Our 2023 Officers & Board Members

To get where the veterinary profession needs to go, it takes a dynamic group of people leading the way. Get to know our leadership team.
2023 Officers
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Dr. Greg Kurtz

Hagerstown, IN

President

Greg Kurtz, DVM is a livestock veterinarian and co-owner of Kurtz Veterinary Clinic in Hagerstown, IN.  Greg and his wife Robyn, who also is a veterinarian, graduated from Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and began practice in Hagerstown in 1983 after practicing one year in central Wisconsin. Kurtz Veterinary Clinic is a four doctor practice serving the livestock and pet owners of east central Indiana. Greg’s area of practice interest is cattle reproduction and dairy herd health consulting.  Greg services herds ranging in size from 40 to 6500 milking cows and herds that vary from grazing organic herds to confined herds milked by robotics.  Kurtz Veterinary Clinic also services several beef cattle elite genetic herds. Greg serves as an At Large Member to the IVMA Board of Directors since 2019 and serves on several task forces.  “I look forward to continuing the work of the IVMA in building relationships among all segments of the veterinary profession and strengthening our advocacy with the statehouse and government agencies.  We need to listen to the needs of our members and continue to provide services that meet those needs.” Greg is an active member of Zions’ Lutheran Church, Pershing; serves on the Board of Directors of Wayne County Farm Bureau, Indiana Farm Bureau Animal Care Policy Advisory Group, and is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council, and John Purdue Club.

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Dr. Lindsey Hedges

Lebanon, IN

President - Elect

Dr. Lindsey Hedges is the Director of Veterinary Mentorship at Mission Veterinary Partners. A 2011 graduate of Purdue CVM, she worked as an associate veterinarian for three years before opening her own denovo small animal clinic. In creating her practice, she was guided by her passions for fostering leadership in all employees, promoting Fear Free practices, & forming strong bonds in the community. She has facilitated the Indiana VMA Power of 10 Leadership program since 2015 and currently sits on the IVMA Executive Board as the Region 2 Representative. Lindsey is an avid board game geek and hosts monthly Dungeons & Dragons sessions with her friends. She lives in Lebanon, IN with her husband, two cats, and two dogs.

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Dr. Corey Swart

Kokomo, IN

Treasurer

Dr. Corey Swart is a native of Kokomo and is now the Managing DVM at Jefferson Road Animal Hospital/Cat Clinic of Kokomo where he grew up volunteering/working while pursuing his education.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Indiana University Kokomo then continued on to earn his DVM degree from Purdue University in 2008.  He enjoys treating dogs, cats, and pocket pets while also forming bonds with their owners.  Serving on various committees/boards has been valuable in helping him to serve his community and profession, some of which currently include IU Kokomo Animal Care & Use Committee, At Large Board Member of the IVMA, and treasurer for the Wabash Valley Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. Swart participated in the IVMA Power of You program and outside of veterinary medicine he enjoys spending time with friends/family, exercising, attending car shows, and hanging with his Mini Bernedoodle, Oscar 🐾.  He looks forward to continuing to serve the IVMA and the veterinary community.

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Dr. Aaron Johnson

Fishers, IN

Immediate Past President

Dr. Aaron Johnson (PU’05) is an industry veterinarian who works as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager at Argenta. He was born and raised in southeastern Connecticut before moving to Indiana to attend Purdue University. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science (’99) and a Master of Science degree in beef cattle reproductive physiology (‘01) at Purdue before graduating with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2005.

What Dr. Johnson loves most about this role is working with different animal health companies to help them through the FDA approval process, which can ultimately benefit thousands of veterinarians and millions of pets by bringing new therapies to market. During his 10 years at industry, Dr. Johnson has also continued to practice as a weekend relief veterinarian, and currently works Saturdays at South Anderson Veterinary Clinic. He says relief work helps keep him apprised of the challenges that practitioners are currently facing.

 Dr. Johnson currently lives in Fishers with his wife Amber and two children. Their pets include one dog, two cats, two Guinea pigs, and a hermit crab.

