WDA Standing Committees & Chairs

The following list contains brief information about the WDA Committees. If you are interested in any of the committees please contact the committee chair for more information. To find out how to get involved, click here English Francais Espanol.

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Chair: Dave Edmunds
Recognition of the achievements of our varied international members is a critical element of our association. The Awards Committees receives and advises Council on the nominations for the Wildlife Disease Association major service award, the Edward M. Addison Distinguished Service Award and the Wildlife Disease Association Emeritus Award. The committee also assists in the procurement of additional service acknowledgements as requested by the president.

Chair: Laurie Baeten
The purpose of the Budget and Audit Committee is to ensure fiscal responsibility and soundness of the Association. Careful stewardship of WDA financial resources are the bedrock of a healthy association. The Budget and Audit Committee plays a central role in ensuring that the financial health of the WDA remains robust for the near and long term. The Committee is chaired by the WDA treasurer and provides advice to the treasurer and Council on financial matters.

Chair: Thierry Work
The Information Committee compiles and disseminates news of particular interest to the members of the WDA and others interested in health of wildlife. With globalization of WDA and with new forms of communications, outreach will play an increasingly important role to both disseminate information and to sustain and strengthen membership and the WDA as a whole. In this context, the Information Committee plays a pivotal role in enhancing WDA's electronic presence and ensuring that the association's information needs can nimbly adjust to serve its varied membership. Important further steps in this process will be continued development and professionalization of the WDA website.

Chair: Ignasi Marco
The International Committee considers international matters including advising the membership on formation of sections, providing guidelines for prospective groups relating to WDA Sections and receiving applications for section status. Nurturing international membership will play an ever increasing importance as WDA strives to be a global leader in wildlife health. A pivotal event occurred in 2011 with the formal establishment of a Latin American Section that now complements the Australasian, Nordic, and European Sections. Encouraging, solidifying, and growing this new Latin American Section will be critical in the coming years. In addition, a seed bank of WDA members in the Middle East and Africa have expressed an interest in a Middle East/North Africa Section, and this should be explored.

Chair: Anne Fairbrother
It is likely that in the longer term, JWD will become open access, and sustaining the journal through page charges and membership will no longer be sustainable as a business model. The JWD Endowment Subcommittee works to develop self sustaining long-term funding for JWD.

Chair: Tom Yuill
The Endowment and New Funds Committee seeks financial support for the long term sustainability of the Association realizing its mission. If the WDA is to thrive in the longer term, there is a need to seek additional sources of funding above and beyond membership and journal fees. Establishing dedicated funds to support the Journal, to enhance WDA's electronic presence, and to allow for funding of worthy discretionary project will require substantial resources.

Chair: Lynn Creekmore
The Nominations Committee receives nominations from members and selects additional candidates to run for office and fill vacancies on the WDA Council. The WDA will live or die based on the dedication and volunteerism of its membership. As such, the WDA's future depends on identifying, nurturing, and nominating candidates that can effectively serve the organization. With the globalization of WDA, it will be critical that the nominations process continues to be transparent and that members have a clear idea of how one can become committee members, officers, or member of Council. The Nominations Committee will be key to ensuring this.

Chair: Carol Meteyer
In the past, the WDA has received inquiries about funding discretionary projects. To date, no mechanisms existed to either fund or prioritize such projects. With the continued refining of WDA budgetary processes and the possible availability of funds for such projects, the WDA President requested that an Ad-Hoc committee be formed to begin fleshing out just how WDA would handle the process of soliciting and funding discretionary projects that would be compatible with the organization's mission.

Chair: Lisa Shender
The Student Activities Committee represents student members of the WDA. The future of the WDA depends on a robust and engaged base of students. It is in the WDA's interest to promote involvement of students by, among other things, promoting membership and encouraging students to establish WDA student chapters in universities. The Student Activities Committee is charged with ensuring that students have a forum where they can meaningfully contribute to WDA and its mission and help students get the most out of their wildlife health and disease training.

Chair: Emi Saito
The Student Awards Committee coordinates all activities related to the student awards of WDA. Students are the future of the WDA, and the organization has rightly placed much emphasis on recognizing future scientists and potential leaders of the organization. An energetic and dynamic WDA Student Awards Committee is vital to ensuring that our students have both opportunities to compete and be transparently judged for the many awards available to them.

Chair: Peri Wolff
Historically, the Teller Committee prepares and tallies ballots for elections. With the automation of election results, the function of tallying ballots is taking a minor role. On the other hand, WDA needs a mechanism to regularly sound its members on a variety of different topics that may arise. The Teller Committee is thus positioned to play an important role in designing well crafted surveys to sound out WDA membership. These surveys will allow members to provide guidance to Council on how to proceed for various issues to ensure that the WDA can continue to be responsive to member needs.

Chair: Thierry Work
The Time and Place Committee identifies potential sites and scheduling for the WDA International annual conference and presents these to the Council for consideration. The Annual Conference is a highlight of the WDA and showcases the organization to the world. Success or failure of the conference hinges on identification of suitable venues and the efforts of engaged and dynamic conference organizers. The Time and Place committee is key to ensuring identification of venues and facilitating as needed operations of the current Conference Organizing committee.

Chair: Dolores Gavier-Widen and Colin Gillin
TThe committee is a joint committee of members of the WDA and the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians. The committee selects candidates for the Thorne and Beth Williams Memorial Award and provides their recommendations to the executives of the two Associations. Tom Thorne and Beth Williams were highly influential and revered members of the WDA. Their dedication to the organization, mentorship, scientific acumen, and plain collegiality were an inspiration to all. Their tragic death in 2004 left a huge void in the WDA and to commemorate their distinguished services to the WDA, an award was created in their name acknowledging either exemplary contribution or achievement combining wildlife disease research with wildlife management policy implementation or elucidating particularly significant problems in wildlife health. The T&B committee is charged with identifying worthy recipients of this prestigious award in a manner that is inclusive and transparent to the entire WDA membership.

Chair: Lynn Creekmore
The WDA has two unique positions, the Executive Manager and the JWD Editor that are appointed for terms exceeding 2 years. Both positions report to the President and other Officers of Council. The executive manager is tasked with "keeping the hands on the tiller" and ensuring continuity in various WDA operations. The position is in need of explicit and impartial metrics to allow the association to review his/her progress. The Executive Manager Review Committee plays a pivotal role in this process by establishing and perpetuating the process to assess the progress made by the Executive manager. They do so by drafting guidelines for the reviewing procedure to ensure that the review is done in a fair, efficient, and transparent manner.

Chair: TBA
If the WDA is to thrive in the longer term, it is critical that we have a mechanism to “get the word out” to members and the general public on all the good things the organization does. Exploring way to increase and diversify our membership is also a mechanism to ensure the long-term health of the WDA. The Membership & Promotions Committee plays an important role in all this by reaching out to other organizations, helping prepare outreach material, and devising ways to grow and diversify WDA membership.


Chair: Kristin Mansfield
This committe is charged with developing a policy on the use of WDA funds for travel for Councils review and approval.