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Dr. Gist installed as ADA president

First African-American to hold that high office

Dr. Raymnd F. Gist
Dr. Raymond F. Gist
Orlando, Fla.—Dr. Raymond F. Gist of Grand Blanc, Mich., took office Oct. 13 as the ADA's 147th president during the 2010 House of Delegates meeting here at annual session. Dr. Gist, the first African-American to hold the ADA’s highest elective office, succeeds Dr. Ron Tankersley as president.

“We have a respected voice and unique strengths that are the envy of other health care fields,” the new president told the delegates. “Policy makers trust that when the ADA speaks, we speak for organized dentistry.” (Watch for a full report of Dr. Gist’s address to the House on ADA.org and in the Nov. 1 ADA News.)

Before the delegates made him president-elect in 2009, Dr. Gist represented the ADA’s 9th District as a member of the Board of Trustees. He is a past president of the Michigan Dental Association and has served as chair of the ADA Board’s Diversity Committee, a delegate to the FDI World Dental Congress and trustee liaison to the ADA Political Action Committee’s Board of Directors.

In balloting Oct. 12, the 2010 House elected Dr. William R. Calnon of Rochester, N.Y., ADA president-elect. Dr. Calnon will succeed Dr. Gist as ADA president when the House convenes in Las Vegas for the 2011 annual session.

Dr. Calnon has served as 2nd District trustee since 2006 and is a past member of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. He also is a past president of the New York State Dental Association, the 7th (NY) District Dental Society and the Monroe County Dental Society. Dr. Calnon is a general dentist who received his dental degree in 1978 from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Elected Oct. 12 to the post of ADA second vice president was Dr. Patricia L. Blanton of Dallas. After she serves as second vice president for 2010-11, Dr. Blanton automatically becomes first vice president the following year.

Dr. Blanton is a periodontist and a graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry. She is past president of the Texas Dental Association, the Southwest Society of Periodontists, the Texas Society of Periodontists and the Dallas County Dental Society. She also has served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House.

Also elected during the Orlando meeting were House Speaker J. Thomas Soliday; 2nd District Trustee Steven Gounardes; 8th District Trustee Joseph F. Hagenbruch; 11th District Trustee Roger L. Kiesling; and 13th District Trustee Carol G. Summerhays.

Brief biographies of those elected follow:

Dr. J. Thomas Soliday, Gaithersburg, Md., was re-elected speaker, a post he has held since first elected in 2002. Dr. Soliday was parliamentarian for the Maryland State Dental Society and speaker for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ House of Delegates.

He is a past president of the MSDA, Southern Maryland Dental Association and Maryland Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Steven Gounardes, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2nd District trustee, has served as an ADA delegate since 2005 and is a past chair of the 2008 ADA Reference Committee on Dental Benefits, Practice, Science and Health.

He is a past president of the New York State Dental Association and Second District Dental Society. He also is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy—earning that organization’s Distinguished Dentist Award in June 2007—and a past member of the Greater New York Dental Meeting Organization Committee.

Dr. Joseph F. Hagenbruch, Harvard, Ill., 8th District trustee, has served as chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Program, is a past member of the Electronic Health Record Committee and chaired the SNO-DENT Editorial Panel.

He is a past president of the Illinois State Dental Society, McHenry County Dental Society and currently is president of the McHenry County Cooperative Dental Clinic. Dr. Hagenbruch is a past president of the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry and a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Roger L. Kiesling, Helena, Mont., 11th District trustee, is a past chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and a former member of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, Dental Workforce Task Force and Task Force on the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

He is a past president of the Montana Dental Association and was the 2003 recipient of the MDA’s Clinical Excellence Award. He is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy and a lead visiting faculty member of the Pankey Institute.

Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, San Diego, 13th District trustee, a national advisor of the ADA Institute for Diversity and Leadership, has served as an ADA delegate since 2004 and is a former member of the ADA Strategic Planning Committee.

Dr. Summerhays is a past president of the California Dental Association, treasurer of the CDA Foundation and member of the San Diego County Dental Society Board of Directors.

She is a past president of the San Diego Academy of Dentistry; a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy; and an AGD master and fellow.

Other Association officials continuing service include:

Dr. A.J. Smith, Salt Lake City, now the ADA’s first vice president, having served a year as second vice president. He is a past chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and previously served a 19-year term as an ADA delegate or alternate delegate. Dr. Smith is an ADA Success Program speaker, past member of the National Board Test Construction Committee and past president of the Utah Dental Association. He holds memberships in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Pankey Institute.

