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Staff & Headquarters

The Illinois State Dental Society is headquartered in the state's capital city of Springfield. Members are always welcome to visit their dental society headquarters in downtown Springfield.

Illinois State Dental Society
1010 South Second Street
Springfield, Illinois 62704
217/525-1406
info@isds.org

The organization is departmentalized into six key areas:

  • Administration
  • Communications
  • Conference Services
  • Education and Membership
  • Government Relations
  • Professional Services

An executive staff member directs the activities of each department, and all directors report to Administration, under the leadership of Executive Director Greg Johnson.

Administration

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Greg Johnson, Executive Director

Greg's primary responsibilities include working with the elected leadership of ISDS, developing budgets, staff administration, and overseeing the welfare of the Society's programs and services. He frequently represents the Society and its policies to outside interests, including government, media, and public and private agencies. Greg is an official spokesperson for ISDS.
Executive Assistant

Greg's assistant​ coordinates the Board of Trustees meetings, ISDS House of Delegates, and ADA Delegation Caucuses for Illinois. This individual also plans the annual President-elect's Conference and the Leadership Retreat, which is held every three years.

  • Board of Trustees
  • House of Delegates
  • ADA Delegation
  • Conference for Presidents-elect
  • Relief Fund
  • Distinguished Member Award
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Pamela Lee, CPA, CFE, Director of Finance

Pamela is responsible for all accounting functions of the Society, including consolidation of the annual Society budget, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, meeting expense disbursements, employee benefits, and preparation of monthly and year-end financial statements. She also handles the dues installment program each year.

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​Glenda Harms, ​Accounting Administrator

Glenda provides bookkeeping and administrative support to the Finance department. She is responsible for the financial side of membership, including member dues billings, as well as accounts payables and receivables.

Communications

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Lee Ann Beane, Director

Lee is responsible for the development and implementation of statewide public relations activities to promote oral health and a positive image for dentistry. She also directs the publication of all major Society communications and serves as Managing Editor of the Society's official publication, the monthly  Illinois Dental News. Contact Lee about:

  • News and editorial items for Illinois Dental News
  • Website
  • PR Programs
  • PANDA® (Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness)
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Gloria Pitchford, Administrative Assistant

Gloria assists Lee in implementing programs that enhance the dental profession's image. She also handles classified advertising for the Illinois Dental News and website. Contact Gloria about:

  • National Children's Dental Health Month Ideas and Coloring Contest
  • Flossie, the ISDS Mascot
  • ISDS Film Library
  • Classified Advertising
  • Subscriptions to the Illinois Dental News
  • Expanded Function Courses
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Jennifer Walker, Communications and Technology Coordinator

Jennifer's creative talent as a graphic designer results in the production of first-class publications and communications by the Society. She is responsible for all printed materials of ISDS, including the monthly Illinois Dental News, brochures, banners, ​and posters for various ISDS and component functions. Jennifer also designs images for​ the website and handles technical updates to the site. Jennifer is also responsible for society's social media. Contact Jennifer about:

  • Illinois Dental News Display Advertising
  • Graphic Design Services
  • Website
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)

Membership & Meetings

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Kathy Ridley, Director

Kathy oversees all Society-sponsored dental education programs, including CE courses for dentists and expanded functions classes for auxiliaries. Kathy is also responsible for membership recruitment and retention and managing the membership records function of her department, which includes maintaining accurate member records for dues billings and mailings. She is also staff liaison to the New Dentist Committee. Contact Kathy about:

  • Continuing Education
  • Dental Assistant Training
  • CE Registry
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Issues Relating to Newly Practicing Dentists
  • ISDS Events ​at CDS Midwinter Meeting
  • ISDS Activities ​at ADA Annual Session.
  • ISDS Annual Session
  • ISDS Capital Conference

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Janell Marshall, Membership & Meetings Coordinator

Janell handles component services and assists with ISDS Annual Session & Capital Conference Planning.

Contact Janell about:

  • Component Services (Coordinates CE courses and mailings)
  • District-wide meeting planning
  • Assist with ISDS Annual Session & Capital Conference Planning
  • Website Events Calendar
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Melissa Schmedeke-Mella, Member​ship Concierge

As an official ambassador for ISDS, Melissa reaches out to new members by welcoming them into membership and providing a point of contact for any questions. She also processes member applications and serves as the "point person" for all members with membership questions and issues.
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Kara Manfredo, Administrative Assistant

Kara provides administrative assistance by handling the registration process for ISDS Annual Session and Capital Conference. Kara also assists the membership department with Continuing Education Course event planning and registration. Contact Kara about: 

  • Information on Society Meetings and Events
  • Registrations for ISDS Annual Session and Capital Conference
  • Continuing Education

Government Relations

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Dave Marsh, Director

In coordination with the ISDS legislative team, Dave represents dentistry before the Illinois legislature. He and the Government Relations Committee determine the ISDS legislative agenda each year. Dave also represents the Society before the State Board of Dentistry and other state regulatory bodies, and serves as staff liaison to DENT-IL-PAC, and the Allied Dental Personnel Committee. Contact Dave about: 

  • Illinois Dental Practice Act and Regulations
  • State Legislative and Regulatory Activities
  • DENT-IL-PAC and Governor's Club
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Pam Cuffle, Administrative Assistant

Assists with legislative research and monitoring. She also maintains membership records for DENT-IL-PAC and Governor's Club, and handles all mailings related to legislative issues. Contact the Government Relations about: 

  • Joining DENT-IL-PAC 
  • Current Legislation
  • Illinois Dental Practice Act

Professional Services

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Chris Manion, Director

​This Director's responsibilities include monitoring the insurance and managed care industries and serving as liaison to third party payors, employers and unions. ​

  • Access to Care
  • Dental Benefits
  • Peer Review
  • Dental Lifeline Network
Pam Cuffle also assists Chris. She helps manage peer review cases, Access to Care and the Dental Lifeline Network.
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