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 

Gregory Olson, D.D.S., M.S.
Assistant Professor, Orthodontics; Oral Diagnosis, Radiology, and Pathology
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Henry A. Gremillion, D.D.S., MAGD
Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors
Dean, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry
Ex Officio

Ryan Quock, D.D.S.
Chair Elect of the ADEA Board of Directors
Distinguished Teaching Professor, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
Ex Officio

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

Craig Hirschberg, D.D.S.
Director, Endodontic Postgraduate Program
Rutgers 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

Jackie L. Sanders, RDH, M.B.A 
Manager Professional Relations and Communications 
Sunstar Americas, Inc.   

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

John A. Valenza, D.D.S.
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 

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