Executive Committee

2017–2019 Officers

Christina Clarkson, President

Christina (Tina) ClarksonTina received a D.V.M. from the University of Minnesota (1978) and Ph.D. in Anatomy from Texas A&M University (1985). After fifteen years in small animal private practice she returned to the University of Minnesota (1999), and is now associate professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Her research interests have ranged from the derivation and characterization of adult stem cell to now a primary focus on teaching and learning. She has a major role as course coordinator and/or instructor in several subject areas within the veterinary curriculum [gross anatomy (small and large animal), microscopic anatomy, communication and interprofessional education] and also within the undergraduate curriculum (comparative anatomy). Her passion lies within the realm of functional morphology. Tina’s current favorite pastime is playing with grandchildren :-)!


Ray Wilhite, President-Elect

Ray Wilhite - President Elect
Ray earned a BS in Geology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995, a Master’s degree in Geology (vertebrate paleontology) from Brigham Young University in 1999, and his PhD in Geology (vertebrate paleontology) from Louisiana State University in 2003.  His dissertation was titled “Biomechanical Reconstruction of the Appendicular Skeleton in Three North America Upper Jurassic Dinosaurs.”  While dissecting alligator limbs for part of my PhD, Ray met Dr. Dan Hillmann, the head of anatomy at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.   Ray found that he loved working in the anatomy lab and was hired as an instructor in gross anatomy and histology in June, 2003.  In January 2008 he accepted a position as the Anatomy Laboratory Coordinator for the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine.  He currently teaches in both small and large animal anatomy, and notes that, “The best part of my job is that I get to dissect almost every day.   I have also recently begun an exotics elective focusing on birds, reptiles and fish.  Throughout the course of my career I have given class lectures in historical geology, sauropod dinosaur anatomy and paleobiology, bone and cartilage histology, histology of the equine hoof,  equine thoracic and pelvic limb anatomy, equine and bovine reproductive anatomy, canine thoracic and pelvic limb anatomy, cetacean evolution and natural history, crocodilian anatomy, bird anatomy, fish anatomy and reptile anatomy.  My research interests include limb biomechanics in crocodilians and sauropod dinosaurs as well the nature of articular cartilage.   I am also very interested in producing high quality teaching images both from photos and 3D models.   My main hobbies are fishing, scale modeling, and chasing reptiles and amphibians wherever I can find them!”


Michelle Pine, Membership Secretary – Treasurer

Michelle Pine, Membership Secretary - TreasurerMichelle is a clinical assistant professor in the department of veterinary integrative biosciences at Texas A&M University, and a member of AAVA since 2008. Her research interests encompass neurodevelopment/neurotoxicology and nanotoxicology. She studies the effects of in utero exposure to pyrethroid pesticides on the cerebellum. She enjoys teaching gross anatomy in the undergraduate biomedical science program, and she is currently developing a marine animal anatomy elective for the third year veterinary students. Her hobbies include refinishing antique furniture and square dancing.

Steve Lampa, Corresponding Secretary

Steve Lampa, Corresponding SecretarySteve is a clinical assistant professor at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine; he is an instructor of small and large animal anatomy. He delivers lectures on basic embryology, teratogenesis, and organogenesis to first year veterinary students and has been teaching veterinary anatomy for seven years. Steve is also the Director of the Robert P. Worthman Anatomy Museum. Other teaching duties include instruction of undergraduate neuroanatomy students as well as helping to teach and coordinate neuroanatomy instruction to first year medical students. Steve received his PhD in Neuroscience from Washington State University in 2004; his dissertation described the neuromuscular topography in murine muscles using electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, and confocal microscopy. After completion of his degree he worked for two years in a post-doctoral research position looking at the peripheral neural controls associated with feeding in the rat, using immunocytochemistry, neuropharmacology, and behavioral assessments. At present he is not actively involved in any basic science research. His current interests include all aspects of anatomy teaching pedagogy. Steve is also actively involved in the preparation of the prosections that are used for teaching. Prior to teaching veterinary anatomy Steve spent 10+ years teaching first year medical students human anatomy, preparing human cadavers for teaching and managing a human anatomy lab at Washington State University. Steve is currently a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. He has been an AAVA member since 2009. Steve’s hobbies include golf and watching intercollegiate sports.

AAVA Past Presidents at Auburn meeting in 2017

Recent Presidents of AAVA at the July 2017 meeting, Auburn University.

