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Institute for Diversity in Leadership welcomes 2018-19 class

December 13, 2018

By Kimber Solana

Institute for Diversity in Leadership

Leaders: The 2018-19 class of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership pose for a photo Dec. 7 at ADA Headquarters. From left to right (first row), Drs. Marcio da Fonseca, Josephine Chang Pallotto, Sarah Khan, Winifred J. Booker, Quyen Vu Ying, Aruna S. Rao, Zaneta T. Hamlin; (second row) Sarah H. Tomlinson, Dentonio Worrell, Chinara A. Garraway, Sheila L. Armstrong, Monica C. Anderson; (third row) Herminio Perez, Julie A. Gray, Raven R. Henderson; (fourth row) Wooram Alex Lee, Akshay Thusu, Michael C. Farmer, Alberto Enrique Varela, Carlos S. Smith.

The ADA Board of Trustees announced in December the 2018-19 class of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

The class members are Drs. Akshay Thusu, San Antonio; Antonio Enrique Varela, Draper, Utah; Aruna Rao, Minneapolis; Carlos Smith, Richmond, Virginia; Chinara Garraway, Tallahassee, Florida; Dentonio Worrell, Hopewell, Virginia; Josephine Chang Pallotto, Lansing, Illinois; Marcio da Fonseca, Chicago; Michael Farmer, Charlotte, North Carolina; Monica Anderson, Grand Prairie, Texas; Raven Henderson, Middlebury, Connecticut; Sarah Khan, Philadelphia; Sarah Tomlinson, Raleigh, North Carolina; Wooram Alex Lee, Santa Monica, California; Zaneta Hamlin, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Quyen Vu Ying, Mountain Brook, Alabama; Winifred Booker, Owing Mills, Maryland; Sheila Armstrong, Southfield, Michigan; Herminio Perez, Garfield, New Jersey; and Julie Gray, Nashville, Tennessee.

“The Institute for Diversity in Leadership gives leaders of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, leaders who otherwise would have likely not had the opportunity to do so,” said Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, ADA president. “As leaders, they bring new perspectives to organized dentistry as well as promoting the importance of the collaborative efforts of organized dentistry to populations who otherwise may have not heard the message.”

During their program year, the Institute class members will develop their leadership abilities through faculty seminars and experience designing and leading projects for their dental associations or other community organizations. The 2018-19 students will work with leading educators from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Previous graduates of the program, which began in 2003, have created nonprofit organizations in their communities to provide dental health care and education to underserved populations, took on leadership roles on Mission of Mercy events, created programs introducing high school students to health care professions and raised awareness on a preventive approach to the opioid epidemic.

The class’ first session was held Dec. 6-7 at ADA Headquarters, which including sessions on pitching and effective business presentations, securing outside support and negotiations and conflict resolution.

Since 2003, more than 200 dentists have been enrolled in the program. Institute alumni have since served as volunteer leaders at the local, state and national levels of the ADA, and other dental associations and service organizations.

The ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership is made possible through the support of Crest + Oral-B and Henry Schein, Inc.

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