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 SPEAKERS

 

The APAW Expo prides itself on partnering with amazing speakers and educators to provide the latest animal related topics, legislation and trends.  

 

Over this 2-day event, these speakers will share their insights and years of experience to provide the ongoing education necessary to encourage and inspire all professionals and advocates.

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2024 APAW Expo Speakers
(listed in order of appearance)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2024

7:30am - 9:10am
Track 1 - Law Enforcement & Services:   

Joint Session with GVMA - TBA

CLAUDINE WILKINS 

Attorney, Animal Law Expert, Founder - The Animal Protection Society, Animal Law Source and APAW Academy

Time: Friday, October 18, 7:30am-9:10am 

Topic: Joint Session with GVMA

 

Claudine Wilkins is an attorney, animal law expert, founder of Animal Law Source, past chair GA Bar Animal Law Section, co-founder GA Pet Fd. She started her career as a prosecutor in 1997 and gained national attention in one of the largest verdicts in the nation in a landmark liquor liability case involving 3 fatalities. Since 1996, she has assisted in hundreds of animal abuse cases. In 1998, she created the Animal Protection conference.

In 2009, Claudine petitioned the State Bar of Georgia to create Animal Law Section which was founded later that year. 

 

In 2014, she founded Animal Law Source, an organization that serves as a resource for animal law professionals across the state and animallawsource.org, a website dedicated to assisting those professionals. Her continuing efforts to draft legislation protecting children and animals resulted in the passage of many state and local laws including: the Georgia Dog Fighting law, The Responsible Dog Owner Act (dangerous dog law) and the Animal Cruelty law and more.

The APAW Expo is celebrating its 25th year.  Through these 25 years, Claudine has trained over 11,000 professionals, and she continues teaching prosecutors, judges, attorneys, police, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet techs, animal shelter staff, rescue/foster, dog trainers, students and professionals involved with animals on animal law, animal cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment, hoarding, large impound cases, equine cruelty, public safety, dangerous dog issues, dog bite cases and liability issues facing all professions involved.

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9:30am - 10:30am
Track 1 - Law Enforcement & Services:

Dangerous Dog Management: We were making progress until this happened…

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DOUG EDDINS

Founder and Executive Director, American Cruelty Investigations School

Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am  Track 1

Topic: Dangerous Dog Management: We were making progress until this happened…

Doug Eddins earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Louisville College of Business in Louisville, KY.  He brings law enforcement experience and application of constitutional law during criminal investigations to AACIS.  

 

He is an instructor at Gulf Coast State College and teaches the state-mandated animal control officer certification classes for the Florida Animal Control Association.   Additionally, he serves as a court-appointed cruelty investigator and assists other law enforcement and animal control agencies across the country with cruelty investigations

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9:30am - 10:30am
Track 2 - Emergency Management/Disaster Preparedness: 

Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters,
Are Your Officers or Department prepared? 

National Director for American Humane
Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am 

Topic: Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters, Are Your Officers or Department prepared? Emergency Management Systems and Intergovernmental Collaborations.        

Bio to come

JOSH CARY 

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JILL JOHNS

Georgia Southern University IHLA
Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am 

Topic: Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters, Are Your Officers or Department prepared? Emergency Management Systems and Intergovernmental Collaborations.        

Jill is a dynamic creative force, excels in diverse industries focusing on wellness, performance, and strategic initiatives. Jill focuses on Total Worker Health: implementing evidence-based interventions to develop a healthy workforce. As the IHLA Project Manager, Jill manages federal OSHA grants, ensuring Georgia businesses are prepared for future disease outbreaks. 

GEMA/HS State Meterorologis
Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am 

Topic: Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters, Are Your Officers or Department prepared? Emergency Management Systems and Intergovernmental Collaborations.        

Will advises State leadership about weather systems that pose risk to Georgia. He facilitates communication between the National Weather Service, local media, and GEMA/HS. He manages various weather-related projects.

