Board of Directors
FSIS Board of Director
Angela McIntyre, DVM
Dr. Angela McIntyre is Currently a Public Health Training Coordinator for the Center for Learning /Office of Employee Educational Development -with Food Safety and Inspection Service. She has worked in the federal sector for 24 years. She started her career as a Public Health Veterinarian in 1997 and worked in the Atlanta District during much of my career.
Dr. McIntyre is a 1997 graduate of Tuskegee University, School of Veterinary Medicine. She started in the Federal community during the summer of her sophomore year of veterinary college. She worked with the USDA, APHIS, VS where she earned hands-on experience with eradicating Brucellosis in cattle and Pseudorabies in swine in the state of Georgia. Also during that time with USDA, and APHIS, she worked with veterinarians during the 1996 Summer Olympics where she was a part of the Piroplasmosis and Equine Contagious Metritis Surveillance Team for the carrier horses that were brought to the U. S. for competition. Dr. McIntyre started working for the USDA, FSIS, and OFO after graduating from veterinary college. She has 26 years of knowledge and experience serving in several different roles that she believes will aid in meeting the mission of NAFV. “Knowing the history of veterinarians in the federal sector and seeing firsthand the important roles veterinarians have in the safety and security of our nation’s health and food supply has afforded me an appreciation for what we have done and still do today. Our roles are filled with hard work and complex challenges each day.”
FSIS Board of Director
Dr. Derrick Jones, Jr.
Dr. Derrick Jones, Jr. is a native of Prince George’s County, Maryland. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Virginia Union University in 2013 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. He is currently pursuing his Master of Public Health degree from Walden University and will graduate next year. He now serves as a consumer safety officer within the Labeling and Program Delivery Staff for the United States Department of Agriculture – Food Safety and Inspection Service.
He holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Association for Federal Veterinarians, and the national and local Maryland chapters of the Virginia Union University Alumni Association and the Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association.
He is also a proud member of Omega Tau Sigma International Veterinary Fraternity and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
FSIS Board of Director
Dr. Gregory Shaw
Dr. Shaw received both his Bachelor’s in Animal and Poultry Science and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University. (c/o 2005 ) While in school, Dr. Shaw served as the student extern for the AVMA – Governmental Relations Division-Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C. While in this role, Dr. Shaw worked on the legislation that involved Terrorism Against Animal-Use Entities, U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy on drug compounding for nonfood animals, Humane Slaughter Legislation, Horse Slaughter Legislation, Puppy Protection Legislation, Exotic Animal Ownership Legislation among others.
Upon graduation, Dr. Shaw worked for himself in private practice treating primarily dogs, cats, and some exotics. Dr. Shaw also worked for the Memphis/ Shelby County Humane Society, served as the Petco Exotic Veterinarian, as well as worked the weekend vaccine clinics for Petco. Dr. Shaw served on the Board of Directors for Mid-South Spay and Neuter as well as a social media consultant for various practices.
In his federal role, Dr. Shaw has served as a supervisory public health veterinarian over multiple establishments covering multiple species. He has also served with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Office of Recruitment, the lead point of contact with the USDA Green Initiative Committee, and an I-Impact Team Lead and Trainer.
FSIS Board of Director - Alternate Representative
Dr. Christopher Allen
Dr. Allen received his Bachelor’s in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas followed by his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University – College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. After practicing in mixed animal practice in South Central Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, Dr. Allen joined FSIS as Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian at a large 4-line NELS establishment on the evening shift in Northwest Arkansas in August 2014. Dr. Allen was voluntarily reassigned to multiple NPIS establishments in Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri. During this time, Dr. Allen also served PHV recruitment and retention workgroup as well numerous other collateral duties. In Winter 2020, Dr. Allen served as a detailee with the applied epidemiology staff within the Office of Public Health and Science before being selected as an Enforcement Investigation and Analysis Officer.
FSIS Board of Director - Alternate Representative
Dr. Angela Hampton
Dr. Angela Hampton started with the USDA as an intern in 2019 as a Malak Scholar Recipient. While in vet school she enjoyed sharing her passion and interest in USDA with her classmates and was looking forward to starting her career. After graduating in May she started her full-time position as a PHV in Petaluma, CA. She grew up in San Diego, CA, got her bachelor’s in animal science at UC Davis, and attended the University of Illinois for veterinary school. Originally interested in a career in pathology, Dr. Hampton was president of the Illinois chapter of the ACVP at her school and was employed by the university’s veterinary diagnostic lab. A future goal of hers is to be board certified with the ACVPM. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, painting, and spending time with her hamster, Ebenezer.
