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Dr. Feinberg takes office as ADA president

October 14, 2014

By Kimber Solana

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2014-15 ADA president: Dr. Maxine Feinberg addresses the House of Delegates Oct. 14 in San Antonio.
Dr. Maxine Feinberg of Westfield, New Jersey, took office today as the 151st president of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Feinberg and new and returning ADA officers and trustees were installed in their offices during proceedings of the 2014 House of Delegates, gathered this week at the ADA's 155th annual meeting in San Antonio.
    
"I am proud and excited to be here as your new president at this time of change for dentistry and change for the American Dental Association," Dr. Feinberg told the delegates. "It has been especially rewarding for me to travel across the country this year, having an opportunity to hear so many excellent ideas from so many of you. We have been living the Power of Three together — national, state and local, serving the needs of our members."
    
Watch for a full report on Dr. Feinberg's House address on ADA.org and in the ADA News.
    
In balloting Monday at the House, Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays of San Diego was voted president-elect of the ADA.
    
Dr. Thomas Gamba, of Philadelphia, was declared elected as second vice president.

Also this week, four new trustees were declared elected in the House: Drs. Rickland G. Asai, 11th District; Robert N. Bitter, 8th District; Chad P. Gehani, 2nd District; Lindsey A. Robison, 13th District.

Dr. Feinberg is a past trustee who represented the ADA's 4th District (Delaware, District of Columbia, Federal Dental Services, Maryland, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) and past president of the New Jersey Dental Association and the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry.
    
She served on several Board committees and was the chair of the Audit Committee, the Task Force on Student Debt and the Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Plans.

A 1980 graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Feinberg also was a delegate of the FDI World Dental Federation.

She is a member of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, American Academy of Periodontology and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Feinberg has been an ADA member for 33 years.
    
    
President-elect

Dr. Summerhays, the new president-elect, is immediate past trustee of the ADA's 13th District (California).

As trustee, she served on several Board committees. She chaired the ADA Compensation Committee and the ADA Governance Committee.
    
A 1978 graduate of the University of Southern California, Dr. Summerhays is past president of the California Dental Association and a member of the American College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, American Association of Women Dentists, the Hispanic Dental Association and the Pankey Institute.

Dr. Summerhays will succeed Dr. Feinberg as president next year at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Second vice president

Dr. Gamba, the new second vice president, is a past member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs and the Council on ADA Sessions. A 1976 graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry, Dr. Gamba also is past president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. He practices general dentistry and also teaches at his alma mater.
 
He is a member of numerous organizations including the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.


The following are brief profiles of the ADA officers and trustees, either newly elected or returning this year.

NEW TRUSTEES

  • Dr. Chad P. Gehani, Jackson Heights, New York, 2nd District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House since 2000. He also served as a member of the ADA Council on Membership and the Committee on International Programs and Development. He is past president of both the New York State Dental Association and the Indian Dental Association.
  • Dr. Robert N. Bitter, Edwardsville, Illinois, 8th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House from 2007-11 and in 2013. He also served as president of the Illinois State Dental Society. He is currently a full-time faculty member at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.
  • Dr. Rickland G. Asai, Lake Oswego, Oregon, 11th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House since 2008. He chaired the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, and the ADA Standing Committee on Bylaws. He is past president of the Oregon Dental Association and was a board member with the Oregon Dental Foundation.
  • Dr. Lindsey A. Robinson, Grass Valley, California, 13th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House since 2005. She chaired the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. She also is past president of the California Dental Association and a founding board member of the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance.

