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Carol Gomez Summerhays takes office as ADA president

November 10, 2015

By David Burger

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2015-16 ADA president: Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays addresses the House of Delegates Nov. 10 in Washington after her installation as president.
Washington — Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, of San Diego, took office today as the 152nd president of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Summerhays and new and returning ADA officers and trustees were installed in their offices during proceedings of the House of Delegates, gathered this week at the ADA’s 156th annual meeting in Washington.

Calling dentistry’s power to improve health and change lives the “heart of the profession,” Dr. Summerhays promised a year filled with possibilities.

“My message to you this morning is this: to seize the moment together,” she said. “Embrace challenges and opportunities. Make the most of possibilities that lie ahead.”

Watch for a full report on Dr. Summerhays’ House address on ADA.org and in the ADA News.

In balloting Monday at the House, Dr. Gary L. Roberts of Shreveport, Louisiana, was voted president-elect of the ADA.

Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi of Miami was voted second vice president. Also this week, Dr. Ronald P. Lemmo was declared elected as treasurer and Dr. Glen D. Hall was declared elected as speaker of the House. Both will serve second terms.

In addition, four new trustees were declared elected in the House: Drs. Judith Fisch, 1st District; Raymond Cohlmia, 12th District; Daniel J. Klemmedson, 14th District; and Richard Black, 15th District.

President-elect

Dr. Roberts, an ADA member for 41 years, is immediate past trustee of the ADA’s 12th District.

Dr. Roberts is a past member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, Council on Government Affairs and was chair of the Committee on Budget and Finance. He served as a trustee liaison to the Council on Dental Practice, Council on Annual Sessions and the Council on Dental Education and Licensure.

He is also a past president of the Louisiana Dental Association. Dr. Roberts is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and Ark-La-Tex Academy of Dentistry. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He earned his dental degree from the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry.

Second vice president

Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi is a past member of the ADA New Dentist Committee, an alumna of the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership and a speaker for the ADA Success Program. She has been an ADA member for 12 years.

Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi has served as president of the South Florida District Dental Association and treasurer of the Florida Dental Association Political Action Committee.

She is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Association of Women Dentists and Hispanic Dental Association. She is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Originally from Venezuela, Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi studied dentistry at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She completed her post-doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her Certificate in Periodontology and Master of Science degree, and in 2003, Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi earned her dental degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi is an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University and the University of Florida Hialeah Dental Clinic. She owns a private practice in Miami.

New Trustees


Dr. Lemmo


Dr. Hall


Dr. Fisch


Dr. Cohlmia


Dr. Klemmedson


Dr. Black

Dr. Judith M. Fisch, Rutland, Vermont, general dentist, will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the trustee from the 1st District. Dr. Fisch has been a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates since 2007 and is the current caucus chair from the 1st District. Her previous roles in organized dentistry include president of the Vermont State Dental Society and council member on the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs.

Dr. Raymond A. Cohlmia, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, general dentist and dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the trustee from the 12th District. In addition to his role as dean, Dr. Cohlmia is also an associate clinical professor and instructor at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry.

Dr. Daniel J. Klemmedson, Tucson, Arizona, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the trustee from the 14th District. Dr. Klemmedson owns a private practice specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery and is an attending oral and maxillofacial surgeon on the cleft palate and craniofacial team at Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services in Tucson.

Dr. Richard C. Black, El Paso, Texas, a dentist practicing orthodontics, will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the trustee from the 15th District. Dr. Black is the current chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs. Some of his previous include president of both the Texas Dental Association and El Paso District Dental Society.

Returning Officers and Trustees

Dr. Thomas W. Gamba, Philadelphia, is now the ADA’s first vice president, having served as second vice president this past year. Dr. Gamba practices general dentistry and also teaches at Temple University’s School of Dentistry. He has served in many leadership positions, including president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association and PDA speaker of the house.

Dr. Ronald P. Lemmo, Willoughby, Ohio, treasurer, 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, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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.

Photos by EZ Event Photography.