Departments

Administration

Andrea Stephens, Technical Director of Administration
Len Chappell, Technical Manager of Customer Support
Bethany Coggin, Assistant Director of Customer Service
Danelle Dimizio, Supply Chain Supervisor
Anita Hamrick, Senior Administrative Specialist
Kathleen Owen, Accounting and HR Senior Specialist

About Us: The administration staff manages a variety of functions; their responsibilities are closely dependent on their qualifications. They ensure smooth operations within the organization.

Building

John Groves, Facility Manager
Scott Maddox, Facilities

About Us: Our Mission is to provide quality service in an efficient and professional manner to ensure building safety and comfort. Our focus is to continually improve and ensure customer satisfaction.

Histopathology

Andrea Stephens, Histopathology Technologist

About Us: Tissue samples are processed by the Histopathology department. GLPN contracts with the most qualified board certified Veterinary Histopathologists to read all Histopathology slides. Reports are returned in about one week from date of submission.

Necropsy

Dr. James Davis, Veterinary Director Gainesville

About Us: Clinical Services provide a wide range of services including post mortem examinations at the lab, farm visits, sample collection on farm, and phone consultation. The clinicians are dedicated to providing diagnosis and treatment to keep poultry healthy in Georgia.

Receiving

Tanya Arrowood, Technician
Kayla Jones, Technician
Patti Nash, Technician
Holly Twazer, Technician


About Us:
The GPLN Receiving Department is responsible for receiving samples shipped from field personnel or  brought to the lab directly. The samples are logged into LIMS and bar code labels are placed on all samples. The samples are placed in the appropriate bins for each department to provide a cooperative Industry-State-Federal program through which new diagnostic technology can be effectively applied to the improvement of poultry and poultry products throughout the country.

Serology

Brenda Glidewell, Quality Manager and Director of Serology
Jane Askew, Technician
Drew Carter, Senior Specialist
Sara Cooper, Technician
Jaime Hamrick, Technician
Donna Jones, Technician
Carrie Kennedy, Technician
Nicki Smith, Technician
JoAnn Williamson, Technician

About Us: Blood samples taken at the main lab and network labs are processed by the serology department. The department tests tens of thousands chicken blood samples monthly for antibodies to poultry viruses. The department uses state of the art equipment to keep up with the requests. Reports are returned in less than 1 week from date of submission.

Bacteriology

Dr. Katy Burden Manager of Field Veterinarian Services & Bacteriology Department
Dr. Doug Waltman, Technical Director of Bacteriology Laboratory & Technical Logistics Support

Emily Dinh, Technician
Kat Muro, Technician
Iyen Omoruyi, Technician
Susan Sullens, Technician

About Us: Bacteriology cultures and identifies bacteria from various sample types. Samples may be taken from the processing plant, farm environment, or birds. Bacteriology is important as a diagnostic and monitoring tool. The department also makes most of the media needed to grow the bacteria. PCR technique is performed for MG and MS.

Field Services

Dr. Louise Dufour-Zavala, Executive Director
Dr. Doug Anderson, Veterinary Director South GA
Dr. Katy Burden Manager of Field Veterinarian Services & Bacteriology Department
Dr. James Davis, Veterinary Director Gainesville
Len Chappell, Technical Manager of Customer Support
Bethany Coggin, Assistant Director of Customer Service
Jessi Kimbrell, NPIP Specialist
Melody Maddox, Field Technician
Tyler Reed, Field Technician
Jeff Spivey, Director of Industry Operations
Jessica Tate, Field Technician
Lindsey Vinson, Field Technician
Pat West, Field Technician/courier

About Us: Epidemiology utilizes lab reports, case history and GIS coordinates to monitor and study poultry disease outbreaks. The department works closely with an industry committee to determine plans of action during outbreaks. The department plays a major role in developing plans for a possible Avian Influenza outbreak.

The laboratory has committed to assisting industry with issues arising during operations. The Industry Operations group, customer service group Veterinarians and NPIP field testers are dedicated to helping industry with biosecurity programs within the NPIP auditing framework, hatchery monitoring, field investigations, and any other field related need of the industry. GPLNs field services seeks to enhance industry performance through disease reduction, education, monitoring and maintaining biosecurity within live operations.

Media

Danelle Dimizio, Supply Chain Supervisor
Keri Jones, Technician
Donna Standridge, Technician

About Us: The Media Preparation Department provides support for the various Georgia Poultry Laboratory departments by making all of the in house media following strict quality control standards. They also serve to decontaminate all waste products and to sterilize equipment and glassware. To place an order or have questions about media supplies email media@gapoultrylab.org

NPIP

Jessi Kimbrell, NPIP Specialist
Melody Maddox, Field Technician
Jessica Tate, Field Technician
Lindsey Vinson, Field Technician
Pat West, Field Technician/courier

About Us: The objective of the NPIP is to provide a cooperative Industry-State-Federal program through which new diagnostic technology can be effectively applied to the improvement of poultry and poultry products throughout the country.

Virology

Dr. Arun Kulkarni, Veterinary Director Virology
Holly Bagwell, Technician
Heather Failyer, Technician
Stephanie Forrester, Technician
Glenda Stover, Technician

About Us: Samples taken at the main lab and network labs are processed for virus isolation by the virology department. Virus isolation is done on various cell cultures and grown in eggs. Special stains and cell and embryo changes are used determine the infective virus. Virus isolation can take from 1-6 weeks to identify a virus depending on how well it grows. PCR technique is performed for AI, VLT, CAV, NDV, Adenovirus.