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ASDA elects 2017-18 national officers

March 08, 2017

Executive officers: From left, American Student Dental Association Vice President Danielle Marciniak, ASDA President Tanya Sue Maestas, ASDA Executive Director Nancy Honeycutt and ASDA Vice President Alex Mitchell pose for a photo during the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. ASDA’s House of Delegates elected Ms. Marciniak, Ms. Maestas and Mr. Mitchell as the group's 2017-18 executive committee officers.
The American Student Dental Association announced March 6 that its House of Delegates elected its 2017-18 national president, vice presidents and speaker of the House of Delegates during its annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

The organization elected Tanya Sue Maestas, a University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry student, as president. Ms. Maestas previously served as District 9 trustee of the ASDA Board of Trustees, and as president of the Houston ASDA chapter.
    
Danielle Marciniak, of Roseman University of Health Sciences, and Alex Mitchell, of Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, will serve as ASDA's vice presidents. Ms. Marciniak joined ASDA in 2011 as a pre-dental student and has since held leadership positions at the local, district and national levels, most recently as District 10 trustee to the national board. Mr. Mitchell served a term as District 3 trustee while also serving as president of the Temple ASDA chapter.
    

Speaker: Incoming Speaker of the House Abby Halpern receives the ceremonial gavel from 2016-17 Speaker Matthew Bridges.
Abby Halpern, of Dental College of Georgia of Augusta University, was elected speaker of the House of Delegates. Ms. Halpern spent two years on ASDA's Council on Advocacy, first as legislative coordinator and later as chair.
    
"We have achieved much as an organization, but we must continue to press forward and take our organization to new heights," said Ms. Maestas in a news release. "I am excited to see what direction our profession takes because I know it is entrusted to the brightest minds and most passionate people."