AAPD names new Board Officers and Trustees at Annual Session

June 5, 2009 04:25 PM

CHICAGO – June 5, 2009, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in children’s dental and oral health, installed the new president and officers for the AAPD Board of Trustees during its 62nd Annual Session in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 24, 2009.

William C. Berlocher, D.D.S., became the AAPD’s president. His presidential agenda includes promoting the importance of the dental home, advocating for access to care and advancing the field of pediatric dentistry. Berlocher has a private practice in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has been an AAPD member for nearly 30 years. He attended dental school at the University of Texas Dental Branch, received his pediatric dental certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), and received a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Berlocher received his bachelor of science from Texas A & M University. Among many leadership roles, Berlocher served as a past president of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, past secretary-treasurer of the AAPD, and director and chairman of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He also served as the director of South Texas Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Team, and he is a fellow of the American College of Dentists. Berlocher is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. His achievements have been recognized through the AAPD Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UTHSCSA. Dr. Berlocher and his wife, Alma, reside in Corpus Christi with their three children and one grandchild. He is a national media spokesperson for the AAPD.

John R. Liu, D.D.S., became the AAPD’s president-elect. He has served as the AAPD’s vice president (2008-09), secretary-treasurer (2007-08), and trustee-at-large (2002-05). Liu attended dental school at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. He received his pediatric dentistry certificate from Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati and has a private practice in Eastside Pediatric Dental Group in Issaquah, Wash. Liu has been a member of AAPD since 1988. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a fellow of Pierre Fauchard Academy. Liu is a national media spokesperson for the AAPD.

Rhea M. Haugseth, D.M.D., became the AAPD’s vice president. She has served as the AAPD’s secretary-treasurer (2008-2009) and the AAPD’s District III trustee (2002-2005). Over the past 27 years, Haugseth has been a member of the AAPD and has a private practice in Marietta, Georgia. She attended dental school at University of Louisville and received her pediatric dental certificate from Case Western Reserve University. In addition, Haugseth is a fellow of AAPD and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She also serves as the president-elect of the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry (2008-2010). Haugseth is a national media spokesperson for the AAPD.

Joel H. Berg, D.D.S., became the AAPD’s secretary-treasurer. He is a past president of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Berg has been a member of the AAPD for nearly 23 years. He received his pediatric dentistry certificate and attended dental school at the University of Iowa. He also served as the AAPD’s District VI trustee from 2006 to 2009. In addition to his leadership roles, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a fellow of International College of Dentists. Currently, Berg is a professor and Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health at the University of Washington. He resides in Bellevue, Wash., and has two daughters. Berg is a national media spokesperson for the AAPD.

David K. Curtis, D.M.D., became the AAPD’s parliamentarian. Curtis is a past president of the AAPD and has been a member for 20 years. From 2005 to 2008, he served as the chair of the AAPD’s Council on Government Affairs. Curtis is a former speaker for the general assembly of the Mississippi Dental Association, has served as a member to the American Dental Association’s House of Delegates, is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a clinical instructor in Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. He received his dental degree in 1986 from the University of Mississippi and his pediatric dental certificate in 1988 from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin/Marquette University. Curtis resides with his wife in Columbus and has two children and one grandchild. Curtis is a national media spokesperson for the AAPD.

Beverly A. Largent, D.M.D., became the AAPD’s immediate-past president. She was the first female president in AAPD’s history, and has been a member of the AAPD for over twenty years. Largent is a past president of the Kentucky Society of Pediatric Dentistry, past president of the Kentucky Dental Association, a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a fellow of the AAPD and has served on the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council of Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs. Largent attended dental school and received her pediatric dental certificate from the University of Kentucky. Currently, she is a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates and a fellow in the American College of Dentists. Largent practices in Paducah, Ky., where she resides with her husband of 42 years, Tom, and is the mother of two and grandmother of three. She is a national media spokesperson for the AAPD.

Kevin J. Donly, D.D.S., became one of the AAPD’s at-large trustees. Donly attended dental school and received his pediatric dental certificate from the University of Iowa. For over 20 years, Donly has been a member of the AAPD. Among his other leadership roles, Donly is a recipient of the AAPD Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award (2007) and the Pediatric Dentist of the Year Award (2003). He is a fellow of the AAPD. In addition, Dr. Donly also serves on the board of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Currently, Donly is professor and chair of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center. He resides in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and children. Donly is a national media spokesperson for the AAPD.

Jade Miller, ­­­­D.D.S., was elected as the AAPD’s District VI Trustee. He has been a member of the AAPD for nearly 25 years. Miller attended dental school at University of the Pacific and has a private practice in Reno, Nev. Miller teaches part time at the University of the Pacific as an associate faculty member. He is also chairman of the Nevada State Board of Health and serves on the Nevada Board of Dental Examiners. Miller received his pediatric dental certificate from the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he is a fellow of the AAPD and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Robert L. Delarosa, D.D.S., became the AAPD’s District V Trustee. Delarosa attended dental school at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and received his pediatric dental certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has been a member of the AAPD for 23 years and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry since 1991. Delarosa has a private group practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has recently served as chair of the Council on Clinical Affairs and the Committee on Behavior Guidance. He was the District V representative on the AAPD PAC Steering Committee. Delarosa lives with his wife, Mary, and has 21-year-old twins, Matt and Sara.

Joseph Creech Jr., D.D.S., became a director of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). He has a private practice in Gilbert, Ariz., and has been an AAPD member for 29 years. Creech attended dental school and received his pediatric dental certificate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a past recipient of the AAPD Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award (2001) and is a fellow of the AAPD. Creech is a past president of the Arizona Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (1982-1988). He is an associate professor at Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and serves as the director of Pediatric Dentistry. Creech is a diplomate of the ABPD and continues to serve on the Oral Clinical Examination Committee. He resides in Gilbert, Ariz. with his family.

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About the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is a not-for-profit membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. The AAPD’s 7,700 members are primary oral health care providers who offer comprehensive specialty treatment for millions of infants, children, adolescents, and individuals with special health care needs. The AAPD also represents general dentists who treat a significant number of children in their practices. As advocates for children’s oral health, the AAPD develops and promotes evidence-based policies and guidelines, fosters research, contributes to scholarly work concerning pediatric oral health, and educates health care providers, policymakers, and the public on ways to improve children’s oral health. For further information, please visit the AAPD Web site at www.aapd.org.

 


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