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MIKE PERKINS

Director, Cruelty Investigation Division, Atlanta Humane Society
Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am 

Topic: Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters, Are Your Officers or Department prepared? Emergency Management Systems and Intergovernmental Collaborations.        

Mike is a former police officer, canine handler, and trainer, who retired from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department after a 23-year career. Mike is also a Master Trainer for the North American Police Work Dog Association, where he regularly trains and certifies K9 teams from across the United States. He was the past director for the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force supervising animal investigations, rescues, and disaster response. He has 20 years of animal welfare, rescue, investigation, and disaster response experience.

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HARLAN PROVEAUX

Chief of Law Enforcement. Georgia Department of Agriculture 

Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am 

Topic: Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters, Are Your Officers or Department prepared? Emergency Management Systems and Intergovernmental Collaborations.

Harlan Proveaux, is a twenty-nine-year law enforcement and emergency management veteran with experience across multiple state and local agencies. Commissioner Harper and Director Proveaux began the process to have the Department's Peace Officer Standards and Training Council ID reinstated, restoring the Department's status as a Law Enforcement agency.  Prior to joining the Department, Proveaux served as the Deputy Director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency for seven years. Proveaux has served at several other state and local agencies including Georgia Public Safety Training Center, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Ware County Magistrate Court, and Ware County Sheriff's Office and holds a Master's Degree in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University.

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Director of the Animal Protection Unit, Atlanta Humane

Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am 

Topic: Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters, Are Your Officers or Department prepared? Emergency Management Systems and Intergovernmental Collaborations.        

Tracy Reis came to The Atlanta Humane Society in February 2015 as the Director of Operations -Howell Mill Campus and Director of Disaster response. Prior to that, she was the Director of Operations at the Humane Society of South Mississippi for 2 years. She was also the National Director over Emergency Services at American Humane from 2006-2012 and lead the Red Star team on over 45 responses including Fires, Hurricanes, puppy mills, and hoarding cases. This also includes a nine day trip to Haiti at the invitation of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, in Jan 2010.  She was the Co-Chair of the Federal Level, Sheltering Best Practice Working Group and sat on multiple local working groups (USAI, Denver CART). She was also a member of NARSC (National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition) since its inception in 2006.

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TRACY REIS

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GDA, Director of Emergency Management

Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am 

Topic: Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters, Are Your Officers or Department prepared? Emergency Management Systems and Intergovernmental Collaborations.        

Venessa supports emergency management and homeland security duties for the food and agriculture sector in Georgia.  She served as Unified Commander for the 2020 Final Four and Super Bowl LIII Food Defense Branch and as a representative of the Super Bowl LIII Logistics Committee.  Venessa serves on the FDA FSMA Intentional Adulteration Workgroup as a state representative, serves as the Georgia representative for the Southern Animal and Agriculture Disaster Response Alliance (SAADRA), and serves as the Board President for the National Alliance of State Animal and Agriculture Emergency Programs (NASAAEP).

VENESSA SIMS

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Program Manager Companion Animal/Equine Division and Program Manager of the Livestock & Poultry Division, Georgia Department of Agriculture

Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am 

Topic: Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters, Are Your Officers or Department prepared? Emergency Management Systems and Intergovernmental Collaborations.        

Jason began his career with the Georgia Department of Agriculture in November 2014. He quickly learned his position as inspector and was promoted to Senior Inspector in March 2016. In September 2019, Jason was promoted to Deputy Manager of the Companion Animal/Equine Program. In April 2022, Jason was promoted to the Program Manager. In addition to these responsibilities, he participates in many special projects and investigations, conducts GDA presentations, and serves on the GDA Incident Management Team as Deputy Operations Chief. Jason’s background is in law enforcement and animal control. He was formerly the Animal Care and Control Director in Habersham County, Ga, where he currently resides. Jason holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from North Georgia Technical College. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, in 2019, from Shorter University. 

JASON SMITH

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Owner and Lead Instructor, ASAR Training, Executive Director Animal Incident Management; Senior Director ASAR Training and Response; President - NASAAEP; FEMA NAC PAW Act Subcommittee Member

Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am 

Topic: Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters, Are Your Officers or Department prepared? Emergency Management Systems and Intergovernmental Collaborations.        

