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Dr. Faiella takes office as ADA president

New officers, trustees installed for 2012-13

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New president: Dr. Faiella addresses the House of Delegates today.

Dr. Robert A. Faiella of Massachusetts took office today as the 149th president of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Faiella and other new and returning ADA officers and trustees were installed during proceedings of the 2012 House of Delegates, meeting this week at the 153rd ADA Annual Session in San Francisco.

“The successful stewardship of our profession is based entirely upon the commitment of our membership,” the ADA’s new president told the House. “Our role as leaders at this point in time is to empower the next generation to continue to evolve the core values we work so hard to define and protect today.”

Watch for a full report on Dr. Faiella’s House address on ADA.org and in the ADA News.

In balloting Monday at the House, Dr. Charles Norman III of Greensboro, N.C., was elected president-elect of the American Dental Association. He will succeed Dr. Faiella as president next year at Annual Session in New Orleans.

Also elected Monday were Dr. Glen D. Hall of Abilene, Texas, the new speaker of the House, and Dr. Ronald P. Lemmo of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, the new treasurer. (For more information on Drs. Norman, Hall and Lemmo, see the ADA News article "Dr. Charles Norman is ADA president-elect.")

Dr. Faiella is a past trustee who represented the ADA’s 1st District (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island) from 2007-11. He is a past member of the Council on Dental Benefit Programs and served on the ADA National Healthcare Information Infrastructure Task Force and the ADA Essential Oral Health Care Needs Task Force. As a trustee, he chaired ADA Business Enterprises, Inc., and the ADA Compensation Committee.

He is also a past president of the Massachusetts Dental Society, former general chair of the Yankee Dental Congress and former consultant to the MDS Council on Government Affairs.

A 1982 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University dental school, Dr. Faiella completed specialty training in periodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Osseointegration. He has been an ADA member for 34 years.

Five new trustees were declared elected in the House Friday: Drs. Mark R. Zust, 6th District; Joseph P. Crowley, 7th District; James K. Zenk, 10th District; Julian H. Fair III, 16th District; and Terry L. Buckenheimer, 17th District.

Also declared elected was Second Vice President Brian E. Scott.

What follows are brief profiles of other ADA officers and trustees, either newly elected or returning.

Newly elected

  • Dr. Brian E. Scott, Palo Alto, Calif., second vice president, has served on the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. Dr. Scott is a past president of the California Dental Association and chair of the California Dental Association Foundation. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.
  • Dr. Mark R. Zust, St. Peters, Mo., 6th District trustee, has been a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House since 1995 and is outgoing chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. Dr. Zust is a past president of the Missouri Dental Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. The MDA named him Dentist of the Year in 1992, and he was honored as the Greater St. Louis Dental Society’s Gold Medal Award winner in 2004 and Board Member of the Year in 1988 and 1989.
  • Dr. Joseph P. Crowley, Cincinnati, 7th District trustee, began service as a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House in 1994, was a member and chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs and has been District 7 representative to the American Dental Political Action Committee Board. Dr. Crowley is a past president of the Ohio Dental Association and the Cincinnati Dental Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
  • Dr. James K. Zenk, Montevideo, Minn., 10th District trustee, was a delegate to the ADA House from 2001-07. Dr. Zenk is a past president of the Minnesota Dental Association and the West Central District Dental Society. He is founder and past chairman of the Minnesota Dental Association’s Rural Dental Health Committee. Dr. Zenk volunteers as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
  • Dr. Julian H. Fair III, Wagener, S.C., 16th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House from 2006-12. Dr. Fair is a past president of the South Carolina Dental Association and the Central District of the SCDA. He received the South Carolina Dental Association George P. Hoffman Jr. Distinguished Dentist Award in 2008 and recognition from the Aiken County Community Action Commission in 1983. He received the Medical University of South Carolina’s Distinguished Alumnus Service Award in 2011.
  • Dr. Terry L. Buckenheimer, Tampa, Fla., 17th District trustee, has been a delegate to the ADA House, a member and chair of the ADA Council on Membership and chair of Florida’s delegation to the ADA. Dr. Buckenheimer is president-elect of the Florida Dental Association, a past president of the West Coast District Dental Association and the Hillsborough County Dental Association. He has been president of the Florida Dental Health Foundation and is a member of its executive board.

Returning

  • Dr. Kenneth J. Versman of Aurora, Colo., is now the ADA’s first vice president, having served a year as second vice president. Dr. Versman served as trustee for the 14th District on the ADA Board of Trustees (2007-11), representing Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii. A 1970 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Dr. Versman 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 served on the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Dow, Newport, Maine, 1st District trustee, has served on the ADA Council on Government Affairs, the ADA Charitable Relief Task Force and the ADA Essential Oral Health Care Needs Task Force. He is a retired colonel from the Maine Army National Guard. Dr. Dow is a past president of the Maine Dental Association, the Kennebec Valley Dental Society, past chair of the MDA Council on Governmental Relations and received the MDA President’s Award in 2001 and 2009. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
  • Dr. Steven Gounardes, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2nd District trustee, has served as an ADA delegate 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. Charles R. Weber, West Chester, Penn., 3rd District trustee, has served the ADA on the Council on Dental Practice, the 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 Programs, 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. Joseph F. Hagenbruch, Harvard, Ill., 8th District trustee, has served as chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, is a past member of the Electronic Health Record Committee and chaired the SNODENT Editorial Panel. He is a past president of the Illinois State Dental Society, McHenry County Dental Society and founder 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. 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, past editor of the WDA Journal and past 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. 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. Gary L. Roberts, Shreveport, La., 12th District trustee, has been a delegate and alternate delegate to the ADA House, a member of the ADA councils on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs and Government Affairs and the President’s Task Force on Governance. Dr. Roberts has served as Louisiana Dental Association president, speaker of the house of delegates and editor as well as a member of its Council on Government Affairs and several committees. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
  • Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, San Diego, 13th District trustee, a national adviser of the ADA Institute for Diversity and Leadership, she served as an ADA delegate 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.
  • Dr. Gary Yonemoto, Honolulu, 14th District trustee, has been a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House since 1994 and has been vice chair and District 14 representative to the American Dental Political Action Committee Board. Dr. Yonemoto is past president of the Hawaii Dental Association and has also served as treasurer, vice president, speaker of the house, trustee and member of more than a dozen HDA councils and committees. He received the HDA Distinguished Service Award in 2007. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
  • Dr. Hilton Israelson, Richardson, Texas, 15th District trustee, has served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House. Dr. Israelson is also past president of the Texas Dental Association and received the TDA President’s Award in 2006 and 2011. He also served as Dallas County Dental Society president and was named DCDS Dentist of the Year in 2006. He received the Texas Society of Periodontists President’s Award in 2008. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.