Standing Committees

Some members may choose to become involved in Society decision making by serving on a Standing Committee. Standing Committees study issues relating to a particular area of interest. Each Committee has both an ISDS trustee and staff member who serve as liaisons. The Committees then make recommendations to the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates on specific issues relating to dentistry. Committees typically meet two to three times throughout the year to conduct business. Presently, there are 11 standing committees at ISDS.

How to Be on a Committee

The ISDS Committee on Committees is responsible for presenting nominations for appointment on Standing Committees to the Board of Trustees. The Board, in turn, makes the final appointment.

Please assist the Committee on Committees by submitting the names of members in your local component society that you would recommend for service on an ISDS Standing Committee. The Committee on Committees presents a list of nominees for the Board of Trustees' consideration and approval at the June ISDS Board meeting.

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, contact your ISDS Trustee. The Trustee will forward this information to Lisa Fowler at ISDS headquarters for consideration by the Committee on Committees. A curriculum vitae is a useful tool for the Committee on Committees to determine a member's qualifications for the various committees.

Nominations must be received at ISDS headquarters by April 15.

Access to Care

The Committee on Access to Care monitors the need for dental care throughout the state, particularly the needs of special population groups such as the homebound and those in low-income categories.

       Jason M Grinter, Chair
       Ms Marilyn A Craig
       Mary-Margaret W Looker
       Raymond C Otte
       Kevin L Patterson
       William A Simon
       Harry Watts
       Lyle S Chad Reedy, Board Liaison
       Nicholas Edward Baker, New Dentist Liaison
       Joshua M Renken, Communications Liaison
       Cheryl D Watson-Lowry, ADA Council Rep.
       Chris Manion, Staff Liaison

Allied Dental Personnel

The Committee on Allied Dental Personnel addresses issues related to personnel in dental offices that assist dentists with the delivery of dental care. High on the list of issues is the appropriate level of formal educational programs for dental auxiliaries to ensure a sufficient supply of trained auxiliaries in the work force.

       Gary F Alder, Chair
       Randal P Ashton
       Ms Nikki Carls
       Ms Karen Haffey
       Ms Kathy Karwoski
       Ms Anna Kavish
       Kimberley M Young
       Paul T Kempf Jr, Board Liaison
       Samantha Arnold, New Dentist Liaison
       Dave Marsh, Staff Liaison

Annual Session

The Committee on Annual Session plans and coordinates the annual meeting of the Society and serves as the general arrangements committee for the annual session.

       Bradley W Barnes, 2016 President
       Stacey K Van Scoyoc, 2016 General Chair
       Terry L Barnfield, 2017 President
       Robin A Wetherell, 2017 General Chair
       Barbara L Mousel, 2018 President
       Genaro Romo, 2018 General Chair
       Greg Johnson, ISDS Executive Director
       Kathy Ridley, Staff Liaison


The Committee on Communications implements state-level programs and activities to educate the public on oral health issues and to enhance the public image of the dental profession in Illinois.

       D Spencer Pope, Chair
       Lynse J Briney
       Dennis J McDowell
       Joshua M Renken
       Alexander Edward Ritchey
       D Milton Salzer, Editor
       Ms Tami Wanless, RDH
       Benjamin Youel
       Genaro Romo, Board Liaison
       Jason F Foreman, New Dentist Liaison
       Philip L Schefke, ADA Council Rep.
       Lee Ann Beane, Staff Liaison

Dental Benefits

The Committee on Dental Benefits monitors the dental insurance and managed care industry as well as implements direct reimbursement activities. The committee also works in cooperation with other recognized health care organizations to promote the common objectives of dental care.

       Natalie A Corley, Chair
       Mark Benavides
       Scott D Goldman
       Sharon A Lyn-Malinowski
       Kirk W Noraian
       John R Steinwedel
       Mardi A Tingzon
       Brian M Caraba, Board Liaison
       A Lauren Hood-Olson, New Dentist Liaison
       Ronald D Riggins, ADA Council Rep.
       Chris Manion, Staff Liaison

Dental Education

The Committee on Dental Education prepares and develops plans for courses of study to be sponsored by the Society and arranges for the presentation of these programs. ISDS is an approved ADA CERP (Continuing Education Recognition Program) provider.

