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.

       Dr Jason M Grinter, Chair
       Ms Marilyn A Craig
       Dr Gregory M Dietz
       Dr Raymond C Otte
       Dr Kevin L Patterson
       Dr Harry Watts
       Dr George E Neal, Board Liaison
       Dr Nicholas Edward Baker, New Dentist Liaison
       Dr Joshua M Renken, Communications Liaison
       Dr 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.

       Dr Gary F Alder, Chair
       Dr Randal P Ashton
       Ms Nikki Carls
       Ms Karen Haffey
       Ms Anna Kavish
       Dr Kimberley M Young
       Dr Jeffrey A Kramer, Board Liaison
       Dr 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.

       Dr Terry L Barnfield, 2017 President
       Dr Robin A Wetherell, 2017 General Chair
       Dr Barbara L Mousel, 2018 President
       Dr Genaro Romo, 2018 General Chair
       Dr Randall C Markarian, 2019 President
       Dr John L Rottschalk, 2019 General Chair
       Kathy Ridley, Staff Liaison
       Greg Johnson, ISDS Executive Director


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.

       Dr D Spencer Pope, Chair
       Dr Lynse J Briney
       Dr Dennis J McDowell
       Dr Joshua M Renken
       Dr Alexander Edward Ritchey
       Dr D Milton Salzer, Editor
       Ms Tami Wanless, RDH
       Dr Benjamin Charles Youel
       Dr Mark Benavides, Board Liaison
       Dr Jason F Foreman, New Dentist Liaison
       Dr 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.

       Dr Natalie A Corley, Chair
       Dr Scott D Goldman
       Dr Sharon A Lyn-Malinowski
       Dr Kirk W Noraian
       Dr John R Steinwedel
       Dr Mardi A Tingzon
       Dr John F Moore, Board Liaison
       Dr Lauren Hood-Olson, New Dentist Liaison
       Dr 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.

       Dr Donald G Kipper, Chair
       Ms Jennifer L Bereckis
       Dr Charles S Borden III
       Dr Peter J March
       Dr Susan A Rowan
       Dr Debra M Schwenk
       Dr Adam M Snyder
       Dr Kenneth Glenn Rawson, Board Liaison
       Dr 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.

       Dr Larry W Osborne, Chair
       Dr Michael D Danner
       Dr Michael G Durbin
       Dr Loren J Feldner
       Dr J Barry Howell
       Dr Hillarie Ryann Hudson
       Dr Mary-Margaret W Looker
       Dr Vishruti M Patel
       Dr Edward H Segal
       Dr Terri S Tiersky
       Dr Keith A Evans, DENT-IL-PAC President
       Dr Bradley W Barnes, ADPAC
       Dr James D Benz, Board Liaison
       Dr Brenden D Moon, New Dentist Liaison
       Dr Dennis J McDowell, Communications Liaison
       Dr Phillip J Fijal, 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.

       Dr Kevin T Nelson, Chair
       Dr John M Hagopian
       Dr Richard G Leyba
       Dr Kyle W Peterson
       Dr Amit Sud
       Dr Andrew P Wiers
       Dr Gordon J Ziols
       Dr Jon D Nickelsen, Board Liaison
       Dr 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.

       Dr John F Kozal, Chair
       Dr Mary K Buskirk
       Dr Todd Gray
       Dr Denise D Hale
       Dr Amanda J Lewis
       Dr Brandon Robert Maddox
       Dr Cynthia R Satko
       Dr Lyle S Chad Reedy, Board Liaison
       Dr Ashley D Kauffman, New Dentist Liaison
       Dr 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.

       Dr Bryan C Blew, Chair
       Dr Cissy K Furusho
       Dr Martin J Hogan
       Dr Erica L Johnson
       Mrs Roxanne Kozal
       Dr Thomas E Sullivan
       Dr Samuel David Willens
       Mikal I Bell, SIU Student
       Alex Moore, UIC Student
       Justin J Villanueva, MWU Student
       Dr Steve Seibert, Board Liaison
       Dr Claire N Pescheret, New Dentist Liaison
       Dr Benjamin Charles Youel, Communications Liaison
       Dr 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.

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