JCNDE Members and Appointing Organizations
Dr. Cataldo Leone (ADEA), Chair
Dr. Cataldo Leone, is professor of Periodontology and associate dean for academic affairs at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He also maintains a hospital appointment at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Leone was awarded a D.M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983, and holds a certificate in Periodontology and a Doctor of Medical Sciences in Oral Biology degree from Harvard University.
Dr. Kanthasamy Ragunanthan (ADA), Vice-Chair
Kanthasamy “Ragu” Ragunanthan, DDS, MS, chair of the Committee on Research and Development, is the president and owner of Canton Family Dentistry in Canton, OH and has been in private practice for more than 25 years. In addition to practicing general dentistry, Dr. Ragu has several years of teaching experience at dental programs in the Akron area. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Ohio Dental Association and a past president of the Stark County Dental Association. Dr. Ragu is a graduate of the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dentistry.
Ms. Joanna Allaire (ADHA)
Ms. Allaire, chair of the Committee on Dental Hygiene, is an Associate Professor and the Dental Hygiene Program Director at Lone Star College Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas. A licensed dental hygienist for more than 40 years, she received her Master of Dental Hygiene in 2012 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, the Texas Dental Hygienists Association, and the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists Society. She currently serves as an accreditation consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and sits on the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Dental Review Committee.
Dr. John D. Da Silva (ADEA)
Dr. John Da Silva received his BA in 1982 from Williams College in Art History and Chemistry and his DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in 1987, where he also completed specialty training in implant dentistry, prosthodontics and geriatrics. He received his MPH & ScM from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1987 and 1992 respectively. Dr. Da Silva has been a member of the Departments of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences and Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at HSDM; served as director of Advanced Graduate Education, Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences; and was appointed Vice Dean of HSDM in 2014. Dr. Da Silva has been actively involved in the Harvard Dental Center as the medical director and a practicing dentist. He has been involved in the American Dental Education Association since 1992 and more recently as a member of the Council of Faculties, and a fellow in the Leadership Institute of ADEA. Dr. Da Silva is a past president of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Roy Irons (AADB)
Roy L. Irons, DDS, is a dental practitioner in Gulfport, Mississippi, providing much needed high-quality dental care and treatment options in a part of the country often overlooked. Dr. Irons earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tougaloo College in 1972 and his dental degree from the University of Iowa in 1976. Following graduation, he spent four years as active military in the United States Navy, serving as a general dentist before spending 20 years in the Reserves. He retired as a U.S. Navy Captain. Dr. Irons’ distinguished career has included active service in a number of national and local professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, National Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Mississippi Dental Association, the Mississippi Dental Society and the Jamaica Dental Association. He joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in 1976 and continues to serve as an instructor, in addition to serving on the faculty of the UMC Community Dentistry Department.
Dr. Michael E. King (ADA)
Dr. King has been in private practice since 1995 and currently owns a dental office in Burke, VA. A veteran of the United States Navy, he was the Department Head on board the USS Nashville, LPD-13, where he performed all areas of dentistry and was continuously trained in his craft. He is a member of the Northern Virginia Dental Society, Virginia Dental Association, American Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. King graduated from Virginia Tech with an undergraduate degree in microbiology (pre-dentistry) before attending dental school at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Dr. Frank A. Maggio (AADB)
Frank A. Maggio, DDS, chair of the Committee on Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, practices periodontics in Elgin, IL. A graduate of the University of Illinois and the Loyola University School of Dentistry, Dr. Maggio spent two years as a Captain in the US Army Dental Corps. He received his certificate in periodontics and, following his military service, went into private practice. Dr. Maggio is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, Illinois State Dental Society, American Academy of Periodontology, Illinois Society of Periodontology, and several other professional organizations. He has held several teaching positions over his career and currently is a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry Department of Periodontics.
Dr. William Robinson (AADB)
Dr. Robinson, chair of the Committee on Administration, is a dentist in Florida who has served as chair of the Florida Board of Dentistry. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and served as chair of the ethics committee, where he contributed to "An Ethics Handbook for Dentists." He is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists, where he served as international councilor. He graduated cum laude with a D.D.S. from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and received the Life Achievement Award from both the Hillsborough County Dental Association and the West Coast Dental Association.
