APHIS Poultry Team Contacts

The core avian team now consists of Dr. Fidelis Hegngi, Dr. Denise Brinson, Dr. Patricia Fox, Dr. Elena Behnke, Ms. Penny Kesler, Ms. Meta Walker, and Ms. Samantha Ziegler (SPRS-Avian Team).

  • For matters concerning the Live Bird Market System, Avian Influenza, trade bans, and associated areas, please contact:

    Dr. Fidelis Hegngi
    National Coordinator, LBMS

    Ms. Samantha Ziegler
    ASAAHP Program Specialist

    In the event Dr. Hegngi is unavailable, please contact Dr. Brinson.

  • For matters concerning breeding and commercial poultry in the National Poultry Improvement Plan, NPIP authorized laboratories, the NPIP General Conference Committee, NPIP Provisions, and other associated areas, please contact:

    Dr. Denise Brinson
    NPIP Director

    Dr. Elena Behnke
    NPIP Coordinator

    Dr. Christina Lindsey
    NPIP Coordinator

    Ms. Penny Kesler
    NPIP Program Analyst

    Ms. Meta Walker
    NPIP Program Assistant

    In the event that NPIP office personnel are unavailable, please contact Dr. Hegngi.

  • For all states (former Eastern and Western), 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. Patricia Fox
    National Epidemiologist-Avian Health

    In the event that Dr. Fox is unavailable, please contact Dr. Hegngi for cooperative agreement questions and Dr. Brinson for ISRCP questions.

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