AAPD Names New Board Officers and Trustees at AAPD 2016 in San Antonio
May 31, 2016 11:15 AM
CHICAGO (May 31, 2016) — The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children’s oral health, inducted the new president and other officers and trustees for the new AAPD board of trustees in San Antonio, Texas, on May 29, 2016.
Jade Miller, D.D.S., President. Miller received his dental degree from the University of the Pacific Dental School and his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the Children’s Hospital Medical Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In addition to his service to multiple dental organizations, he has held appointments with the Nevada State Board of Health, the Medicaid Medical Advisory Committee, and Nevada Board of Dental Examiners. He is an associate faculty member at University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, University of Washington School of Dentistry and University of Nevada School of Medicine. Miller is a graduate of AAPD’s Leadership Institute and Advanced Leadership Institute and is a member of ACD, ICD and ADI. He is in private practice in Reno, Nev. His presidential agenda will include further enhancements of the Academy’s support of predoctoral and postdoctoral pediatric dental education and educators, as well as implementation of the Board of Trustee’s action for development of a Speakers’ Bureau and Leadership Committee. He will continue to work closely to support state and district chapters to serve all patients and members.
James D. Nickman, D.D.S., President-Elect. Nickman earned his dental and Master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota, and was board certified in 2002. He is the chair of the Minnesota Dental Association Barriers to Care Committee and also chairs the MINDENPAC Board. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He currently serves as the AAPD Public Policy Advocate for Minnesota. Nickman maintains a private practice in the Twin Cities and teaches part-time at the University of Minnesota.
Joe Castellano, D.D.S., Vice President. Castellano received his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency and specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas (UTHSC-SA). He is board certified in pediatric dentistry. Castellano is an assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Developmental Dentistry at UTHSC-SA Dental School. He is a graduate of the AAPD Leadership Institute and the AAPD Advanced Leadership Institute. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists. Castellano is in private practice in Laredo, Texas.
Kevin Donly, D.D.S., Secretary-Treasurer. Donly is currently a Professor and Chair in the Department of Developmental Dentistry and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is board certified in pediatric dentistry. Previous positions include Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Clinical Studies at the University of Iowa, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston and Associate Professor, The University of Texas Medical School. He completed his four year term as the Pediatric Dentistry Commissioner for the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Donly has published over 300 chapters, manuscripts and abstracts associated with pediatric dentistry and dental restorative materials research and clinical utilization.
Robert L. Delarosa, D.D.S., Immediate Past President. Delarosa is the founding partner in a group private practice in Baton Rouge, La. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and received his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was board certified in 1991 and is a fellow in the American College of Dentists. Delarosa has had leadership roles in numerous dental professional organizations at the state and regional levels, and was the Louisiana state leader for the AAPD Head Start Oral Health Initiative.
David Tesini, D.D.S., M.S., Parliamentarian. Tesini is a private practitioner in Sudbury, Mass. He received his D.M.D. at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry at the Boston Floating Hospital for Children. He received his M.S. from Tufts University. He holds a Fellowship in Dental Surgery with the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland, along with fellowships in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the American Academy of Dental Sciences. He is past President of the American Academy of Dentistry for Patients with Disabilities and received the SCD Harold Berk and AAPD Manny Album Awards for Special Patient Care. He is a graduate of the Kellogg Leadership Institute and serves as the Northeastern District Trustee. Currently, Tesini is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
Jessica Meeske, D.D.S., North Central District Trustee. Meeske received her D.D.S. from University of Missouri-KC, School of Dentistry and her certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Iowa. During her time at Iowa, she also received a Master’s degree in dental public health. Meeske is in a group practice in Hastings, Neb. She is also a part-time instructor at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. Much of her time in organized dentistry is in the area of dental Medicaid policy and advocacy for children.
Deven V. Shroff, D.M.D., Northeastern Trustee. Shroff is a board-certified pediatric dentist within a group of private practices in Ellicott City, Catonsville and Eldersburg, Md. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University. He received his dental degree from the Temple University School of Dentistry with a U.S. Army commission and a four-year military commitment. He completed his pediatric dentistry residency at the Texas A&M, Baylor College of Dentistry. He served as Chief of Dentistry and Chief of Pediatric Dentistry while on Active Duty in the US Army for 9.5 years. He serves as a Cleft Palate Team member at Johns Hopkins and as a Dean's Volunteer Faculty member at the University of Maryland College of Dentistry. He dedicates part of his Catonsville and Eldersburg practices for Medicaid-enrolled children. He serves as an AAPD Public Policy Advocate.
Paula L. Coates, D.D.S., M.S., At-Large Trustee. Coates is a board certified pediatric dentist. She works as an Associate in a private practice in Hendersonville, Tenn., as well as an Assistant Professor (Part-Time) in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She received her dental degree from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, completed her Pediatric Dentistry Residency and earned a M.S. in the Oral Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Coates also is an AAPD Leadership Institute II participant and was awarded an AAPD Masters Clinician Scholarship. She is very involved in other groups such as the National Dental Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Links, Incorporated and the Meharry National Alumni Association.
E. LaRee Johnson, D.D.S., M.S., American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Director. Johnson is a board certified pediatric dentist practices in Raleigh and teaches part-time at the University of North Carolina. She received her dental degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and completed her residency, as well as a Master's degree from the University of North Carolina. Johnson has been involved with the Oral Clinical Examination of the ABPD since 2006 and has served as president of the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
About the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is the recognized authority on children’s oral health. As advocates for children’s oral health, the AAPD promotes evidence-based policies and clinical guidelines; educates and informs policymakers, parents and guardians, and other health care professionals; fosters research; and provides continuing professional education for pediatric dentists and general dentists who treat children. Founded in 1947, the AAPD is a not-for-profit professional membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Its 9,900 members provide primary care and comprehensive dental specialty treatments for infants, children, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs. For further information, visit the AAPD website at www.aapd.org or the AAPD’s consumer website at www.mychildrensteeth.org.
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