WDA Committees

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Audit Committee

Chair: Mike Ziccardi, mhziccardi@ucdavis.edu
Our Constitution requires that we conduct an audit of the Association financial records every 3 years. (Article V, Section 2 as follows: “Auditing. Financial records of the Business Manager shall be audited at minimum every three years by a Public Accountant or an Auditing Committee of three members, the method to be determined by the Council.”).The next required audit is to be conducted on the 2012 records, this committee will conduct a thorough audit and provide a written report to Council.

Awards Committee

Chair: Charles Rupprecht, charles_rupprecht@yahoo.com
The Awards Committees receives nominations and advises Council on the major WDA awards, 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.

Budget & Audit Committee

Chair: Laurie Baeten, wdatreasurer@gmail.com
The purpose of the Budget and Audit Committee is to ensure fiscal responsibility and soundness of the Association. The Committee is chaired by the WDA treasurer and provides advice to the treasurer and Council on financial matters. Careful stewardship of financial resources are the bedrock of a healthy association.

Endowment Committee

Chair: Joe Gaydos, jkgaydos@ucdavis.edu
The Endowment Committee works to develop self sustaining long-term funding for JWD and its’ worldwide distribution. The goal is to achieve endowment by 2020.

Information Committee

Chair: Laura Martin, lerosen@gmail.com
The Information Committee compiles and disseminates news, plays a role in enhancing WDA's electronic presence, and ensures the members information needs are met. 

International Committee

Chair: Peter van Tulden, peter.vantulden@wur.nl
The International Committee advises the membership on formation of sections, provides guidelines for groups proposing WDA geographic Sections and receives applications for section status. In 2011 the WDA Latin American Section joined the Australasian, Nordic, and European Sections. In 2012-13 WDA will be working with members in the Middle East and Africa on their interest in reviving the Section there. 

Membership and Promotions Committee

Co-Chair: Mark Ruder, mgruder@uga.edu
Co-Chair: Nicole Gottdenker, gottdenk@gmail.com
The Membership & Promotions Committee  works to “get the word out” to members and the general public on all the good things WDA does, develops ways  to increase and diversify our membership by reaching out to other organizations and helping prepare outreach materials.

Ad hoc Mentorship Committee (New)

Chair: Thierry Work, thierry_work@usgs.gov
The ad-hoc Mentorship Committee facilitates engagement and interaction of retirees and those approaching retirement with existing WDA members. Retirees include existing or former WDA members.

Nominations Committee

Chair: Thierry Work, thierry_work@usgs.gov
The Nominations Committee develops a slate of candidates and receives nominations from members to fill vacancies on the WDA Council.

Professional Awareness Committee

Co-Chair: Jolianne Rijks, J.M.Rijks@uu.nl
Co-Chair: Jordan Mencher, jmencher@uw.edu
The Public Affairs Committee is a standing committee charged with developing or vetting position statements for the WDA

Small Grants Committee

Chair: Bonnie Raphael, braphael@wcs.org
In 2013, Council voted to make the Small Grants Committee a formal standing committee. The committee members have worked hard to bring this effort to this stage drafting detailed guidelines and procedures that allow the WDA to fund small projects that would further the mission of the organization.

Student Activities Committee

Chair: Catharina Vendl, catharinavendl@gmail.com
The Student Activities Committee Chair represents student members of the WDA. The Committee puts out a request for proposals yearly for student chapter funding, helps raise funds for student chapters and other student activities, developes annual conference student workshops and student - mentor gatherings. The Student Activities Committee ensures students have a forum and can meaningfully contribute to WDA.

Student Awards Committee

Chair: Tiggy Grillo, tgrillo@wildlifehealthaustralia.com.au 
The Student Awards Committee coordinates all activities related to WDA student awards,  including, but not limited to, receipt of applications for the WDA Scholarship, Research Award, Terry Amundsen Award and Poster Competition, judging of those awards and presentation at the annual Conference.

Teller Committee

Chair: Carlos das Neves, carlos.dasneves@vetinst.no
The Teller Committee plays 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. The Teller Committee will also play a critical role in the next few years helping professionalize WDA business practices.

Time & Place Committee

Chair: Deb Miller, dmille42@utk.edu
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 committee also works with each local conference host committee to assure great meetings.

Tom & Beth Committee

Co-Chair: Marcy Uhart, muhart@ucdavis.edu
Co-Chair: Peri Wolff, pwolff@ndow.org
This is a joint committee of WDA and the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians. The committee selects candidates for the Tom Thorne and Beth Williams Memorial Award and provides recommendations to the executives of the two Associations.