Dr. Joe Stark, a native of Fenton, is a 1986 graduate of Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine. He established Lake Area Animal Hospital in Lake Charles where he practiced small animal medicine and surgery for 29 years until his retirement in 2022. He has been the Board President and Veterinarian for Bayou Animal Rescue Krewe (BARK) since 2016. In addition to his work with BARK, he currently serves as a part-time contracted veterinarian for several rural animal control facilities.
Dr. Chalyn Fayard is an associate veterinarian practicing at Claiborne Hill Veterinary Hospital in Covington, Louisiana. A Denham Springs native, she earned her veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Her areas of interest include behavior, dermatology, and pain management. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture and pursuing certification in veterinary chiropractic. She and her spouse have one son and an assortment of dogs, cats, tortoises and chickens at their home in Folsom, Louisiana.
Hilton Cole is the Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control & Rescue Center. He is the past President of the Louisiana Animal Control and Care Association. Cole is considered an exceptional leader in his field of Animal Control & Sheltering.
Chip Fitz is the Director for the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control Shelter.
Shelly Liles Fontenot, D.V.M., is a Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Representative.
Brent Robbins is the State Veterinarian, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Henry L. Wimbley, Alexandria city shelter director. Wimbley is a native of Indianola, Miss. and a resident of Alexandria, La. since 1982. He became the first African American appointed to serve as Superintendent for the Alexandria Animal Shelter in 1995. Wimbley is 1980 graduate of Mississippi Valley State University. After receiving his B.A. in Business and Accounting, Wimbley worked as a bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Wimbley completed the Alexandria Regional Police Academy in 1995 and has worked as for the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office for the past 25 years. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant.