April Kates-Ellison Promoted to Chief Client Services and Tripartite Relations Officer


A photograph of April Kates.
Dr. Dave Preble.

CHICAGO, July 27, 2022 — The American Dental Association (ADA) is pleased to announce that Ms. April Kates-Ellison has been promoted to the position of Chief Client Services & Tripartite Relations Officer. In this new position, she will lead a team that is responsible for the strategic account management and engagement of multiple stakeholder groups, including state and local dental societies, select councils and committees and various external Associations and groups with which ADA aims to develop or continue to maintain strong relationships with, on behalf of building a stronger, united dental community for all dental professionals.

Additionally, she will deliver a portfolio of services and offerings that support dental student and dentist member engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion with strategies spanning membership development, leadership development, technology systems and other key services that support the collective growth of the Tripartite.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce April Kates-Ellison’s advancement to Chief Client Services & Tripartite Relations Officer,” stated Raymond Cohlmia, D.D.S, Executive Director of ADA. “A committed veteran of the ADA, April has impressively had the pulse on membership recruitment, retention and outreach across the national, state and local ADA and she will continue to advance business agility and usher in a culture of change, innovation, collaboration and accountability in this new role.”

Kates-Ellison currently serves as Vice President, Member & Client Services, overseeing the ADA's member services and client services, driving member growth strategies that leverage the collective ADA (national, state, and local) to increase dues revenue. An employee of the ADA for more than two decades, Kates-Ellison has advanced through several roles and successfully led various teams within the Membership Division with a keen eye on opportunities for growth.

“My longtime experience with the ADA, coupled with my commitment to continuous learning, leadership development and overall self-growth, has positioned me well to lead in this new role,” said Kates-Ellison. “I am excited to work alongside my talented and dedicated team to lead the organization into the future. We will do great things together.”

A native of Summit-Argo, Il., she holds a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois. In addition, Kates-Ellison holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential through the American Society of Association Executives and is a current nominee for the Certified Diversity Executive Credential through the Institute for Diversity Certification. She is also the recipient of many distinguished industry awards, including: the Workforce Diversity Scholar Leadership Program through the Association Forum of Chicagoland; the Women of Excellence Award through the Chicago Defender and the 2021 Women Worth Watching in Leadership Award through Profiles in Diversity Journal.

About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 159,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), published monthly, is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org.