Dr. Edward Leone Jr., Thornton, Colo., ADA treasurer since 2006. He previously served as the ADA 14th District trustee from 1999-2003 and was an ADA delegate. He holds an MBA and a certificate in financial planning and is a registered financial consultant. He also is a past president and past treasurer of the Colorado Dental Association. Other past appointments include the ADA Board of Trustees’ finance and administrative review committees; chair of the CDA Council on Governmental Affairs; member of the Council on ADA Sessions and chair of the ADA Reference Committee on Budget, Business and Administrative Matters in 2005.

Dr. Robert A. Faiella, Cotuit, Mass., 1st District trustee, has served on the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, the ADA National Healthcare Information Infrastructure Task Force and the ADA Essential Oral Health Care Needs Task Force. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Dental Society, former general chair for the Yankee Dental Congress and former consultant to the MDS Council on Government Affairs. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists and the Academy of Osseointegration.

Dr. Charles R. Weber, West Chester, Penn., 3rd District trustee, has served the ADA on the Council on Dental Practice and Council on ADA Sessions and as an ADA delegate. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, Second District Dental Association and Dental Society of Chester County and Delaware County. He is also a former general chairman of the Valley Forge Dental Conference. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Maxine Feinberg, Cranford, N.J., 4th District trustee, has served the ADA as chair and vice chair of the Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Plans, as an ADA delegate and initiated the New Jersey Give Kids A Smile Campaign. She is a past president of the New Jersey Dental Association and Union County Dental Society and a member of the New Jersey State Dental Medicaid Advisory Committee. She is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.

Dr. Donald L. Seago, Jackson, Miss., 5th District trustee, has served the ADA as chair of the 5th District Caucus, as a member of the Reference Committee on Dental Education and Related Matters and as an ADA delegate. He is a past president of the Mississippi Dental Association and has served the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as a trustee and as a delegate. He is a former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

Dr. W. Ken Rich, Dry Ridge, Ky., 6th District trustee, has served as chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs, as a member of the ADA task force on Workforce and as an ADA delegate.

He is a past president of the Kentucky Dental Association, a former member of the Kentucky Governor’s Advisory Committee on Medicaid and vice chairman of the Northern Kentucky Independent Industrial Health Department. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.

Dr. Charles L. Steffel, Indianapolis, 7th District trustee, has served 14 years in the ADA House of Delegates where was a member of the Standing Committee on Rules and Order and the Reference Committee on Communications and Membership Services. He is a past president of the Indiana Dental Association, Indianapolis District Dental Society and the Indiana Association of Endodontists. He is a founding editor of the AAE’s Endondontics: Colleagues for Excellence and is an associate professor of endodontics at Indiana University School of Dentistry. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Dennis W. Engel, Mequon, Wis., 9th District trustee, has served as a member of the ADA Council on Communications, the Salable Materials review panel, the Strategic Planning Committee and the ADA's External Communications Task Force. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, current editor of the WDA Journal, and a treasurer of the state association's political action committee. Dr. Engel received a Distinguished Editor Award from the ADA Council on Communications in 2002 and is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Edward J. Vigna, Lincoln, Neb.,10th District trustee, served as chair of the ADA Political Action Committee for two years and was a member of the ADPAC Board for six years. He is also a former member of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.

He is past president and secretary of the Nebraska Dental Association, a past president of the Lincoln District Dental Association and a member of the NDA Hall of Fame. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy and is on the National Advisory Committee of the Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry.

Dr. R. Wayne Thompson, Shawnee, Kan., 12th District trustee, has served on the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs where he chaired a subcommittee on dental treatment codes.

He is a past president of the Kansas Dental Association and served on a KDA team that created an organized a tour to access to oral care in Kansas. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Kenneth J. Versman, Aurora, Colo., 14th District trustee, has served on the ADA Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs and as an ADA delegate. He is a past president of the Colorado Dental Association, Rocky Mountain Society of Periodontists, North American Society of Periodontists, Denver Academy of Clinical Dentistry and also has served on the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners.

Dr. S. Jerry Long, Houston, 15th District trustee, has served as chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs and serving as a delegate.

He is a past president of the Houston Dental Society, Southwest Prosthodontic Society and Southwest Society of Oral Medicine. He also is an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental Brach, where he received his dental degree. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.

Dr. Charles H. Norman III, Greensboro, N.C., 16th District trustee, is a former chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and has served as chair of the ADA Wellbeing and Dental Practice Indicators Committees.

He is a past president of the North Carolina Dental Society, its 3rd District Dental Society and the Foundation Board for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. He is a member of the North Carolina State Healthcare Commission, Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Samuel B. Low, Gainesville, Fla., 17th District trustee, has served the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations and chaired the Future of Dental Education Committee. He has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1994.

He is a past president of the Florida Dental Association, Central District Dental Society and Florida Association of Periodontists. He was the 2009-10 president of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary fraternity, a fellow of the American College of Dentists and recently was honored with the FDA’s Dentist of the Year and Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Awards.