Dean's Leadership Council

Dean's Leadership Council

The Dean's Leadership Council is a unique forum for dialog and advice about the school, the veterinary profession and all animal species. The council advises the dean on initiatives designed to fulfill our teaching, research and service mission. Members demonstrate concern for animals and a commitment to progress in veterinary medicine. These informed advocates also serve as liaisons with other outside individuals and groups.

Thomas W. Campi, DVM, MPVM

Tom Campi Tom Campi received his DVM and MPVM degrees from UC Davis in 1989. He is also board certified by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Dr. Campi works for Elanco Animal Health and has held various positions for the past 25 years.

His career path includes roles in poultry technical consulting, regulatory affairs in the US and Western Europe, and technology acquisitions. In the acquisitions role, he was responsible for leading a team of scientists who evaluate medical breakthroughs for their use in preventing and treating important animal diseases.

Tom’s newest role is Director of External Innovation where he is responsible for creating new business models for bridging technology with funding in order to satisfy the growing need for novel medicines for both food and companion animals. Dr. Campi resides in Indiana with his wife of 27 years, his 3 children and a dog, a cat and a ferret (and yes, they are legal pets in Indiana!).

Gregg Cutler, DVM, MPVM

Gregg Cutler, DVM, MPVM

Gregg Cutler, DVM, MPVM was born in Los Angeles, California. His family has been involved in egg production for three generations.  He attended North Holly wood High School and graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 1965. Dr. Cutler received his DVM degree from the University of California, Davis in 1974.  After two years of general practice he was the first to complete the two year residency program in Avian Medicine at UC Davis.  He also completed a Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree at UC Davis. Dr. Cutler is board certified in Poultry by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Dr. Cutler founded Cutler Associates International in 1988.  The practice has now grown to four veterinarians, all specializing in poultry.  Cutler Associates International, where Dr. Cutler is President, has offices in North America and in Europe.

Dr. Cutler has been President of the American Association of Avian Pathologists as well as the Western Poultry Disease Conference.  He currently serves as a representative of the American Association of Avian Pathologists on the House of Delegates of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  He has represented AAAP as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association Legislative Advisory Committee and the Animal Welfare Committee.  Dr. Cutler has been a member of the General Conference committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

Gregg and his wife Jody live on their ranch in Moorpark, California. They have a son, Justin who is a computer engineer in the Washington, DC area.  Gregg and Jody drive Welsh Ponies and collect antique horse drawn carriages.  Gregg enjoys flying airplanes.

Ron Foster

Ron FosterRon Foster retired as CEO of Foster Farms in 2016. For more than 75 years, the Foster family has been providing premium Dairy and Poultry products to local consumers. Foster Farms remains a family-owned business managed in the tradition of sincerity and premium quality that Max and Verda Foster envisioned back in 1939.

Ron is a 1981 graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business. He currently serves on several agricultural, nonprofit, and business boards, and currently co-chairs the Dean's Leadership Council.

Barbara J. Kerr

Barbara J. KerrBarbara Kerr has spent her career building and developing Human Resources functions. Her experience spans four industries including retail, telecommunications, financial services and life sciences. For the last 20 years she was involved in biotechnology and life sciences, most recently as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Applera Corporation, a company supplying technology and information for life sciences and related businesses. Her areas of expertise include executive and board compensation, organizational design and re-structuring and acquisition integration.

Barbara is a lifelong animal lover. She supports a number of organizations committed to animal health, well being and preservation.

John Klacking, Ph.D.

John KlackingJohn Klacking is a Senior Vice President of Salomon Smith Barney, a member of the firm's Directors Council, Consulting Group and is a Registered Investment Advisor. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California - Davis, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Nevada, where he was an Allie M. Lee Fellow.

John was named one of Nevada's ten top financial consultants by Nevada Business Magazine. He manages several significant investment banking and asset management relationships with major corporate clients. On behalf of his clients, John has assisted in the management of complex multi-million dollar corporate finance transactions including public stock offerings and debt placement.

He is also the founder and chairman of NEL Laboratories. NEL Laboratories is an environmental analytical laboratory specializing in the analysis of organic and inorganic compounds. Clients include major federal and municipal agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, as well as leading consulting engineering firms. NEL has facilities in Nevada, California, Arizona and Idaho.

Further, John is the Founder and Chairman of Concord Sierra Restaurants. Concord Sierra holds the area development rights for Round Table Pizza in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Albuquerque. In addition, John currently serves on the Board of Directors of several corporations.

Jon Klingborg, DVM

Jon Klingborg, DVM

Jon Klingborg, DVM has published more than 250 newspaper articles, has coauthored a chapter in Vet Clinics of North America, has appeared on radio and television discussing veterinary issues and in print media around the world, was the youngest president in the history of the California Veterinary Medical Association, has served on committees to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Board, and has spoken nationally and internationally on animal welfare issues. Dr. Klingborg is the author of Exam Room Communication for Veterinarians: The Science and Art of Conversing with Clients. (AHAA Press, 2011.)

Over the past 20 years, Klingborg has been a veterinary associate and an owner, practiced in rural and urban environments, worked in small two-doctor and multi- location group practices, and has been both a mixed-animal and small-animal–exclusive practitioner. In each setting, he has used the power of communication to quickly build a loyal client base and provide high-quality medicine.

Dr. Klingborg earned undergraduate degrees in rhetoric and zoology (1987) and his doctorate in veterinary medicine (1992) from the University of California at Davis. For more than a decade, he also served as guest faculty to his alma mater and shared with veterinary students how communication makes practice more rewarding for both the client and the veterinarian.


Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA

Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA

Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA is Vice President and Chief Veterinary Officer at Nationwide. In this role, she oversees the company’s veterinary research and relations.

