AVMA LIFE Trustees

Our board is made up of your colleagues. As veterinarians, these individuals volunteer their time to make this program specific to your needs. Coming from a variety of practice settings as well as academia, the board of trustees makes every decision with you in mind.

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Carolynn MacAllister

Carolynn MacAllister, DVM, works closely with practicing veterinarians, clinicians, house officers, students, and producers as the Emeritus Associate Professor for the Oklahoma State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, she earned her veterinary medicine degree from Texas A&M University. Married to Dr. Charles MacAllister, Carolynn volunteers at church and the Payne County Child Advocacy Center. She is actively involved in child abuse prevention and education at the local and state level.

Her hobbies include reading, gardening, camping, and exercising. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and two grandsons.

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Blair Hollowell

Dr. Hollowell has practiced small animal veterinary medicine since graduating from Tuskegee University. She moved to Virginia to be near family, and this is where she met her husband, Todd.

They have eight-year-old twins, Carli and Mason, and a three-year-old daughter, Caroline. Dr. Hollowell enjoys spending as much time as possible with them. She owns two small animal practices and a canine rehabilitation practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Dr. Hollowell has served on the board of her local SPCA, and as veterinary advisor to her local animal control. She has been an AVMA LIFE Trustee for the past 10 years, and she regularly volunteers in other service positions. In her free time, she enjoys teaching Sunday School, riding horses, running, sewing, and reading.

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Paula Rode

Dr. Paula Rode is a small animal practitioner and owner of a two-doctor practice in Chelsea, Michigan. She received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

She has enjoyed small animal practice as well as organized veterinary medicine as a board member and former president of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. She also helped launch Science, Animals, Medicine, and You, an outreach operation in Michigan.

This program exposes a diverse population of youngsters to veterinary medicine.

In addition to her work with AVMA LIFE, she is the chair of her local hospital board of trustees. Dr. Rode is married to Christopher and has a young adult daughter, Anna. They enjoy challenging themselves with CrossFit, stand-up paddling, and travel. To keep things interesting, Dr. Rode and her husband have a mobile SUP business and are partners in a local CrossFit gym.

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Jay C. Brekke

Jay C. Brekke, DVM, practices veterinary medicine at Brekke Veterinary Clinic in Castle Rock, Colorado. His practice is predominately small animal, although Dr. Brekke practiced previously at a mixed animal clinic in southern Colorado.

A native of Colorado, Dr. Brekke earned his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 2013. Dr. Brekke dedicates time to serving three Colorado Animal Rescues with low-cost spay and neutering and veterinary care. Dr. Brekke serves on the board of Nature's Educators, a non-profit wildlife rescue organization.

He is married to Gina and has a son named Bauer. When he is not practicing, Dr. Brekke enjoys hunting, fishing, rafting, traveling, and spending time with his family.

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David E. Granstrom

Dr. Granstrom has been director of the AVMA Education and Research Division since 2008, and he served as assistant director of the division from 1997 to 2001. He received DVM and Ph.D. degrees from Kansas State University in 1978 and 1988, respectively, and he is a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (parasitology).

As director of the Education and Research Division, Dr. Granstrom has provided professional staff support to the Council on Education, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the official accrediting body for colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States and Canada. The council also accredits veterinary colleges in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Granstrom was associate director of the USDA’s Animal and Natural Resources Institute, Agricultural Research Service, and Dr. Granstrom was an assistant and associate professor of veterinary parasitology in the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky from 1988 to 1997.

He is recognized as an international authority on equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) and has given numerous invited presentations at national and international meetings. His research resulted in development of the first effective diagnostic test, identification of the method of disease transmission, development of the first FDA-approved treatment, and the development of effective guidelines for the prevention and control of EPM. Two patents, a successful university start-up company, and more than 75 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books have resulted from his work.

Dr. Granstrom also served 21 years as a public health officer with the Air National Guard in Kansas and Kentucky, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2005.

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Joe Howell

Dr. Joe Howell served as President of the American Veterinary Medical Association from 2002 to 2003. He is a companion animal practitioner and former owner of the Britton Road Veterinary Clinic in Oklahoma City. Over the past three decades, he owned and operated multiple veterinary hospitals and three non-veterinary businesses, and he has been on faculty at OSU Veterinary School as Interim Director of Continuing Education.

Dr. Howell consulted as Professional Relations Liaison at Hill’s Pet Nutrition for five years, and he consulted for a large group of veterinary hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Howell served as president, vice president, and secretary of the Oklahoma County Veterinary Medical Association. He has served on the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Executive Board and received the OVMA President’s Award in 1990. In addition, Dr. Howell has served on the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, including three years as its president. He also served as the alternate delegate in the AVMA House of Delegates representing Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.

Dr. Howell also chaired the AVMA President’s Roundtable in Washington, DC, interacting with government and military veterinarians and the deans of US veterinary colleges. He has been a member of the WVC Board of Directors since 2011. He currently participates as an Examiner for the Clinical Proficiency Exam.

Active in community and civic affairs, Dr. Howell belongs to many organizations, including the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as a trustee and past president, Leadership Oklahoma City, and Leadership Oklahoma. He also serves as a trustee and vice president of the Kirkpatrick Foundation. Dr. Howell has received the Oklahoma City Art Museum’s Outstanding Trustee Award and its Development Award. He was honored with Leadership Oklahoma City’s Paragon Award for Leadership Skills and the Paragon Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Howell is the proud father of two children, Sumrall Jane and Martin Joseph.

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Dwight D. King

Dwight D. King, DVM, practices veterinary medicine at K-MANA, LLC., a ranch management practice. He has been an AVMA LIFE Trustee since 2005. A native of Wharton, Texas, Dr. King earned his degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University in 1970.

He is married to Jamie and has two daughters and three grandchildren. When he is not practicing, Dr. King spends his time golfing, sailing, and enjoying life.

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Dr. David Koncal

Dr. Koncal graduated from The Ohio State University in 1971 and practiced companion animal medicine in the Cleveland/Akron area until he sold his practice and retired in 2015.

He served as president of the Ohio and Cleveland Veterinary Medical Associations, and served the AVMA as a member of the Public Relations/Communications Council.

Dr. Koncal served on the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. He previously was involved with insurance programs for the Cleveland and Ohio Veterinary Medical Associations. Dr. Koncal serves his community as a member of the Zoning Commission and as a member of the Rotary Club of Nordonia Hills.

Dr. Koncal has been married to Hope since 1977, and they have two sons, a grandson, and a granddaughter. They enjoy traveling, and they enjoyed skiing and scuba diving in their younger days.

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Martha O'Rourke

Martha O’Rourke, DVM, practices at Small Animal Veterinary Associates, a four-veterinarian small animal practice where she specializes in ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery.

An American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) certified Canine and Feline Diplomate, Dr. O’Rourke graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University. A native of Hoisington, Kansas, Dr. O’Rourke is a widow with two children and a granddaughter she enjoys spending time with.

When not practicing, she enjoys yard work, relaxing with a good book, traveling for bird and wildlife watching, and water-related activities including swimming and scuba diving.

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Renee Schmid

Dr. Renee Schmid is a consulting veterinarian and veterinary team supervisor for an international animal poison control center. She received her veterinary degree from Kansas State University in 2001.

Dr. Schmid became involved in organized veterinary medicine during her pre-veterinary curriculum and has continued that involvement ever since. She has enjoyed serving as an officer on local and state VMAs, as well as numerous local and university organizations.