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ADEA Leadership Institute Class of 2011 Selected

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ADEA is proud to announce the selection of the 11th annual class of the ADEA Leadership Institute. The ADEA Leadership Institute, which began in 2000, is a year-long program to develop the nation's most promising dental educators to become leaders in dental and higher education. The Institute, unique to dental education, includes four phases throughout which Institute Fellows undertake a variety of assignments designed to both guide and enhance their professional development. The Institute includes sessions in leadership theory, team building, communications, managing change, public policy, educational policy, legal issues, research, and budgeting and financial management. Fellows are faculty and administrators from allied, predoctoral, and postdoctoral dental education.

The Class of 2011 will be oriented at the 2010 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Washington, DC. Following the Annual Session, Fellows will begin a self-study curriculum on organization theory and leadership in higher education in preparation for Phase I in the third week of June. This stage is designed to help Fellows develop personal and interpersonal competencies for leadership. Fellows conduct feedback assessments with peers, deans, and others from their home institutions to help them better understand how others view their leadership skills.

Phase II takes place in Washington, DC, in mid-September. This phase allows Fellows the opportunity to address legislative issues facing dental education on Capitol Hill. Phase III, occurring January 2011, addresses administrative skills required of effective leaders. The Fellows will conclude their participation in the ADEA Leadership Institute during Phase IV, which occurs in San Diego, California, at the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

Throughout the year, Fellows will carry out a project relating to a key issue in dental education. Fellows who share similar interests and aspirations work in groups mentored by the ADEA Leadership Institute Advisors: Dr. Lonnie H. Norris, Dean of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Dr. Cecile Feldman, Dean of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey New Jersey Dental School; and Dr. Brad J. Potter, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Colorado Denver School of Dentistry.

Fellows of the Class of 2011 are:

Joycelyn A. Dillion, RDH, M.A.

Ms. Joycelyn A. DillionMs. Dillon is Chairperson of New York City College of Technology's (City Tech) Dental Hygiene department, the oldest dental hygiene program in New York City and her alma mater. After earning her A.A.S. and dental hygiene licensure from City Tech, she graduated with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene and an M.A. in Health Education from Columbia University. She has been practicing clinical dental hygiene for over 30 years and has been an educator for over 19 years.

During the pursuit of her graduate degree, Ms. Dillon was an educator in several New York City dental hygiene programs, including Hostos Community College, City Tech, and New York University. She became a full-time Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene at City Tech in 1998 and was appointed Chair of the department in 2007.

Ms. Dillon was recently reappointed for her second five-year term as one of three dental hygienists on the 17-member New York State Board for Dentistry, which handles discipline, legislation, and licensure matters for dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting professions in New York. She lectures at various professional meetings, including the Dental Hygienists' Association of the City of New York, the Greater New York Dental Meeting, and the National Dental Hygienist Association, and recently she lectured at an International Dental Hygiene Week conference in Amsterdam, Holland. Ms. Dillion also serves as an examiner and member of the steering committee for the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners.

Marcia M. Ditmyer, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S., CHES

Dr. Marcia M. DitmyerDr. Marcia M. Ditmyer is Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Dental Medicine. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Toledo, an M.B.A. from Central Michigan University, and an M.S. in Health Education and Wellness from Independence University's College for Health Sciences. Dr. Ditmyer previously worked in the automotive industry in security, health and wellness, and safety and environmental health. She began her career within the health and fitness industry over 30 years ago.

After teaching in the health sciences, Dr. Ditmyer took a position at UNLV that allows her to conduct oral health research, comparing oral health indices to general health factors such as body mass index, nutrition, and other environmental and behavioral factors. Dr. Ditmyer currently teaches in the Professional Studies Department as well as graduate education programs. She serves as the dental school representative on the Faculty Senate and is a councilor on the school's Faculty Council. She is currently the Chair of the ADEA Practice Management Section and Secretary of the ADEA Gerontology and Geriatric Education Section.

Dr. Ditmyer holds several professional certifications, including Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Medical Exercise Specialist, Fitness Practitioner, Personal Fitness Trainer/Group Exercise, and Yoga. She is currently serving a five-year term on the Division Board for Certification for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHES). In addition, Dr. Ditmyer serves on committees regarding licensure and credentialing within the health profession and belongs to over a dozen professional organizations.

Daphne C. Ferguson-Young, D.D.S., M.S.P.H.

