Mark StetterMark Stetter, DVM, Dipl. ACZM (President)

Dr. Mark Stetter has over twenty years of experience as a veterinarian and is one of approximately 100 board certified zoo and wildlife specialists in the world Dr. Stetter has published numerous book chapters and medical articles in scientific journals He is also an accomplished speaker, having delivered hundreds of presentations at universities, conferences, and to the general public. Dr. Stetter recently ended a two-year term as president of the American College of Zoological Medicine and has held several national leadership roles with affiliated professional organizations. Currently, Dr. Stetter is a member of the Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board for the Morris Animal Foundation. His recent conservation projects have focused on bringing new medical technologies to global wildlife issues. His groundbreaking work with elephant laparoscopic surgery is being used in South Africa to reduce the need for culling elephants as a means of saving critically jeopardized ecosystems.

Current Position: Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and BioMedical Sciences, Colorado State University
Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine University of Illinois
Specialty Training: Diplomate American College of Zoo Medicine
Role in EPMP Population Control Project: Director of project

Dean HendricksonDean Hendrickson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS
(Vice-President)

Dr. Hendrickson has over twenty years of experience as a veterinarian and is a board certified large animal surgeon. He completed an Equine Surgery and Medicine Internship at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia and a Large Animal Surgical Residency at Cornell University in 1992. His primary clinical interests are in Equine Wound Care and Minimally Invasive Surgery and has spoken nationally and internationally on both subjects. He has authored papers in many journals and numerous book chapters on the use of Endoscopic Surgery, and he has edited a Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice on Endoscopic Surgery. He completed a text-book on Equine Wound Care and has authored multiple chapters in other books on equine wound care. He recently completed the 3rd Edition of Turner and McIlwraith™ Large Animal Surgical Techniques. He consults with various Zoological Societies regarding large and megavertabrate species. He is responsible for the surgical portion of the current vasectomy project.

Current Position: Associate Dean of the Professional Veterinary Medcine Program, Colorado State University
Professor of Surgery
Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Colorado State University
Specialty Training: Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Role in EPMP Population Control Project: Surgical procedure development

Doug Merker, MBA (Executive Director, Treasurer)

Mr. Doug Merker has held senior management positions at several medical device companies and has expertise in sales and operations management, business development, and strategic planning. He currently serves as Vice President of Sales for Cramer Decker Industries, where he is responsible for sales, marketing and customer service for two of their medical groups. He formerly served as Vice President/General Manager of Karl Storz Veterinary Endoscopy and helped with the develoopment of the specialized instrumentation used in the surgical sterilization of bull elephants. In 2008, he accompanied the EPMP team to South Africa as their equipment specialist. Prior to Karl Storz Veterinary, Mr. Merker was General Manager at Optronics Engineering, a manufacturer of digital imaging systems used in biomedical research and semiconductor manufacturing and has held sales management positions at Bausch and Lomb (formerly Storz Instrument Company).

Current Position: Vice President of Sales, Cramer Decker Industries
Education: Master of Business Administration in Management - Baldwin-Wallac
College, B.S.B.A in Marketing - John Carroll University
Role in EPMP Population Control Project: Equipment Specialist

Dr. Sybill StorzDr. h. c. mult. Sybill Storz

Working in the family company since the late 1950's Dr. h. c. mult. Sybill Storz took over the management as chief executive of the global KARL STORZ group after the death of her father and company founder Dr. med. h. c. Karl Storz in 1996. In 1989 Sybill Storz was very involved in the process of transferring endoscopic expertise gath-ered in more than 4 decades of developing products for human medicine to the field of veteri-narian medicine. Sybill Storz perceives this product portfolio not exclusively as a mean to support the continuity of the company but this portfolio also allows contributing to initiatives that bring more well-being to human beings as well as animals. Therefore Sybill Storz appreciates very much and supports the efforts of the Elephant Population Management Program for achieving their mission to cre-ate an ecological balance for elephants as well as for the ecosystems in which they are living.

Current Position: Chief Executive Officer of Karl Storz GmbH & Co.
Role in EPMP Population Control Project: Equipment expert and technical support for surgery

Mark PenningMark Penning, BVSc

Dr. Mark Penning is a veterinarian by training, with a special interest in wildlife. He has worked in Pretoria as a private veterinarian and has owned and operated a wildlife immobilization and relocation business. He is currently the Executive Director of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research based in Durban, South Africa, an internationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to marine research and conservation. It incorporates the Oceanographic Research Institute, with a team of 27 scientific personnel, the uShaka Sea World marine theme park, and the Sea World Education Centre. He currently serves as President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), an organization based in Switzerland and representing the interests of some 1,300 zoos and aquariums around the world. He also serves as Chairman of the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB).

