Board of Directors
Dr. Ralph Wood is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He attended Auburn University, graduating in 2008 with a bachelor of science in zoology and in 2013 with a doctorate of veterinary medicine. While at Auburn University, Dr. Wood worked for the Southeastern…
Ryan graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a degree in Kinesiology. He began working with at-risk youth in the alternative education and outdoor field. Ryan’s work with youth focused on behavior management and…
Dr. Britton Hammett-McCurry completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in American history and film studies from Georgia State University. She worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles before returning to…
Jonathan (Jon) Davis graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2006, with degrees in accounting and finance. After graduating he continued toward a MBA, which he completed in 2008. At that point he began a career as a consultant…
Robert Jones began his business life well before college when he ran a snack shop and began assisting a large stock and real estate portfolio held by an LLC in Jackson, AL. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2006, with a BBA in…
Liz Crandall graduated from Auburn University in 2000 with a B.S. degree in Wildlife Science. She began working in veterinary medicine and rehabilitating wildlife in 1994 which eventually led to a position with small animal intensive care at Auburn…
Debbie Davis Waltermire
Logistics and Procurement
Debbie is a native of Ligonier, Pennsylvania and attended West Virginia University where she earned Bachelors Degrees in Chemistry & Biology and a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering. Debbie has been an employee of Eastman Chemical Company for 33 years and has had a diverse career which has included positions in Technology, Manufacturing, Market Analysis, Business Management and Mergers and Acquisitions. Debbie also worked for the US Department of Energy where she conducted coal gasification research and reviewed grant proposals from the private sector. Debbie has spent the last 15 years in a variety positions in Procurement including : Director, Global Indirect Procurement & Services; Director, Global Raw Materials Procurement (Polyesters/Fibers) and Director, Global Logistics Procurement.
Dr. Kevin Pybas, JD PhD
Kevin Pybas is an Associate Professor of Political Science and University Pre-Law Advisor at Missouri State University. He teaches (and writes on) constitutional law, specializing in the American founding and the law of church and state and religious liberty. Kevin holds a B.S. from Oklahoma State University, a J.D. from The University of Tulsa, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
Social Media/Digital Advertising
Dr. Richard Esposito, PhD
Panel – Imaging
Bio- Dr. Adrien-Maxence Hespel (University of Madison, USA). French native, underwent his veterinary school in Belgium (Liege) and graduated with honors in 2010. Underwent a small animal rotating internship at the University of Dublin (Ireland), followed by a year of diagnostic imaging externships across Europe and mixed private practice in France. Started a radiology residency combined with a Master degree at Auburn University (WDE) in 2012. Obtained his Masters in July 2015 with honors. Passed the American College of Radiology Boards in September 2015. During his residency his focus of research were 3D printed and diagnostic imaging of exotic patient. In collaboration with the Eastern Raptor Center of Auburn, developed the H-view to help evaluate the thoracic girdle of raptors (http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/javma.247.9.1037 ), which was presented at Exoticon 2015. Currently employed as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Madison (Wi), his professional interests remain centered on the use of 3D technology and 3D printing in veterinary medicine and advanced imaging (CT/MRI across species). In his spare time, he enjoys riding and restoring old sports cars.
Joerg Mayer DVM, MS, DABVP (ECM),
DECZM (Small Mammal), DACZM
Title – Associate Professor
Panel – Wildlife Medicine
Bio – Dr. Joerg Mayer grew up in Germany where he received his primary education. He went to Budapest / Hungary to study veterinary medicine shortly after the “iron curtain” fell. During his studies he was fortunate to be able to work with veterinarians in South Africa and Namibia for 6 months. He always had a strong interest in exotic animal medicine. After he received his doctoral degree from the University of Budapest/Hungary, he went to the USA for an internship in ‘Zoological Medicine and Surgery’ at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. At the end of the internship he was part of a research team to study wild tree kangaroos in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea for 3 months. After this exciting experience, he went to the Royal veterinary College in London / England to study for his Masters of Science degree in wild animal health. The masters project which focused on lead toxicity in the common loon, brought him to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic in the USA.
There he was hired to serve as a clinical associate professor and as the head of the clinical service for exotic animals. After 10 years at Tufts University he moved to Athens, Georgia in 2010 to take the job of Associate Professor in Zoological Medicine at UGA. He lectures regularly at large national and international conferences on all aspects of exotic animal medicine. Dr. Mayer qualified with the first batch of specialists in Exotic Companion Mammals as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, in addition he is also a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine. He served as the president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians from 2010-2012. Dr. Mayer published many scientific articles, book chapters some of which have been translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese. His latest book the “Veterinary Clinical advisor for birds and exotic pets” was published in early 2013 and contains over 750 page.
Title – Wildlife Rehabilitator
Panel – Avian wildlife rehabilitator
Bio – Katie has a BA in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama and also spent several years in restaurant management. She then spent time studying molecular biology and conducted research in reptile and amphibian digestion and metabolism. Once hooked as a volunteer at AWC, she spent a summer as our Baby Songbird Intern, stayed on as Avian Intern, and is now a full-time rehabilitation clinic staff member. “I’m excited about helping AWC to further refine protocols for care, develop our ability to conduct our own lab work, and doing some research and publishing articles.”
Stephen Divers BVetMed, DZooMed, DACZM, DECZM (Herpetology), FRCVS
Panel – Wildlife Medicine
Bio – Born in England, Stephen Divers graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1994. He obtained his Certificate and Diploma in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), is an RCVS recognized Specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Zoological Medicine, a European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management), an International Fullbright Specialist in Zoological Medicine, and obtained his RCVS PhD/fellowship for his work on exotic animal endoscopy and endosurgery. He is a past-president of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, scientific editor of the Journal of Herpetological Medicine & Surgery and an associate editor for the Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine. He has served on the ABVP subspecialties in small mammal and herpetological medicine, and was involved with the establishment of the zoological companion animal (exotic pet) examination through the ACZM, and the European College of Zoological Medicine, herpetology and zoo health management subspecialties.
Dr Divers has lectured at over 65 national or international conferences across the Americas, Europe and Australasia, and has twice received the Best Speaker Award at the North American Vet Conference and the International Conference on Exotics. He was voted “Exotic DVM of the Year” in 2006. Stephen heads the Zoological Medicine Service (with Joerg Mayer) and supervises the ACZM zoological residency program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia.
He has over 100 publications to his name including various editorships, book chapters, and scientific journal papers, including Current Therapy in Reptile Medicine and Surgery (co-edited by Mader).
Title – Director of Education and Outreach
Panel – Avian wildlife rehabilitator
Bio – Scottie became the Director of Education and Outreach of the Alabama Wildlife Center on September 1, 2014. She began volunteering at AWC in 2007 and subsequently held the positions of songbird intern, part-time clinic staff, and full-time wildlife rehabilitator. Scottie earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and her master’s degree in environmental management from Samford University. She has also worked as a raptor trainer and biological consultant. “The Alabama Wildlife Center has always held a special place in my heart, and I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work for an organization that shares my passion for Alabama’s native birds. I am excited to further AWC’s dual mission of avian rehabilitation and conservation education and to play a part in fostering a greater appreciation for our avian species.”