APHIS Board of Director
Barbara Porter-Spalding, DVM
Dr. Barbara Porter-Spalding is a Senior Staff Officer with the USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services (VS), National Preparedness and Incident Coordination (NPIC) in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been a NAFV member since 1994.
“I received my DVM from Michigan State University in 1991 and my Masters of Veterinary Public Health from North Carolina State University in 2007. I’m happy to have called both FSIS and APHIS home. Currently, I manage the APHIS VS National Training and Exercise Program.
As a former President of NAFV, and a current APHIS Board member, my hope is we all work together to reinvent what it means to be a NAFV member and Federal Veterinarian working towards modernizing and updating the positions and compensation for all veterinarians in federal service. We have been working hard to make NAFV the most engaging, forward-thinking, membership-focused association we can be but we need EVERYONE to jump in and do their part working on a committee or project, speaking up for membership engagement, and supporting the critical work federal veterinarians do. Join the new Board Members and Dr. Joe Annelli, our Executive Vice President, in promoting professionalism and the positioning of the federal veterinarian at the forefront of One Health and food security science and leadership. NAFV has had to do a lot of cost-cutting and balancing the budget in the last few years but has added a number of critical benefits to members, especially since our beloved legal counsel Bill Hughes, Esq. formally retired.
APHIS Board of Director
Anna B. Bagwell DVM, MBA, DACVPM
Support Services USAMRIID. After serving 13 years on active duty, Dr. Bagwell transitioned to the US Army Reserves and joined APHIS, Animal Care. "My goal as the APHIS representative on the Board of Directors is to improve awareness and participation in NAFV by APHIS VMOs and senior veterinary leaders and to leverage my 14 years of federal experience in operational management and interagency relations to build collaborative relationships between participating specialties and organizations. Ultimately, I want to aid in harnessing the collective capabilities of our various specialties and unite us in advancing well-selected objectives for the betterment of our profession."
Support Services USAMRIID. After serving 13 years on active duty, Dr. Bagwell transitioned to the US Army Reserves and joined APHIS, Animal Care.
"My goal as the APHIS representative on the Board of Directors is to improve awareness and participation in NAFV by APHIS VMOs and senior veterinary leaders and to leverage my 14 years of federal experience in operational management and interagency relations to build collaborative relationships between participating specialties and organizations. Ultimately, I want to aid in harnessing the collective capabilities of our various specialties and unite us in advancing well-selected objectives for the betterment of our profession."
Center for Disease and Control (CDC)
Adam Langer, DVM
Dr. Adam J. Langer has been with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for over 16 years, and since March 2020 has served as the Chief of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch in the CDC Division of Tuberculosis (TB) Elimination. In this role, Dr. Langer oversees all CDC TB surveillance, epidemiologic research, and outbreak detection and response activities. Previously, Dr. Langer served as the Surveillance Team Lead and as a staff epidemiologist in the branch he now leads as the lead of the Importations and Animal Contact Team in CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. Dr. Langer also completed CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and Preventive Medicine Fellowships. Trained as a veterinarian, Dr. Langer practiced companion animal medicine in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland for 5 years before beginning his CDC career.
Among his notable TB-related accomplishments are leading the development of the 2020 Report of Verified Case of TB and founding what is now known as the TB Outbreak Detection Working Group. He is also a recognized subject matter expert on zoonotic TB. Additionally, he has extensive experience in public health emergency response including leadership roles on multiple foodborne, zoonotic disease, and TB outbreak investigations.
Bob Simer, DVM
Dr. Simer is a graduate of the University of Illinois, in 1989, and is currently a Supervisory Regulatory Veterinary Medical Officer in Waco, TX. Dr. Simer began his federal career as an SPHV for FSIS in 2006, where he eventually became an IIC, before transitioning to VS in 2014. He has served as Temp. Acting Assistant Director of Texas, Planning Chief for Indiana Avian Influenza Incident in 2016, and Deputy Planning Chief on National Incident Management Team Indigo, among other duties.