Dr. Daphne C. Ferguson-YoungDr. Daphne C. Ferguson-Young is Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at Meharry Medical College. She received both her D.D.S. degree and her M.S.P.H. from Meharry. Prior to entering academics, Dr. Ferguson-Young served as a community health dentist and had a private practice in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Dr. Ferguson-Young has served on the faculty of Meharry Medical College for over 13 years, teaching in the departments of Periodontics, Public Health, Operative Dentistry, and Restorative Dentistry. From 2001 to 2003, she served as Acting Director of the General Practice Residency Program. She has received numerous teaching awards from students and serves as the faculty advisor for the Student National Dental Association chapter at Meharry. Actively holding several key leadership positions in the local and state dental chapters of the National Dental Association, Dr. Ferguson-Young is also involved in Meharry's academic leadership, most recently as the immediate past Faculty Senate Chair. She serves in leadership capacities on several of the dental school's committees and is current Chair of the Appointments and Promotions Committee.

Dr. Ferguson-Young was a representative from Meharry to work with the Ministry of Education and Health and the Dental Curriculum Committee of Hawler Medical College in Erbil, Kurdistan, during summer 2009.

Audrey L. Galka, D.D.S.

Dr. Audrey L. GalkaAssociate Professor and Chair of the Department of Cariology and Restorative Dentistry at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Audrey L. Galka received her D.D.S. degree from New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry. She was a private practitioner in Long Island for almost 20 years and during that time also taught at NYU. Dr. Galka joined NSU as a full-time faculty member in 1999 and has served as Director of the international dental graduate operative course, Interim Director of didactic courses, and Interim Chair of the Department of Cariology and Restorative Dentistry.

Dr. Galka currently directs dental anatomy and third- and fourth-year clinical restorative dentistry. She presented a poster at the 83rd International Association of Dental Research (IADR) General Session and attended the Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators Meetings at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. She was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon in 2007 and as Member-at-Large for the ADEA Section on Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials in 2009.

Her commitment to research is highlighted by Dr. Galka's positions as proposal reviewer for the President's Faculty Research and Development Grant 2005-2006 Competition and principal investigator for on two current grants in cariology. Former Chair of the NSU Instrument Committee and member of the Appeals Committee, she presently serves on the Academic Executive (Chairs) and Admissions Committees and is Co-Chair of the Curriculum and Innovation Committee.

James B. Hanley, D.M.D.

Dr. James B. HanleyDr. James B. Hanley is Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor of Periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hanley received his D.M.D. and certificate in Periodontology from Tufts and then opened a private periodontology practice in Concord, Massachusetts, while teaching at Tufts one day a week. In 2000, Dr. Hanley accepted a full-time teaching position at Tufts. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hanley has served in a number of administrative roles, including Director of Periodontal Clinic Administration, Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs, and Associate Dean for Clinical Services. He has served on many committees and was a key member of the Electronic Health Record (AxiUm) implementation team that enabled Tufts to go "paperless" in 2004.

Dr. Hanley is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, and the Massachusetts Periodontal Society. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the American Academy of Dental Science.

Parag R. Kachalia, D.D.S.

Dr. Parag R. KachaliaDr. Parag R. Kachalia is Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. Kachalia earned his D.D.S. from Dugoni and upon graduation joined the faculty as a preclinical fixed prosthodontics instructor. Over the next several years, he transitioned his academic career into a full-time tenure track role, and in 2008 he was appointed as the Director of New Technologies. In his time at Dugoni, Dr. Kachalia has served on and chaired numerous committees, including dental faculty council, faculty promotion and tenure, academic performance, strategic implementation, and curriculum.

Dr. Kachalia is a published author in digital dental photography, digital fixed prosthodontics, and financial management. His research primarily focuses on advances of CAD/CAM dentistry as well as new technologies entering the restorative marketplace.

Nahid Kashani, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Nahid KashaniDr. Nahid Kashani is Interim Chair of the combined departments of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences and Radiology and Director of Infection Control at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. She earned both her D.D.S. and M.S. at Case School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Kashani began teaching at Case as a preceptor for the junior and senior students and was Co-Director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program until 2006, when she joined the faculty at University of Detroit Mercy.

In August 2008, Dr. Kashani was named Interim Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and Radiology, and in 2009 she was appointed to her current position. She is involved in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and currently serves as a board member on the Michigan AGD board, where she has served previously as secretary, vice president, and president.

