The Directors of CFSPH

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James A. Roth, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Director of CFSPH and IICAB
2156 College of Veterinary Medicine

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Jim Roth is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. He received the DVM (1975) and PhD (1981) degrees from ISU and is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. He worked as a veterinarian in a mixed animal practice from 1975 until 1977. He is the Director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health and the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics; both are World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Collaborating Centers. He has received five teaching awards and was named Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in 1995. Dr. Roth’s primary area of research expertise is immunity to infectious diseases of food producing animals. He has served as the major or co-major professor for 50 MS and PhD students. He has authored or co-authored more than 210 refereed journal articles and book chapters and has edited 16 monographs. Dr. Roth received the Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award from the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists, the Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award from the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, the Public Service Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the USDA APHIS Administrator’s award for lifetime achievements in animal health. Dr. Roth was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. Dr. Roth served on the Interagency Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Counter Measures Working Group – Animal Pathogens Research and Development Subgroup (2003-2004), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Blue Ribbon Panel on the Threat of Biological Terrorism Directed Against Livestock (Dec 2003- March 2004), (Chair, Immunotherapeutics Working Group). He has testified before Congressional committees on biosecurity preparedness, on efforts to address bioterrorism and agroterrorism, and on the need for vaccines for foreign animal diseases. Dr. Roth served on the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity from 2005 to 2014.


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Danelle Bickett-Weddle, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM

Associate Director
2176 College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Bickett-Weddle received a BS degree in Animal Science from South Dakota State University in 1995 and her DVM from Iowa State University in 1999. She practiced as a small animal veterinarian in Sioux Falls, South Dakota before joining Land O' Lakes Farmland Feed as a dairy field nutritionist and technical services manager in 2000. In that position, she provided consultation to dairy producers in South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa until late 2002 when she returned to ISU to work for the CFSPH. She received her MPH from the University of Iowa in December 2003, Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2006, and a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in 2009. Since 2004, she has been the Associate Director for the Center for Food Security and Public Health. In that role, Dr. Bickett-Weddle manages development of materials for the USDA-APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program, co-leads the Secure Milk Supply Plan, and manages CFSPH's Infection Control and Biological Risk Management materials. She has teaching responsibilities in the College of Veterinary Medicine at ISU as well as the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. She has been invited to give presentations throughout the U.S. and Mexico about disease prevention, agroterrorism, and biological risk management issues. Dr. Bickett-Weddle represents the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) as the Delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The IVMA recognized Dr. Bickett-Weddle as the 2012 Veterinarian of the Year.


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Kevan Flaming, DVM, PhD

Associate Director for IT
2108 College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Flaming has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, a DVM, and an MS and PhD in Immunology. He has completed significant graduate work in educational research and assessment. He has taught a wide variety of courses in varied contexts (undergraduate, graduate, professional, lecture, online, lab, small group). He coordinated, developed and participated in all aspects of a new professional curricular option at ISU CVM. He served as the Instructional Development Specialist for the ISU CVM with a focus on partnering with faculty to improve teaching and learning. Dr. Flaming has always been interested in instructional technology, and has lead the college’s instructional technology unit. In addition, he had a primary role in developing the college’s initial outcomes assessment program. He joined the CFSPH in 2008 and became an Associate Director in 2015. He manages the CFSPH instructional technology group with oversight of web based technologies, websites, and our learning management systems (Moodle). Dr. Flaming interacts with EEDA/IAT instructors on a regular basis and co-teaches the course at ISU CVM with Dr. Gayle Brown. Dr. Flaming co-owned a small animal veterinary practice for 14 years, and is married to a small animal veterinarian.


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Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MS, MPH, DACVPM

Assistant Director
2124 College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Dvorak graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (ISU) in 2001. She earned her BS degree in Zoology (Minor in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology) in 1995 and her MS degree in Fisheries Biology/Aquaculture also from ISU. Dr. Dvorak practiced companion animal medicine in Iowa, before returning to school and completing her MPH degree from the University of Iowa, College of Public Health in May 2003. In 2007, Dr. Dvorak became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. She began working for CFSPH in 2002 as a Veterinary Specialist and was named Assistant Director in 2008. She manages the animal disease fact sheets and zoonotic disease resources for the CFSPH, and manages supplemental training materials for the USDA-APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program. She is editor of two textbooks on zoonoses and serves as an instructor for several web-based courses on zoonotic diseases and emergency preparedness. She has developed numerous “just-in-time” training resources for animal health emergencies. In 2014, she received the Frank A. Todd ACVPM President’s Award for meritorious service [co-instructor for an on-line board certification preparatory course] from the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Dvorak is the Chair of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, Public Health Committee and an Adjunct Lecturer and Course Co-Instructor for the University of Iowa, College of Public Health.