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Dr. Norman takes office as ADA president; new officers, trustees installed for 2013-14


New ADA president: "Your commitment to our profession is an inspiration and a source of motivation" Dr. Charles Norman tells the House of Delegates. Dr. Norman and other ADA officers and trustees for 2013-14 were installed today at Annual Session in New Orleans.
Dr. Charles H. Norman of Greensboro, N.C., took office today as the 150th president of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Norman and the new and returning ADA officers and trustees were installed in their respective offices during proceedings of the 2013 House of Delegates, meeting this week at the 154th ADA Annual Session in New Orleans.
 
"I have been blessed with the opportunity to interact with the leadership in this room," the new president told the delegates. "Your commitment to our profession is an inspiration and a source of motivation."
 
The ADA and dentistry, he said, will navigate the challenges and changes of the future with "clear vision, inspired, motivated leadership, and a dynamic strategic plan."
 Watch for a full report on Dr. Norman's address to the House in the ADA News and on ADA.org.
 
In balloting Monday at the House, Dr. Maxine Feinberg of Westfield, N.J., was elected president-elect of the ADA, and Dr. Jonathan D. Shenkin of Freeport, Maine, was elected second vice president.
 
In addition, four new trustees were declared elected in the House this week: Drs. Jeffrey M. Cole, 4th District; Gary E. Jeffers, 9th District; Andrew J. Kwasny, 3rd District; Alvin Stevens, 5th District.

Dr. Norman is a past trustee who represented the ADA's 16th District (North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia) on the Board of Trustees. He also is a past president of the North Carolina Dental Society and past chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. He also chaired the Board Budget and Finance Committee.
 
He was a Board liaison to the Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs, and to the Council on Dental Education and Licensure. He was a delegate to the ADA House from 1994-2008 and also served on boards of the ADA Foundation.

A 1977 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Dr. Norman is past president of the university's Foundation Board. He also is a past president of the North Carolina Dental Society and its 3rd District Dental Society, and a past member of the North Carolina State Healthcare Commission.

The new president is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Norman has been an ADA member for 36 years.

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Dr. Feinberg, the new president-elect, is immediate past trustee of the ADA's 4th District (Delaware, District of Columbia, Federal Dental Services, Maryland, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands). 
 
As trustee, she served on several Board committees. She chaired the Audit Committee, the Task Force on Student Debt, and the Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Plans.
 
A 1980 graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Feinberg was also a delegate of the FDI World Dental Federation. She is past president of the New Jersey Dental Association and the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry. Dr. Feinberg will succeed Dr. Norman as president next year at Annual Session in San Antonio.
 
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

Dr. Shenkin, the new second vice president, is past chair of the ADA Council on Communications and consultant for the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. A 1996 graduate of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Shenkin also is past president of the Maine Dental Association and board member of the Maine Dental Political Action Committee.

The following are brief profiles of the ADA officers and trustees, either newly elected or returning this year.

 
NEW TRUSTEES

• Dr. Andrew J. Kwasny, Erie, Pa., 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 2009-10 was president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. He has been a recipient of the PDA's Presidential Citation four times since 2002.

• Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, Wilmington, Del., 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 Council on Dental Practice. Dr. Cole is a past president of the Delaware Academy of General Dentistry, the Oral Cancer Society and the Delaware State Dental Society.

• Dr. Alvin Stevens, Birmingham, Ala., 5th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House since 2006; and alternate delegate from 1999-2002. He served on the ADA Council on Membership, and is a 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. Gary E. Jeffers, Northville, Mich., 9th District trustee, has served the ADA in various roles, including curriculum consultant on the Commission on Dental Accreditation and past member of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations' National Board Test Construction Committee. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Dental Education and the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Endodontics.

RETURNING OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES

• Dr. Brian E. Scott, Palo Alto, Calif., is now the ADA's first vice president, having served as second vice president during the past year. Dr. Scott is a past president of the California Dental Association and chair of the California Dental Association Foundation. He has served on the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

• Dr. Ronald P. Lemmo, Willoughby, Ohio, treasurer, is in the second year of his first term. Dr. Lemmo 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 has served as vice president, president elect, president and immediate past president of the ODA, and as member of the ADA House of Delegates and Board of Trustees.

• Dr. Glen D. Hall, Abilene, Texas, elected speaker of the House in 2013, will preside over the ADA's legislative body for the second year in 2014. Since 2000, Dr. Hall has been speaker of the Texas Dental Association House of Delegates. He was on the TDA Board of Directors from 1997-2000, and has chaired the TDA Council on Dental Care Programs and the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs. He also served as chair of CDBP's Subcommittee on the Code and as a member of the ADA Code Revision Committee.

