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Dr. Gary Roberts takes office as ADA President

October 24, 2016
Photo of Dr. Gary Roberts at the ADA’s 157th annual meeting in DenverNew leader: Dr. Gary Roberts addresses the House of Delegates as the new ADA President. Photo by EZ Event Photography.

Denver
— Dr. Gary L. Roberts, of Shreveport, Louisiana, took office today as the 153rd president of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Roberts and the 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 157th annual meeting in Denver.

“I’m going to continue looking ahead to meet the changing needs of today’s dental profession,” Dr. Roberts said during his address to the House of Delegates. “This is your association and it’s mine. It represents new dentists, career dentists and retired dentists.

My commitment to you this year is to do my very best to help each and every one of our 159,000 members succeed and to stand with them through thick and thin. Thank you once again for allowing me to serve you, now let’s go to work.”

In addition, five new trustees also were declared elected in the House: Drs. William Roy Thompson, 6th District; Billie Sue Kyger, 7th District; Kenneth McDougall, 10th District; Kirk M. Norbo, 16th District; and Cesar R. Sabates, 17th District.

Before being chosen president-elect in 2015, Dr. Roberts, an ADA member for more than 40 years, was trustee of the ADA’s 12th District. He 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.

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

President-elect

In balloting Monday at the House, Dr. Joseph P. Crowley, of Cincinnati, was elected president-elect. Dr. Crowley, an ADA member for 40 years, is immediate past trustee of the ADA’s 7th District. He is also former chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs, was chair of the ADA Audit Committee and was on the American Dental Political Action Committee Board of Directors. Dr. Crowley was the president of the Ohio Dental Association from 2005-06 and president of the Cincinnati Dental Society in 1996. He is a member of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Ohio State University College of Dentistry Alumni Advisory Board, L.D. Pankey Institute Alumni Association, Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of General Dentistry.

In 2013, Dr. Crowley earned the Ohio Dental Association Distinguished Dentist Award. He also received the Ohio Dental Association Achievement Award in 2001, the Cincinnati Dental Society Meritorious Service Award in 2007 and the Ohio Pierre Fauchard Distinguished Dentist Award. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1976, and returned to Cincinnati where he has been a dentist for 40 years.

Second vice president

Dr. George Lewis Mitchell, Jr., of Gadsden, Alabama, is the newly installed second vice president. He has served as a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates, chair of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs and as a member of the Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. He has been president of both the Alabama Dental Association and the Alabama Academy of General Dentistry. Since 2011 he has been an adjunct associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

New trustees

Dr. William Roy Thompson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the 6th District trustee. He has been an alternate delegate in the House of Delegates and is a former chair of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. He is also former president of the Tennessee Dental Association and received its Jack E. Wells Dedication to Dentistry Award in 2016.

Dr. Billie Sue Kyger, of Gallipolis, Ohio, will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the 7th District trustee. She previously served on the ADA Board of Trustees Budget and Finance Committee. She was the Ohio Dental Association president in 2002-03 and now serves on the Ohio Dental Association Foundation Board of Trustees. She is also involved with the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Kenneth McDougall, of Jamestown, North Dakota, will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the 10th District trustee. He has served as the chair of the Council on ADA Sessions. He also served as chair of the American Dental Political Action Committee and was the president of the North Dakota Dental Association in 2000.  He is a member of the International College of Dentists.

Dr. Kirk M. Norbo, of Purcellville, Virginia, will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as 16th District trustee. He previously served on the ADA Bylaws Review Taskforce and as a delegate. He has been an active member of the Virginia Dental Association and was its president in 2012-13. He is a master in the Academy of General Dentistry and is an adjunct faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Cesar R. Sabates, of Coral Gables, Florida, will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the 17th District trustee. He has served on the ADA Budget Finance and Administrative Review Committee and was the chair of the Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. He was the Florida Dental Association president in 2010-11. He was also president of the South Florida District Dental Association/East Coast District Dental Society and is the president of the Dental Lifeline Network, Florida.

Returning officers and trustees

Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi is now the ADA’s first vice president, having served as second vice president this past year. She 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. 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.

Dr. Ronald P. Lemmo, of Willoughby, Ohio, returns as treasurer. He 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 Ohio Dental Association. He also is a past member of the ADA House of Delegates.

Dr. Glen D. Hall, of Abilene, Texas, continues as speaker of the House. He was on the Texas Dental Association’s Board of Directors from 1997-2000, and has chaired the Texas Dental Association Council on Dental Care Programs and the ADA Council on Dental Benefits Programs. He also chaired the Council on Dental Benefit Programs Subcommittee on the Code and was a member of the ADA Code Revision Committee. He served as speaker of the Texas Dental Association House for 12 years.

Dr. Judith M. Fisch, of Rutland, Vermont, 1st District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates since 2007. Her previous roles in organized dentistry include president of the Vermont State Dental Society and member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs.

Dr. Chad P. Gehani, of 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, of 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 from 2009-10 he was president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. He has been the recipient of the Pennsylvania Dental Association’s Presidential Citation four times since 2002.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, of 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, of Birmingham, Alabama, 5th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House since 2006 and an 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. Robert N. Bitter, of 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, of 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 the editorial boards at the Journal of Dental Education and the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Endodontics.

Dr. Rickland G. Asai, of 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. Raymond A. Cohlmia, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 12th District trustee, is dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. 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. He previously served on the Council on Membership, Committee on Strategic Planning and Committee on the New Dentist. He is past president of the Oklahoma Dental Association.

Dr. Lindsey A. Robinson, of 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. Daniel J. Klemmedson, of Tucson, Arizona, 14th District trustee, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. 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, of El Paso, Texas, 15th District trustee, is past chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs. Some of his previous positions include president of both the Texas Dental Association and El Paso District Dental Society. He also served as a member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs and was the recipient of a presidential citation from the ADA President in 2010.