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Dr. Cole installed as ADA president

October 23, 2018

By Kimber Solana

Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole
Bright: Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole calls the future of dentistry "bright" during his address to the House of Delegates. Dr. Cole took office Oct. 22 as the 155th president of the ADA.

Photo by EZ Event Photography


Honolulu — Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, of Wilmington, Delaware, took office Oct. 22 as the 155th president of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Cole and the new and returning ADA officers and trustees were installed in their offices before proceedings of the ADA House of Delegates, gathered this week at the ADA’s 159th annual meeting in Honolulu.

During his address to the House of Delegates, Dr. Cole called the future of dentistry “bright” and asked, “What difference will you make?” of his fellow dentists.

“Dentistry needs leaders like you, now more than ever,” he said. “Together we can deliver not only what our patients and our members need today, but what they can’t even imagine they will need tomorrow.” 

In addition, Drs. Chad P. Gehani, Craig Herre and Ted Sherwin were elected president-elect, second-vice president and treasurer, respectively. And four trustees were declared elected Oct. 19 in the House: Drs. Paul R. Leary, 2nd District; Susan Becker Doroshow, 8th District; Linda Johansen Edgar, 11th District; and James D. Stephens, 13th District.

Before being chosen president-elect in 2017, Dr. Cole, an ADA member for over 35 years, was trustee of the ADA’s 4th District. He is a former chair of the ADA Budget and Finance Committee, the ADA Strategic Planning Committee and the ADA Business Model Project Oversight. 

Dr. Cole also served as president of the Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of the American College of Dentists, Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity and the International College of Dentists.

He graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1986 and completed a general practice residency at Christiana Care Health System. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management.

Watch for a full report on Dr. Cole’s House of Delegates address on ADA.org and in the ADA news.

President-elect

In balloting Oct. 22 at the House, Dr. Chad P. Gehani, of Queens, New York, was voted president-elect. Dr. Gehani, who has served as a delegate from 2000-14, is the immediate past trustee of the ADA’s 2nd District. Dr. Gehani previously served as president of the New York State Dental Association and the Queens County Dental Society. In addition to the ADA, Dr. Gehani is a member of the American Association of Endodontists and the Indian Dental Association. 

Dr. Gehani received his dental degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes Americans who dedicate their lives to community and is bestowed by the Ellis Island Honor Society.

Second vice president

Also in balloting Oct. 22 at the House, Dr. Craig W. Herre, of Leawood, Kansas, was voted second vice president. Dr. Herre has served as chair of the ADA Council on Communications, as a member of the ADA’s National Oral Health Literacy Advisory Committee and as a delegate from 2010-18. He was named Dentist of the Year by the Kansas Dental Association in 2017 and previously served as the organization’s president. Dr. Herre received his dental degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry.

Treasurer

During balloting Oct. 22 at the House, Dr. Ted Sherwin, of Orange, Virginia, was voted treasurer. Dr. Sherwin served on the ADA's Special Committee of Financial Affairs and on the ADA Board committees of finance, strategic planning and budget. In addition he was author and member of ADA House Resolution 97H Workgroup, which studied the House budget process and strategic planning. He served his district caucus budget and business matters team for 14 years and as chair six times. Dr. Sherwin currently serves on the ADA Council on Membership. He is serving his seventh year as treasurer of the Virginia Dental Association (2015-present, 2007-11) and is chair of its investment committee. He is past president of the VDA and past chair of the VDA Council on Finance. A graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Sherwin completed his executive scholar certificate in nonprofit management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 2017.

New trustees

Dr. Paul R. Leary, of Smithtown, New York, 2nd District trustee, has been a member of the ADA since 1985 and a member of the House of Delegates since 2004. Dr. Leary is also involved with the Academy of General Dentistry, New York State Dental Association, Suffolk County Dental Society, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He served on the New York State Dental Foundation Board from 2004-14 and is the co-editor of the Suffolk County Bulletin.

Dr. Susan Becker Doroshow, of Skokie, Illinois, 8th District trustee, served as chair of the ADA Council on Membership from 2008-09 and as an ADA delegate or alternate delegate since 2003. Dr. Doroshow is a member of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and the Odontographic Society of Chicago. She served as Chicago Dental Society president in 2015 and as an Illinois State Dental Society trustee from 2004-07.

Dr. Linda Johansen Edgar, of Federal Way, Washington, 11th District trustee, has been a member of the ADA since 1992 and served as a member of the House of Delegates since 2005. Dr. Edgar most recently served on the ADA Council on Dental Practice. She is a member of the Washington State Dental Association and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Edgar served as president of the Academy of General Dentistry from 2013-14 and as president of the Seattle King County Dental Society from 2010-11. 

