Current residence: Federal Way, Washington
Dental school attended: University of Washington
Year received dental degree: 1992
Postgraduate education/specialty: Master’s of science in education
Years of ADA membership (include ASDA membership): 34
Other professional memberships:
- Academy of General Dentistry-30 years.
- American Association for Women Dentists.
- American College of Dentists.
- International College of Dentists.
- Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Volunteer posts/elective offices held in organized dentistry:
- President, Seattle King County Dental
- ADA delegate, 2005-18.
- Academy of General Dentistry secretary
(four years, two terms).
- AGD president.
- Chair, University of Washington Dental
School $22 million campaign.
What are your main qualifications for
the office you seek?
- Eight years as a national AGD officer.
- FDI delegate, four years.
- Consultant to the Strategic Forecasting
Task Force (as the chair of Budget and
- Chair, ADA Budget and Finance Committee.
- Chair, Business Innovation Committee, 2022.
Why do you want to be an ADA officer?
We need a leader with association national experience, connections, time, passion, determination and a proven track record of working with teams to get things done to bring dentistry together and move our ADA membership back up to the 75% level. We need a dedicated, compassionate leader to remove the words “can’t” and “impossible” and help the ADA thrive.
I was born into a Coast Guard family. My dad was a rescue pilot. He ended his career as an admiral in charge of protecting the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Florida. I was a high school teacher for 15 years. I coached and was a marathon runner, completing 45 marathons in 10 years and completed the First Woman’s Olympic Trials Marathon in 1984 in 2:47.
I would like to help the ADA do three things better: Connect, collaborate and communicate. We need to connect with our dental students, create a personal touch and teach them why it is important for them to be an ADA member. We need to develop mentor programs throughout our members’ careers which will help our members get our help when they need us the most.
I would like to collaborate with Health Resources & Services Administration to help increase loan repayment programs and our schools to bring oral health literacy, create a dream of being a dentist and increase workforce training.
We need to communicate better and answer the question, “What has ADA done for me lately?” We will listen and act quickly to members’ needs because what “matters most to me is what matters to you."