American Dental Therapy Association Diversifies Board Leadership

The American Dental Therapy Association amended its bylaws in 2023 to diversify its board leadership with dentists, hygienists, and dental therapy students. This change ensures the organization will maintain a pulse on the oral health care industry and health professional shortage areas throughout the United States. 

As of January 1, 2024, the ADTA's board leadership includes President Kari Ann Kuntzelman, a licensed dental therapist in Oregon; Secretary Anna DeGraffenreid, a licensed dental therapist in Washington; Treasurer Mark Kobylinsky, a licensed dental therapist and registered dental hygienist in Oregon; and director Claire Roesler, dental therapist and licensed hygienist in Minnesota.

New board members include Kyle Anderson, a dental hygienist and advanced dental therapist in Minnesota; Raelene Cabrera, a BSDH and Master of Dental Therapy Student at the University of Minnesota; Wilber Ramirez-Rodriguez, a licensed dental therapist and dental hygienist in Oregon and licensed dentist in Perú; Bonnie Vaughan, a licensed dental hygienist and executive director of Kennebec Valley Family Dentistry in Maine; and Dr. Mary Williard, a dentist and dental director of the Coquille Indian Tribe Ko-Kwel Wellness Center in Oregon. 

"The American Dental Therapy Association provides opportunities for dental therapists to connect with the dental community nationally. As an ADTA member, you can collaborate and brainstorm ways to improve access to quality oral health care for underserved communities, voice your opinions and concerns about the profession, and seize opportunities to grow and develop professionally. Dreams can become a reality with the right support system, and the ADTA is the organization that will make lasting change for dental therapists and communities across the country", stated Kari Ann Kunzelman.

Founded in 2006, the ADTA is the national professional society for dental therapists. Each year, the ADTA supports dental therapists in providing vital oral health care to thousands of Americans. We educate the public about the value of dental therapists, create educational and career advancement opportunities for dental therapists, and support educational institutions in developing superior dental therapy programs. 

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