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Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2017-18 class announced

November 29, 2017

By Kimber Solana

The ADA Board of Trustees announced in November the 2017-18 class of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.
    
The class members are Drs. Joyce Barbour, Mount Juliet, Tennessee; Courtney Burill, Eagle River, Arkansas; Parampreet Chhina, Philadelphia; Cathy Cook, Columbus, Georgia; Rebecca G. Andrews, Greensboro, North Carolina; Estella Irelan, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; Ruchika Khetarpal, Cincinnati; Donna Klauser, Arcadia, California; Janis Moriarty, Winchester, Massachusetts; Mamatha Pasala, Austin, Texas; Mehul Patel, Trenton, Michigan; Daniel Ramirez, San Francisco; Amisha Singh, Aurora, Colorado; Lyubov Slashcheva, Iowa City, Iowa; Chanelle Small, New York; Patrick Smith, Chicago; Anna Sykes-Smith, Nashville, Tennessee; Thanh tam Ton, Arcadia, California; Stephanie Ward, Chicago; and Tawana Ware, Indianapolis.
    
The ADA increased the class size of the program, which began in 2003, from last year's 16 to 20.
    
"The Institute has been a tremendous success by identifying individuals from our diverse population of dentists and offering an opportunity for the dentist to learn new leadership skills that can be used in practical ways as they advance their careers in the profession of dentistry," said Dr. Joseph P. Crowley, ADA president.
    
During their program year, the Institute class members will develop their leadership abilities through faculty seminars and experience designing and leading projects for their dental associations or other community organizations. The 2017-18 students will work with leading educators from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
    
This year's class projects include advocating for patients with special needs; providing support for Native American high school students; improving oral health and access to care for children in California; raising awareness among the general public and health care professionals about a preventive approach to the opioid epidemic; and creating a model that provides nutritional counseling.
    
"Our goal at the ADA is to have leadership in our profession mimic the demographics of our membership," Dr. Crowley said. "Enhancing opportunity for dentists to participate in programs that can advance their future desire to be leaders of the profession can immensely help the ADA and its leadership roles."
    
Since 2003, nearly 200 dentists have been enrolled in the program. Institute alumni have since served as volunteer leaders at the local, state and national levels of the ADA, and other dental associations and service organizations.
    
The ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership is made possible through the support of Henry Schein and Procter & Gamble.
    
For more information, visit ADA.org/diversityinstitute.