Board of Directors

Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, JD., President
Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton is a former government attorney who in the summer of 2008, Debra decided to re-zoom her legal career, this time as a solo practitioner.  She has created her own niche field, employing collaborative law and mediation to address civil conflicts including special education, contract and animal conflicts. Debra has spoken with the American Veterinary Medical Association and their litigators, discussing how employing Alternative Dispute Resolution methodology in animal law conflicts may expedite resolution without the need for litigation.  She is speaking with several animal interest groups to outline for their membership the value of using alternative dispute resolution in solving their own conflicts. Debra leads the Pace Law School-New Direction Re-Entry group Summer 2009, organizing monthly meeting topics and speakers for these returning attorneys.  Follow Debra’s blog on Solo Practice University outlining how you can “Re-Zoom” your legal career after a break in service.  She knows it can be done, she is living proof and would like to share her journey with other Re-Zooming colleagues.

Frank Muggia, JD., President-Elect
Frank is a nationally recognized attorney in the field of veterinary law, ethics and operational issues — whether buying or selling a practice, resolving partner and employee conflicts, effectuating a solid and cohesive business plan, or litigating restrictive covenants. He leads the Harris Beach PLLC Veterinary Medicine Industry Team, which serves clients in 42 states. He has served as legal counsel in some of the largest private equity roll-ups in veterinary practice history and serves as general counsel to a number of national veterinary companies. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and is a well-published national lecturer within the veterinary industry. Frank also practices in the Business and Commercial Litigation, Corporate, and Product Liability practice groups at Harris Beach. He has more than 29 years of experience in trials and arbitrations involving product liability, motor vehicle, premises liability and business matters, as well as complex commercial and corporate transactions. Frank has briefed, argued and tried cases in many state and federal courts handling corporate, commercial and litigation matters, and negotiating disputes to a successful resolution.

John Thomas, Esq.,  Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Thomas graduated law school from George Washington University National Law Center, J.D., with honors, 1974.  Admitted to the bar in 1974, Virginia; 1975, District of Columbia; 1996, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.  John currently is a partner with Lange, Thomas & McMullen, LLP.

Jerry Alan Greene, DVM, Director, District I
District I: AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV,  New Brunswick, Newfoundland, international members beyond North America

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  Graduated from College of Agriculture at University of Illinois with BS in Breeding and Genetics in 1970.  Attended Long Island University for one year working on a Masters Degree in Endocrinology before being accepted to NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.  After graduating with DVM degree in 1975, did an internship and surgical residency at School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University, where I got a Masters Degree in Surgery in 1978.  Was a Clinical Instructor in Surgery at University of California, Davis Small Animal Clinic for one year (1978-1979). Practiced in Southeast Florida for three years prior to moving to Tampa Florida in 1982.  Owned and operated a small animal practice until 1998, which was closed, after a fire.  Have been under contract to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) as an expert witness for over 25 years. Have done private consulting as an expert witness for both clients and veterinarians. Currently serving as Medical Director at a VCA owned small animal hospital.  Married for 35 years and have a son and daughter.  Charter member of the AVMLA,  served as the National AVMLA President 2015-2016.

Marty Greer, DVM, Director, Director, District II
District II:  AR, KS, IA, IL, IN, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, ND, NE, OK, SD, WI

Dr. Greer received her Bachelor of Science in 1978 and my DVM in 1981 from Iowa State University in Ames Iowa. In 1982  she established the Brownsville Small Animal Clinic in Dr. Griffith’s practice building and in 1988, moved the practice to Lomira.  Dr. Greer has a special interest in Pediatrics and Reproduction. In 2002,  she opened a Canine Semen Freezing Center, International Canine Semen Bank – Wisconsin (ICSB-WI) and became Penn-Hip Certified.On my first attempt at using extended semen, she bred the practice’s first litter of pups from frozen semen in 1998. The advent of in-house quantitative progesterone testing has made this process much more successful.

Dr. Greer has also been featured in articles in Veterinary Economics. In 2010, she graduated from Marquette Law School. She practices law part-time with my law partner, Attorney Sheila Kessler, at Animal Legal Resources LLC.  In 2005, Marty was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle to a position on the Veterinary Examining Board of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, where she served for 8 years.  Dr. Greer is active in the community as a member of the AVMA, NEWVMA, ASVBP, APDT, AAFP, SVME, ACSMA, The Society for Theriogenology, the Fond du Lac Kennel Club, The Kettle Moraine Kennel Club, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Lakeshore Pembroke Welsh Corgi Kennel Club, and the Lomira Area Chamber of Commerce. She also is on the Board of Directors for the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, American Veterinary Medical Law Association, and the Society for Theriogenology. Dr. Greer is also on the Animal Welfare Committee and Education Committee for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and she is the president of the National Animal Interest Alliance. www.naiaonline-org.

Donna C. Kline, JD., Ph.D.  Director, District III
District III: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY, Yukon Territory, Saskatchewan

Elizabeth Choate, JD, At-Large Director

Elizabeth is the Director of Government Relations/General Counsel. Her responsibilities include addressing the legal questions of the membership covering a diverse range of issues including; practice, ethics and employment law, as well as questions regarding the rules and regulations of state and federal agencies. Elizabeth also assists TVMA’s leaders in designating the legislative priorities of TVMA and then works diligently as an advocate for TVMA before the state legislature, working to protect and promote the profession of veterinary medicine.

John Scott, DVM, JD,  At-Large Director
Dr. John Scott holds the DVM degree from Oklahoma State University and the JD degree from the University of Houston and has been continuously licensed in Texas to practice veterinary medicine since 1971 and law since 1993.  He currently practices clinical veterinary medicine on a part-time basis 3.5 days per week in the Dallas area.  He has presented programs at AVMA, AAHA, and AVMLA, as well as numerous state and local meetings.  He has previously served the AVMLA as a Director for 10 of the first 15 years of the existence of the AVMLA and served as President in 2010.

Lance Roasa, DVM, MS, JD, Past-President 

Dr. Lance Roasa was raised on a farm and ranch in Central Texas. He attended Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences, a Masters degree in Veterinary Physiology and a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He has practiced in Arizona and has owned a private practice in Colorado. He and his family moved to Lincoln in 2013. He enjoys veterinary emergency practice, dentistry, and surgery. In his free time, Dr. Roasa enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young sons, Ian and Sterling and their dogs Milo and CR and cat Simon.