Dr. R. Michael Thomas

Chairman of the Board/President

Dr. Thomas earned his D.V.M. with honors from Auburn University. He is Past President of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), Past Chair of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Past President of the Companion Animal Parasite Council, and was Vice Chair of the North American Veterinary Education Consortium. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for Veterinary Information Network, Veterinary Study Groups, Veterinary Information Network Foundation, and the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Economic Strategy Committee.

Dr. Thomas has veterinary licenses in six states and owns eight veterinary hospitals in central Indiana and one in Wheaton, IL, with services ranging from wellness clinics to specialist services.  In addition, he was awarded the American Animal Hospital Association’s Practitioner of the Year award for 2008, Distinguished Alumni Award, for Auburn University for 2009 and the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Award in 2011.

His professional interests include recent and current changes in veterinary medicine and helping private veterinary practice survive and thrive by providing veterinary care in an efficient, cost effective way. Personal interests include, travel, boating, reading, grandchildren, and agriculture.


Chad Thomas

Vice Chair/Vice President

Mr.  Thomas grew up working in a veterinary hospital, then spent over 20 years as an IT consultant and project manager, mostly for Fortune 500 clients. Chad returned to the family veterinary business in 2015.


Crystal Thomas




A native Buckeye (from Ohio), Crystal has always had a love for animals. Her parents called her Elly May when she was little. She wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of 8. Her love for animals helped her understand from a young age what a positive affect a pet can bring to a person and a family. She also knows firsthand how finances can play a part when they should not. Unable to attend college due to financial reasons, she moved to Indiana where she had the opportunity to start working for Noah’s Animal Hospital. They provided her the opportunity to attend college while being a single mother.


She graduated from Dallas Community College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She has always had a passion to help those who love their pets but do not always have the financial means available. She truly believes in the bond between human and animal and how important it can be. Over 15 years later she wants to give back to her community and help that animal bond inspire so many others like the little girl she used to be.

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John Knapp


Mr. Knapp has been involved in the pet industry since 1995, and has worked at Noah’s Animal Hospitals as Chief Financial Officer since 2015.  He earned an MBA with a focus in finance from Butler University in 2010.


Dr. James Dee

Board Member

Dr. Dee graduated Auburn June 1972 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He was employed as a General Practitioner from 1972 thru 1982 and as Hospital Administrator/Practitioner 1982 thru 2014 at the Hollywood Animal Hospital.  Hollywood Animal Hospital is a 23 doctor general / specialty / emergency 24 hour practice. The practice includes an intern training program, in house laboratory as well as a blood bank. The practice was sold to VCA, Veterinary Centers of America in 2014.  Dr. Dee was employed by VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital 2014 thru 2017.  Retired December 2017.


Dr. Jay Geasling

Board Member

Dr. Geasling is a 1975 gradute of Cornell Veterinary College.  He served in the U.S Army after graduation and received additional training in surgery while stationed at Letterman Army Institute of Research in San Francisco.  He then went to work in a small animal practice in Buffalo, New York in 1978 which became Sheridan Animal Hospital.  He became board certified in Canine and Feline practice in 1988 and served as President of the American Animal Hospitals Association in 1997.

His hospital was awarded Hospital of the Year for excellence of design in 1998 and he was awarded Practitioner of the Year by the AAHA in the same year.

Sheridan Animal Hospital is a practice providing specialty care and general practice services, and prior to his retirement in 2016, the care of exotics and avian patients.  He served on the Erie County SPCA for 25 years.

Contact our Board at board@annaspetcarefund.org