Robert E. Kovarik, D.M.D., M.S.

Dr. Robert E. KovarikDr. Robert E. Kovarik is Division Head of Dental Public Health at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Material Science Engineering and the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. After five years in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Kovarik joined the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), teaching in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation. While at MCG, he earned his master's degree in Oral Biology. He joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky in 1991 as Director of Operative Dentistry and in 1997 was named Division Head of Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Kovarik became Chair of the Department of Oral Health Practice in 1999.

In 2004, Dr. Kovarik was named Acting Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry during the search for the school's current dean, Dr. Sharon P. Turner. In 2007, Dr. Kovarik transferred to the Division of Dental Public Health to head the Kentucky Consortium of Applied Research and Treatment (KY CARAT) program, designed to develop clinical research relationships with regional medical centers throughout Kentucky's rural areas. This clinical research is a collaboration among regional medical centers, health departments, and the university in looking at links between oral health and systemic disease and has won national awards for its outreach and engagement with rural communities.

Ernestine S. Lacy, D.D.S.

Dr. Ernie S. LacyDr. Ernestine S. Lacy earned her Master of Arts degree and certificate of Advanced Secondary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For 17 years, Dr. Lacy taught high school mathematics and science before earning a D.D.S. and certificate of Advanced Education in General Dentistry from Baylor College of Dentistry (BCD). Dr. Lacy has been on the faculty at BCD since 1994 and in September 1996 was appointed Director of Academic Programs.

In 1999, Dr. Lacy was appointed Director of Student Development and assumed directorship of the Health Professions Education Program. She assumed directorship of the Comprehensive Dental Faculty Development Program in 2004. As Director of the Office of Student Development and Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences at BCD, Dr. Lacy's responsibilities include overseeing the college's academic support programs, serving on BCD's Admissions Committee and Student Promotions Committee, teaching pre- and postdoctoral students, directing the college's dental pipeline programs and activities, and securing external funding to help support these programs and activities.

Dr. Lacy has been the Principal Investigator and Project Director on over $5,000,000 of grant funding from public and private sources since 1999. Some of the sources include the Health Resources and Services Administration, ADEA and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Texas Guarantor, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Dr. Lacy has made numerous presentations at various symposia and other professional meetings and is an author of several articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Sharon K. Lanning, D.D.S.

Dr. Sharon K. LanningDr. Sharon K. Lanning received her D.D.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. She then earned a certificate in Periodontology in 1999 from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Dentistry. From 1999 to 2002, she was an adjunct clinical instructor at VCU before becoming a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Michigan School of Dentistry from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Lanning returned to VCU as an Assistant Professor in 2004 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008.

Dr. Lanning is an active member of several committees at the departmental, school, and university levels. She is a member of regional and national organizations including the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, and Virginia Society of Periodontology, and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology.

A published author in several peer-reviewed dental education journals, Dr. Lanning has also served as an ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education Liaison since 2007. She has been an invited speaker at annual conferences of the American Academy of Periodontology and ADEA and has also completed extensive professional development programs through the University of Michigan School of Medicine and ADEA/Academy of Academic Leadership Institute of Teaching and Learning.

Jose R. Matos, D.M.D.

Dr. Jose R. MatosDr. Jose R. Matos is an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine. He received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Immediately thereafter, he completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Maryland. Dr. Matos has maintained a private dental practice since 1992.

In 2002, he joined the Restorative Sciences Department, where he teaches preclinical and clinical courses in operative dentistry. He is the Director of the preclinical courses in Operative Dentistry for first- and second-year dental students and has served as Acting Chair of the department. His research activities are in the areas of curriculum design, cultural competence, and HIV.

Dr. Matos has received several teaching awards since becoming a faculty member at the School of Dental Medicine. Among those are the ADEA Council of Students/VitalSource Technologies, Inc. Junior Faculty Award and the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine Chapter and Restorative Sciences Department Faculty of the Year Award, given by the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine.

He is actively involved in several committees at the school level, including administration and curriculum. At state and national levels, he is member of the Executive Committee and Official of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Dental Association, President of the ADEA Task Force on Technology and Dental Informatics, member of the Consortium of Operative Dental Educators, Member-at-Large for the ADEA Section on Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials, designated faculty representative to the ADEA Council of Faculties, and member of the University of Puerto Rico Liaison Team to the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education.

Bonnie Nelson, D.D.S.

