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Dr. Calnon takes office as ADA president

Service to members, the public top his agenda

 

Dr. Calnon: “I am honored to stand before you as the president of the American Dental Association, and I thank you for this privilege," the new ADA president told the House of Delegates.

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Dr. William R. Calnon, a general dentist from Rochester, N.Y., was installed today as the 148th president of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Calnon and other new or returning ADA officers and trustees were installed during proceedings of the 2011 House of Delegates, meeting this week at the 152nd ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas.

“I am honored to stand before you as the president of the American Dental Association, and I thank you for this privilege,” Dr. Calnon told the delegates moments after taking office.

The new president pledged to focus on the ADA’s mission as a professional association that “fosters the success of a diverse membership and advances the oral health of the public.” (Watch for a full report on Dr. Calnon’s address in an upcoming issue of the ADA News.)

In balloting at the House Thursday, Dr. Robert A. Faiella of Osterville, Mass., was elected president-elect, and Dr. Kenneth J. Versman of Aurora, Colo., was elected second vice president. Dr. J. Thomas Soliday of Gaithersburg, Md., was re-elected speaker of the House, a post he has held since 2002.

Four new trustees were declared elected in the House Monday: Dr. Jeffrey D. Dow, 1st District; Dr. Gary L. Roberts, 12th District; Dr. Gary S. Yonemoto, 14th District; and Dr. Hilton Israelson, 15th District.

Having served the past year as president-elect, Dr. Calnon succeeds Dr. Raymond Gist as ADA president. In an address to the House earlier in the week, Dr. Gist described his successor as having “an unparalleled understanding” of how the ADA works.

Before he became president-elect, Dr. Calnon served four years as trustee for the 2nd District (New York) and is a past member of the ADA Council on Dental Practice.

He is a past president of the New York State Dental Association, the 7th (N.Y.) District Dental Society and the Monroe County Dental Society. Dr. Calnon earned his dental degree in 1978 from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, and has been an ADA member for 37 years.

Dr. Faiella, the new president-elect, is immediate past trustee for the ADA’s 1st District, representing Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

He has served on the Council on Dental Benefit Programs, the ADA National Healthcare Information Infrastructure Task Force and the ADA Essential Oral Health Care Needs Task Force.

He also is a past president of the Massachusetts Dental Society, former general chair of the Yankee Dental Congress and former consultant to the MDS Council on Government Affairs.

A 1982 graduate of the Fairleigh Dickinson University dental school, Dr. Faiella is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Osseointegration.  He has been an ADA member for 33 years and will succeed Dr. Calnon as president when the House reconvenes in San Francisco next autumn.

Dr. Versman, the new second vice president, has served as trustee for the 14th District, representing Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii.

He is a past president of the Colorado Dental Association, Rocky Mountain Society of Periodontists, North American Society of Periodontists, Denver Academy of Clinical Dentistry and also served on the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners.

He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and a 41-year member of the ADA. Dr. Versman will succeed Dr. Patricia L. Blanton of Dallas as first vice president next year.

With his re-election this week, Dr. Soliday begins his 10th and final year as speaker of the ADA House of Delegates. He is a past delegate to the ADA House from the 4th District and past president of the Maryland State Dental Association, the Southern Maryland Dental Association and the Maryland Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

He also has served as parliamentarian for the MSDA and speaker of the House of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Dr. Soliday is a 1963 graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, and has been an ADA member for 41 years.

What follows are brief profiles of other ADA officers and trustees, either newly elected or returning:

Newly elected

Dr. Jeffrey Dow, Newport, Maine, 1st District trustee, has served on the ADA Council on Government Affairs, the ADA Charitable Relief Task Force and the ADA Essential Oral Healthcare Needs Task Force. He is a retired colonel from the Maine Army National Guard. Dr. Dow is a past president of the Maine Dental Association, the Kennebec Valley Dental Association, past chair of the MDA Council on Governmental Relations and received the MDA President’s Award in 2001 and 2009. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Gary L. Roberts, Shreveport, La., 12th District trustee, has been a delegate and alternate delegate to the ADA House, a member of the ADA councils on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs and Government Affairs and the President’s Task Force on Governance. Dr. Roberts has served as Louisiana Dental Association president, speaker of the house of delegates and editor as well as a member of its council on Government Affairs and several committees. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Gary Yonemoto, Honolulu, 14th District trustee, has been a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House since 1994 and has been vice chair and District 14 representative to the ADA Political Action Committee Board. Dr. Yonemoto is past president of the Hawaii Dental Association and has also served as treasurer, vice president, speaker of the house, trustee and member of more than a dozen HDA councils and committees. He received the HDA Distinguished Service Award in 2007. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Hilton Israelson, Richardson, Texas, 15th District trustee, has been a delegate and alternate delegate to the ADA House since 2000. Dr. Israelson is also past president of the Texas Dental Association and received the TDA President’s Award in 2006 and 2011. He also served as Dallas County Dental Society president and was named DCDS Dentist of the Year in 2006. He received the Texas Society of Periodontists President’s Award in 2008. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

Returning

Dr. Patricia L. Blanton of Dallas is now the ADA’s first vice president, having served a year as second vice president. Dr. Blanton is a periodontist and a graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry. She is past president of the Texas Dental Association, the Southwest Society of Periodontists, the Texas Society of Periodontists and the Dallas County Dental Society. She also has served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House.

