ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee

On behalf of ADEA members and the Board of Directors, the ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) provides advice and counsel to ADEA on public policy and legislative priorities. The ADEA LAC recommends policy based upon legislative policy priorities that have been approved by the ADEA Board of Directors, covering four broad categories: dental and biomedical research, education and training, access and disparities in care, and infrastructure and workforce. To that end, the ADEA LAC promotes policies and programs that improve the nation's oral health, advance dental and craniofacial research and education, reduce oral health disparities, and increase access to dental care.

ADEA LAC members serve staggered three-year terms. Position openings on the LAC are advertised through the nominations process established by the ADEA House of Delegates and appointed by the ADEA President as approved by the Board of Directors.

Committee Members 

Huw F. Thomas, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors

Dean and Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Cecile A. Feldman, D.M.D., M.B.A.
Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors,

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine

Caswell Evans, Jr., D.D.S., M.P.H.
Associate Dean for Prevention & Public Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

Jackie L. Sanders, RDH
Manager Professional Relations & Communications
Sunstar Americas, Inc.

Jeffrey C.B. Stewart, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Professor
Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry

Carroll Ann Trotman, B.D.S., M.A., M.S.
Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Professor
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

August Dominick Pellegrini, D.D.S.
Assistant Dean, Institutional Development
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine

Kathy Marshall, D.D.S.

Program Director, Department of Orthodontics
Howard University College of Dentistry

Gregory Olson, D.D.S., M.S.

Assistant Professor
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Judy Skelton, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Professor, Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement
University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine

Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H.
President and CEO
American Dental Education Association

To communicate policy suggestions to ADEA LAC members, please send them to:

ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee
655 K Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001