ADEA Leadership Institute 2020-21 Faculty and Advisors


Dr. Haden is the founder and President of AAL.

His areas of expertise include leadership development, organizational change, team building, strategic planning, curriculum development and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Dr. Haden regularly presents to organizations on issues and trends in higher education, health professions education, and policy-related matters in higher education. He has made over 250 presentations to groups in higher education and has authored or coauthored more than 80 articles and monographs in educational policy.



Dr. Albino, currently Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Development at the University of Colorado Denver, has served as president of two higher education systems—the University of Colorado and Alliant International University, a private nonprofit university. Her higher education experience includes several roles at the dean and vice-presidential levels, and she has spent more than 30 years as a faculty member in schools of dentistry, medicine, and psychology.

She has received numerous honors, including an honorary doctorate and a distinguished alumna award, and she was named the Distinguished Psychologist in Management by the Society of Psychologists in Management.

At AAL, she is a Senior Consultant who works extensively in the areas of leadership training, planning and evaluation, and board development.



Mr. Leeth is Chief Advocacy Officer at ADEA.

He spent almost 25 years working on Capitol Hill—five years working for a House member and 20 years on the professional staff of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. On the Appropriations Committee, he was a subcommittee staff director for 15 years and served both sides of the aisle in that capacity, always working in the majority. 

After leaving Capitol Hill, he spent five years as a lobbyist for the American Medical Association, was Vice President at the Jefferson Consulting Group, and has been an independent lobbyist as Principal in his own firm, Lincoln Capitol Consulting, LLC.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.



Dr. Cherae Farmer-Dixon, is currently the Dean for the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and has been on the faculty for 28 years. Prior to assuming the role of Dean, Dr. Farmer-Dixon was the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Farmer-Dixon also serves her country as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Dr. Farmer-Dixon has helped conduct research into oral health disparities, caries in low-income children, community outreach and intervention as well as addressing minority dental school enrollment.

Dr. Farmer-Dixon is a member of numerous professional, social and civic organizations and has received several awards from students as well as local, state and national organizations. Most recently, she was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as one of the publication’s 2019 Women of Influence. She is also a 2019 alumna of the Nashville Health Care Council of Fellows.

Dr. Farmer-Dixon is a native of Indianola, MS, and is a 1986 graduate of Mississippi Valley State University. She also received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1990 and the School of Graduate Studies and Research Masters of Science in Public Health degree in 1994, both from Meharry Medical College; the Institute of Educational Management Program Certificate from Harvard University in 2017; and Boston University’s Public Health Residency Certificate in 2014. She is a 2018 fellow of the International College of Dentists, a 2014 fellow of the American College of Dentists, a 2000 alumnae of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program and a member of ADEA’s Leadership Institute 2003-04 class.



Dr. Teresa Dolan is Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Dentsply Sirona. Dr. Dolan also leads the company’s global Clinical Affairs and oversees the largest global clinical education program sponsored by the dental industry.

Dr. Dolan joined Dentsply Sirona after serving as Professor and Dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry (UF COD) from 2003 to 2013. As Chief Academic Officer at UF COD, she managed a $62-million operating budget, with $13.7 million in research funding and revenue from more than 100,000 annual patient visits. She is recognized for her contributions to dental public health, geriatric dentistry and as a champion for diversity and women in dentistry. Dr. Dolan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University. She earned a D.D.S. degree from the University of Texas and a M.P.H. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dental Health Services Research Scholar, completed a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry, and is a board certified in Dental Public Health.



Dr. Nadershahi serves as Dean of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience to his role.

He has been involved in milestone projects, such as the design and implementation of the school’s integrated curriculum, strategic planning and implementation, and accreditation oversight.

Dr. Nadershahi has served in leadership roles at the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association and other groups. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.



Dr. Sarrett is Dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry (VCU SOD) and the Associate Vice President for Health Sciences– Faculty Affairs.

Dr. Sarrett earned his D.M.D. in 1977 and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering in 1988, both at the University of Florida College of Dentistry (UF COD). He served on the UF COD faculty from 1978 to 1992. He joined VCU SOD in 1993, and has served as Chair of the Department of General Practice, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences for the VCU Medical Center.



Dr. Stanford is Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC COD) and the 44th UIC Distinguished Professor. Previously, he was Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Prosthodontics at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry, joining the faculty in 1992.

Dr. Stanford received D.D.S. in 1987 and Certificate in Prosthodontics and Ph.D. in cell biology in 1992. An accomplished researcher whose work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), private foundations, and industry, Dr. Stanford has focused his laboratory studies on osteoblastic gene expression and signaling pathways. He is the author of more than 28 book chapters, more than 150 published papers, and more than 200 research and Clinical presentations. Dr. Stanford currently serves on several national and international committees, including the NIH/NIDCR Council, International Association for Dental Research, the Academy of Prosthodontics, and the Academy of Osseointegration (AO). For the AO, he is on the Executive Board and President-Elect. He was a member of the board of the American College of Prosthodontists, and is currently chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias.

Dr. Stanford is a member of the American and International Associations for Dental Research, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the American Dental Association, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Orthopaedic Research Society. He is a fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics, the International Team for Oral Implantology, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.

Dr. Stanford has won 15 teaching awards. He treats patients for complex rehabilitation, with an emphasis in craniofacial anomalies, at UIC COD.