Disaster preparedness workshop facilitator. Table top and functional exercise design and implementation. Small and large animal technical rescue instructor. Disaster response management and operational deployment capabilities. Incident management and assessment support.

ERIC THOMPSON

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President of the Georgia Animal Control Association

Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-10:30am 

Topic: Round Table Discussion - Do You Know What to Do in Natural or Man-Made Disasters, Are Your Officers or Department prepared? Emergency Management Systems and Intergovernmental Collaborations.        

Regenia Willis Wells, the President of the Georgia Animal Control Association, brings 21 years of experience in Animal Control. Currently the sole Animal Control Officer at the City of Adel Police Department in Georgia, Regenia has dedicated 16 years to GACA, previously serving as President and Secretary / Treasurer. Her decorated career highlights her unwavering commitment and recent recognition as Animal Control Officer of the Year.

REGENIA WELLS

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10:35am - 11:30am
Track 1 &  2 Everyone: 

Georgia Lawmakers: Round Table Discussion on Companion Animals and Legislative Update

 

BURT JONES

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Lieutenant Governor
Time: Friday, October 18, 10:35am - 11:30am

Topic: Georgia Lawmakers - Round Table Discussion on Companion Animals

Burt Jones is a small business owner and job creator, successful State Senator, husband, father, believer, and 6th generation Georgia native. Answering a call to service, Burt was elected to the State Senate for Georgia’s 25th District in 2012. Over his time in office, Burt has been instrumental in the district’s economic development by attracting new businesses and creating thousands of jobs and opportunities for Middle Georgia. Importantly, Burt led the fight to restore confidence and accountability to our elections process after the disastrous 2020 cycle. In fact, Burt played an integral role in the passage of the Election Integrity Act (S.B. 202) and has been recognized nationally as a leader for election integrity, including by President Donald J. Trump. He was also asked by the Trump Administration to join the Foreign and Domestic Trade Council.

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SENATOR KAY KIRKPATRICK

Georgia State Senator

Time: Friday, October 18, 10:35am - 11:30am

Topic: Georgia Lawmakers - Round Table Discussion on Companion Animals

Senator Kay Kirkpatrick, MD, a Republican, represents the 32nd District, which includes East Cobb and Sandy Springs. She serves as Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and as a member of the Senate Health and Human Services, Insurance and Labor, and Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committees. 

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Dekalb County Commissioner, District 2

Time: Friday, October 18, 10:35am - 11:30am

Topic: Georgia Lawmakers - Round Table Discussion on Companion Animals

Michelle dedicated her life to help others dream big, exceed potential, and acquire the resources required to be successful and prosperous — while remaining grounded in humble beginnings. Michelle graduated from the University of Houston with focuses in sociology and communications. She later earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Georgia State University. During the pandemic, she completed a Certificate in Business Management, Ethics, and Finance from Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

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MICHELLE LONG SPEARS

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Georgia Capitol Solutions, Inc.

Time: Friday, October 18, 10:35am - 11:30am

Topic: Georgia Lawmakers - Round Table Discussion on Companion Animals

Andy Lord is the principal partner of Georgia Capitol Solutions (GCS), a lobbying, public relations and grassroots development firm. GCS was established in 2006 and has represented over 40 non-profit entities in the state of Georgia.

 

Andy has worked as a lobbyist for the United States Humane Society, ASPCA and is now with the Georgia Pet Coalition. Specifically, he has worked to advance the animal protection agenda on issues such as cost of animal care, while also stopping legislation detrimental to the cause, such as the advancement of Petland.