Dr. Edward Leone Jr., Thornton, Colo., has been ADA treasurer since 2006. He previously served as the ADA 14th District trustee from 1999-2003 and was an ADA delegate. He holds an MBA and a certificate in financial planning and is a registered financial consultant. He also is a past president and past treasurer of the Colorado Dental Association. Other past appointments include the ADA Board of Trustees’ finance and administrative review committees; chair of the CDA Council on Governmental Affairs; member of the Council on ADA Sessions and chair of the ADA Reference Committee on Budget, Business and Administrative Matters in 2005.

Dr. Steven Gounardes, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2nd District trustee, has served as an ADA delegate since 2005 and is a past chair of the 2008 ADA Reference Committee on Dental Benefits, Practice, Science and Health. He is a past president of the New York State Dental Association and Second District Dental Society. He also is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy—earning that organization’s Distinguished Dentist Award in June 2007—and a past member of the Greater New York Dental Meeting Organization Committee.

Dr. Charles R. Weber, West Chester, Penn., 3rd District trustee, has served the ADA on the Council on Dental Practice and Council on ADA Sessions and as an ADA delegate. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, Second District Dental Association and Dental Society of Chester County and Delaware County. He is also a former general chairman of the Valley Forge Dental Conference. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Maxine Feinberg, Cranford, N.J., 4th District trustee, has served the ADA as chair and vice chair of the Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Plans, as an ADA delegate and initiated the New Jersey Give Kids A Smile Campaign. She is a past president of the New Jersey Dental Association and Union County Dental Society and a member of the New Jersey State Dental Medicaid Advisory Committee. She is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.

Dr. Donald L. Seago, Jackson, Miss., 5th District trustee, has served the ADA as chair of the 5th District Caucus, as a member of the Reference Committee on Dental Education and Related Matters and as an ADA delegate. He is a past president of the Mississippi Dental Association and has served the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as a trustee and as a delegate. He is a former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

Dr. W. Ken Rich, Dry Ridge, Ky., 6th District trustee, has served as chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs, as a member of the ADA task force on workforce and as an ADA delegate. He is a past president of the Kentucky Dental Association, a former member of the Kentucky Governor’s Advisory Committee on Medicaid and vice chairman of the Northern Kentucky Independent Industrial Health Department. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.

Dr. Charles L. Steffel, Indianapolis, 7th District trustee, has served 14 years in the ADA House of Delegates where was a member of the Standing Committee on Rules and Order and the Reference Committee on Communications and Membership Services. He is a past president of the Indiana Dental Association, Indianapolis District Dental Society and the Indiana Association of Endodontists. He is a founding editor of the AAE’s Endondontics: Colleagues for Excellence and is an associate professor of endodontics at Indiana University School of Dentistry. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Joseph F. Hagenbruch, Harvard, Ill., 8th District trustee, has served as chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, is a past member of the Electronic Health Record Committee and chaired the SNO-DENT Editorial Panel. He is a past president of the Illinois State Dental Society, McHenry County Dental Society and currently is president of the McHenry County Cooperative Dental Clinic. Dr. Hagenbruch is a past president of the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry and a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Dennis W. Engel, Mequon, Wis., 9th District trustee, has served as a member of the ADA Council on Communications, the Salable Materials review panel, the Strategic Planning Committee and the ADA’s External Communications Task Force. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, current editor of the WDA Journal, and a treasurer of the state association's political action committee. Dr. Engel received a Distinguished Editor Award from the ADA Council on Communications in 2002 and is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Edward J. Vigna, Lincoln, Neb., 10th District trustee, served as chair of the ADA Political Action Committee for two years and was a member of the ADPAC Board for six years. He is also a former member of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. He is past president and secretary of the Nebraska Dental Association, a past president of the Lincoln District Dental Association and a member of the NDA Hall of Fame. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy and is on the National Advisory Committee of the Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry.

Dr. Roger L. Kiesling, Helena, Mont., 11th District trustee, is a past chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and a former member of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, Dental Workforce Task Force and Task Force on the Commission on Dental Accreditation. He is a past president of the Montana Dental Association and was the 2003 recipient of the MDA’s Clinical Excellence Award. He is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy and a lead visiting faculty member of the Pankey Institute.

Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, San Diego, 13th District trustee, a national advisor of the ADA Institute for Diversity and Leadership, she has served as an ADA delegate since 2004 and is a former member of the ADA Strategic Planning Committee. Dr. Summerhays is a past president of the California Dental Association, treasurer of the CDA Foundation and member of the San Diego County Dental Society Board of Directors. She is a past president of the San Diego Academy of Dentistry; a fellow of the American College of Dentists; International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy; and an AGD master and fellow.

Dr. Charles H. Norman III, Greensboro, N.C., 16th District trustee, is a former chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and has served as chair of the ADA Well-Being and Dental Practice Indicators Committees. He is a past president of the North Carolina Dental Society, its 3rd District Dental Society and the Foundation Board for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. He is a member of the North Carolina State Healthcare Commission, Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Samuel B. Low, Gainesville, Fla., 17th District trustee, has served the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations and chaired the Future of Dental Education Committee. He has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1994. He is a past president of the Florida Dental Association, Central District Dental Society and Florida Association of Periodontists. He was the 2009-10 president of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary fraternity, a fellow of the American College of Dentists and recently was honored with the FDA’s Dentist of the Year and Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Awards.