Current residence: Nesconset, New York
Dental school attended: Temple University
Year received dental degree: 1986
Postgraduate education/specialty: U.S. Navy active services and reserves
Years of ADA membership (include ASDA membership): 40
Other professional memberships:
- American College of Dentists.
- International College of Dentists.
- Pierre Fauchard Academy.
- Academy of General Dentistry.
- American Association of Military Surgeons.
Volunteer posts/elective offices held in organized dentistry:
- ADA trustee, 2nd District.
- ADA Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition chair.
- New York State Dental Association trustee to board.
- Compensation chair, ADA board committee.
- ADA delegate/alternate.
What are your main qualifications for the office you seek?
Communication is key to messaging. Representing our profession at all levels has provided me with insight into all aspects of our profession. My ability to condense debate into a deliverable message helps provide clear direction. Development as a Navy dental officer enhances mission and success in motivating those who share board rooms and committees. I succeed on teams because I utilize the strengths and skills in the room and trust others’ input to achieve the greatest possible outcome.
As chair of Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition, accrediting education providers is critical to lifelong learning. Providing that metric to our profession enhanced my view of the importance of
accreditation and its critical place in all professions.
I am gladly measured by ethical standards in our profession and personal lives. These
should be front and center in all situations. International College of Dentists and American College of Dentists membership have helped prioritize these goals in my life
and my career.
Why do you want to be an ADA officer?
Throughout my career, I have been influenced by many leaders of the American Dental Association. I have made it a priority to hone my own leadership skills by listening, learning and thoughtfully answering. These skills have aided my success in practicing dentistry and enabled me to succeed in various roles in the tripartite. As the Association enters a new chapter of leadership, I want to help my colleagues and the profession navigate the positive changes to come. Effectively communicating for our membership and for our profession and Association is important to me. The ADA needs officers who will facilitate and lead constructive communication by listening and learning what is important to our members. My experience, skills, and dedication will accomplish these goals on your behalf.