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Dr. Tai Ogg

Michigan City

Region 1 Board Member

Dr. Tai Ogg is a small animal relief veterinarian and owner of Liri Animal Health. She is an Indiana native originally from the Northeast side of the state. She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University. Dr. Ogg is a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University and University of Iowa with a dual Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master’s in Public Health. In 2021, Dr. Ogg became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Ogg was part of the 2021 Power of 10 class and currently serves on committees within the IVMA. She is incredibly passionate about helping to change the profession for the better through supporting mental health and providing better support to new graduates.
Outside of her veterinary career, Dr. Ogg owns a small jewelry business and co-owns an event company. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and gardening. She currently resides in Michigan City, IN with her three dogs.

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Dr. Tammy Chastain

Alexandria, IN

Region 2 Board Member

Dr. Tamara (Tammy) Chastain earned her veterinary degree in 2003 from Purdue University.  She spent her first five years of practice in Sheridan, Indiana focusing on equine and small animal medicine.  She joined Alexandria Animal Hospital in 2008.  In early 2016, she had the opportunity to fulfill a long-time dream of becoming a practice owner and purchased Alexandria Animal Hospital.  She feels her mission is to promote veterinary medicine in a positive light to the community as well as future veterinary professionals and enjoys sharing her career with students. 

Dr. Chastain grew up in Sullivan, Indiana and now lives in the Summitville area with her husband, and their three sons.  Boxer (Callie), cats (Puddin’, Peanut Butter, Snickers, and Oreo), and Arabian horses (Chip and Tilly) round out their family. Outside of the veterinary clinic, Dr. Chastain keeps busy supporting her boys in their various activities and helping her husband with the family farm.  She is active in her church, and when she is lucky enough to find free time, she enjoys following Purdue basketball, mountain bike riding, spoiling her horses, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

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Dr. Harley Robinson

Versailles, IN

Region 3 Board Member

Dr. Harley Robinson (PU ’79) Moving back
to southeast
Indiana and starting a mixed
animal
veterinary practice was a dream of
Dr.
Robinson’s while at Purdue. June of 1979 saw that dream come true. He has been in the same location since then.
With his wife, Jascia, they raised five children
and quickly became engaged and ingrained in the life and times of Dearborn and Ripley counties. Dr. Robinson believes that those who have been given much are obligated to return much in service to their community. Both he and Jascia have been active members of their church and
various community organizations for decades. In
the area of public health, Dr. Robinson has served on the Ripley County Board of Health for 37 years and continues to be engaged at the state level as a Board member of the Indiana Public Health
Association.
He has been a dedicated and active member of the District 9 IVMA since graduation, serving as president twice, and most recently as board representative to the IVMA. In 2019 the IVMA honored Dr. Robinson with the Lifetime Achievement Award. After 40 years, Dr. Robinson
says he knows that retirement is someday

inevitable, but he wishes to continue serving his
colleagues as an IVMA representative. He believes that through the work of the IVMA, the profession
will grow, strengthen and prosper.

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Dr. Tony Rumschlag

Noblesville, IN

AVMA Delegate

Dr. Tony Rumschlag owns Rumschlag Veterinary Consulting, providing support and consultations with veterinary hospitals, related businesses, and investors in the veterinary pet health arena.

He attended Purdue University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science (’81) and then his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Tony and his wife, Hella, moved to Atlanta, Ga where Tony gained experience as small animal practitioner. After five years of clinical practice, he shifted his career focus to the animal health industry holding a variety of medical support and managerial roles in the ensuing 25+ years. During his 11-year career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition Tony and his family moved back to Indiana. He transitioned from pet nutrition to pharmaceutical and vaccines product support with Merial (now part of Boehringer Ingelheim) in 1999, eventually moving into leadership role as Director for Veterinary Technical Services.

Tony was hired by Elanco in 2006 to start the Pet Health Consulting Veterinarians team which he grew and led for 15 years prior to joining the Elanco External Innovations team. His experience included oversight of post-approval studies and participating in the launch of many innovative new products into the veterinary profession to better manage disease conditions and improve the health of pets. He has maintained strong connections and relationships in many facets of veterinary medicine including state and national veterinary associations and veterinary colleges. Dr. Rumschlag has been invited to speak at several state and national veterinary conferences, as well as conferences in Southeast Asia. He loves connecting science to solutions for conditions and diseases affecting animals.

