Current Councils and Commissions | American Dental Association

Current Councils, Commissions and Committees List

Councils

Each council has the following duties with respect to the subject matters (areas of responsibilities) for which each council is responsible:
  • Define, develop and oversee programming and projects that support and advance the strategic plan of the Association;
  • Consider and investigate emerging issues;
  • Respond to directives received from the House of Delegates or the Board of Trustees;
  • Propose new policies and rescission of and amendments to existing policies for consideration by the House of Delegates; and
  • Collaborate with external and internal agencies, upon direction or approval of the ADA President, on initiatives or issues that are within the responsibility of the council and communicate appropriate information to the Association membership.

Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention Dr. Shailee Gupta, Texas, Chair
Dr. Jane Grover, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: January 6-7, 2022; July 14–15, 2022  Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Oral health literacy;
  • Oral health equity;
  • Oral disease prevention and intervention;
  • Access to oral healthcare; and
  • Community oral health advocacy.

Council on Communications

Dr. Rebecca De La Rosa, Indiana, chair
Ms. Ivy Woods, ADA Staff Contact
March 11–12, 2022; August 20–21, 2022

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Advise on the management of the Association’s reputation;
  • Develop, recommend and maintain ADA strategic communications plans;
  • Advise ADA agencies on branding;
  • Advise on prioritization and allocation of communications resources; and
  • Advise on communications and marketing for constituents and components, upon request.

Council on Dental Benefit Programs

Dr. Kevin Dens, chair
Nicole Tarbor, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: May 5-6, 2022; November 17-18, 2022; May 11-12, 2023; November 2-3, 2023

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Administration and financing of all dental benefit programs including both commercial and public programs;
  • Dental Quality Alliance;
  • Monitoring of quality reporting activities of third party payers;
  • Peer review programs;
  • Code sets and code taxonomies including but not limited to procedure and diagnostic codes;
  • Electronic and paper dental claim content and completion instructions; and
  • Standards pertaining to the capture and exchange of information used in dental benefit plan administration and reimbursement for services rendered.

Council on Dental Education and Licensure

Dr. Donna Thomas-Moses, Georgia, chair
Ms. Karen Hart, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: January 24-25, 2022 and June 16-17, 2022

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Dental, advanced dental and allied dental education and accreditation;
  • Recognition of dental specialties and interest areas in general dentistry;
  • Dental anesthesiology and sedation;
  • Dental admission testing;
  • Licensure;
  • Certifying boards and credentialing for specialists and allied dental personnel; and
  • Continuing dental education.

Council on Dental Practice

Dr. James A. Hoddick, chair
Ms. GraceAnn Pastorelli, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: May 12-13, 2022 and November 10-11, 2022

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Dental practice, including:
    • Dental practice management;
    • Practice models and economics;
    • Scope of practice;
    • Impact of and compliance with regulatory mandates; and
    • Assessment of initiatives directed to the public and the profession;
  • Allied dental personnel, including:
    • Utilization, management and employment practices; and
    • Liaison relationships with organizations representing allied dental personnel;
  • Dentist health and wellness, including:
    • Dental professional well-being, wellness and ergonomics;
    • Patient safety and wellness; and
    • Liaison relationships with state well-being programs and related national organizations;
  • Dental informatics and standards for electronic technologies; and
  • Activities and resources directed to the success of the dental practice and the member.

Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs

Dr. Meredith Bailey, Boston, chair
Tom Elliott, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: Friday-Saturday, July 29-30, 2022 Thursday-Friday, April 27-28, 2023 Friday-Saturday, July 7-8, 2023

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

Council on Government Affairs

Dr. Mark Vitale, New Jersey, chair
Ms. Margaret Tucker Fogarty, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: January 29-30, 2021 (Virtual); August 21-22 (Chicago); January 20-21, 2022 (Virtual); July 21-23, 2022 (Washington, D.C.);

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Encourage the improvement of the health of the public and to promote the art and science of dentistry in matters of legislation and regulations by appropriate activities;
  • Formulate and recommend legislation, regulatory activity, policies and governmental programs relating to dentistry and oral health for submission to Congress;
  • Serve and assist as liaison with those agencies of the federal government which employ dental personnel or have dental care programs, and formulate polices which are designed to advance the professional status of federally employed dentists; and
  • Disseminate information which will assist the constituents and components involving legislation and regulation affecting the dental health of the public.