Her prior roles have included positions at ALZA Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and Priority Veterinary Management Consultants, where she provided consulting services to veterinarians around the country.

Dr. McConnell was a practicing veterinarian at Wilmington Animal Hospital in Delaware. She holds a BS from Cornell University, an MBA from Purdue University and a DVM degree from University of California, Davis.

Marcia Messmer

Marcia MessmerA native of Kansas City, Marcia Messmer attended the Barstow School and received her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She has a background as a corporate legal assistant and has a long history of volunteerism in the arts and sciences, including the San Francisco Opera Guild, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists and the Junior League.

Marcia owns and operates the Guinea Pig Calendar Company, a small business through which she creates and sells guinea pig themed calendars and greeting cards. As a lifelong animal lover and former equestrian, Marcia has been a client and supporter of the CAPE Service for over 15 years. She raises guinea pigs and resides in Woodside, California with her husband, Max.

Jan Miller Rich

Jan MillerJan Miller Rich is the founder and CEO of Dupree/Miller & Associates, a premier literary agency representing blockbuster authors, innovators and brands across all genres. She has been called “a supernova in a galaxy of literary agents.” As founder and CEO of one of the top literary agencies in the country, Dupree/Miller & Associates, she has used her unwavering instincts to yield thousands of international bestsellers across all genres. Her success has made Dupree/Miller a driving force in the publishing industry—an agency that represents blockbuster authors, innovators, and brands across all genres.

She is an activist for education and human rights which she considers her greatest life work. She and her husband, Jeff Rich, have sponsored dozens of educational scholarships and financed a library in South Africa for The Wilson Foundation. For more than a decade, they have raised millions of dollars for Best Buddies International which is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Jan currently serves on the board of SMU Tate Lecture Series, The World Affairs Council, The Dr. Phil Foundation and The Shriver Report.

Charles J. Newman

Charles J. Newman

Charles J. Newman, originally from Minneapolis, MN, earned his Business-Education BA in 1969 from the University of Minnesota and has been involved in the investment banking business since 1980.  He joined Lincoln Loan and Finance Corporation, the business started by his parents (Max and Gertrude Newman), where he serves as CEO and Director.  He also serves as CEO and Director of National Acceptance Corporation.

Charles’ business acumen has also included venture capital, management consulting and real estate. In addition to his business interests, Charles is very involved in supporting philanthropic causes through the Max & Gertrude Newman- Charles & Phyllis Newman Foundation, and as a foundation Director of Adath Jeshurun Foundation.  Oncology is another key focus supported through Prometheus Life where he serves as President.  Prometheus Life’s priorities are to further treatments, collaboration and education in treatments for oncology and related diseases.

Charles’ wife Phyllis is also from Minneapolis.  She earned her BA from Arizona State University and taught in the Mesa AZ Independent Public Schools.  Avid feline lovers, the Newman’s reside in Scottsdale, AZ with their kitty Macgyver.


Alison P. Pillsbury, DVM

Dr. Alison Park PillsburyAlison Pillsbury graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, in 1988. Since graduating she has practiced within the private sector, recently selling her small animal practice, Foothill Veterinary Clinic, which she owned and operated for 13 years. She is currently practicing at Jackson Creek Veterinary Clinic.

During her veterinary career Dr. Pillsbury has been an animal welfare advocate, pursuing community based programs. She volunteers as an adjunct veterinarian for Tri County Wildlife Care and the Amador County Animal Control; is a board member of the Amador County Rabies Task Force, and is currently a director of the Amador County Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, Dr. Pillsbury was awarded the prestigious Golden Nugget Award, given yearly to local unsung heroes for their involvement in government and public service. She volunteered in Mississippi after Katrina and she speaks regularly in local schools at all levels to educate children in the animal welfare arena.

Dr. Pillsbury has established scholarships in her mother's name, such as the Frances Park Pillsbury Memorial Scholarship for the School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis.

Jerry Rosenthal

Jerry RosenthalJerry Rosenthal is Executive Director of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation in New York. He currently serves on the State Council for HSUS and the board of El Faro de los Animales (Puerto Rico) and is a past member of the board of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to becoming involved in the non-profit side of animal health and welfare, Jerry spent 25 years in the financial services industry holding a number of senior marketing, lending and administrative roles.

Jerry graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in History and holds a MBA from Columbia University. A native of the Bay Area, he currently resides with his family in Little Silver, New Jersey.

Lin Zucconi, M.S., Ph.D.

Lin ZucconiLin Zucconi is a retired software and systems engineer. Her most recent position was Program Leader for Software and Systems Engineering research at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Canberra Australia. Prior to this she was Director of the Software Technology Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She has been adjunct, visiting and regular faculty at universities in the USA, China and Australia. Lin was also a Distinguished Lecturer for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for both the North American and the Asia-Pacific regions. Lin has also served as a member of and chaired various technical committees and working groups for the IEEE, the US Dept. of Energy, and the Australian Computer Society (ACS). While in Australia she founded the Australian Software Process Improvement Network and chaired the 1997 Australian Software Engineering Conference.

Since retiring Lin has volunteered with the North Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls Club where she lead a STEM program for elementary school age children. She has also volunteered with the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and with the Society of Women Engineers student chapter at the University of Nevada in Reno. She currently volunteers with the Emergency Warming Shelter in Truckee which serves the homeless population and stranded motorists in Truckee/North Tahoe during extreme weather conditions. She is an advocate for feline health and medicine which she supports at UC Davis Veterinary Medicine and through various cat rescue organizations in California and nationally.

Lin holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from Rice University, an M.S. in Applied Science/Engineering from UC Davis and a Bachelor's degree with Honors in Mathematics from UC Berkeley.