VLC Planning Committee


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


The committee is responsible for planning the annual Veterinary Leadership Conference.

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​Constituent Association Representative, Dr. Hailey Gentile - Chair

Term: January 2013 – January 2016, re-elected for 2nd term from January 2016 - January 2019
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.

Emerging Leader Representative, Dr. James Finlay

Term: January 2016 – January 2019

Dr. Finlay was born in Colorado, but moved to Southern California at a very early age.  After completing his undergraduate education at BYU he headed to Michigan State University college of Veterinary Medicine.  After completing his DVM degree in 2009 he headed back to sunny Southern California to complete a residency program in Laboratory Animal Medicine and a PhD in Biological Sciences (City of Hope – Beckman Research Institute and University of Southern California).  Dr. Finlay is currently employed at USC as Clinical Veterinarian in the Department of Animal Resources.  He has volunteered in several AVMA capacities including being an inaugural member of the Early Career Development Committee.  He has also served on committees or boards of a local branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners.  

Dr. Finlay enjoys spending time with his wife (of 14 years) and their three children (9, 7, 3).  Together they all enjoy having adventures both near and far from home.  When one trip ends we are always itching to plan the next one.  Dr. Finlay enjoys cycling (both for fun and as part of his commute) and has logged over 25,000 miles since 2009.  At the moment the only pet in the Finlay home is a Kenyan Sand Boa named Kibaki, but that is likely to change sooner than later.

Board of Directors Representative, Dr. Michael Newman

Term: January 2014 – January 2017
Dr. Newman’s professional career began when he established Alabama Veterinary Surgery in Birmingham, AL in January, 1986 as the first private surgical referral practice in Alabama and one of five in the southeastern United States at that time. He built that practice in Birmingham for eight years and assisted in establishing a new veterinary emergency service in 1992.

In 1994 the practice was moved to Decatur, Alabama and expanded to a larger facility in 2006. At that time the hospital’s name was changed to Veterinary Regional Referral Hospital, PC and the real estate of the practice to Veterinary Development, LLC. It presently employs 40 people including three emergency doctors and a boarded veterinary surgeon. The practice serves some 250 veterinarians in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia for referral surgery and emergency services.

His education included a short stint at the University of Georgia followed by attainment of an undergraduate degree in zoology in 1975 from North Carolina State University. He earned his veterinary degree from Auburn University in 1980, completed an informal internship at Grady Veterinary Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio in the following two years, and completed his master’s degree and residency in surgery three years later also from Auburn University.

Dr. Newman’s interest in continuing education included five years as director of the Southeastern Veterinary Surgeon’s Conference in the mid 90’s, five years as president of the Alabama Academy of Veterinary Practitioners also in the late 90’s, assistance with continuing education programing for the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association until 2009, and development of the annual and ongoing Tennessee Valley Veterinary Conference in Florence, Alabama.

He has served in all positions of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association concluding with the presidency in 2008-2009. He has served as vice president on the original board of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation resigning in 2006. He fostered and was head of the Alabama Animal Hall of Fame for 4 years and during that time saw 12 animals duly inducted. He has been a member of both the Mid-State and Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Associations when he was in Birmingham, and is presently a member of the North Alabama and Madison County Veterinary Medical Associations. He represented the ALVMA at the accreditation site visit for the Snead State Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2001 and presently sits on the board of the Jefferson State Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program.

Dr. Newman was elected to the Council on Research for the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2003 for an unexpired 3 year term and was re-elected in 2006 for a full 6 year term. He has represented the AVMA on the National Research Council’s Workshop for “National Needs in Veterinary Science” in July, 2004. He participated in the Foresight meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) in Kansas City in 2006. He was a sponsor and member of the AAVMC’s NAVMEC meeting in Kansas City and Las Vegas in 2010. He represented AVMA to the ARS/NIFA workshop for research priorities in Baltimore in 2011, he presented to the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST) in Washington, DC, in 2011, and was a member representing the AVMA to the Farm Animal Integrated Research (FAIR) meeting in Arlington, VA in 2012. He is liaison for the AVMA to the Coalition for Farm and Agricultural Research (NCFAR) and is presently a member of that group.

He served the city of Decatur, Alabama as the vice president of the Board of Animal Services for seven years and has been actively involved with local and state political animal welfare and cruelty issues.