ANDY LORD

12:45pam - 1:25pm
Track 1 - Law Enforcement & Services:

Criminal Case File Analysis: Avoiding Mistakes and Obtaining Best Outcomes

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STEPHANIE EDDINS

Lead Animal Cruelty Investigator, Escambia County, FL

Time: Friday, October 18, 12:45pm-1:25 pm

Topic: Investigation Pitfalls: Common Mistakes That Kill A Cruelty Investigation

Stephanie Eddins received her degree in criminal justice from Pensacola State College in Pensacola, Florida. She brings over 30 years of animal experience to the animal law enforcement profession, including growing up caring for more than 30 species of Class I and Class II exotic animals, serving as a licensed veterinary technician in an emergency veterinary hospital, and spending the last 13 years as the lead animal cruelty investigator for the Escambia County Department of Animal Welfare.

 

Stephanie is a state-registered expert witness for animal cruelty in the State of Florida and has served on several multi-agency task forces including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Alcohol, and Tobacco, and Firearms, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. She also serves as a curriculum development advisor to the American Animal Cruelty Investigations School.

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ERIC THOMPSON

Executive Director Animal Incident Management; Senior Director ASAR Training and Response; President - NASAAEP; FEMA NAC PAW Act Subcommittee Member

Time: Friday, October 18, 12:45pm-1:25am

Topic: Animal Disaster Coordination: "Bringing It All Together When You Need It"

Disaster preparedness workshop facilitator. Table top and functional exercise design and implementation. Small and large animal technical rescue instructor. Disaster response management and operational deployment capabilities. Incident management and assessment support.

12:45pm - 1:25pm
Track 2 - Track 2 Emergency Management/Disaster Preparedness: 

Animal Disaster Coordination: "Bringing It All Together When You Need It"

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1:30pm - 2:45pm
Track 1 - Law Enforcement & Services:

The Future of Animal Protection in Georgia Round Table

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WALTER HATTRICH

City Marshall, City of Tybee Island Police Department

Time: Friday, October 18, 1:30pm-2:45am

Topic: The Future of Animal Protection in Georgia Round Table 

BIO TO COME

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NINA SCHULZE

Adoption Manager, Humane Society of Greater Savannah

Time: Friday, October 18, 1:30pm-2:45am

Topic: The Future of Animal Protection in Georgia Round Table 

Nina Schulze works as a Adoptions Manager at Humane Society of Houston County, which is a Non-Profit & Charitable Organizations company with an estimated 21 employees; and founded in 1994., their management level is Manager. Nina is currently based in United States. 

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12:45pm - 1:25pm
Track 2 - Track 2 Emergency Management/Disaster Preparedness: 

Animal Disaster Coordination: "Bringing It All Together When You Need It"

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GDA, Director of Emergency Management

Time: Friday, October 18, 1:30pm-2:45pm 

Topic: Animal Disaster Coordination: "Bringing It All Together When You Need It"

Venessa supports emergency management and homeland security duties for the food and agriculture sector in Georgia.  She served as Unified Commander for the 2020 Final Four and Super Bowl LIII Food Defense Branch and as a representative of the Super Bowl LIII Logistics Committee.  Venessa serves on the FDA FSMA Intentional Adulteration Workgroup as a state representative, serves as the Georgia representative for the Southern Animal and Agriculture Disaster Response Alliance (SAADRA), and serves as the Board President for the National Alliance of State Animal and Agriculture Emergency Programs (NASAAEP).

VENESSA SIMS

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MIKE PERKINS

Director, Cruelty Investigation Division, Atlanta Humane Society

Time: Friday, October 18, 1:30pm-2:45pm 

Topic: Animal Disaster Coordination: "Bringing It All Together When You Need It"

Mike is a former police officer, canine handler, and trainer, who retired from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department after a 23-year career. Mike is also a Master Trainer for the North American Police Work Dog Association, where he regularly trains and certifies K9 teams from across the United States. He was the past director for the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force supervising animal investigations, rescues, and disaster response. He has 20 years of animal welfare, rescue, investigation, and disaster response experience.