RETURNING OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES

  • Dr. Jonathan D. Shenkin, Freeport, Maine, is now the ADA's first vice president, having served as second vice president this past year. Dr. Shenkin is past chair of the ADA Council on Communications and consultant for the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. A 1996 graduate of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Shenkin also is past president of the Maine Dental Association and board member of the Maine Dental Political Action Committee.
  • Dr. Ronald P. Lemmo, Willoughby, Ohio, treasurer, is in the third year of his first term. Dr. Lemmo has served on numerous councils and committees, including chair of the ADA Special Committee on Financial Affairs and chair of the Ohio Dental Association Finance Committee. He is past vice president, president elect, president, and immediate past president of the ODA. He also is a past member of the ADA House of Delegates and Board of Trustees.
  • Dr. Glen D. Hall, Abilene, Texas, speaker of the House, will preside over the ADA's legislative body for the third year in 2015. He was on the Texas Dental Association's Board of Directors from 1997-2000, and has chaired the TDA Council on Dental Care Programs and the ADA Council on Dental Benefits Programs. He also chaired CDBP's Subcommittee on the Code and was a member of the ADA Code Revision Committee. He served as speaker of the TDA House for 12 years.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Dow, Newport, Maine, 1st District trustee, has served on the ADA Council on Government Affairs, Charitable Relief Task Force, Essential Oral Health Care Needs Task Force and Compensation Committee. He is a retired colonel from the Maine Army National Guard. Dr. Dow is a past president of the Maine Dental Association, the Kennebec Valley Dental Society, past chair of the MDA Council on Governmental Relations and received the MDA President's Award in 2001 and 2009.
  • Dr. Andrew J. Kwasny, Erie, Pennsylvania, 3rd District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House since 2003. He also served as a member of the ADA Council on Government Affairs, and 2009-10, he was president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. He has been the recipient of the PDA's Presidential Citation four times since 2002.
  • Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, Wilmington, Delaware, 4th District trustee, has been a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House since 2004. He also has been a member of the ADA's Reference Committee on Dental Education, Science and Related Matters and the ADA Council on Dental Practice. Dr. Cole is a past president of Delaware Academy of General Dentistry, Oral Cancer Society and the Delaware State Dental Society.
  • Dr. Alvin Stevens, Birmingham, Alabama, 5th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House since 2006; alternate delegate from 1999-2002. He served on the ADA Council on Membership and is past president of the Alabama Dental Association and Alabama Society of Periodontics. The Birmingham District Dental Society named him Dentist of the Year in 2004.
  • Dr. Mark R. Zust, St. Peters, Missouri, 6th District Trustee, has been a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House since 1995. He has served on the ADA Governance Committee and is past chair of the Council on Dental Practice. Dr. Zust is a past president of the Missouri Dental Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. The MDA named him Dentist of the Year in 1992.
  • Dr. Joseph P. Crowley, Cincinnati, 7th District trustee, began service as a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House in 1994 and has been District 7 representative to the American Dental Political Action Committee Board. He is past chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs and a member of the Information Technology Committee. Dr. Crowley is a past president of the Ohio Dental Association and the Cincinnati Dental Society.
  • Dr. Gary E. Jeffers, Northville, Michigan, 9th District trustee, has served as curriculum consultant on the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is a past member of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations' National Board Test Construction Committee. He serves on editorial boards at the Journal of Dental Education and the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Endodontics.
  • Dr. James K. Zenk, Montevideo, Minnesota, 10th District trustee, was a delegate to the ADA House from 2001-07, and served on the Budget and Finance Committee and Corporate Relations Workgroup. He is a past president of the Minnesota Dental Association. Dr. Zenk is founder and past chairman of the Minnesota Dental Association's Rural Dental Health Committee. He volunteers as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
  • Dr. Gary L. Roberts, Shreveport, Louisiana, 12th District trustee, has been a delegate and alternate delegate to the ADA House, and has served as a member of the ADA councils on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, Budget and Finance Committee, Pension Committee and Government Affairs and the President's Task Force on Governance. Dr. Roberts is past president of the Louisiana Dental Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.
  • Dr. Gary Yonemoto, Honolulu, 14th District trustee, has been a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House since 1994 and has been vice chair and District 14 representative to the American Dental Political Action Committee Board. He served on the ADA Diversity Committee, the Task Force on Dental Education Economics and Student Debt, and Dental Content Committee. Dr. Yonemoto is past president of the Hawaii Dental Association, receiving the HDA Distinguished Service Award in 2007.
  • Dr. Hilton Israelson, Richardson, Texas, 15th District trustee, has served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House. He served on the ADA Audit Committee, Information Technology Committee, Dental Economic Advisory Group Liaison and Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Dr. Israelson is past president of the Texas Dental Association and received the TDA President's Award in 2006 and 2011. He received the Texas Society of Periodontists President's Award in 2008.
  • Dr. Julian Hal Fair III, Wagener, South Carolina, 16th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House from 2006-12. He served as a member of the ADA Compensation Committee and the Task Force on Dental Education Economics and Student Debt. Dr. Fair is a past president of the South Carolina Dental Association. He received the Medical University of South Carolina's Distinguished Alumnus Service Award in 2011.
  • Dr. Terry L. Buckenheimer, Tampa, Florida, 17th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House, a member and chair of the ADA Council on Membership and chair of Florida's delegation to the ADA. He is past president of the Florida Dental Association, West Coast District Dental Association and the Hillsborough County Dental Association. He has been president of the Florida Dental Health Foundation and is a member of its executive board.