External Advisory Committee

The strategy, vision and scientific advice for the Institute are provided by an External Advisory Committee (EAC). This council is composed of selected individuals from private agricultural industries; state and federal agencies involved in foreign animal/trans-boundary emerging and zoonotic diseases; biological and pharmaceutical industries; and nationally and internationally recognized senior scientists involved in foreign animal, emerging and/or zoonotic disease research and/or modeling.

Members of the EAC provide important perspectives and scientific advice on key issues and concerns in the private sector, as well as approaches and activities in relevant government agencies. They also offer advice on linkages, potential funding opportunities, and overall direction as well as key scientific advice, programmatic review and evaluation.

Current members include:

  • Dr. Corrie Brown | Professor, Anatomic Pathology | University of Georgia
  • Dr. Todd R. Callaway | Research Microbiologist, Food and Feed Safety Research Unit | Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center
  • Dr. Mandy Carr | Senior Executive Director, Science and Product Solutions | National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Dr. Jim Collins | Professor | University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Dr. David Franz | Adjunct Professor, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology | Kansas State University
  • Dr. Stephen Higgs | Associate Vice President for Research; Director of Research, Biosecurity Research Institute | Kansas State University
  • Dr. Jamie Jonker | Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs | National Milk Producers Federation
  • Dr. Bret Marsh | State Veterinarian | Indiana Board of Animal Health
  • Dr. Brian McCluskey | Executive Director for Science, Technology and Analysis Services | USDA APHIS VS
  • Dr. Subhash Morzaria | Global Coordinator for EPT-2 Programme |Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases | FAO of the United Nations
  • Dr. Keith Roehr | State Veterinarian | Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. David Swayne | Director | Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Mark Teachman | Director, Office of Interagency Coordination | USDA APHIS VS STAS
  • Dr. Sarah Tomlinson | Executive Director, Science Technology and Analysis Services | USDA AHPIS VS
  • Dr. Joyce Turk | Independent Consultant and Retired Senior Livestock Advisor at the USAID Bureau of Food Security
  • Dr. Patrick Webb | Director of Swine Health Programs | National Pork Board
  • Ms. Leah Wilkinson | VP of Legislative, Regulatory and State Affairs | American Feed Industry Association
  • Mr. Ross Wilson | President and CEO | Texas Cattle Feeders Association
  • Dr. Justin Widener | Industry Representative | Health for Animals

Ex Officio Members

  • Dr. Bruce Akey | Director | Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Mr. Matthew Coats | Program Manager, Office of University Programs, Science & Technology Directorate  | US Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Michelle Colby | Agriculture Defense Branch Chief, Chemical and Biological Division, Science & Technology Directorate | US Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Eleanor Green | Dean | Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Dr. Natalie Johnson | Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health | Texas A&M School of Public Health
  • Dr. Travis Miller | Interim Associate Director for State Operations Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • Dr. Elsa Murano | Director | The Borlaug Institute
  • Mr. Andrew Natsios | Director, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs; Executive Professor, George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service | Texas A&M University