Dr. Michael Sanders (AADB)
Dr. Sanders, DMD, EdM, is a tenured professor at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine. He graduated from the New Jersey Dental School (now Rutgers School of Dental Medicine) in 1978 and completed his EdM from Rutgers University in 1990. He has chaired academic departments at both the New Jersey Dental School and the UNOV School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Sanders is a member of the American Dental Association and will serve as the President of the Nevada Dental Association commencing in June 2019. He holds fellowships in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is a member of the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners and examines for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment and the Western Regional Examining Board.
Dr. Mary A. Starsiak (AADB)
Dr. Mary A. Starsiak is a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Dental School and has owned her own general dentistry private practice since her graduation. She is a member of the American Association of Dental Boards and the Vice Regent of the International College of Dentistry, as well as the Program Chair for the 2022 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Dr. Starsiak is the immediate Past President of the Central Regional Testing Agency (CRDTS) and has served on the Steering Committee since 2010. She has served as member of the State of Illinois Board of Dentistry from 2009 and served as its chair from 2012-2014 and 2016-2017. She has served on numerous Boards and Committees including the Illinois State Dental Society; Chicago Dental Society; was a Founding member of the Chicago Dental Society Foundation; The American Dental Association Council of Communication; Odontographic Society of Chicago and President of the Dental Arts Club of Chicago. Dr. Starsiak is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Odontographic Society.
Dr. Patrick J. Tepe (ADA)
Dr. Patrick A. Tepe is a 1994 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; he received his undergraduate degree in Biology at Marquette University. He has worked as a general dentist since his graduation, and is currently an owner/partner of a private group practice in Madison, WI and Verona, WI. Dr. Tepe served in the United States Army Reserve Dental Corps. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Dental Plan Insurance Corporation and is a past president of the Wisconsin Dental Association. Dr. Tepe is a member of the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, the Dane County Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a fellow in the International College of Dentists.
Dr. Wesley Thomas (AADB)
Dr. Wesley Thomas, DMD, currently serves as the Vice Chairperson of the District of Columbia Board of Dentistry. He is a Dental Board Licensing Examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) and the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies, Inc. (CITA). He is also a Fellow in the International College of Dentists. Dr. Thomas worked briefly in private practice before accepting his current position as a General Dentist for the US Department of Defense at The Pentagon. He is also a military officer in the District of Columbia Army National Guard. Dr. Thomas is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College and received his D.M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Douglas C. Wilson, PhD (Public Member)
Since 2000, Dr. Wilson has served the National Park Service as an archaeologist for the Pacific West Region. He has taught he has taught the Public Archaeology Field School at Fort Vancouver – a partnership of the National Park Service, Portland State University, and Washington State University Vancouver – since 2001 and he has served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University since 2004. Dr. Wilson has written many articles and book chapters in diverse publications including American Antiquity, Columbia Magazine, the Federalist, Historical Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, and the Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage.
Dr. Joseph J. Zambon (ADEA)
Joseph J. Zambon DDS, PhD, chair of the Committee on Education Development, currently serves as dean of the University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Zambon has been a faculty member at the University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine since 1982, rising to the rank of State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor. He previously served as associate dean for academic affairs for fifteen years. As a faculty member, he practiced periodontics for over thirty years. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Zambon served as a dental officer in the U. S. Navy. Dr. Zambon is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on oral microbiology and a prolific scientist with over 300 publications. His research and teaching have been recognized with numerous awards and honors.
JCNDE Liaisons and Observers
Mr. Brandon Rensch, ASDA Student Representative
Brandon Rensch is a fourth-year dental student at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. In addition to serving as president of his local ASDA chapter, he is also the District 8 trustee for ASDA and acts as liaison to dental schools in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri. Mr. Rensch attended the University of South Dakota where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Medical Biology.
Laura Jeannie Binder (ASDA Student Observer)
Jeannie Binder is a third year-dental student at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. She is the 2019-2020 national ASDA Editor in Chief. In 2013, Ms. Binder graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Music, French, and Plan II honors. She completed her master’s degree in Musicology in 2015.
James D. Stephens (ADA Board of Trustees Liaison)
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