Karin Bump - Director/Founder, NAEAA, Professor of Equine Business Management.  Dr. Bump
has been professionally employed in the equine academic area for over 20 years and is a Full
Professor at Cazenovia College
cazenovia.edu .  As part of her research interests, she has
traveled the country interviewing faculty and administrators regarding views of legitimacy of
academic programs using the equine discipline as a case study.  In part, the NAEAA was
formed in recognition of the benefits that inter-institutional collaboration can have in raising the
awareness of the equine academic discipline and as a vehicle to promote and advance its'
progress.  Karin is also certified as a Professional Animal Scientist through the American
Registry of Professional Animal Scientists  (arpas.org).


Laurie Lawrence – Professor, University of Kentucky.  Dr. Laurie Lawrence has received
national, as well as international, accolades for her work as a top equine nutrition researcher
since receiving her undergraduate and Master Degrees at Cornell University and her PhD at
Colorado State University.  She is highly recognized as an outstanding educator in graduate and
undergraduate animal science education and prior to taking on the role of lead researcher at the
University of Kentucky, she led the program at the University of Illinois.  On the basis of her work,
the University of Kentucky recently decided to build upon the reputation of the graduate program
and established an undergraduate equine program
universityofkentuckyequineinitiative.  


Tim Williams – President, CJC Adventures LLC, Cazenovia NY.  Tim brings a wealth of
experience in college administration particularly in enrollment management and college
marketing. He has been in higher education for over 31 years at six different institutions,
including two with equine programs – Cazenovia College and Morrisville State College.  He
holds an MBA with a marketing emphasis and has a unique understanding of equine programs
and the critical need for the kinds of information and information sharing that NAEAA seeks to
collect, coordinate, and disseminate.


Amy Burk - Assistant Professor and coordinator for the undergraduate Equine Studies option
and the graduate research program in equine nutrition within the Animal and Avian Sciences
Department at the University of Maryland. Dr. Amy Burk teaches Horse Management, Equine
Science, Advanced Topics in Equine Nutrition as well as many horse related lectures and labs
within the department's 4-yr curriculum. In 2008, Dr. Burk received the Poffenberger Excellence
in Teaching and Advising from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the
University of Maryland.  As an Extension Horse Specialist, Dr. Burk provides statewide
educational leadership and training in the area of equine nutrition and pasture management to
members of the horse industry. Dr. Burk's research interests lie mainly in the area of nutrient
utilization of feeds and forages to improve the health and management of horses. Dr. Burk
completed her graduate work in Animal and Poultry Sciences as a Pratt Fellow in Animal
Nutrition at Virginia Tech. She grew up riding in the Linthicum 4-H Hi-Riders and St. Margaret’s
Pony Club, both based in Anne Arundel County, MD.


Jeff Pendergraft -  After a successful academic career, Dr. Jeff Pendergraft launched
Pendergraft and Associates, LLC to bring proven, world-class equine health, training, and
business consulting services to today’s horse owners. Based in both San Miguel de Allende,
Mexico and Alpine, Texas, Dr. Pendergraft and his team serve individual owners, riding clubs,
equestrian residential communities, commercial farms and ranches, state and federal
agencies, as well as institutions of higher education.  Dr. Pendergraft received his B.S., M.S.,
and Ph.D. in Animal Science from Kansas State and a Diploma of Animal Nutrition from the
American College of Animal Science. His professional accomplishments include receiving over
$6 million in teaching and research grants as well as state funding.  He has received national,
regional, and local awards for excellence in teaching, advising and coaching during his
academic career.  He is currently working in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico on the development
of an International Agricultural Teaching, Research, and Outreach Center in cooperation with
CHISPA, a Mexico based nonprofit company that provides international education and research
opportunities.