Dr. Bonnie NelsonDr. Bonnie Nelson graduated from Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Dentistry and completed her pediatric dental certification program at Oregon Health & Sciences University. She went into private practice as a pediatric dentist in southwest Washington and, in 2001, joined the pediatric dental faculty at LLU. She became Chair of Pediatric Dentistry in February 2003 and most recently was appointed Chief of Hospital Dentistry at LLU Medical Center.

Currently, she is on the admission committee for LLU School of Dentistry and occasionally interviews potential dental students. She has a private practice in the Koppel Service Center for Dentistry, where she works with dental anesthesia residents and treats children and handicapped adults under general anesthesia.

Barbara Nordquist, R.D.S.A.

Ms. Barbara NordquistMs. Barbara Nordquist is the Vice President, Academic Relations for Danaher Corporation's group of strategic dental equipment companies. Danaher is a $14 billion corporation known for building market-leading technology companies and one of the largest dental companies in the world. At Danaher, Ms. Nordquist is responsible for building business, clinical, and educational relationships and programs for dental education facilities, including dental hygiene and dental assisting schools. Prior to her service with Danaher, Ms. Nordquist held senior executive positions at several of the most respected companies in professional oral care.

Ms. Nordquist is widely recognized as a pioneer and leader in building educational partnerships between teaching institutions and dental companies and the use of effective and efficient tools that better integrate and facilitate student teaching and patient treatment. She is active as a board member of a number of major dental organizations, including serving currently as the ADEA Vice President for the Corporate Council. She is a long-term member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry's (AACD) University Advisory Council and participated in the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations. Barbara also sits on the Industry Advisory Council for The Center for Research and Education in Technology Evaluation (CRETE).

Prior to her current role focusing on the capital equipment side of dentistry, Ms. Nordquist was Vice President, Academic and Professional Relations for Discus Dental, Inc., for five years and Director of Academic Relations for Ultradent Products, Inc. At Ultradent, she began the company's Educator Conferences (for dental school faculty from around the world).

Joseph W. Parkinson, D.D.S.

Dr. Joseph W. ParkinsonDr. Joseph W. Parkinson is the Director of Quality Assurance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry. He earned his D.D.S. degree and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program, both from UMKC School of Dentistry. He joined the UMKC faculty full-time in 2005, after eight years in full-time private practice. In 2006, Dr. Parkinson completed the ADEA/Academy for Academic Leadership Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Parkinson serves in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and currently teaches in the clinic as well as in preclinical courses. Dr. Parkinson is course Director for Review of Clinical Dentistry and has been involved with development of the esthetic dentistry course. He has an interest in student mentoring and has been extensively involved in the development of UMKC School of Dentistry's mentoring program, as well as developing additions to UMKC's computerized Clinical Management System to improve its mentoring capabilities. Dr. Parkinson serves as Faculty Vice-Chair on the Faculty Council, Co-Chair of the Budget Committee and Accreditation Steering Committee, and Director of the Patient Care and Quality Assurance Committee, in addition to serving on several other UMKC committees.

A site visitor for the Commission on Dental Accreditation for allied health, Dr. Parkinson also serves as Secretary in the ADEA Section on Comprehensive Care and General Dentistry and is a peer reviewer for General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry.

August D. Pellegrini, D.D.S.

Dr. August D. PellegriniDr. August D. Pellegrini is Director of Clinics and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Department of Restorative Dentistry. He is also a volunteer dental provider with the New Jersey Foundation for Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities. He received his D.D.S. from Temple University School of Dentistry and established a general dental practice that he still operates today.

Dr. Pellegrini is an active lecturer, consultant, and clinical instructor for the university and has served with the Student Extern Training Program, on the school's Executive Council and Admissions Committee, and as a student academic advisor. In 2005, he was elected President of the New Jersey Dental Association. Dr. Pellegrini is a Fellow with the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and the Academy of General Dentistry, and has served on the American Dental Association Aetna Advisory Task Force and as Chair of the Judicial Council of the New Jersey Dental Association.

Juanita Lozano-Pineda, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Dr. Juanita Lozan-PinedaDr. Juanita Lozan-Pineda is Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Predoctoral Dental Outreach Predoctoral Programs at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Dental School. She received her D.D.S. from UTHSCSA and her M.P.H. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has over 15 years of clinical experience as a general dentist in underserved areas.

