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Dr. Crowley installed as ADA president

October 23, 2017
Photo of Dr. Crowley addressing the ADA House of Delegates
ADA president: Dr. Joseph P. Crowley addresses the ADA House of Delegates in Atlanta Monday.
Photo by EZ Event Photography. 

Atlanta — Dr. Joseph P. Crowley, of Cincinnati, took office today as the 154th president of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Crowley 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 158th annual meeting in Atlanta.

As he addressed the House of Delegates, Dr. Crowley invited ADA members to unleash their idealism and elevate dentistry to new heights.

 “We have to open ourselves to look at our situation with fresh, open eyes,” he said. “This is our time to lead.”

During his term as ADA president, Dr. Crowley said he wants the ADA to be representative of all dentists and inclusive of every race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and practice model.

“The world is changing and we understand that dentistry is changing too,” Dr. Crowley said. “Let’s lead that change instead of chasing it.”

In addition, Drs. Jeffrey M. Cole and Richard A. Huot were elected president-elect and second vice president, respectively.  And four trustees were declared elected Oct. 20 in the House: Drs. Linda K. Himmelberger, 3rd District; George R. Shepley, 4th District; John F. Harrington, Jr., 5th District; and Julio H. Rodriguez, 9th District.

Before being chosen president-elect in 2016, Dr. Crowley, an ADA member for more than 40 years, was trustee of the ADA’s 7th District. He is also a former chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs, 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.

He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1976, and returned to Cincinnati where he has been a dentist for over 40 years.

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

President-elect

In balloting Monday at the House, Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, of Wilmington, Delaware, was voted president-elect. Dr. Cole, an ADA member for 35 years, is immediate past trustee of the ADA’s 4th District. He is a former chair of the ADA Budget and Finance Committee, the ADA Strategic Planning Committee and the ADA Business Model Project Oversight. Dr. Cole also served as president of the Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of the American College of Dentists, Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity and the International College of Dentists.

Dr. Cole received his dental degree in 1986 from Georgetown University School of Dentistry and completed a general practice residency at Christiana Care Health System. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management.

Second vice president

Also in balloting Monday at the House, Dr. Richard A. Huot, of Vero Beach, Florida, was voted second vice president. He has served a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates, past president of the Maine Dental Association, and member of the Florida Dental Association Board of Trustees, American Dental Political Action Committee and the ADA Council on Government Affairs. A 1982 graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, Dr. Huot is also member of the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, National Network for Oral Health Access and the Federal Health Care Executive Interagency Alumni Association.

New trustees

Dr. Linda K. Himmelberger, of Devon, Pennsylvania, 3rd District trustee, has been an active member of the ADA since 1982, serving as chair of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, ADA Election Commission and co-chair of the Bylaws Revision Subcommittee. She also served as president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, which awarded her its Distinguished Service Award in 2015.

Dr. George R. Shepley, of Baltimore, 4th District trustee, served as chair of the ADA Council on Communications and as a delegate since 2013. He previously served as president of the Maryland State Dental Association from 2013-14, and as a member of the MSDA Foundation, MSDA Dental Association Company Board and the MSDA Member Legislative Committee.

Dr. John F. Harrington, Jr., of Milledgeville, Georgia, 5th District trustee, has been an active member of the ADA since 1984, serving in the ADA Council on Government Affairs and as an ADA delegate since 2008. Dr. Harrington is a former president of the Georgia Dental Association and served in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps from 1984-87.

Dr. Julio H. Rodriguez, of Brodhead, Wisconsin, 9th District trustee, served as a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates since 2006 and as 2013 president of the Wisconsin Dental Association in 2013. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from dental school at the National University of San Marcos in Peru in 1976 and served as a dental officer in the Peruvian Air Force before immigrating to the United States.

Returning officers and trustees

Dr. G. Lewis Mitchell, Jr. is now the ADA’s first vice president, having served as second vice president this past year. 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 (former) Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. He was 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.

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 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. He served as speaker of the Texas Dental Association House for 12 years.

Dr. Judith M. Fisch, of Rutland, Vermont, 1st District trustee, had been a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates from 2007-16. 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. Roy Thompson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 6th District trustee, has served as an alternate delegate in the House of Delegates and is a former chair of the (former) 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, 7th District trustee, 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. Robert N. Bitter, of Edwardsville, Illinois, 8th District trustee, served as a delegate to the ADA House from 2007-11 and in 2013. He also served as president of the Illinois State Dental Society, and is a full-time faculty member at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Kenneth McDougall, of Jamestown, North Dakota, 10th District trustee, has served as the chair of the (former) 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. Rickland G. Asai, of Portland, Oregon, 11th District trustee, served as a delegate to the ADA House 2008-16. 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, served as a delegate to the ADA House since 2005-16. 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.

Dr. Kirk M. Norbo, of Purcellville, Virginia, 16th District trustee, 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, 17th District trustee, has served on the ADA Budget Finance and Administrative Review Committee and was the chair of the (former) 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.