       Donald G Kipper, Chair
       Ms Jennifer L Bereckis
       Charles S Borden III
       Peter J March
       George E Neal
       Debra M Schwenk
       Adam M Snyder
       Kenneth Glenn Rawson, Board Liaison
       Bryce Alan Larson, New Dentist Liaison
       Kathy Ridley, Staff Liaison

Governmental Affairs

The Committee on Governmental Affairs sets the legislative agenda, prepares proposed legislation, secures bill introduction and passage, monitors new bills, selects positions, submits testimony, secures amendments and defeats objectionable proposals.

       Larry W Osborne, Chair and ADPAC
       Michael D Danner
       Michael G Durbin
       Loren J Feldner
       Michael S Higgins
       Richard S Holba
       Hillarie Ryann Hudson
       Vishruti M Patel
       Edward H Segal
       Terri S Tiersky
       Keith A Evans, DENT-IL-PAC President
       Stacey K Van Scoyoc, Board Liaison
       Brenden D Moon, New Dentist Liaison
       Dennis J McDowell, Communications Liaison
       J Barry Howell, ADA Council Rep.
       Dave Marsh, Staff Liaison

Mediation and Clinical Peer Review

The Committee on Mediation and Clinical Peer Review provides a confidential, voluntary mechanism for the resolution of differences between dentists, patients, and/or third party carriers. The Committee serves as the voice of the profession in matters concerning appropriateness of care and quality of treatment.

       Kevin T Nelson, Chair
       John M Hagopian
       Richard G Leyba
       Steven D Marshall
       Kyle W Peterson
       Amit Sud
       Andrew P Wiers
       Jeffrey A Kramer, Board Liaison
       Ronald D Riggins, ADA Council Rep.
       Chris Manion, Staff Liaison

Member Services

The Committee on Member Services researches programs and services which may be of value to the Society’s members and which may generate non-dues revenue to help keep dues increases to a minimum. The committee is also responsible for continuously monitoring all member insurance programs currently in effect and for making appropriate recommendations for modification to the Board of Trustees.

       John F Kozal, Chair
       Denise R Flynn
       Todd Gray
       Denise D Hale
       Amanda J Lewis
       Brandon Robert Maddox
       Cynthia R Satko
       Steve Seibert, Board Liaison
       Ashley D Kauffman, New Dentist Liaison
       Peter J Pirmann, ADA Council Rep.
       Pamela Stapleton, Staff Liaison


The Committee on Membership develops and manages recruitment and retention activities for the Society to increase membership. This Committee also handles issues related to member records and the membership database.

       Bryan C Blew, Chair
       Michael J Biasiello
       Cissy K Furusho
       Erica L Johnson
       Mrs Roxanne Kozal
       Thomas E Sullivan
       Samuel David Willens
       Mikal I Bell, SIU Student
       Alex Moore, UIC Student
       Justin J Villanueva, MWU Student
       James D Benz, Board Liaison
       Claire N Pescheret, New Dentist Liaison
       Benjamin Youel, Communications Liaison
       Michael G Durbin, ADA Council Rep.
       Kathy Ridley, Staff Liaison

New Dentist

The Committee on the New Dentist advises the Society on issues relating to newly practicing dentists. The Committee’s programs are designed to help and guide dentists that have been out of school less than ten years. In the past, the Committee has sponsored educational programs at Annual Session and at the dental schools in Illinois.

       Brenden D Moon, Chair
       Samantha Arnold
       Nicholas Edward Baker
       Jason F Foreman
       A Lauren Hood-Olson
       Ashley D Kauffman
       Bryce Alan Larson
       Claire N Pescheret
       Kristi L Schafer
       Caitlin Grace Schneider, MWU Student
       Samantha Cordell, UIC Student
       J Michael Krisko, Board Liaison
       Lindsey J Yates, ADA Liaison
       Kathy Ridley, Staff Liaison