Dr. Simer is currently serving as NAFV-APHIS coordinator for Texas and is running for a seat as an APHIS representative on the NAFV BOD in the hopes of utilizing his experience in finance and statistics, combined with his passion for the federal veterinary profession.
Center for Disease & Control Alternate Rep
Dr. William L. “Billy” Walker
Dr. William L. “Billy” Walker received his DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and Ph.D. in Veterinary Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University in 2012 and he is board certified in epidemiology from the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. His career has included dairy herd-focused private veterinary practice in the San Joaquin Valley of California, academic practice at the UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, and local public health practice in Fort Worth, Texas. He completed CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service training fellowship with the Arboviral Diseases Branch in 2018. Following EIS, he served as an epidemiologist and health scientist in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch at CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination with activities focusing on TB disease and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) surveillance and zoonotic tuberculosis. From 2020 to 2021, he served as one of the national epidemiologists administering USDA’s National Bovine TB Eradication program and related activities. In 2021, he returned to his former Branch at CDC and his work currently focuses on outbreak investigations, molecular epidemiology and surveillance, and zoonotic TB-related activities.
As the Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Office, Food and Nutrition Service, Dr. Patty Bennett provides leadership for 15 domestic nutrition assistance programs in six states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Benefit and administrative funds for the Mid-Atlantic Region nutrition programs exceed $12 billion and reach close to 30 million people each month. Dr. Bennett comes to FNS with over 15 years of experience in management, oversight, and program development within the federal government. Most recently she served as the Director of the Marketing Order and Agreement Division in USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service overseeing and supporting 27 agricultural commodities as they resolve marketing problems through the federal structure of marketing orders. Prior to that, she served in several key leadership roles in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service where she worked closely with her teams to improve program operations and enhance customer service. In these capacities, Dr. Bennett was responsible for implementing and overseeing national programs for livestock humane handling and the United States National Residue Program, as well as establishing and maintaining effective relations with other federal agencies, national organizations, and stakeholders to carry out the Agency’s mission. Dr. Bennett received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Biology from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University. Additionally, she is board certified in veterinary preventive medicine.
Military Board of Director
CPT (P) Brandi Miatke
Brandi was commissioned into the United States Army Veterinary Corps in 2017 after receiving her DVM from Iowa State University. She currently serves as an Officer In Charge of the 72nd Medical Detachment Veterinary Service Support (MDVSS). She previously served as Branch Chief for Public Health Activity-Guam and Officer In Charge of Boller Veterinary Treatment Facility, Naval Base Guam. She is a Wisconsin native with her immediate family immersed in agriculture, veterinary medicine, and the military. CPT (P) Miatke has received a broad spectrum of training including Veterinary Support to Stability Operations and Defense Support to Civil Authorities, making her eligible for a unique skill identifier for Global Health Engagement. She recently returned from a 4-month deployment in Poland in support of NATO's response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In the upcoming months, she will be conducting pre-deployment site surveys for Pacific Partnership - the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. She has performed commercial food audits and food and water risk assessments worldwide for the Department of Defense. She was recently selected for promotion from Captain to Major.
"Public Health is the core of a Veterinary Corps Officer. As a NAFV board member, I will represent a strong team of military veterinarians with unique skills, knowledge, and experiences to bring to the table. Shared insight and a clear voice are key to fostering a climate of positive growth and change."
Military Alternate Representative
Lieutenant Colonel Marc Knobbe
LTC Knobbe received his direct commission in 2011 to the United States Army Veterinary Corps. He is a native of Falls City, NE. Before his commission, he practiced veterinary medicine for six years. His current assignment is the Command Staff Veterinarian for 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
He received his BS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, DVM from Kansas State University and Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He completed his clinical residency in comparative animal reproduction and genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified by the American College Theriogenologists and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He completed a graduate certificate in Global Health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. He is a graduate of AMEDD Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Ft. Sam Houston, TX; and Command and General Staff College, Fort Belvoir, VA.
As the military representative for the National Association of Federal Veterinarians Board of Directors, I will focus on advocacy for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program continuation and improvement. The cost of veterinary education continues to rise and entry level compensation for veterinary medical officer positions within federal agencies and the military can be a hindrance to recruiting and retention of talented veterinary professionals for public service. I would like to work with partners on data driven information to share with other advocacy groups and policy makers.