MMI Board Members


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Don Beatty

Board Treasurer
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 and clinical nutrition senior student rotation 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 as the Vice Chair of 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, a current ACVN Board member, a member of the ACVIM-ACVN Working Group, and 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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Claudia A. Kirk DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVIM

Chair of the Board
Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist®
Lindsay Young Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee

Dr. Kirk received her DVM from the University of California at Davis. She completed a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York and an Internal Medical Residency in Small Animal Medicine and PhD in Nutrition at UC Davis.

After working as a senior scientist for 9 years at Hill’s Science and Technology Center and teaching for the Mark Morris Institute, she joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee as Associate Professor of Medicine and Nutrition 1994. At UT, she established the Clinical Nutrition Service, which included a nutrition residency program, graduate training and expanded collaborative research to include pet obesity and feline metabolic diseases.

Dr. Kirk later served as Professor and Head of the Small Animal Clinical Sciences Department and Small Animal Clinical Hospital Program through 2013. Beginning December 2014, she moved to the College Administration unit as the Lindsay Young Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services where she now oversees the veterinary academic and professional program.

Dr. Kirk is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Her areas of research interest concern nutritional interaction with disease, with a special interests in obesity, feline diabetes, and feline lower urinary tract disease.


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Omar Farías, VMD

Senior Manager, Academic Affairs
Hill's Pet Nutrition

Dr. Farías received his B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras and VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked in small animal general practice in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area for eleven years. During his years in practice he spent as a practice owner in the suburbs of Philadelphia for seven years. As a veterinary practice owner he dedicated part of his time to help several local shelter organizations and provided discounted veterinary care to them. In 2011, he joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition as a Professional Consulting Veterinarian and moved his family to the New York City Metropolitan area. In his progression at Hill’s, Dr. Farías has held positions of increasing responsibility and currently serves as the Senior Manager, Academic Affairs at Hill’s in Topeka, KS.

Dr. Omar Farías, also serves as a board member for the Pride Veterinary Medical Community and serves as the Industry Liaison.

Dr. Omar Farías, lives in Kansas City, MO with his husband and his Chihuahua, La Chispa and his cat, Desilu.


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 and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs at Kansas State. 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 2020, Dr. Schmidt and her family moved back home to Wisconsin where she joined the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine as Associate Dean of Professional Programs.

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.


Jessica Vogelsang

Jessica Vogelsang, DVM, CVJ

Board Secretary
Certified Veterinary Journalist
Director of Pawcurious Media

Dr. Vogelsang received her B.S. from Loyola Marymount University and DVM from the University of California, Davis. Several years into general practice, she decided to explore how to influence pet owners in the online space with the launch of pawcurious.com, one of the first veterinary websites in the world.

For the last decade, Dr. Vogelsang has shared stories and educated readers around the world while working in general practice, emergency medicine, and hospice and palliative care. In that time, she became a professional author and medical educator, writing for both industry and general interest publications on pet care and the veterinary profession. In 2015, she published her first book All Dogs Go to Kevin.

As the online space grew, she turned her attention to training and mentoring veterinarians in professional development using their own writing and storytelling skills. After serving as the founding Editorial Director of drandyroark.com, she launched her second website, drjessicavogelsang.com, to help her colleagues develop their own online presence and influence.

As a tireless advocate for change and transformation, she pursues her passion for keeping the profession informed of trending topics through her lectures and writing. She is particularly interested in how the medical community can build or reduce trust in evidence-based medicine through the use of social media. She is also a founding board member of the World Veterinary Palliative Medical Organization. Her current interests include telemedicine, online education, and battling medical misinformation on the web.


Iveta Becvarova

Iveta Becvarova, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVN

Director of Global Academic and Professional Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition

Iveta currently serves as Director of Global Academic and Professional Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, USA and she is Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Clinical Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. She has been Director of Academic Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition Europe from 2011-2018. Dr. Becvarova became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) in July 2007. She has been a Clinical Instructor and Clinical Assistant Professor – Veterinary Nutrition at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) from 2006-2011. Dr. Becvarova completed her Master of Science degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences and Nutrition Residency program at the VMCVM in 2006 and earned her DVM degree in 1999 from the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic. She is a past president of the board of the ACVN, a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) and of the European Society of Veterinary & Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN). Dr. Becvarova conducted studies in obesity, body composition and oxidative stress.