Council on Membership

Dr. Kyle Bogan, chair
Ms. Sandy Eitel, ADA staff contact
Meeting dates: April 29, 2022, and June 3-4, 2022

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs

Dr. Richard A. Huot, chair
Ms. Rita Tiernan, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: March 17, 2022 (new member orientation); March 18, 2022; August 19, 2022

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

Council on Scientific Affairs

Dr. Ana Karina Mascarenhas, Wisconsin, chair 
Ms. Hillary DeLong, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: June 21-22, 2022

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Science and scientific research, including:
    • Evidence-based dentistry;
    • Evaluation of professional products;
    • Identification of intramural and extramural priorities for dental research every three years; and
    • Promotion of student involvement in dental research;
  • Scientific aspects of the dental practice environment related to the health of the public, dentists and allied health personnel;
  • Standards development for dental products;
  • The safety and efficacy of concepts, procedures and techniques for use in the treatment of patients;
  • Liaison relationships with scientific regulatory, research and professional organizations and science related agencies of professional healthcare organizations; and
  • The ADA Seal of Acceptance program.

Commissions

Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations

Dr. Michael Sanders, Nevada, chair
Ms. Sara Green, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Date: June 29, 2022

The purposes of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations are:

  • To provide and conduct written examinations, exclusive of clinical demonstrations, for the purpose of assisting state boards in determining qualifications of dentists who seek licensure to practice in any state, district or dependency of the United States, which recognizes the National Board Examinations, here and after referred to as National Board Dental Examinations.
  • To provide and conduct written examinations, exclusive of clinical demonstrations, for the purpose of assisting state boards in determining qualifications of dental hygienists who seek licensure to practice in any state, district or dependency of the United States, which recognizes the National Board Examinations, here and after referred to as the National Board Dental Hygiene Examinations.
  • To make rules and regulations for the conduct of National Board Dental and Dental Hygiene Examinations and for the issuance of National Board Dental and Dental Hygiene Certificates.
  • To serve as a resource for the dental profession in the development of written examinations.

Visit JCNDE.org for meeting reports.

National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards

Dr. Frank Tuminelli, New York, chair
Ms. Catherine Baumann, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Date: March 28-29, 2022

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards serves the public and the profession by providing transparent and objective review of the recognized specialty organizations, prospective specialty organizations, their respective certifying boards and their adherence to the ADA Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists.

Visit NCRDSCB.org for meeting reports and minutes.

Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition

Dr. John D. Ball, Missouri, chair
Ms. Mary Borysewicz, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: April 28, 2022; September 29-30, 2022

The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition serves the public, the dental profession, and other healthcare providers by developing and implementing standards that promote excellence in continuing dental education to support professional competence and continuous improvement of patient care.

CCEPR fulfills its mission by:

  • Establishing standards and criteria for the recognition of continuing dental education providers
  • Recognizing providers of continuing dental education through a voluntary, self-regulated, peer-review process
  • Promoting quality improvement of continuing dental education standards and recognized providers

Visit CCEPR.org for meeting reports and minutes.

Commission on Dental Accreditation

Dr. Bruce Rotter, Illinois, chair
=Meeting Dates: February 11, 2022  August 5, 2022

The Commission on Dental Accreditation serves the public and profession by developing and implementing accreditation standards that promote and monitor the continuous quality and improvement of dental education programs.

Visit CODA.org for meeting reports and minutes.

Committees

American Dental Political Action Committee

Dr. Brad Barnes, Illinois, chair

The American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC) is the political arm of the American Dental Association. Its mission is to educate dentists about the importance of political action and to help elect candidates for congressional office who understand and are supportive of issues of importance to dentists and their patients.

ADPAC provides financial assistance on a bipartisan basis to congressional candidates, oversees a grassroots network of activist dentists, provides political education opportunities for member dentists, works closely with state dental political action committees, and encourages dentists to participate in an array of political campaigns and activities.

While not a lobbying organization, ADPAC's focus on political action and involvement complements the legislative efforts of the Association on the national level and coordinates its activities with the ADA Council on Governmental Affairs and the ADA Leadership.

Learn more about ADPAC

Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings

Dr. Chad R. Leighty, Indiana, chair
Dr. Robert L. Skinner, Arkansas , annual meeting chair, 2021–22
Ms. Narcisa Despoiu, ADA Staff Contact
2022 Meeting Dates: March 7 (Virtual), May 23-24 (Houston), December 5-6 (Virtual)

The Committee on Annual Meetings provides meeting oversight toward generating non-dues revenue and advises the Board on matters relating to the Committee’s duties.

New Dentist Committee

Dr. Seth Walbridge, Pennsylvania, Chair
Ms. Tera Lavick, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: April 8-10, 2022 (Chicago); April 28, 2022 (virtual); June 24, 2022 (virtual); October 12, 2022 (Houston); SmileCon: October 13-15 (Houston)

As a committee of the Board, the ADA New Dentist Committee’s primary purpose is to advise the Board of Trustees on matters relating to new dentists. The Committee reviews and advises the Board on member benefits, policy and the member experience from a new dentist perspective. The Committee also works with the Committee on Annual Meetings on the successful implementation of a new dentist program at the Annual Meeting and advises on the ADA dental school strategy as well as addresses other matters as assigned by the Board of Trustees.

Learn more about the ADA New Dentist Committee.