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.



2020-21 Committee Members 

Gregory Olson, D.D.S., M.S.
Chair
Professor and Chair, Pediatric Dentistry
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston


Ryan Quock, D.D.S.
Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors
Distinguished Teaching Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston


Keith A. Mays, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors
Interim Dean
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry


Peter Damiano, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Director, Public Policy Center
Director, Health Policy Research Program
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics


Craig Hirschberg, D.D.S.
Director, Endodontic Postgraduate Program
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine


Kathy L. Marshall, D.D.S.
Program Director, Department of Orthodontics
Howard University College of Dentistry


Melanie Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM
Chair, Department of Oral Health and Integrated Care
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry


Britta Magnuson, D.D.S.
Assistant Professor/Assistant Director
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Melanie Simmer-Beck, RDH, Ph.D.
Professor of Dental Public Health and Behavioral Science; Director, Admissions Enhancement Program
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry


John A. Valenza, D.D.S.
Dean
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston


Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H. 
President and CEO  
American Dental Education Association
Ex Officio 


Contact

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


Or by contacting Tim Leeth, ADEA Chief Advocacy Officer at LeethT@adea.org .