Executive Committee

2019–2021 Officers

Steve Lampa, President

Steve LampaI have been involved in anatomy education since 1990. Initially, I was drawn to anatomy through a love of dissection and my passion in this area has allowed me to engage students in meaningful experiences by exploring the intricacies of the anatomy with a special focus on understanding the structure, function and the results of dysfunction to begin understanding anatomy from a clinical point of view. I began teaching 1st year veterinary anatomy in 2004 and I believe that my teaching philosophy has been ever evolving since then similar to what we expect from the learning of our students. I was appointed to a clinical assistant professor position in 2008 and I am currently the course director for VM 511 (small animal anatomy) and a co-instructor in VM 512 (large animal anatomy) at Washington State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine. As the director of the Robert P. Worthman Anatomy Museum I am also actively engaged in the preparation of the prosections used for teaching in the veterinary anatomy courses and help coordinate anatomy projects at Washington State University. I have also been a fellow of the Teaching Academy Consortium of Western Veterinary Schools (RTA) for the last 4 years and have been involved as the co-chairman of Faculty Development Initiative where I helped develop and direct the Veterinary Educator Teaching and Scholarship program which has conducted workshops to advance the pedagogy of teaching professional students.

I received my PhD in Neuroscience from Washington State University; my dissertation sought to explain the neuromuscular topography in post-natal murine muscles using electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, and confocal microscopy. After completion of my doctoral degree; I worked 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. My current interests now include all aspects of teaching pedagogy and advancing faculty development for junior faculty members; as well as thinking about other best practices to engage students in an active and thoughtful manner.

Outside my career I am an extremely avid golfer, love the Oregon coast, enjoy traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Cheryl Herman, Membership Secretary – Treasurer

Cheryl HermanCheryl is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. She received her DVM from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 1987. After graduation, she spent 14 years working as a veterinary practitioner in a variety of mixed and small animal private veterinary practices in Canada. She began her career in academia in 2002, when she began teaching large animal gross anatomy at Texas A&M University. In 2009, she moved to Kansas State University and spent 5 years teaching and developing a variety of veterinary anatomy courses. In 2014, she returned to Texas A&M, where she continues to teach in both large and small animal veterinary anatomy courses, and also in the undergraduate biomedical anatomy course. She is very passionate about teaching and thoroughly enjoys having extensive direct contact hours with the students in the anatomy laboratory. This is the perfect venue for small group teaching and provides an excellent opportunity for hands-on learning. It also affords the opportunity to integrate clinical applications into anatomy.

Apart from teaching, Cheryl’s scholarly activities and interests include comparative anatomy. She has written a book chapter on the anatomical differences between the donkey and the horse, and continues to explore these differences. She is also constantly striving to improve her teaching methods, and enjoys creating and implementing new classroom assessments and activities, with the goal of improved “deeper” learning in the classroom.

Cheryl’s hobbies include cycling, hiking, and running.

Robert L. Linford, Corresponding Secretary

Robert L. LinfordBob is a Professor of Surgery and Anatomy in the Department of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. Bob was raised in Montana and graduated from veterinary school at Colorado State University then completed a residency in equine surgery at UC Davis. He stayed for graduate training, completing a PhD in Comparative Pathology and a special residency in radiology before joining the faculty at Davis as an Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery. He continued doing equine surgery after moving to Mississippi State University as an associate and then full professor. During his PhD, Bob studied disorders of the equine foot and he has always had a special interest in anatomy. In addition to teaching Equine Surgery, he began helping teach Veterinary Anatomy at Mississippi State in 2007 and has continued teaching both large and small animal anatomy since then.

Bob is interested in equine anatomy, especially anatomy of the digit, but also enjoys teaching small animal anatomy. He is currently involved in a project studying biomechanical properties and strength of the dermal/epidermal lamellar interface in the equine hoof.

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
2017-2019 Tina Clarkson Steve Lampa Bob Linford Cheryl Herman
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