Dr. James D. Stephens, of Palo Alto, California, 13th District trustee, has been an ADA member since 1982 and served as a delegate since 2007. Dr. Stephens is a member of the California Dental Association, Mid-Peninsula Dental Society, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has served as president and trustee with the California Dental Association and as president, trustee and communications chair with the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society.

Returning officers and trustees

Dr. Richard A. Huot is now the ADA’s first vice president, having served as second vice president this past year. He has served as a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates, past president of the Maine Dental Association, and member of the Florida Dental Association Board of Trustees, American Dental Political Action Committee and the ADA Council on Government Affairs. A 1982 graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, Dr. Huot is also member of the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, National Network for Oral Health Access and the Federal Health Care Executive Interagency Alumni Association.

Dr. Glen D. Hall, of Abilene, Texas, continues as speaker of the House. He was on the Texas Dental Association’s Board of Directors from 1997-2000 and has chaired the Texas Dental Association Council on Dental Care Programs and the ADA Council on Dental Benefits Programs. He also chaired the Council on Dental Benefit Programs Subcommittee on the Code. He served as speaker of the Texas Dental Association House for 12 years.

Dr. Judith M. Fisch, of Rutland, Vermont, 1st District trustee, had been a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates from 2007-16. Her previous roles in organized dentistry include president of the Vermont State Dental Society and member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs.

Dr. Linda K. Himmelberger, of Devon, Pennsylvania, 3rd District trustee, has been an active member of the ADA since 1982, serving as chair of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, ADA Election Commission and co-chair of the Bylaws Revision Subcommittee. She also served as president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, which awarded her its Distinguished Service Award in 2015.

Dr. George R. Shepley, of Baltimore, 4th District trustee, has served as chair of the ADA Council on Communications and as a delegate since 2013. He previously served as president of the Maryland State Dental Association from 2013-14, and as a member of the MSDA Foundation, MSDA Dental Association Company Board and the MSDA Member Legislative Committee.

Dr. John F. Harrington, Jr., of Milledgeville, Georgia, 5th District trustee, has been an active member of the ADA since 1984, served in the ADA Council on Government Affairs and as an ADA delegate since 2008. Dr. Harrington is a former president of the Georgia Dental Association and served in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps from 1984-87.

Dr. Roy Thompson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 6th District trustee, has served as an alternate delegate in the House of Delegates and is a former chair of the (former) ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. He is also former president of the Tennessee Dental Association and received its Jack E. Wells Dedication to Dentistry Award in 2016.

Dr. Billie Sue Kyger, of Gallipolis, Ohio, 7th District trustee, previously served on the ADA Board of Trustees Budget and Finance Committee. She was the Ohio Dental Association president in 2002-03 and now serves on the Ohio Dental Association Foundation Board of Trustees. She is also involved with the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Julio H. Rodriguez, of Brodhead, Wisconsin, 9th District trustee, served as a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates since 2006 and as 2013 president of the Wisconsin Dental Association in 2013. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from dental school at the National University of San Marcos in Peru in 1976 and served as a dental officer in the Peruvian Air Force before immigrating to the United States.

Dr. Kenneth McDougall, of Jamestown, North Dakota, 10th District trustee, has served as the chair of the (former) Council on ADA Sessions. He also served as chair of the American Dental Political Action Committee and was the president of the North Dakota Dental Association in 2000. He is a member of the International College of Dentists.

Dr. Raymond A. Cohlmia, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 12th District trustee, is dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Dr. Cohlmia is also an associate clinical professor and instructor at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. He previously served on the Council on Membership, Committee on Strategic Planning and Committee on the New Dentist. He is past president of the Oklahoma Dental Association.

Dr. Daniel J. Klemmedson, of Tucson, Arizona, 14th District trustee, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Klemmedson owns a private practice specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery and is an attending oral and maxillofacial surgeon on the cleft palate and craniofacial team at Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services in Tucson.

Dr. Richard C. Black, of El Paso, Texas, 15th District trustee, is past chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs. Some of his previous positions include president of both the Texas Dental Association and El Paso District Dental Society. He also served as a member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs and was the recipient of a presidential citation from the ADA president in 2010.

Dr. Kirk M. Norbo, of Purcellville, Virginia, 16th District trustee, previously served on the ADA Bylaws Review Taskforce and as a delegate. He has been an active member of the Virginia Dental Association and was its president in 2012-13. He is a master in the Academy of General Dentistry and is an adjunct faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Cesar R. Sabates, of Coral Gables, Florida, 17th District trustee, has served on the ADA Budget Finance and Administrative Review Committee and was the chair of the (former) Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. He was the Florida Dental Association president in 2010-11. He was also president of the South Florida District Dental Association/East Coast District Dental Society.