Board of Directors

Lori Gossard, DVM
President and Medical Director

Dr. Gossard graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Studies from NorthEast Missouri State in 1984. She was a licensed veterinary technician in 1983. She then went on to join the United States Army where she served as a Veterinary Technician from 1985-1989. Upon the completion of her service in the Army, she graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in May of 1994 from Iowa State University.

She moved to North Dakota in the summer of 1995 and the rest is history! She has been a member of the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association as well as the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association since 1995.

She opened All Pets Hospital Inc. in Grand Forks, ND on November 1st, 1998 and has grown the clinic to become one of the largest in the state. Save

In her spare time, Lori enjoys donating her veterinary skills to spay and neuter clinics all over the Midwest. In July of 2019, she was elected the North Dakota State representative for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

Sally Cooper Smith
Vice President and Treasurer

Sally Cooper Smith is the founder of Cooper Smith + Co., a 25-year-old creative agency with a passion for strategy. Her firm works with small businesses and non-profit organizations to develop integrated, brand-driven identities, marketing promotions, and communication campaigns. She also works as a business consultant and mentor to start-up organizations and entrepreneurs.

Sally uses her experience in running and managing businesses to serve as administrator for Sovereign Nations.

Dr. Suzanne Millman
Board member

Dr. Millman serves on the faculty of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she focuses her research, teaching and professional outreach on animal welfare issues. As an associate professor in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and biomedical sciences, she looks at the fundamentals and policies of animal behavior and well-being in production systems for food producing animals. Through her work, she has laid the foundation and established a trajectory to make Iowa State a global leader in animal welfare research.

Suzanne’s work with Sovereign Nations focuses on our education and scholarship missions. She has been instrumental in introducing veterinary medicine students to reservation clinics, and has helped connect us with the expertise and resources at Iowa State University.