Dr. Lozan-Pineda is also the course Director for Clinical Preventive Dentistry and Director of the outreach programs for south Texas extramural rotations along the United States-Mexico border. She has participated in various research activities, including caries prevalence among asthmatic children, and is currently a Co-Investigator in the NIH-NIDCR Xylitol Adult Trial Study and for the U.S.-Mexico Border COE Consortium. Dr. Lozan-Pineda is involved in consultation activities with the PEARL Dental Practice-Based Research Network.

Tobias E. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Dr. Tobias E. RodriguezDr. Tobias E. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Biology at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry (LSUSD). He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan. Following his thesis defense, he joined the LSUSD faculty to focus on curriculum reform within the dental program.

At LSUSD, Dr. Rodriguez has received several accolades and awards while serving as course Director for numerous classes in the allied, predoctoral, and postdoctoral dental education programs. His research collaborations focus on mucosal immunology and public health studies in the dental community, though his primary focus is on reformation of the curriculum at the dental school. He has led these efforts by serving as an ADEA Commission for Change and Innovation in Dental Education Liaison since 2007 and has overseen the work that the group has done at LSU.

Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez serves as Chair of the Faculty Development Committee and Vice-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. His service on other LSUSD academic committees includes Curriculum, Student Affairs, Admissions, Academic Performance, and the CODA Self-Study Committee for Accreditation. Dr. Rodriguez is also the Coordinator for Student Research and the Director for the Honors in Research program at LSUSD. This past fall, he accepted a position as a member of the ADEA Center for Educational Policy and Research Advisory Committee.

David D. Rolf II, D.M.D, M.S.

Dr. David D. Rolf IIDr. David D. Rolf II is a periodontist, clinical ethicist, and Associate Professor at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona. He is also Course Director and Faculty Team Leader for the Healthcare Ethics, Dental Ethics and Professionalism, Periodontology, Implant Dentistry, and Preventive Dental Medicine curricula and is a core faculty member in the case studies and simulation clinic curriculum. At the Midwestern University Dental Health Institute, Dr. Rolf is involved with clinical dental education and research in periodontology, implant dentistry, and anesthesia/pain control.

As an expert consultant for the Dental Board of California's Enforcement Division since 2003, Dr. Rolf reviews and issues reports on cases under investigation by the Board and the California Attorney General's Office involving practitioner negligence and substandard care. Dr. Rolf's previous academic, clinical, and industry experience has involved serving as Course Director and Instructor of Healthcare Ethics at the University of California, Riverside Extension Department of Science, Law and Health Programs; Assistant Professor of Advanced Periodontics and Implant Surgery at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry; a private practice (limited to periodontology) in Temecula, California; Assistant Professor of Periodontics at Indiana University School of Dentistry; Educational Consultant to OraPharma, Inc. and Straumann USA; and Director of Education for Dental1.org.

Dr. Rolf is also an active member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, ADEA, and the American Society for Dental Ethics. In 2009, Dr. Rolf was selected by the American Dental Association as an Evidence-Based Dentistry Champion.

Laura M. Romito, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Laura M. RomitoDr. Laura M. Romito is Associate Professor of Oral Biology and Director of the Nicotine Dependence Program at the Indiana University (IU) School of Dentistry. She earned her D.D.S. from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and operated a full-time dental practice prior to entering academia.

After joining the faculty of Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1996, Dr. Romito practiced dentistry part-time and taught courses in operative dentistry, dental materials, and nutrition, serving as clinical faculty in general dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery. As Assistant Professor of General Dentistry, she incorporated health promotion topics such as nutrition and tobacco into the curriculum and served as Editor and author for the first Dental Clinics of North America issue on nutrition and oral health. In 2001, Dr. Romito earned a M.S. degree in Health Promotion from Nebraska Methodist College, and she subsequently completed training and certification as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist by the Mayo Clinic.

Since joining IU in 2005, Dr. Romito has been a research mentor and faculty for allied, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students. She currently teaches nutrition, biomedical science, tobacco treatment, and clinical dentistry, and serves as a Problem-Based Learning case developer, facilitator, and trainer. As a member of the IU-Purdue University Indianapolis Tobacco Cessation and Bio-behavioral Center, she collaborates with other health professionals and community partners in education, clinical cessation counseling, advocacy, and research focusing on tobacco use and treatment. Active in several professional organizations, Dr. Romito serves as a member of the ADEA Council of Sections Task Force on Foundation Knowledge, Chair of the IU Curriculum Committee, and President-Elect of the IU Faculty Council.