Tony has provided leadership in various state and national veterinary organizations continuously since moving back to Indiana in 1995. He is a past president of the IVMA (’08) and is a board member and past co-chair for the Indiana Animal Health Foundation. He served six years on AVMA’s Committee for Veterinary Technician Education and Activities including serving as Chair for two years. He also served ten years as a Board Member for the American Heartworm Society with three years as Vice President of the organization. He is a passionate supporter and champion for veterinary leadership development and for the efficient incorporation of veterinary nurses and technicians to improve practice culture and success.

In addition to his enthusiasm for veterinary organizations he enjoys spending time with his family, walking their senior dog Abby, woodworking, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and fly tying.

Dr. Lisa Hepworth
Dr. Lisa Hepworth

Lafayette, IN

At-Large Board Member

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Dr. Kristi Kantz

Georgetown, IN

At-Large Board Member

Dr. Kristi Kantz grew up in Troy, Michigan and currently resides in Georgetown, Indiana. She received an undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and earned her DVM degree from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the Especially Pets team, Dr. Kantz practiced in Michigan and Indiana. Her special interests include ophthalmology, dermatology, ultrasound, and dentistry.

Outside of work, Dr. Kantz enjoys horseback riding, walking her dogs, and reading. She is married with three children, while also caring for a variety of cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, and alpacas at home.

Phil Borst
Dr. Phil Borst

Indianapolis, IN

AVMA Alternate Delegate

Dr. Philip Borst is a 1975 graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has practiced small animal medicine at the Shelby Street Animal Clinic in Indianapolis since graduation. Dr. Borst is a past president of the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. He currently serves as the alternate delegate from Indiana to the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates.

Current civic activities include chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame board, and chairman of the Big Ten Men and Women’s Basketball Tournament LOC. Dr. Borst also served for 28 years as an Indianapolis city-county councilman and as it’s president. He was also co-chairman of game management for the 2021 Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship all held in the state of Indiana and assistant tournament manager for the 2022 round one and two Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis.

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Dr. Matthew Hobson

Muncie, IN

At-Large Board Member

Dr. Hobson’s first position was as associate
veterinarian at Care
Animal Hospital in
Muncie, IN and in 2017, he
became a practice owner. In late 2020, he partnered with Mission Veterinary Partners and serves as a Medical Director for 3 small animal practices in central Indiana.
Dr. Hobson has been a member of the IVMA since
the start of his career and is excited to expand his veterinary service as a board member for the IVMA. When he’s not at work, Dr. Hobson enjoys spending time with his wife, Libby, and their 3
daughters: Piper, Perry, and Josephine.

Dr. Jason Huff
Dr. Jason Huff

Greencastle, IN

At-Large Board Member

Dr. Jason Huff was born and raised in southwestern Indiana just outside the town of Vincennes. After graduating from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, he and his wife Angela moved to Greencastle, IN where they currently reside. They have two sons – Ben, who is currently a freshman at Purdue, and Owen who is currently a junior in high school. In addition to their two sons, they have one indoor cat, three dogs, seven barn cats and a menagerie of goats. Dr. Huff is a partner in West Central Veterinary Services which has mixed animal clinics in Greencastle, Rockville, Veedersburg, and Clinton. In his free time, Dr. Huff enjoys watching his boys show goats and play a variety of sports. When time allows, he and his family are also avid campers. This is Dr. Huff’s second stint on the board as he previously served from 2011 – 2017.

Meet the Past Presidents of the VMA

We’re thankful to all of those who have volunteered time and resources to improve veterinary medicine and the lives of those touched by it.