He has developed a strong interest in promoting basic, transitional, and one health research and careers in veterinary research. Research has been and will continue to be transformational to our profession and no one benefits more from research than practitioners who are eventually responsible for the application of knowledge acquired from research. Impending world human population and potential environmental changes are creating considerable prospects for veterinary services in animal food and food production and animal and human health far in excess of the present needs for veterinarians. For us to fulfill those needs, our education and educational models must rise to the opportunity through expansion or through a change in emphasis. Student financial constraints will not be met by cheapening education but rather by broadening job security and increasing job worth. Adequate education is critical to successfully integrate veterinarians into those altered or new professional requirements.

Dr. Newman is married to Jan Strother Newman and they live on a small farm with assorted cats, horses, donkeys, dogs, and birds.

HAC Representative, Dr. Sandra Faeh

January 2015 – January 2018, fulfilling Dr. Mark Cox's Term
Dr. Sandra Faeh graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1996.  She currently is part owner of four small animal clinics in the western suburbs of Illinois, where she lives with her husband and 3 boys.  She is an avid runner having completed several marathons and ultra marathons.

Dr. Faeh began volunteering in organized veterinary medicine as a student when she was the Student American Veterinary Medical Association President from 1995 to 1996.  It was during her tenure that the students won the right to vote in the AVMA House of Delegates. 

In 1999, she received the first ever Erwin Small First Decade Award from the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.  As a recent graduate, she sat on the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference Planning Committee from 2000 to 2005.

In 2001, Dr. Faeh became the Treasurer of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association.  She served a 2 year term.  This led to the position of President-Elect 2003 to 2004, and President from 2004 to 2005.  In 2011 to 2012, she served on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Veterinary Medical Foundation.

In 2011, Dr. Faeh started volunteering on the state level.  She was the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Representative from District 7. From 2012 to 2016, she served as the ISVMA Education Committee Chair.  In 2014, she was elected ISVMA Vice-President, which led to the position she currently holds, President of the ISVMA.
Dr. Faeh currently sits on the board of the Wanda Muntwyler Foundation, a non for profit organization that donates to organizations that foster the human animal bond.
In 2012, Dr. Faeh was elected to the AVMA  House of Delegates as the alternate delegate for Illinois, and in 2016 she was elected as the delegate.  She currently sits on the AVMA House Advisory Committee.

ASVMAE Representative, Mr. Rick Alampi

January 2015 – January 2018
Born: April 20, 1951
Married: May 22, 1976 to Etres Biddle Allen
Children: Katrin Allen Alampi, born July 11, 1979 and Phillip Richard Alampi, born July 30, 1982
Education: 1965-69, The Lawrenceville School and 1969-73, Duke University, BA
Positions Held:
2014- present, Executive Director, Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative
2008- present, Executive Director, Drywall and Interior Systems Contractors Association
2005- present, Executive Director, American Association of Feline Practitioners
2003- 2005, Executive Director, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
1997- 1999, Managing Director, Association of Pet Dog Trainers
1995- 2008, Managing Director, NJ Association of Health Underwriters
1995- 1996, Managing Director, NJ-SEED
1992-present, President, Alampi & Associates Management Corporation.
1992- 2014, Executive Director, NJ Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association
1989- 1992, Vice President, Association Management Division, Association Management Corporation (AMC)
1987- present, Conference Manager, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference
1988- 1989, Executive Director, NJ Low-level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Siting Board
1986- 2003, Executive Director, Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association
1986- 1989, Executive Director, PRINT/NJ
1986- 1989, Senior Account Executive, AMC
1984- present, Executive Director, NJ Veterinary Medical Association
1984- present, Executive Director, NJ Veterinary Foundation
1985- 1986, Account Executive, AMC
1982- 1985, Consultant, Alampi & Associates Consulting
1973- 1982, self-employed Agriculturalist
Memberships: NJ Business & Industry Association, NJ Chamber of Commerce, Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives (ASVMAE), Drywall Industry Executives
Honors: 1993, distinguished service- NJ Veterinary Medical Association, 1992, President American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, 1977, Mercer County Young Farmer of the Year
Articles and Papers: Governance Format, ASVMAE, Atlanta, GA
Governance Format, BMAE, Santa Fe, NM
Electronic Communication Technologies, ASVMAE Workshop, Denver, CO
Bulletin Boards for Member Communications, BMAE Leadership Retreat, Oak Brook, IL
Economic Forecast for the Northeast, Building Material Retailer, January, 1993 edition
Long Range Planning Facilitation, Building Material Retailer, January, 1992 edition
Analysis of the Federal Clean Water Act on Veterinary Facilities, AVMA Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, July, 1993
Breakeven Cost Analysis for Meetings, ASVMAE News, Spring edition, 1989

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