Call for Volunteers! 

Do you have passion for your profession? Can you commit to virtual or scheduled meetings? 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.  They may meet virtually or in person. Presently, there are 10 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 May 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. Sal Storniolo
Dr. Ryan Tuscher
Dr. Hannah Yasunaga 
Dr. Lisa Kearney
Dr. Jason Guerrero , Board Liaison    
Dr. Edmund March, New Dentist Liaison    
Dr. Kathryn Kosten, ADA Council Representative    
Lindsay Wagahoff, 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. Ken Rawson, 2023 President
Dr. William Schlosser, 2023 General Chair
Dr. Maggie Schaefer-Gilpin, 2023 Dinner Dance Chair
Dr. Richard Bona, 2024 President
Dr. James Bryniarski,  2024 General Chair
Dr. Brian Soltys, 2024 Dinner Dance Chair
Dr. Michael Danner, 2025 President 
Dr. Christopher Couri, 2025 General Chair
Dr. Harry Watts, 2025 Dinner Dance 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. Kirk Noraian, Chair  
Dr. Joanne Oppenheim
Dr. Astrid Schroetter
Dr. Ravi Juluri
Dr. Rebecca Dunn
Dr. Maggie Schaefer-Gilpin
Dr. Esther Lopez 
Dr. John Van Scoyoc, Board Liaison
Dr. Jacqueline Hassenplug, 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. Joseph Hagenbruch, Chair        
Dr. Danny Hanna
Dr. Jun Lim
Dr. Brandon Klein
Dr. Rich Osmanski
Dr. Anna Orland
Dr. Susan Zelazo-Smith, Board Liaison
Dr. Jessica Piepenbrink, New Dentist Liaison
Dr. Vishruti Patel, ADA Council Representative     
Lindsay Wagahoff, 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. Mohammed Qaisi, Chair
Dr. Melisa Alabsy
Dr. Sahar Alrayyes
Dr. Larry Williams   
Dr. Mary Joyce Gomez
Dr. Julianna Pikus
Dr. Christa Hopp
Dr. James Bryniarski, Board Liaison   
Dr. Kevin Luan, New Dentist Liaison   
Dr. Barbara Mousel, ADA Council Representative
Mattea Tavernor, Staff Liaison

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee was formed in September 2022 based on a resolution approved at the HOD meeting. The committee’s purpose is to give guidance and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To do that, they will monitor ISDS policies and bylaws and recommend amendments and public policy that ensure alignment with the Society’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. They will also collaborate with components to offer assistance and provide leadership training and mentoring.

Dr. Clarence Red, Chair
Dr. Manisha Virdi
Dr. Jun Lim
Dr. Esther Lopez
Dr. Lauren Hood-Olson
Dr. Dean (Dino) Nicholas
Dr. Maribel Reyes de Lobos
Dr. Satish Alapati, Board Liaison
Dr. Seth Barnett, New Dentist Liaison
Gracie Tierney, 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. Randall Markarian
Dr. Barbara Mousel 
Dr. Julie Laverdiere-Beck
Dr. Stacey Van Scoyoc
Dr. Karina Valentin
Dr. Alice Boghosian
Dr. Sherece Thompson
Dr. David Behm, Dent-IL-Pac President 
Dr. Terry Barnfield, ADPAC Trustee 
Dr. Jon Nickelson, Board Liaison
Dr. Ben Youel, New Dentist Liaison
Dr. Cheryl Watson-Lowry, ADA Council Representative    
Lindsay Wagahoff, 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. Christopher Larsen, Chair
Dr. Todd Gray 
Dr. Brandon Maddox
Dr. William Schlosser
Dr. Katie Buskirk 
Dr. Bita Fayz
Dr. Richard Leyba, 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. Gordon Barkley III, Chair
Dr. Samuel Willens
Dr. Brittany Mackesey
Dr. Lauren Hood-Olson
Dr. Samantha Arnold
Dr. Todd Gray
Dr. Meredith Gantos
Dr. Bronwen Richards
Dr. Jane Cooney
Ms. Tami Wanless, RDH
Donald Thompson, SIU Student 
Ruchi Naik, UIC Student   
TBD, MWU Student   
Dr. James Hardy, Board Liaison
Dr. Tejpal Jadeja, New Dentist Liaison   
Dr. Terri Tiersky, ADA Council Representative
Dr. Maggie Schaefer Gilpin, Communications Liaison
Jennifer Walker, Communications Director
Gracie Tierney, 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. Edmund March, Chair
Dr. Kevin Luan
Dr. Benjamin Youel  
Dr. Jacqueline Hassenplug
Dr. Seth Barnett
Dr. Jessica Piepenbrink
Dr. Tejpal Jadeja
Dr. Alexandra Nash
TBD, SIU Student
TBD, UIC Student
TBD, MWU Student 
Dr. Cynthia Sachs, Board Liaison   
Dr. Bryce Larson, ADA Council Representative
Gracie Tierney, Staff Liaison