APHIS Poultry Team Contacts

The core avian team now consists of Dr. Fidelis Hegngi, Dr. Elena Behnke, Dr. Patricia Fox, Dr. Katy Burden, Dr. Savannah Thomas, Dr. Taylor Gaines, Ms. Penny Kesler and Ms. Samantha Steer (ASEP Team).

  • For matters concerning the Live Bird Market System, Avian Influenza, trade bans, and associated areas, please contact any of the individuals listed below at 310-851-3564/3437:

    Dr. Fidelis Hegngi
    National Coordinator, LBMS

    Ms. Samantha Steer
    ASEP Program Analyst

  • For matters concerning breeding and commercial poultry in the National Poultry Improvement Plan, NPIP authorized laboratories, NPIP compartmentalization, the NPIP General Conference Committee, NPIP Provisions, and other associated areas, please contact any of the individuals listed below at 770-922-3496:

    Dr. Elena Behnke
    NPIP Senior Coordinator

    Dr. Katy Burden
    NPIP Veterinary Coordinator

    Ms. Penny Kesler
    NPIP Program Analyst

    Dr. Savannah Thomas
    NPIP Veterinary Coordinator

  • For all State matters pertaining to H5/H7 presumptive positive/positive test results, indemnity, Cooperative Agreements (including quarterly reports) and Initial State Response and Containment Plans,
    please contact Dr. Fox at 919-855-7258 or Dr. Gaines at 240-222-2473:

    Dr. Patricia Fox
    National Epidemiologist - Avian Health

    Dr. Taylor Gaines
    Staff Veterinarian - Poultry Health

Any questions or comments on avian issues, NPIP, LBMS, surveillance or response, please don’t hesitate to contact us.