Dr. Greg Kurtz 2023
Dr. Aaron Johnson 2022
Dr. Hilary Christner 2021
Dr. Aaron Smiley 2020
Dr. Matt Cantrell 2019
Dr. Nathan Rich 2018
Dr. Maria Cooper 2017
Dr. James Stepusin 2016
Dr. Jerry Risser 2015
Dr. John Feutz 2014
Dr. Philip Borst 2013
Dr. Paul Clemente 2012
Dr. Lori Thompson 2011
Dr. Steve Sunbury 2010
Dr. Pete Bill 2009
Dr. Tony Rumschlag 2008
Dr. Bill Somerville 2007
Dr. James Weisman 2006
Dr. Carl Watters 2005
Dr. Janet Sizelove 2004
Dr. John Schnarr 2003
Dr. Roy Coolman 2002
Dr. Sandi Norman 2001
Dr. Bill Humphrey 2000
Dr. Allen Lueking 1999
Dr. Carol Ecker 1998
Dr. Jim Scott 1997
Dr. Bret Marsh 1996
Dr. Ralph Bailey 1995
Dr. John McKibben 1994
Dr. Dick Mahrenholz 1993
Dr. Robert Gillespie 1992
Dr. John Scamahorn 1991
Dr. Paul Dieterlen 1990
Dr. W. Harold Davis 1989
Dr. John Pickett 1988
Dr. Ronald Dale 1987
Dr. Ralph Grosvenor 1985
Dr. Everett Fleming 1986
Dr. Robert Ferguson 1984
Dr. J. Richard Jones 1983
Dr. Iverson Bell 1982
Dr. L. Kirk Clark 1981
Dr. Charles W. Freudenberg 1980
Dr. Lawrence M. Borst 1979
Dr. George S. McClarnon 1978
Dr. James H. Hennegan 1977
Dr. Galen E. Krill 1976
Dr. Charles L. Lindborg 1975
Dr. Max C. Joseph 1974
Dr. Forrest H. McClead 1973
Dr. John D. Coltrain 1972
Dr. H. Marvin Bratt 1971
Dr. David VanMeter, Jr. 1970
Dr. Richard E. Schaub 1969
Dr. Homer D. Carter 1968
Dr. Eber H. Allen 1967
Dr. Bruce H. Sharp 1966
Dr. Robert W. Newlin 1965
Dr. V. Keith McMahan 1964
Dr. Lewis A Snider 1963
Dr. George R. Burch 1962
Dr. Thomas W. Freas 1961
Dr. Harry J. Magrane 1960
Dr. Leonard A Clark 1959
Dr. Russell F. Portman 1958
Dr. Raymond W. Worley 1957
Dr. Justin E. Jordan 1956
Dr. Roe King 1955
Dr. E.S. Weisner 1954
Dr. Emmett Spieth 1953
Dr. M.M. Coble 1952
Dr. G. Robert Oldham 1951
Dr. C.H. Smith 1950
Dr. H.A Lidikay 1949
Dr. C. Dobson 1948
Dr. G.L. Clark 1947
Dr. O.C. Shockley 1946
Dr. T.L. Steenerson 1945
Dr. J.E. Carrico 1944
Dr. D.S. Hinkle 1943
Dr. J.E. Tinder 1942
Dr. G.E. Botkin 1941
Dr. R.E. Kepner 1940
Dr. D.D. Baker 1939
Dr. W.B. Massie 1938
Dr. E.D. Anderson 1937
Dr. F.C. Tucker 1936
Dr. L.C. Finley 1935
Dr. H.W. Bryan 1934
Dr. J .W. Demsey 1933
Dr. J.H. Mills 1932
Dr. R.C. Applegate 1931
Dr. F.W. Brattin 1930
Dr. L.A. Wood 1929
Dr. H. Meade Hamilton 1928
Dr. F.R. Dean 1927
Dr. AF. Nelson 1926
Dr. H.E. Whiffing 1925
Dr. W.B. Wallace 1924
Dr. M.W. Scott 1923
Dr. G.W. Gillie 1922
Dr. J.L. Kixmiller 1921
Dr. J .L. Klotz 1920
Dr. Payson Schwin 1919
Dr. J.L. Axby 1918
Dr. R.B. Whitesell 1917
Dr. C.E. Call 1916
Dr. HG. White 1915
Dr. AB. Carter 1914
Dr. H.G. Heighway 1913
Dr. W.J. Armour 1912
Dr. T.A. Sigler 1911
Dr. R.A Craig 1910
Dr. O.L. Boor 1909
Dr. G.H. Roberts 1908
Dr. J.B. Archer 1907
Dr. W.B. Craig 1906
Dr. F.W. Andermam 1904-05
Dr. P.O. O’Rear 1903
Dr. Wm. F. Meyer 1902
Dr. J.C. Rodgers 1901
Dr. J.W. Klotz 1899-1900
Dr. F.A. Bolser 1896-98
Dr. J.E. Cloud 1893-95
Dr. W.L. Williams 1892
Dr. J.C. Rodgers 1891
Dr. M.E. Knowles 1890
Dr. H.R. Macaulay 1888-1889
Unknown 1884-87
Dr. Eliott 1883