Hi Matt;  I have forwarded your message on to others in the US Fish and Wildlife Service who are involved with fish and wildlife health and asked they contact you to be part of this effort.  I was briefly involved in this work while on a special temporary assignment, so I am no longer involved.  I noticed the bio for Dr. Jennifer Ballard is way out of date.  She is now a Fish and Wildlife Service veterinarian located in Ft. Collins, CO.  I wish you the best of luck with this effort on this very important work.



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On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:36 AM, Gray, Matt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Dear Global Ranavirus Consortium (GRC) Members and Colleagues:


We are opening nominations for election of GRC Board members.  Positions that are up for election are:


Associate Director

Secretary/Treasurer, and

5 Regional Representatives (nominees must be located in the region where they are nominated)

1.  Asia

2.  Australia

3.  Europe & Africa

4.  Central & South America

5.  North America.


The responsibilities of each of these positions are described in the GRC bylaws (see below).


Current GRC Board members are:


The duration of all positions is 4 years, except for the Associate Director who will become the Director after 4 years (in 2021).  After 4 years, the Director remains on the Board for 4 more years as immediate Past Director. In accordance with our bylaws, all positions begin on 1 July of the election year OR at the end of the International Symposium on Ranaviruses (ISR), whichever comes first. For 2017, positions will begin 11 June, because the ISR is 7-10 June. On 11 June, Dr. Jesse Brunner (current Associate Director) will become Director, and I will move into the Past Director position. 


Nominations begin today and will remain open for approximately 3 weeks (28 February).  Nominations should be emailed to: [log in to unmask]. Our goal is to have at least two individuals nominated per position. Please consider nominating a colleague (with their permission) or yourself. After nominations are received, we will hold elections (in March) via an online confidential ballot.  Only current GRC members are allowed to vote; 2016 memberships ended on 31 December 2016.  A list of current (2017 paid) and past members is located here: You can renew your membership at


Thank you very much for considering serving the GRC in a leadership role!

All the Best,



Matthew J. Gray, Ph.D., Professor

Director, Global Ranavirus Consortium 

Co-chair, PARC National Disease Task Team

Associate Director, Center for Wildlife Health

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