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3:30pm - 4:30pm
Track 1 - Law Enforcement & Services:

Pet Safety, Emergency Treatment for Your Pets, Pet CPR

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DENISE FLECK

The Pet Crusader, Sunny Dog Ink

Time: Friday, October 18, 3:30pm-4:30am

Topic: Pet Safety, Emergency Treatment for Your Pets, Pet CPR

DENISE FLECK is an award-winning author & radio show host and animal care instructor.  In 2018 she was named “Woman of Influence” by Pet Age, won the “Amy Shojai Mentor Award” from the Cat Writers Association, received the“Sleepypod Traveler Award” for her book on disaster preparedness and in late 2017. She is honored and delighted to be Board President (since July 1, 2018) of The Grey Muzzle Organization as her soft spot lies with caring for senior dogs.  In 2016, Fleck created the Pet Safety Crusader™ to encourage super heroes of all ages to “Be the one who makes the difference in the life of an animal!” Denise also created the curriculum for and for 6 years taught a 20-week course in Animal Care through the Burbank Unified School District for high school juniors and seniors at the Burbank Animal Shelter. “As the proud instructor, I hope one of my students will cure a debilitating debilitating canine disease or end animal homelessness, but if each student adopts a shelter pet (particularly a Senior), shares with friends the need for spay/neuter or never harms or judges a dog by his breed alone, I’ll still wag my tail,” she smiles.

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3:30pm - 4:30pm
Track 2 - Track 2 Emergency Management/Disaster Preparedness: 

Zoonotic Diseases & Best Practices During Disasters

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JILL JOHNS

Georgia Southern University, IHLA

Time: Friday, October 18, 3:30pm-4:30am

Topic: Zoonotic Diseases & Best Practices During Disasters

Jill is a dynamic creative force, excels in diverse industries focusing on wellness, performance, and strategic initiatives. Jill focuses on Total Worker Health: implementing evidence-based interventions to develop a healthy workforce. As the IHLA Project Manager, Jill manages federal OSHA grants, ensuring Georgia businesses are prepared for future disease outbreaks. 

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PLEASE NOTE: TRACK 3 HAS A DIFFERENT TIME SCHEDULE
Track 3 - Public Safety Animals (K9s, Search/Rescue Dogs, Etc.) 
8:30am - 9:30am  

"Figo's Law" - Georgia's New Public Safety Animal Statute
and The Importance of Veterinary Forensics

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Senior Assistant District Attorney, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit
Time: Friday, October 18, 8:30am - 9:30am 

Topic: "Figo's Law" - Georgia's New Public Safety Animal Statute and the Importance of Veterinary Forensics

From 2013 – 2016, Ms. Schwartz served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, and in early 2017, was appointed as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, where she currently serves as a member of the Drug Prosecutions Division.  In addition to her work in drug prosecutions, Ms. Schwartz also specializes in the prosecution of animal cruelty cases.  She was one of a core group of Georgia lawyers whose efforts contributed to both the passage of the Animal Protection Act of 2000, which provided for felony punishment for certain acts of animal cruelty, and HB 863, which revised Georgia’s Cruelty to Animal’s Statute in 2014.  In 2011, she received a Prosecutor Recognition Award from the Humane Society of the United States for her work on the trial of a defendant who was convicted of violently beating a dog to death with a garden hoe, in addition to other crimes.

KIMBERLY S. SCHWARTZ

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University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
Time: Friday, October 18, 8:30am - 9:30am 

Topic: "Figo's Law" - Georgia's New Public Safety Animal Statute and the Importance of Veterinary Forensics

Doris M. Miller, DVM, PhD , DACVP  is a Professor of Veterinary Pathology and Associate Director of State Government Relations for the Athens and Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine,  Athens, Georgia. Dr. Miller received her DVM and PhD degrees from the University of Georgia. She has been a board- certified veterinary pathologist at the University since 1981. She served as Director of the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory from 1989 to 2007.  

