Call for Volunteers! 

Do you have passion for your profession? 
Can you commit to conference calls or scheduled meetings?
Are you willing to contribute to the accomplishment of the task?

If so, submit your name to the ISDS Volunteer Registry by emailing ​info@isds.org​ or by calling 1-800/475-4737.

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 the Executive Secretary 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 Sharon Molitoris, Chair 
Dr Peter Contos
Dr Gregory M Dietz
Dr Katie Kosten
Dr Ryan Tuscher
Dr Hannah Yasunaga 
Dr Lisa Kearney
Dr John Van Scoyoc, Board Liaison    
Dr Edmund March, New Dentist Liaison    
Vacant,  Communications Liaison    
Dr Mark J Humenik, ADA Council Rep.    
Dave Marsh, 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 Kimberley M Young, Chair  
Dr Gary F Alder
Dr Alan Boghosian
Ms Jennifer Bereckis, RDH
Ms Kimberly Fasula, RDH
Ms Stephanie Clarke, RDH  
Dr Susan Zelazo-Smith Board Liaison   
Dr Emily Carley, 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 Alice Boghosian, 2021 President
Dr Renee Pappas, 2021 General Chair
Dr Brad Barnes, 2021 Dinner Dance Chair
Dr Stacey Van Scoyoc, 2022 President
Dr Keith Evans, 2022 General Chair
Dr Christopher Larsen, 2022 Dinner Dance Chair
Dr Ken Rawson, 2023 President
Dr Bill Schlosser, 2023 General Chair
Mattea Tavernor, 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.

Dr Lynse J Briney, Chair/ADA Council Rep    
Dr Joanne Oppenheim
Dr Astrid Schroetter
Dr. Ravi Juluri
Dr Mahmoud Jallad
Dr Maggie Schaefer
Dr D Milton Salzer, Editor     
Dr Lauren Hood-Olson, Board Liaison
Vacant, New Dentist Liaison  
Jennifer Walker, 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 Ron Lynch, Chair       
Dr Graham Beard 
Dr Jason Grinter
Dr Danny Hanna
Dr Jun Lim
Dr Rich Osmanski
Dr Ron Waryjas
Dr Doug Kay, Board Liaison
Dr Randall Markarian, ADA Council Rep.    
Dave Marsh, 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 also offers online courses.

Dr Susan A Rowan, Chair
Dr Melisa Burton 
Dr Irbad Chowdhury
Dr Christa Hopp
Dr Sahar Alrayyes
Dr Jim Bryniarski
Dr Larry Williams   
Dr Michelle Jennings, Board Liaison   
Dr Kevin Luan, New Dentist Liaison   
Dr Jun Lim, ADA Council Rep
Mattea Tavernor, 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 Victoria Ursitti
Dr Jim Benz  
Dr Hillarie Ryann Hudson   
Dr Mary-Margaret W Looker   
Dr Randall Markarian
Dr Barbara Mousel
Dr Edward H Segal    
Dr Herb Stith
Dr Terri S Tiersky    
Dr Michael Danner, DENT-IL-PAC President    
Dr Terry Barnfield, ADPAC   
Dr Paul Palliser, Board Liaison    
Dr Bryce Larson, New Dentist Liaison   
Dr Joanne Oppenheim, Communications Liaison   
Dr Cheryl Watson-Lowry, 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 Jeff Kramer
Dr Richard G Leyba    
Dr Kyle W Peterson    
Dr Amit Sud    
Dr Andrew P Wiers    
Dr Gordon J Ziols
Dr Vishruti Patel, Board Liaison 
Dave Marsh, 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 Brandon Maddox
Dr Mary K Buskirk
Dr Chris Larsen
Dr Todd Gray    
Dr Bita Fayz
Ms. Sarah Velasco, RDH
Dr. Shafa Amirsoltani, Board Liaison    
Dr David Markiewicz, New Dentist Liaison    
Nic Atkinson, 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 Samuel Willens, Chair
Vacant, RDH
Dr Alex Tzanos
Dr Gordon Barkley III
Dr Emily Rubenacker   
Dr Kelvin Jung
Dr Samantha Arnold
Dr Agata Skiba
Dr Manisha Virdi
Dr. Erin McQuinn
Dr Sonia Belani
Brooklyn White, SIU Student 
Sonal Patel, UIC Student   
Kristin Farr, MWU Student   
Dr Cynthia Satko, Board Liaison
Dr Tyler Markus, New Dentist Liaison    
Dr Maggie Schaefer, Communication Liaison 
Dr Bryan Blew, ADA Council Representative
Claire Griffith, 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 Bryce Larson, Chair
Dr Jason F Foreman     
Dr Kristi L Hobbie  
Dr Kevin Luan
Dr David Markiewicz
Dr Tyler Markus
Dr Emily Carley 
Dr Edmund March   
Dr Graham Beard
Dr Doug Chang, Board Liaison
Alexandra Nash, SIU Student
Greg Benz, UIC Student     
Jacqueline Hassenplug, MWU Student    
Dr Benjamin Youel, ADA Liaison    
Claire Griffith, Staff Liaison