• Dr. Jeffrey Dow, Newport, Maine, 1st District trustee, has served on the ADA Council on Government Affairs, Charitable Relief Task Force, Essential Oral Health Care Needs Task Force and Compensation Committee. 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 Society, 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. Steven Gounardes, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2nd District trustee, has served as an ADA delegate, a member of the Diversity Committee 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 the Second District Dental Society. He is also a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy—earning that organization's Distinguished Dentist Award in 2007—and a past member of the Greater New York Dental Meeting Organization.

• Dr. Mark R. Zust, St. Peters, Mo., 6th District Trustee, has been a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House since 1995. He has served on the ADA Governance Committee and past chair of the Council on Dental Practice. Dr. Zust is a past president of the Missouri Dental Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. The MDA named him Dentist of the Year in 1992, and he was honored as the Greater St. Louis Dental Society's Gold Medal Award winner in 2004 and Board Member of the Year in 1988 and 1989.

• Dr. Joseph P. Crowley, Cincinnati, 7th District trustee, began service as a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House in 1994 and has been the District 7 representative to the American Dental Political Action Committee Board. He is past chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs and a member of the Information Technology Committee. Dr. Crowley is a past president of the Ohio Dental Association and the Cincinnati Dental Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and 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 Information Technology Committee. He chaired the SNODENT Editorial Panel and Dental Content Committee, and was a liaison to the American Student Dental Association. He is a past president of the Illinois State Dental Society, McHenry County Dental Society and founder 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. James K. Zenk, Montevideo, Minn., 10th District trustee, was a delegate to the ADA House from 2001-07, and served on the Budget and Finance Committee and Corporate Relations Workgroup. He is a past president of the Minnesota Dental Association and the West Central District Dental Society. Dr. Zenk is founder and past chairman of the Minnesota Dental Association's Rural Dental Health Committee. He volunteers as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

• Dr. Roger L. Kiesling, Helena, Mont., 11th District trustee, is a past chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and past member of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, Dental Workforce Task Force, Task Force on the Commission on Dental Accreditation, Audit Committee and the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation on Dental Education. 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. Gary L. Roberts, Shreveport, La., 12th District trustee, has been a delegate and alternate delegate to the ADA House, and served as a member of the ADA councils on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, Budget and Finance Committee, Pension Committee and Government Affairs and the President's Task Force on Governance. Dr. Roberts has served as Louisiana Dental Association president, speaker of its house of delegates and editor. He also has been a member of LDA's 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. Carol Gomez Summerhays, San Diego, 13th District trustee, a national adviser of the ADA Institute for Diversity and Leadership, she has served as an ADA delegate and as a member of the ADA Strategic Planning Committee, International Programs and Development, Pension Committee and Governance 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. Gary Yonemoto, Honolulu, 14th District trustee, has been a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House since 1994. He has been vice chair and District 14 representative to the American Dental Political Action Committee Board. He served on the ADA Diversity Committee, the Task Force on Dental Education Economics and Student Debt, and the Dental Content Committee. Dr. Yonemoto is past president of the Hawaii Dental Association and also has served as HDA 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 and 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 served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House. He served on the ADA Audit Committee, Information Technology Committee, Dental Economic Advisory Group Liaison and Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Dr. Israelson also is past president of the Texas Dental Association and received the TDA President's Award in 2006 and 2011. He 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 and is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

• Dr. Julian Hal Fair III, Wagener, S.C., 16th District trustee, was a delegate to the ADA House from 2006-12. He served as a member of the ADA Compensation Committee and the Task Force on Dental Education Economics and Student Debt. Fair is a past president of the South Carolina Dental Association and the Central District of the SCDA. He received the South Carolina Dental Association George P. Hoffman Jr. Distinguished Dentist Award in 2008 and recognition from the Aiken County Community Action Commission in 1983. He received the Medical University of South Carolina's Distinguished Alumnus Service Award in 2011.

• Dr. Terry L. Buckenheimer, Tampa, Fla., 17th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House, a member and chair of the ADA Council on Membership and chair of Florida's delegation to the ADA. He is president of the Florida Dental Association and a past president of both the West Coast District Dental Association and the Hillsborough County Dental Association. He has been president of the Florida Dental Health Foundation and is a member of its executive board.