MMI Board Members


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Don Beatty

Vice President, Finance for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

Don Beatty is the Vice President, Finance for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive. He has held that position since October 2015.

From 2012 to 2015, Don was the Controller for Hill's North America. He partnered with the North America commercial leadership team in restoring growth in an important business unit, achieving record levels of sales and profitability.

Don joined Hill's in 1988 as Controller for Hill's distribution business in the U.S. and held positions of increasing responsibility in Arizona, Texas and Kansas. In 1996, he became Director, Budget and Planning for Hill's and led significant improvements in the planning and management reporting processes. In 1998, Don was appointed Assistant Controller in C-P South Africa and was promoted to Finance Director in 1999. He returned to Hill's in 2001 as Director, Strategic Planning and Budgeting, with responsibility for budgeting and strategic planning processes and leading the analysis of strategic acquisition targets. In 2004, he was promoted to Controller for Hill's, and his responsibilities expanded to include general accounting, treasury and taxes.

Prior to joining Hill's, Don gained public accounting experience with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Phoenix. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Simpson College and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Sean Delaney

Sean J. Delaney, BS, DVM, MS, DACVN

Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist™
Founder, Davis Veterinary Medical (DVM) Consulting, Inc.

Dr. Delaney received his BS in Zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and DVM from the University of California, Davis (UCD).  He completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at what is now VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center and the first full-time Clinical Nutrition Residency and an MS in Nutrition at UCD.  He attained Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) in 2003.

Dr. Delaney was a clinical faculty member at UCD from 2003 to 2013 with a four year hiatus as Senior Executive Vice President and R&D head for Natura Pet Products.  Dr. Delaney helped develop the nutrition center at UCD and train over ten Diplomates of the ACVN while at UCD. He has conducted studies on small animal amino acid, mineral, and vitamin needs and monitoring.  In 2003 he also formed Davis Veterinary Medical (DVM) Consulting, Inc. which provides pet food industry consulting services. DVM Consulting also developed Balance IT ® formulation software and food grade products for the feeding of human food to healthy and sick dogs and cats. He is currently focused on processes that ensure food quality & safety, increasing access to veterinary nutrition knowledge, and machine learning applications.  Dr. Delaney currently serves on the AVMA VSOC representing the ACVN and the interests of over 10,000 varied veterinary specialist colleagues. He is the primary mentor for one ACVN-approved clinical nutrition residency in Northern California. Dr. Delaney is also the former Chair of the ACVN Board of Regents and is the current co-editor of Applied Veterinary Clinical Nutrition.

Dr. Delaney lives in Davis, CA with his wife and two daughters along with their Standard Poodle, Rosie.


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Jolle Kirpensteijn, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS & ECVS

Chief Professional Veterinary Officer, Hill’s Pet Nutrition US

Jolle Kirpensteijn graduated from the Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Holland in 1988 and finished an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia in the United States of America in 1989. After his internship, he completed his residency training in small animal surgery and a Masters degree at Kansas State University, USA. The residency was followed by a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Colorado State University Comparative Oncology Unit, USA. In 1993, Jolle returned to Europe to accept a position in surgical oncology and soft tissue surgery at Utrecht University. In February of 2005, he was appointed Professor in Surgery at the University of Copenhagen and in August 2008 Professor in Soft Tissue Surgery at Utrecht University. Jolle is a Diplomate of the American and European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Jolle received the title Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology (2012) and Minimally Invasive Surgery (Small Animal Soft Tissue) (2017) of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). In September 2013, Jolle accepted the Chief Professional Relation Officer position at Hills Pet Nutrition in the USA. Here, he played an integral role as the interface between the company and the profession at large. In 2018, he was promoted to the Chief Professional Veterinary Officer position in the US, where he leads all professional activities in the United States. Jolle has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, given more than 250 lectures worldwide and has received the prestigious BSAVA Simon Award in 2007, Hills Voorjaarsdagen Excellence in Healthcare Award in 2009, WSAVA President’s Award and honorary membership to the Netherlands Association of Companion Animal Medicine (NACAM) in 2017. His main clinical and research interests are professional social media and digital innovations, surgical oncology, and endoscopic & reconstructive surgery.


Lance M. Roasa, DVM, MS, JD

Lance M. Roasa, DVM, MS, JD

Partner, Flatwater Veterinary Group
Attorney, The Roasa Law Group
Founder, Drip Learning Technologies

Dr. Roasa is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M where he was the first student to undertake a 4 th year business-track, spending the majority of his clinical training in veterinary business and industry.

Dr. Roasa has bought, operated and sold veterinary practices. He has completed a law degree from the University of Nebraska, with a focus on the law of small business, taxation and the law of veterinary medicine.

He is the president of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA) and is on the board of directors of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. He serves the Nebraska Senate on the Veterinary Prescription Drug Monitoring Task Force.

Dr. Roasa also guest lectures in 13 veterinary colleges on the legal aspects of medical recordkeeping, veterinary malpractice and veterinary business as part of the curriculum. He serves as a national co-advisor to the Veterinary Business Management Association and regularly lectures to regional VBMA chapters and the to national association on the topics of growth, business metrics, technology implementation.

Currently, Dr. Roasa is the CEO of Flatwater Veterinary Group, P.C., a group practice that owns and operates 5 veterinary small animal veterinary practices in Nebraska. He is also the primary attorney for the Roasa Law Group, P.C., a law practice dedicated to serving veterinarians in practice transactions, employment contracts and as legal counsel to startup businesses.


Peggy L. Schmidt

Peggy L. Schmidt, DVM, MS, DACVPM

Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs

Dr. Schmidt received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 1993 and her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 1997. After graduation, she practiced in a rural Minnesota four-doctor mixed animal practice.

After five years in practice, Dr. Schmidt went Iowa State University where she completed an MS degree focusing on food safety and preventive medicine in 2004. From there, Dr. Schmidt and her family moved to Southern California where she joined the founding faculty of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schmidt helped develop the innovative distributive model of veterinary clinical education and taught courses in the areas of epidemiology, food safety, and public health.

While in academia, Dr. Schmidt developed a passion for teaching and learning. She served in administrative roles as Director of Year 4 Curriculum and Director of Outcomes Assessment while in her tenure at WesternU. She served as a founding steering committee member of the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, an organization dedicated to develop, implement, and sustain the best practices in veterinary medical education.

In 2016, Dr. Schmidt and her family moved to Kansas where she joined the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine as Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Affairs.

Dr. Schmidt is married to Gary, a large animal nutritional sales consultant. Her daughter Emma is currently studying biomedical engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.



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