Roxann Brooks Motroni is the National Program Leader for Animal Health at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS). In this role, she sets the strategic direction and national coordination for USDA’s intramural research program focused on animal health research which includes some zoonotic diseases with 9 research locations in Ames, Iowa; Clay Center, Nebraska; Athens, Georgia; Orient Point; New York, Beltsville, Maryland; Pullman, Washington; Mississippi State, Mississippi; Albany, CA and Manhattan, Kansas. Prior to this position, she was a program manager at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chemical and Biological Defense Division (CBD) in the Agriculture Defense Branch. Her program funded between $10-15M per annum to provide discovery, early development, test and evaluation of countermeasures for foreign animal diseases that could have catastrophic impacts on the U.S. economy. She holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in Comparative Pathology from the University of California, Davis and is a practicing food animal veterinarian.