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GKAS National Advisory Committee names new chair

September 14, 2020

By Kimber Solana

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Dr. Shearer
Dr. Barbara Shearer, director of scientific affairs at Colgate-Palmolive Company, was elected June 18 as the new chair of the GKAS National Advisory Committee.

Dr. Shearer will lead the committee which provides strategic advice to the ADA Department of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy with respect to the Give Kids A Smile program.

"In the 10 years I have been a part of the GKAS National Advisory Committee, I have seen the programs grow in strength every year,” said Dr. Shearer. “I am continually amazed by the passion and commitment of all of the volunteers who give so much to their communities. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as chair of the GKAS National Advisory Committee at this time when oral health initiatives such as GKAS are even more important in reaching the underserved."
   
Colgate has been a strong supporter of the national  program since 2007. The company  has been instrumental in helping the program provide access to quality oral health care to underserved children by donating consumer dental products and services valued at nearly $8 million. Since the launch of the national  program  by the ADA in 2003, volunteers  have provided free oral health services to more than 6 million underserved children.

For more information about GKAS and to sign up to participate, visit ADA.org/GKAS.