Shannon John J. Moreaux - Assistant Professor of Equine Science in the Department of Animal
and Range Sciences at
Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and serves as the
Montana Extension Equine Specialist. He and his wife are the owners of Alpine Equine
Veterinary Service and The Pet Hospital of Bozeman. Dr. Moreaux was a professional farrier
before receiving a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University. Dr.
Moreaux is the Advisor to the Horsemen’s Club and MSU’s Stock Horse Team, Polo Team, and
IHSA Team. He is the Director of MSU’s Annual Equine Conference, coordinates several hours
of continuing education for farriers and veterinarians with the Montana Professional Farriers
Association and is the director of the annual MSU Youth Horsemanship School. Dr. Moreaux is a
board member of the Montana Horse Council and is a member of the American Association of
Equine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, Equine Science Society,
American Society of Animal Science, the American Farriers Association and the National
Association of Equine Affiliated Academics.

Katrina Merkies - Associate Professor, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Merkies
received her PhD in animal science from the University of Guelph before taking a faculty position
at Lake Erie College in Ohio. She later returned to Canada to develop and implement
Canada's first and only equine degree program
University of Guelph - Kemptviille Campus.  Dr.
Merkies teaches undergraduate courses in equine event management, equine reproduction,
equine trends and issues and equine industry topics. She has developed a research program
focusing on equine behaviour, particularly relating to horse-human interactions, equitation
science, and equine welfare. Dr Merkies also conducts research in the scholarship of teaching.

Judy Downer - Professor and Equine Program Facilitator College of Central Florida.  Dr. Judy
Downer received a B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University, a M.S. in Animal Science
from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Delaware.  
After earning her Ph.D. she worked in technical support and research for the Church & Dwight
Company.  Later she joined the pharmaceutical development team at American Cyanamid
Company and was promoted to Manager, Global Clinical Research.  She retained that position
through the merger with Fort Dodge Animal Health in 1995.  In 1999 she became Director,
Clinical Research for Nutramax Laboratories.  After moving to Ocala, FL in 2001, Dr. Downer
formed Serengeti Consulting to assist smaller companies with clinical development and
regulatory affairs for veterinary pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements.  In August, 2005 she
accepted the position of Associate Professor, Equine Studies at CF. Judy has actively competed
in hunter, eventing, western and dressage competitions.  She was the NJQHA All-Around Youth
14-18 in 1973, is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist and holds numerous regional and
national awards in dressage at levels from Training to Grand Prix.  She is a professional trainer
and a USEF “r” dressage judge.


Janice Holland - Professor at Midway College. Dr. Holland is a long-time member of the Equine
Faculty with expertise in Equine Nutrition and Pasture Management. She has been recognized
for Teaching Excellence at Midway College and publishes in nationally recognized equine
publications. Demonstrating excellence in advising, Dr. Holland works closely with her advisees
to ensure college success and career readiness. In her free time, Dr. Holland is active in the
local community, enjoys sports, particularly NHL, and riding her Thoroughbred. The Equine
Studies Program at Midway College has, as its mission, a dedication to students striving to
become ethical, passionate and competent equine professionals.



Leslie Janecka - Since 2001, Leslie Janecka has served as the Coordinator of the Kentucky
Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program in Lexington, Kentucky.  The KEMI program
offers six-month internships for college students on major Thoroughbred breeding farms in
Central Kentucky.  During her time with KEMI, Leslie has supervised more than 650 college
students as they explore employment opportunities in the equine industry.  She earned degrees
in Animal Science and Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University and also managed
Robinson Farms in Fort Worth, Texas--a full service Thoroughbred breeding, training, sales and
lay-up facility.   In addition to NAEAA, she is also a member of the Equine Science Society,
Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Cub, Kentucky Association of Colleges & Employers,
Texas Thoroughbred Association and the Association of Former Students-Texas A&M University.





NAEAA Founding Board Members:
Dr. Karin Bump, Cazenovia College
Dr. Laurie Lawrence, University of Kentucky
Dr. Bill Schurg, University of Arizona
Dr. Amy Burk, University of Maryland
Dr. Camie Heleski, University of Michigan
Professor Timothy Capps, University of Louisville
Professor Carol Buckhout, Cazenovia College
Mr. Timothy Williams, CJC Adventures
Mr. John Madden, John Madden Sales
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