 

At UGA she  has taught various courses to undergraduate , veterinary, and graduate students. She began the Human/Animal Bond program at the University of Georgia in 1984, at a time when the idea was just beginning to gather an interest in the veterinary community.  Miller’s interests include forensic pathology and reproductive pathology.  Several years ago Dr. Miller helped initiate and teaches an elective Veterinary Forensic Pathology course to sophomore veterinary students – only the second such course offered in the United States at the time. She also now teaches an undergraduate Freshmen Odyssey course – Forensic CSI. She has worked closely with local and state crime scene investigators, veterinarians, law enforcement agents, attorneys and animal cruelty investigators. Dr. Miller is a liaison between the College and other organizations such as the Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Veterinary  Medical Association and the CVM Alumni Association.  She works  closely with veterinarians and their legislators to improve communications and their relationship with the College and Diagnostic Laboratories  to benefit their human and animal clients.  She is a Founding Fellow of Veterinary Forensic Pathology.

DR. DORIS MILLER, DVM

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9:30pm - 11:30pm
Track 3 - Public Safety Animals (K9s, Search/Rescue Dogs, Etc.) 

Social Media and Your K9 - PR and Pitfalls, National Thought Leader & Expert Use of Force

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LANCE LORUSSO

Attorney at Law, The LoRusso Law Firm, PC

Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-11:30am

Topic: Social Media and Your Public Safety Animal - PR and Pitfalls, National Thought Leader & Expert Use of Force

As a civil litigator with a law enforcement background, Lance focuses his practice on critical incident & media response for public safety, catastrophic personal injury, tractor trailer wrecks, and wrongful death cases. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, Tennessee, & Arkansas.

"I’m proud to represent first responders and their families because, as a former police officer, I come from your roots. I understand the risks you face to your safety, your career, and sometimes your freedom by simply fulfilling your sworn duties."

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OFFICER ED REEVES

Powder Springs Police Department

Time: Friday, October 18, 9:30am-11:30am

Topic: Social Media and Your Public Safety Animal - PR and Pitfalls, National Thought Leader & Expert Use of Force

My name is Edward Reeves and I'm currently a canine handler for my agency with over three years of canine experience. I have been in law enforcement since 2014 and currently serve on the board of directors for the Georgia Police K9 Foundation. I am a field training officer with my agency and have SWAT experience. I enjoy weight lifting and fundraising for k9s in need in my spare time.

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Track 3 - Public Safety Animals (K9s, Search/Rescue Dogs, Etc.) 

Public Safety Animal Emergency Medicine

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Blackshear Veterinary Hospital and Urgent Care
Time: Friday, October 18, 12:30pm - 1:30pm 

Topic: Public Safety Animal Emergency Medicine

 Dr. Mccall has been working at Blackshear Veterinary Hospital and Urgent Care Clinic since 2013.

In her spare time she loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her pets and family.

DR. HALEY McCALL, DVM

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1:30pm - 2:30pm
Track 3 - Public Safety Animals (K9s, Search/Rescue Dogs, Etc.) 

Search and Seizure Overview, Case Law Update

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Senior Assistant District Attorney, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit
Time: Friday, October 18, 1:30pm - 2:30pm 

Topic: Search and Seizure Overview, Case Law Update

From 2013 – 2016, Ms. Schwartz served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, and in early 2017, was appointed as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, where she currently serves as a member of the Drug Prosecutions Division.  In addition to her work in drug prosecutions, Ms. Schwartz also specializes in the prosecution of animal cruelty cases.  She was one of a core group of Georgia lawyers whose efforts contributed to both the passage of the Animal Protection Act of 2000, which provided for felony punishment for certain acts of animal cruelty, and HB 863, which revised Georgia’s Cruelty to Animal’s Statute in 2014.  In 2011, she received a Prosecutor Recognition Award from the Humane Society of the United States for her work on the trial of a defendant who was convicted of violently beating a dog to death with a garden hoe, in addition to other crimes.

KIMBERLY S. SCHWARTZ

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Track 3 - Public Safety Animals (K9s, Search/Rescue Dogs, Etc.) 

