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Keynote Presenter:
Mr. David T. Daniels
Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture

Director David T. Daniels was formally appointed Ohio Agriculture Director by Governor John R. Kasich on February 15, 2012. He is a native of Greenfield, Ohio, where he was born and raised, and where he and his father managed Daniels Brothers farm.

Director Daniels brings the perspective of a family farmer, small businessman and local government official to the department. During his career of public service he fought against unnecessary red tape and regulations and to foster a healthy business climate to create new opportunities for jobs.

Food and agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Ohio, adding more than $107 billion to the economy each year. In addition to providing leadership for the agricultural industry, the director of agriculture administers numerous regulatory, food safety, and consumer protection programs for the benefit of all Ohioans.

Following four successful terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, he was elected to the Ohio Senate in 2010 to serve the families of the 17th Ohio Senate District, which includes Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Pike, Ross, Vinton and portions of Lawrence and Pickaway counties. Prior to being elected to the Ohio General Assembly, he served four years on the Greenfield City Council and eight as Mayor. He also served as a Highland County Commissioner for six years.

Director Daniels lives in Greenfield with his wife Karen. They have four children and six grandchildren. 


Dr. Leah Dorman
Director of Food Programs, Center for Food and Animal Issues, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Dr. Dorman is the Director of Food Programs for the Center for Food and Animal Issues at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. As director of food programs, Dr. Dorman develops and executes programs throughout the state that help advocate for accepted agriculture, food processing, and animal practices.

Dr. Dorman most recently served as the assistant state veterinarian at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, where she started as a veterinary medical officer in 2001. Other past experiences, including private practice, have had her working directly with food animal veterinarians and producers, as well as 4-H and FFA. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, as well as co-chairperson of their Antibiotic Council. She is co-chairperson of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s Animal Health Emergency Technical Advisory Committee. She has also served as a member of the Wood County (Ohio) Board of Health. Dr. Dorman is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the U.S. Animal Health Association, and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture. 

A native of Findlay, Ohio, Dr. Dorman did her undergraduate study in animal science and earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Ohio State University. She lives on a farm in Croton, Ohio with her husband, Brad, and three daughters, Olivia, Cora and Darla. She enjoys reading, watching her girls play softball and music.


Mr. Shaun Kennedy
Director, National Center for Food Protection and Defense

Shaun Kennedy is Director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, and also the Director of Partnerships and External Relations of the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine and an assistant professor in the department of Veterinary Population Medicine. In recognition of his leadership in research and graduate education programs on animal health, food safety, and food-system defense, Mr. Kennedy has received the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Agency Citation for advancing food defense, provided the inaugural lecture in the FDA’s Chief Scientist Lecture series and served on several European Commission projects on food system protection, among others.

Prior to the University of Minnesota, Mr. Kennedy held executive positions in Procter & Gamble and Ecolab. At Ecolab he was vice president of global food and beverage research and development, leading his organization in developing a wide range of animal health and food safety technologies. These included novel sanitizers, FDA-approved process additives, new sanitation technologies, and animal health products. Prior to this he was director of strategic and emerging technologies at Ecolab, guiding internal and outsourced technology programs. At Procter & Gamble his positions included assignments in Japan and China leading research and development teams and global programs.

Mr. Kennedy received his Bachelor's of Science & Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.


Dr. Andy Maccabe
Executive Director, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Dr. Andrew Maccabe was selected as the Executive Director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAMMC) in the spring of 2012. Dr. Maccabe was previously employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Infectious Diseases. He served as CDC’s liaison to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he coordinated policy and programs between the two agencies. Prior to his appointment with the CDC, Dr. Maccabe served as Associate Executive Director at AAVMC where he led national programs in veterinary medical education.

Dr. Maccabe began his professional career in Jefferson, Ohio where he worked in a mixed animal veterinary medical practice with primary emphasis on dairy herd health. In 1988, he was commissioned as a Public Health Officer in the U.S. Air Force where he managed the preventive medicine activities of several Air Force installations and directed programs in occupational health, communicable disease control, food safety, and health promotion.

Dr. Maccabe received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from The Ohio State University in 1981 and 1985, respectively. He completed his Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University in 1995 and his Juris Doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude, at the University of Arizona in 2002.


Dr. Bobby Moser
Dean, The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

As Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean at The Ohio State University, Bobby Moser oversees one of the largest adult, continuing education and extension programs in the nation. Dr. Moser became the head administrator of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in 1991. 

Dr. Moser heads the College’s resident instruction program, Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Developmental Center, and the Agricultural Technical Institute at Wooster. He oversees 2,200 faculty and staff statewide and 3,200 agricultural and natural resource students in the undergraduate, graduate, and two-year programs within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. 

Dr. Moser is nationally recognized and is credited with the development of scientifically sound and sustainable programs, while incorporating ecological ethics and technological innovations. His developments in the field continue to influence and drive the future of agriculture in the United States and around the world. 

Prior to becoming Vice President, Dr. Moser was director of OSU Extension from 1988-1991. He came to Ohio after seven years at the University of Missouri, where he served as chair of the Department of Animal Sciences and later as the associate dean of Agriculture, and Agriculture Extension program director. Prior to that, he chaired the Department of Animal Science at Missouri and was on the animal science faculty at the University of Nebraska. 

Born in Cyril, Oklahoma, Dr. Moser earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science and Nutrition at Oklahoma State University in 1965 and 1969, respectively. He earned a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition at the University of Nebraska in 1972. He and his wife, Pat, live in Dublin, Ohio.