Bureau of Animal Protection Stakeholder Task Force

The BAP Stakeholder Task Force (Task Force) is comprised of a diverse group of 12 individuals with experience in any of the following areas:

         (1) the livestock community;
         (2) the pet owner and care community;
         (3) the veterinary medicine community;
         (4) the animal welfare community;
         (5) the law enforcement and peace officer training (POST) community;
         (6) other members of the public with experience in public policy centered around animal protection, the livestock industry, and animal welfare.

Members of this voluntary Task Force were appointed in Summer 2021 by the Commissioner of Agriculture to serve a two-year term. Members may be allowed to serve consecutive terms at the sole discretion of the Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Task Force was formed with the following goals: 

  1. To provide a forum for regular communication between stakeholders and administrators of the BAP program. 
  2. To provide expert analysis as the BAP program staff seeks to develop and implement the program's strategic plan. 
  3. To inform BAP staff of emerging issues related to the care and welfare of animals in the State of Colorado and provide feedback on BAP program initiatives. 

The Task Force typically meets quarterly. All meetings of the Task Force are open to the public and with time at the end for public comment. A Zoom link for the public can be found on the meeting agenda, which is typically posted one week prior to the meeting. Current and past meeting agendas can be found by clicking on the Meeting Links and Notes button below. 

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Boy pets a friendly cow through the fence, photo by Sherry Dreher.
Photo by Sherry Dreher

Task Force Members and Affiliations

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There are 12 Public Members Currently on the Task Force:

 Duane Adams
 Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region             
 Erik Bourgerie
 Colorado POST
 Courtney Diehl, DVM
 Dumb Friends League
 Erin Karney
 Colorado Cattlemen's Association
 Justin Marceau
 University of Denver
 Katia Nikitina
 University of Denver
 Jamie L. Norris
 Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
 Rigo Neira
 Larimer Humane Society
 Zachary Riley
 Colorado Livestock Association
 Apryl Steele
 Dumb Friends League
 Scott Weaver
 Yuma County Commissioner
 Carla Zinanti
 Jefferson County Animal Control

The following CDA staff also serve on the Task Force:

Dr. Rebecca Niemiec, BAP Program Manager
Dr. Claire Vaiden, BAP Lead Veterinarian
Taylor Peterson, BAP Lead Investigator  
Hollis Glenn, Deputy Commissioner of Operations
Dr. Maggie Baldwin, Colorado State Veterinarian
Nick Fisher, Pet Animal Care Facilities Act Program Section Chief
 

Meeting Links and Notes

December 9, 2022 - Subcommittee Meeting 
September 2022 - Slides 
May 2022 - Slides 
April 2022 - Slides 

BAP Subcommittees

The BAP and the BAP Task Force are forming subcommittees focused on key components of the Strategic Plan. The purpose of these subcommittees is to provide a small group of experts interested in guiding the development and implementation of key initiatives. Task Force members may volunteer to serve on these subcommittees and can nominate additional stakeholders to serve on these subcommittees. BAP Agents are also invited to participate on subcommittees as needed. These subcommittees are designed to be small to ensure we have efficiency in the conversation and actions.

Subcommittees meet as needed. All subcommittee meetings are open to the public and, with time, for public comment.  A Zoom link for the public can be found on the meeting agenda, which is typically posted one week before the meeting.