Rebecca L. Slayton, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Rebecca L. SlaytonDr. Rebecca L. Slayton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Interim Director of the residency program in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Prior to her appointment at Iowa, she was the Graduate Program Director of the Pediatric Dentistry Residency program at the University of Washington and the Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Oregon Health & Sciences University. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Slayton is active in Iowa's Dental Service Plan. She serves on the Council for Scientific Affairs and the Scientific Program Committee of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Section on Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also serves on the Examination Committee for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Dentistry for Children, is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association of Dental Research. She has published 23 peer-reviewed articles and is co-editor of the Early Childhood Oral Health textbook. Dr. Slayton has mentored 12 master's degree students and two Ph.D. students

Domenica G. Sweier, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Domenica G. SweierDr. Domenica G. Sweier is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics. She is also the Assistant Director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency and Director for the geriatric dentistry course for third-year dental students and the gerontological dental hygiene course. Dr. Sweier also participates in oral health science research and contributes to the field of host-parasite interactions specific to periodontal diseases.

Dr. Sweier obtained both her D.D.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She provides dental representation and support to the Geriatric Education Center of Michigan (GECM) at the Michigan State University. At the GECM, Dr. Sweier provides "train the trainer" dental presentations in support of comprehensive interdisciplinary management of the geriatric patient. In addition to teaching, research, and patient care, she provides continuing education sessions, in-service sessions, and educational seminars for the public at senior housing complexes, dementia care facilities, private practice journal clubs, and custodial care facilities.

Chair of the Awards Committee for the Geriatric Oral Research Group (GORG) of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), she is also a member of the American Dental Association and the Special Care Dentistry Association, and the Editor of the GORG newsletter.

Russell S. Taichman, D.M.D., D.M.Sc.

Dr. Russell S. TaichmanDr. Russell S. Taichman is a Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He received his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and his D.M.Sc. degree in Oral Biology from Harvard University. From 1990 to 1992, he was a postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He joined Michigan's faculty in 1992 as an Assistant Professor. He has served on the school's advancement promotion and tenure committee and has chaired the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Fellowship and American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Hatton Awards Committees.

Dr. Taichman has served as the Director of the University of Michigan Scholars Program in Dental Leadership and has designed and implemented a mentoring program for the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. He was named the Instructor of the Year by the Dental Hygiene Class of 1997 and won the UROP Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship in 2003. Dr. Taichman serves as the departmental Director of Research, where his focus has been in identifying osteoblast-specific factors that support hematopoiesis. His work has expanded to understanding the mechanisms used by tumor cells to metastasize to the bone marrow and is currently exploring the identity and function of mesenchymal stem cells.

Joseph F. Thompson, Jr., M.H.A.

Mr. Joseph F. ThompsonMr. Joseph F. Thompson is Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Dental Medicine. In addition to his experience in higher education administration, he has substantial administrative management experience in the manufacturing and health care industries. He earned his M.H.A. from MUSC and represents the College of Dental Medicine in the MUSC Faculty Senate, serving on numerous university-wide committees.

Mr. Thompson is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Nazzaro Fellow, a prestigious leadership designation established by the MUSC Board of Trustees; the Order of the Palmetto, the state of South Carolina's highest civilian honor, given by the Governor for exceptional dedicated service to the state and nation; and the Silver Beaver Award, the highest voluntary service award given by the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Thompson also serves as a Consultant for the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and has participated in 14 site visits.

Actively involved in the Charleston community, Mr. Thompson's current affiliations include the College of Charleston Board of Trustees, the Clemson University Board of Visitors, the Executive Board of the Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts, the Boys Council Board of Directors, and the Exchange Club of Charleston.

Ken R. Tilashalski, D.M.D.

Dr. Ken R. TilashalskiDr. Ken R. Tilashalski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry and in the Department of Pathology within the School of Medicine. After receiving his D.M.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Tilashalski completed his residencies along with an American Cancer Society fellowship at the University of Alabama. He subsequently became board certified in pathology and has earned specialty certificates in both oral and maxillofacial pathology and endodontics.

Dr. Tilashalski maintains a private practice treating both endodontic and oral pathology patients. He is actively involved in research, lecturing extensively in oral pathology, oral medicine, and endodontics, and he was the recipient of the 2007 UAB President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has an integral role in the transition to a new dental curriculum and was recently named the Director of Academic Affairs.

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