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Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2014-15 class announced

July 28, 2014

The ADA Board of Trustees announced in June the expanded 2014-15 class of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

The class members are Drs. Abdullaibrahim Abdulwaheed, Cambridge Massachusetts; Xochitl Anderson, Lubbock, Texas; Kevin Bolden, Waco, Texas; Darwin Hayes, Bronx, New York; Amanda Hemmer, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; Shih-Yen Hsiao, Fresno, California; Malieka Johnson, San Diego, California; Mark Limosani, Weston, Florida; Carliza Marcos, San Carlos, California; Christina Meiners, San Antonio, Texas; Shane Murphy, Anchorage, Alaska; Robin Nguyen, Trinity, Florida; Deryck Pham, Mays Landing, New Jersey; Inna Piskorska, San Antonio, Texas; Zellisha Quam, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Rico Short, Smyrna, Georgia.

Citing the success of the program since its inception in 2003, the Board increased the Institute’s class size from 12 to 16 dentists.

“The ADA is very proud of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership and the talented dentists who participate each year,” Dr. Charles Norman, ADA president, said. “It’s crucial the Association reaches out to people from all corners of American life — not only to encourage our best and brightest to enter our profession, but also to cultivate a new generation of leaders that reflects the growing diversity of our profession and our communities.”

Sponsored, in part, through generous contributions from Procter & Gamble Oral Health and Henry Schein Dental, the Institute provides a diverse group of dentists with education and experience to build a lifetime of relationships and set new leadership paths within the dental profession and their community. Core to the program’s philosophy is that lasting leadership learning is lifelong and based on experience.

As a key part of the leadership learning experience, each participant also designs and completes a personal leadership project for their community or the profession.

The 2014-15 will attend three sessions: Sept. 4-5; Dec. 8-9; and Sept. 10-11, 2015. Students will work with leading educators from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business during three sessions.

For more information on the Institute, visit