Past Officers

Year President President-Elect Corresponding Secretary Membership Secretary/ Treasurer
2015-2017 Ray Wilhite Christina Clarkson Steve Lampa Michelle Pine
2013-2015 Leslie Sprunger Ray Wilhite Steve Lampa Michelle Pine
2011-2013 Terri Clark Leslie Sprunger Steve Lampa Michelle Pine
2008–2011 David Sims Terri Clark Balaji Ramanathan Leslie Sprunger
2007–2008 Baljit Singh David Sims Balaji Ramanathan Leslie Sprunger
2006–2007 Baljit Singh David Sims Thomas Caceci Dennis Duffield
2004–2006 Louise Abbott Baljit Singh Thomas Caceci Dennis Duffield
2002–2004 Nong Inpanbutr Louise Abbott Thomas Caceci Dennis Duffield
2000–2002 Larry Freeman Nong Inpanbutr M. Littlefield-Chabaud Dennis Duffield
1998–2000 Carlton Lamar Larry Freeman M. Littlefield-Chabaud Dennis Duffield
1996–1998 Daniel Hillmann Carlton Lamar Louise Abbott Dennis Duffield
1994–1996 Teresa Rowles Daniel Hillmann Louise Abbott Larry Freeman
1993–1994 Robert Henry Teresa Rowles Louise Abbott Larry Freeman
1992–1993 Gerald Bratton Robert Henry Teresa Rowles Walter Cash
1991–1992 Thomas Caceci Gerald Bratton Teresa Rowles Walter Cash
1990–1991 John Munnell Thomas Caceci Teresa Rowles Jo Ann Eurell
1989–1990 Harold Engel John Munnell Thomas Caceci Jo Ann Eurell
1988–1989 James Smallwood Harold Engel Thomas Caceci W. Haensly
1987–1988 Paul Rumph James Smallwood Harold Engel W. Haensly
1986–1987 William Banks Paul Rumph Harold Engel W. Haensly
1985–1986 Carleton Lohse William Banks James Smallwood Raul Rumph
1984–1985 Norman Wilsman Carleton Lohse James Smallwood Paul Rumph
1983–1984 Wes Anderson Norman Wilsman Carleton Lohse Paul Rumph
Year President President-Elect Secretary/ Treasurer
1982–1983 Edward Hinsman Wes Anderson David Van Sickle
1981–1982 Wolfgang Sack Edward Hinsman David Van Sickle
1980–1981 Herman Meyer Wolfgang Sack Charles Diesem
1979–1980 H.D. Dellmann Herman Meyer Charles Diesem
1978–1979 Howard Evans H.D. Dellmann Herman Meyer
1977–1978 John Stump Howard Evans Herman Meyer
1976–1977 Clark Holloway John Stump Herman Meyer
1975–1976 Robert Worthman Clark Holloway William Banks
1974–1975 Raymond Sis Robert Worthman William Banks
1973–1974 Thomas Fletcher Robert Worthman
1972–1973 Glenwood Epling Raymond Sis
1971–1972 James Lovell Thomas Fletcher
1970–1971 J.T. Bell Glenwood Epling
1969–1970 R.C. Williams James Lovell
1968–1969 W.S. Tyler J.T. Bell
1967–1968 Robert McClure R.C. Williams
1966–1967 M. Stromberg W.S. Tyler
1965–1966 J. Ballantyne Robert McClure
1964–1965 Robert Habel M. Stromberg
1963–1964 Alvin Weber J. Ballantyne
1962–1963 G. Christensen Robert Habel
1961–1962 Robert Getty Alvin Weber
Year President Secretary/ Treasurer
1960–1961 T. Fitzgerald G. Christensen
1959–1960 C. Westerfield Robert Getty
1958–1959 D.G. Lee T. Fitzgerald
1957–1958 M.L. Calhoun D. Westerfield
1956–1957 Duane Peterson M.L. Calhoun
1955–1956 J. McCurdy A. Price
1954–1955 Ralph Kitchell Duane Peterson
1953–1954 R. Davis J. McCurdy
1952–1953 L. St.Clair D.G. Lee
1951–1952 V.R. Brown Ralph Kitchell
1950–1951 Malcolm E. Miller Ralph Kitchell
1949–1950 James Grossman C. Titkemeyer
1948–1949 Malcolm E. Miller J. Smithcors