New AVMA Future Leaders class announced

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Members of the 2013-2014 class of the AVMA Future Leaders Program were announced July 21 at the Associ­ation’s Annual Convention in Chicago.

It is the third class of the yearlong program created by the AVMA to develop volunteer leaders for the Association and other organized veterinary groups. Each Future Leaders class takes self-assessments, identifies short- and long-term goals for personal leadership, fosters individual relationships with leadership advisers, and develops helpful resources for veterinarians to use.

The current Future Leaders class comprises Drs. Heather Fowler, St. Paul, Minn.; Suzanne Young Dougherty, Madison, Ala.; Stic Harris, Gaithersburg, Md.; Nina Kieves, Ames, Iowa; Kristy Pabilonia, Fort Collins, Colo.; Sarah Reuss, Gainesville, Fla.; Shanna Siegel, Raleigh, N.C.; Christina Tran, North Plains, Ore.; Callie Willingham, Chandler, Ariz.; and Eric Willingham, Rogers, Ark.

Participants were chosen from among some 60 AVMA member nominees who had graduated from veterinary school within the past 15 years.

“Selecting only 10 Future Leaders from the nominations received was exceedingly difficult, as it was last year,” Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA CEO, said. “Many of these Future Leaders are already leaders, taking leadership roles at the state and local levels, so we’re excited by not only what we can teach them but how much they’ll be able to teach us.” ​