Who Built OH-SMART?

Tracey V. Dutcher, DVM

Tracy Dutcher portrait.

Dr. Tracey V. Dutcher is currently assigned to the Office of the Administrator for USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), coordinating cross-APHIS science initiatives and programs, and facilitating cross-agency responses to requests for specific scientific expertise. Dr. Dutcher advises the Administrator and Agency and Department officials on key scientific, management and program issues and decision-making processes, acting as a crucial conduit of science communication between the Office of the Administrator, APHIS programs, and USDA officials. 

Dr. Dutcher is an experienced veterinary epidemiologist with demonstrated achievement in team-building, organizational and strategic planning, policy development and implementation within Federal and state agencies. She has acted as an expert advisor to the USDA on One Health Science and Policy since 2011, and is a recognized subject matter expert in building multisectoral, One Health collaboration mechanisms and facilitating intra- and inter-agency communication, collaboration, and coordination. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Dutcher led the Center for Animal Health Information and Analysis. 

Prior to joining USDA, Dr. Dutcher spent 7 years as a supervisory epidemiologist in Federal and state public health agencies (CDC, Indian Health Service and the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services), working across the spectrum from outbreak investigation and response to policy development for infectious and environmental health concerns.  Initially hired into APHIS-Veterinary Services (VS) to assist in building effective collaborations and methods for coordinating zoonotic disease surveillance and data sharing activities between VS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tracey spent 9 years in various leadership roles, and received formal training in transformational and participative leadership through the Federal Executive Institute.  

Dr. Dutcher is a certified Integral Coach©, an alumnus of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow with the National Academies of Practice. 

Katey Pelican, DVM, PhD 

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Dr. Katey Pelican was one of the founding Co-Directors of the University-wide Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC) in 2019.  Through SPARC, Dr. Pelican co-leads the University-wide Sustainable Development Goal Initiative for the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and is also the Interim Managing Director of the Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity at the University.  Over the past year, Dr. Pelican also ran the University COVID Action Network (U-CAN) for SPARC, a program that mobilized a coalition of willing volunteers from UMN and beyond to respond to requests for help and find solutions to the many challenges that are facing our university, communities, state, nation for better response, recovery and resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

She has led large-scale trans-disciplinary, multisectoral programs at UMN since she arrived in 2007.  She was initially hired by the University to start an Ecosystem Health program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, a program that has now grown into a 16 member One Health Division focused on addressing local and global health challenges at the intersection of humans, animals and the changing environment.  Since then, Dr. Pelican has overseen over $85 million implementing programs in the One Health realm.  She was Principal Investigator of the USAID One Health Workforce Project (ceiling $63 million, UMN Prime) which supported university networks in Africa and Asia to build a global workforce to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats (97 Universities in 16 countries total). Dr. Pelican has also developed, with partners, a suite of tools to help countries and agencies better manage and prevent One Health challenges.

Prior to her work at the UMN, Dr. Pelican was a wildlife veterinarian and researcher with the Smithsonian Institution, where she helped initiate an Environmental Change and Species Survival Initiative and led the Smithsonian-wide Cryobanking initiative.

Kaylee Errecaborde, DVM, PhD 

Kaylee Myhre Errecaborde portrait.

Dr. Kaylee Myhre Errecaborde is a policy researcher and a veterinarian. Kaylee supports health workers to situate their technical work within the context of global policies and frameworks (e.g. Global Health Security Agenda, International Health Regulations-Joint External Evaluations, Sustainable Development Goals, SPS Agreement, among others). As a Technical Consultant with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, she supports member countries to build capacity for collaborative, One Health preparedness and response for zoonotic disease and antimicrobial resistance. 

As faculty at the University of Minnesota she serves as the Workforce Planning Lead for the USAID One Health Workforce project, and leads policy and trade capacity programs at the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety. Kaylee continues to support health, security, and trade projects in the US, Asia, Eastern & Western Africa and Latin America. Kaylee has developed an invaluable global perspective and cultural competence from professional work and travel in over 30 countries.