Courtroom Presentation

3:30pm - 4:30pm

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Senior Assistant District Attorney, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit
Time: Friday, October 18, 2:30pm - 3:30pm 

Topic: Courtroom Presentation

From 2013 – 2016, Ms. Schwartz served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, and in early 2017, was appointed as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, where she currently serves as a member of the Drug Prosecutions Division.  In addition to her work in drug prosecutions, Ms. Schwartz also specializes in the prosecution of animal cruelty cases.  She was one of a core group of Georgia lawyers whose efforts contributed to both the passage of the Animal Protection Act of 2000, which provided for felony punishment for certain acts of animal cruelty, and HB 863, which revised Georgia’s Cruelty to Animal’s Statute in 2014.  In 2011, she received a Prosecutor Recognition Award from the Humane Society of the United States for her work on the trial of a defendant who was convicted of violently beating a dog to death with a garden hoe, in addition to other crimes.

KIMBERLY S. SCHWARTZ

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Track 3 - Public Safety Animals (K9s, Search/Rescue Dogs, Etc.) 

Courtroom Presentation

CHIEF WAYNE FISHER

City of Warner Robbins Police Department
Time: Friday, October 18, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Topic: Motion to Supress Mock Hearing

William D. Goren is one of the country’s foremost authorities on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

 

For 28 years and continuing, he has been advising on ADA compliance as both an attorney and professor—of which during his time as a full-time academic at various institutions in Chicago, he won numerous teaching awards and achieved tenure.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2024

SPONSORED BY FIX GEORGIA PETS
Animal Shelters/Rescues/Fosters/Spay/Neuter
8:00am - 9:10am

Topic To Be Announced

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DOUG EDDINS

Founder and Executive Director, American Cruelty Investigations School

Time: Saturday, October 19, 8:00am-9:00am 

Topic: TBA

Doug Eddins earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Louisville College of Business in Louisville, KY.  He brings law enforcement experience and application of constitutional law during criminal investigations to AACIS.  

 

He is an instructor at Gulf Coast State College and teaches the state-mandated animal control officer certification classes for the Florida Animal Control Association.   Additionally, he serves as a court-appointed cruelty investigator and assists other law enforcement and animal control agencies across the country with cruelty investigations

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Animal Shelters/Rescues/Fosters/Spay/Neuter
9:40am - 11:20am

Round Table Resources: Resources in Georgia for Animal Shelters, Rescues/Fosters, Animal Emergencies, Disease Outbreak, Multi-Animal Impounds, Transport, Spay/Neuter Services and Renewing Your Ordinance

TRICIA HOLDER

Executive Director, Fix Georgia Pets
Time: Saturday, October 19, 9:40am - 11:20am

Topic: Round Table Resources: Resources in Georgia for Animal Shelters, Rescues/Fosters, Animal Emergencies, Disease Outbreak, Multi-Animal Impounds, Transport, Spay/Neuter Services and Renewing Your Ordinance

With 23+ years business development, marketing, and human resource experience across various companies, Tricia is now harnessing her executive leadership to expand the reach of Fix Georgia Pets’ spay/neuter grants throughout Georgia to help end pet over-population and the senseless euthanasia of companion animals.

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CLAUDINE WILKINS 

Attorney, Animal Law Expert, Founder - The Animal Protection Society, Animal Law Source and APAW Academy

Time: Saturday, October 19, 9:40am - 11:20am

Topic: Round Table Resources: Resources in Georgia for Animal Shelters, Rescues/Fosters, Animal Emergencies, Disease Outbreak, Multi-Animal Impounds, Transport, Spay/Neuter Services and Renewing Your Ordinance

 

Claudine Wilkins is an attorney, animal law expert, founder of Animal Law Source, past chair GA Bar Animal Law Section, co-founder GA Pet Fd. She started her career as a prosecutor in 1997 and gained national attention in one of the largest verdicts in the nation in a landmark liquor liability case involving 3 fatalities. Since 1996, she has assisted in hundreds of animal abuse cases. In 1998, she created the Animal Protection conference.

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Animal Shelters/Rescues/Fosters/Spay/Neuter
12:50am - 2:30am

Best Practices For Maximizing Lifesaving in Animal Sheltering

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CARRIE DUCOTE

Principal Consultant, Shelter Savvy

Virtual Course: to be available Monday, October 23rd, 2023

Topic: Best Practices for Maximum Lifesaving in Animal Sheltering: A look at the

          current nationally recognized proven strategies to decrease unnecessary

          intake & length of stay, and maximize positive outcomes & your relationship

          with the community. 