Current Position: Director of Animal Health at Disney's™ Animal Kingdom
Education: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine equivalent) - University of Pretoria
Role in EPMP Population Control Project: Capacity Building, Surgical Assistance

Jessica Seigel-WillottJessica Seigal-Willott, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

Dr. Jess Siegal-Willott completed a residency in Zoological Medicine through the University of Florida and became one of approximately 100 board certified vets in the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2007. Dr. Siegal-Willott has published book chapters and numerous medical articles in scientific journals, and she has presented her research work at international conferences and universities. Dr. Siegal-Willott has held several leadership roles with affiliated professional organizations. Currently, Dr. Siegal-Willott is a member of the ACZM exam committee. Her recent conservation projects have focused on advancement in anesthesia, clinical care, and population management of endangered animals in captive and free-ranging settings. Dr. Siegal-Willott has been a member of the anesthesia team working on elephants in South Africa undergoing surgical vasectomies since 2008.

Current Position: Supervisory Veterinarian, Smithsonian Institution™ National Zoological Park
Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Cornell University
Specialty Training: Diplomate American College of Zoo Medicine
Role in EPMP Population Control Project: Anesthesia

Kelly Stetter, CVT

Kelly Stetter is a certified veterinary technician with wide-ranging experience working with elephants, in a support role for the laparoscopic vasectomy surgeries, and fostering partnerships with veterinary professionals in southern Africa. She has extensive experience as a small animal and wildlife veterinary technician. Ms. Stetter also has founded a partner school relationship between Palm Lake Elementary and Nkomo Primary School in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. Through this relationship this organization has been able to provide primary educational opportunities to many children in the local area. Ms. Stetter has been involved in the elephant population management project since its inception in 2001. She now serves as a Director at Large on the Board of Directors of EPMP.

Current Position: Veterinary Technician
Education: A.A.S. Veterinary Technology - Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture, BS - Manhattan College in Riverdale New York
Role in EPMP Population Control Project: Lead Scrub Nurse, Surgical Equipment Oversight

Jeffery ZubaJeffery R. Zuba, DVM

Jeffery R. Zuba completed a residency in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at the Zoological Society of San Diego. Dr. Zuba then received an appointment as Clinical Professor at Colorado State University. For the past 17 years, Dr. Zuba has been a staff veterinarian at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Professional highlights include being a faculty member for the Envirovet Institute (an ecosystem veterinary health program), an affiliate clinical professor at the University of California-Davis, the Veterinary Coordinator for the Condor Release Program in Baja, Mexico, and the Veterinary Advisor for the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan. Dr. Zuba is one of the founding members and principle investigator of the concept of using minimally invasive surgery for population control of elephants.

Current Position: Senior Associate Veterinarian San Diego Zoological Society
Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - University of Wisconsin
Specialty Training: Diplomate American College of Zoo Medicine
Role in EPMP Population Control Project: Anesthesia

Adrien BramoulleAdrien Bramoullé, B Agric Sc, Executive MBA

Mr Adrien Bramoullé has 20 years managerial experience in sales, marketing and strategy within the animal health pharmaceutical and surgical environment throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. He currently serves as Business Director for the Animal Health, Dental and OEM markets at Covidien in Europe. Prior to this, Adrien was Sales Support and Surgical Product Manager at Vétoquinol. Adrien regularly enjoys the opportunity to lecture at the EM-Lyon Business School on topics such as the marketing of services, entrapreneurship and international strategic market entry modes. Since his youth, Adrien has been involved in numerous environmental and animal conservation projects in Southern Africa.

Current Position: EMEA Business Director, Covidien
Education: Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Strategy, EM-Lyon, Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Role in EPMP Population Control Project: Surgery and team support

Johan MaraisJohan Marais, BvSC, MSc

Johan Marais qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort, South Africa in 1991. He then spent 5 years in equine racing and mixed practice before returning to the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort. He obtained an MSc degree and is currently busy with a PhD on rhino. His primary clinical interests are wound care and fracture fixation in wildlife. His research in sarcoid in Cape Mountain Zebra led to the better understanding of the prevalence and treatment of the tumour in this endangered specie. Johan has a special interest in wildlife surgery and apart from performing fracture fixation on species like buffalo, roan and sable; he also performs surgical procedures on elephant, rhino, giraffe and cheetah.

Current Position: Professor of Equine Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort, South Africa
Education: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine equivalent) and Master of Science - University of Pretoria
Role in EPMP Population Control Project: Surgery