport Center, Vermont, with her amazing boyfriend; two cats, Noodle and Patches; and dog, Bow. She is a Tough Mudder and avid Pittsburgh Steeler football fan. In her spare time, Dr. Hailey enjoys exercising, cards, reading, ice fishing, hiking and kayaking.

ASVMAE Representative, Ms. Lisa Perius
Fulfilling Lynn Appel's unexpired term: January 2008 – January 2014

Ms. Lisa Perius is the Executive Director of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, a position she has held since January, 1996. Prior to this position, she was Deputy Director of the Health Professions Bureau and director of the Medical Licensing Board for five years. During her tenure in state government, she was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in December, 1995, by then-governor Evan Bayh. She is a 1985 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Public Affairs.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executive (ASVMAE) and was the association’s president in 2002-2003. She was named Executive Director of the Year in July, 2005. Ms. Perius received the 2009 Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from ASVMAE. She is past chair of the ASVMAE Professional Development Committee and still serves as a committee member. She was also an original member of the AVMA/ASVMAE Joint Committee, which was developed in 2003 while Ms. Perius was president of ASVMAE.

Ms. Perius and her husband Steve have two sons, Andrew, 23, a graduate of Indiana University (and gainfully employed!), and Connor, 19, a sophomore at Indiana University. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Indiana. She is a member of St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church, where she has volunteered for many projects and is a Sunday lector.


A special thank you to Zoetis for their continued support of VLC and their commitment to the veterinary profession.

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