Carrie Ducote started volunteering at her local animal shelter in 2007 and got hooked on the industry. She spent four years working as the adoption manager at Atlanta Humane Society and one year as the operations manager at Georgia SPCA. In 2015, she joined Best Friends Animal Society where she spent 8 years in a variety of roles, primarily at the executive level consulting with shelter leadership nationally to decrease euthanasia. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology, master's degree in anthrozoology and institutional certificates in animal services executive leadership and cat lifesaving.

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Animal Shelters/Rescues/Fosters/Spay/Neuter
2:50am - 3:50am

Animal Sheltering in 3-D, A Veterinarian's Perspective on 30 Years

DR. GLORIA DORSEY, DVM, MPH

Vice President of Medical Services, Atlanta Humane Society

Time: Saturday, October 19, 9:40am - 11:20am

Topic: Animal Shelters in 3-D, A Veterinarian's Perspective on 30 Years

Dr. Gloria Dorsey received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in Alabama and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Public Health - Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  As of April 2024, Dr. Dorsey has retired from her staff position at the Atlanta Humane Society since 1996.  She is particularly proud of her history with Atlanta Humane because she found her desire to become a veterinarian while volunteering at the shelter.  “My heart is forever entwined with the mission of the Atlanta Humane Society.”

Dr. Dorsey’s contributions to veterinary medicine and animal welfare include shelter medicine, community practice, animal care and control, and legislative advocacy for dogs and cats in Georgia.  She served two terms on the Animal Control Hearing Board of Fulton County.

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Animal Shelters/Rescues/Fosters/Spay/Neuter
3:55am - 4:50am

Confronting Pet Overpopulation & Shelter Overcrowdding, with an Emphasis on Backyard Breeding

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PROFESSOR LISA MILOT

Associate Professor of Law & Practicum in Animal Welfare Skills Director

Time:  Saturday, October 19, 3:55pm - 4:50pm

Topic: Best Practices for Maximum Lifesaving in Animal Sheltering: A look at the

          current nationally recognized proven strategies to decrease unnecessary

          intake & length of stay, and maximize positive outcomes & your relationship

          with the community. 

Milot's teaching is informed by her past experience as a tax and estate planning partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chtd, and as a business and licensing associate at Cooley LLP. As a result, in addition to teaching more doctrinal subjects, in the classroom Milot emphasizes the skills and training necessary for young lawyers to succeed in practice. She was named the 2009 UGA Professor of the Year by the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.

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VIRTUAL COURSES  & RECORDED COURSES WILL BE 

AVAILABLE ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2024

and will be available to view until Feb. 1, 2025

Veterans Against Animal Abuse

Course Description to come

Presenter:  Robert Colquitt,

 

Rescuing: The Daunting Task   

Course Description to come

Presenter:    Jan Jones, Butts Mutts

Compassion Fatigue  

Course Description to come 

Presenter:  Marty Pruitt

Case Study of Dog Bite Related Fatalities  

Based on reviewing of over 500 fatalities by dog bite, this is an up today findings on common causes, victim profiles and contributing factors.

Presenter:  James Crosby, M.S., CBCC-KA 

Temporary Veterinarian License Bill  

Course Description to come

Presenter:  Senator Kay Kirkpatrick

 

Dog Bite Victims: What They Should Know

Course Description to come

Presenter:  Claudine Wilkins, Animal Law Expert, Founder of Animal Law Source

Criminal Dog Bite Cases

Course Description to come

Presenter:  Claudine Wilkins, Animal Law Expert, Founder of Animal Law Source

Civil Dog Bite Cases

Course Description to come

Presenter:  Claudine Wilkins, Animal Law Expert, Founder of Animal Law Source

Making Georgia a Model State for Animal Protection

Course Description to come

Presenter:  Claudine Wilkins, Animal Law Expert, Founder of Animal Law Source

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