Gabriela Baez is an accomplished beauty marketing executive with over 17 years marketing experience leading globally recognized brands. Expertise includes channel/trade marketing, retail marketing, social media/influencer marketing, PR, product development, digital/eCommerce, partnerships and promotions as well as advertising and content creation. Throughout her career she has excelled at growing brands across multiple channel landscapes as well as leading and influencing cross-functional team to achieve and exceed goals. She has spent 10 years at two top Unilever Prestige skincare brands where she grew both brands in multiple channels as well as leading the team to excel in multiple marketing disciplines. More recently, she has lead emerging brands in new areas of opportunities including eCommerce, international and brand/product development.
Dr. Downing is Hospital Director of The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management, LLC. She has received many regional, national, and international awards, including the Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Award in 2001 from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, the Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and most recently the 2020 Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award from the AVMA. Dr. Downing is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, and she was the third veterinarian
in the world to earn the Diplomate credential in the American Academy of Pain
Management (a human pain management organization). She was a founder of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and served as that organization’s second President.
In addition, she has served as President of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians (now called the Human-Animal Bond Association). Dr. Downing is an internationally sought-after speaker on a wide variety of topics including pain management, physical rehabilitation, physical medicine, hospice/end-of- life care, anesthesia related topics, and overcoming compliance obstacles/issues inveterinary medicine.
In 2016 she completed her Master of Science degree in Clinical Bioethics from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC and Union Graduate College with the intention of translating the practices of clinical bioethics for application in veterinary medicine. This commitment includes framing the imperatives of the Fear Free movement, as well as comprehensive acute and chronic pain management, as obligations grounded in bioethical principles. She is now working on a Doctorate in Clinical Bioethics at Loyola
University of Chicago.
David B. Goodnight, DVM, MBA
David graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 and practiced small animal medicine in the Dallas, Texas area. In the mid-80s, he acquired an MBA with the goal of transitioning to the industry side of animal health. In 1996 he joined Brakke Consulting, the largest dedicated animal health consulting firm in the world. He was recruited into the pet insurance business in 1999 by Veterinary Pet Insurance to be the EVP of Business
Development. In 2005, he was recruited by Nestle Purina PetCare Company to use his start-up expertise to design and launch a new pet insurance company, PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance. He served as President & COO until
May 2013 when he returned to Brakke consulting as a Senior Consultant.
His specific interests and expertise are in start-ups, early-stage technology, new product opportunity and development assessment, go to market strategies and market research. In the fall of 2015, along with Ron Brakke, David founded Insight Animal Health, Inc.- a company dedicated to developing early-stage animal health technologies for commercialization. In January 2017, David accepted the position of EVP Business Development at LifeLearn, Inc.
Lysa Pam Posner, Dipl., DACVAA
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Posner has a BS in biochemistry from Purdue University. She completed her DVM at Cornell University and spent 9 years in private veterinary practice. She returned to Cornell to complete a Residency in Anesthesiology and completed her board certification with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. She was on Faculty at Cornell for 5 years and has been on Faculty at North Carolina State University since 2005. She is currently a Professor of Anesthesiology, the Director of Anesthesia Services, and Anesthesiology Residency Program Director.
Dr. James Baumgartner has been retained by MRVL Pet to oversee the upgraded formulations of the MRVL Pet line of products and the manufacturing at Panacea Life Sciences.
Dr. Baumgartner is an award winning scientist who was previously CEO at Phoenix Life Sciences, Chief operating officer at Strategic Pharma and President of Eurofins PanLabs.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis, and his Master of Science and doctorate from Washington State University.