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 Ryan Tuscher
Dr Hannah Yasunaga 
Dr Lisa Kearney
Dr James Hardy, Board Liaison    
Dr Edmund March, New Dentist Liaison    
Dr Kathryn Kosten, 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 Meghan Jennings, Board Liaison
Dr Genaro Romo, ADA Council Rep 
Dr Alexandra Nash, 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
Dr Maggie Schaefer-Gilpin, 2023 Dinner Dance Chair
Dr Rick Bona, 2024 President


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 Mahmoud Jallad
Dr Maggie Schaefer-Gilpin
Dr Esther Lopez
Dr D Milton Salzer, Editor     
Dr Doug Chang, 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 Graham Beard
Dr Danny Hanna
Dr Jun Lim
Dr Rich Osmanski
Dr Doug Kay, Board Liaison
Dr Randall Markarian, ADA Council Rep.    
Dr Jessica Piepenbrink, New Dentist Liason
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 Larry Williams   
Dr Mary Joyce Gomez
Dr James Bryniarski, 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 Mary-Margaret W Looker   
Dr Randall Markarian
Dr Barbara Mousel 
Dr Herb Stith
Dr Karina Valentin
Dr. Alice Boghosian
Dr Sherece Thompson
Dr. David Behm, DENT-IL-PAC President    
Dr Terry Barnfield, ADPAC Trustee
Dr Bryce Larson, New Dentist Liaison  
Dr Cheryl Watson-Lowry, ADA Council Rep.  
Dr Vishruti Patel, Board Liaison 
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 Andrew P Wiers , Chair    
Dr Jeff Kramer 
Dr Amit Sud   
Dr Gordon J Ziols
Dr Mary Roman
Dr Tim Supan
Dr Peter Roberson
Dr Lauren Hood-Olson, Board Liaison 
Nic Atkinson, 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 Brandon Maddox
Dr Mary K Buskirk
Dr Chris Larsen
Dr Todd Gray  
Dr Bita Fayz
Vacant, RDH
Dr John Van Scoyoc, 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 Graham Beard, Chair
Dr Samuel Willens
Vacant, RDH
Dr Alex Tzanos
Dr Gordon Barkley III
Dr Samantha Arnold
Dr Agata Skiba
Dr Manisha Virdi
Dr Meredith Gantos
Dr Clarence Red
Dr Jane Cooney
Bridget Roop
Sorah Kim, SIU Student 
Mariell Demertzis, UIC Student   
Kristin Farr, MWU Student   
Dr Jennifer Pritts, Board Liaison
Dr Tyler Markus, New Dentist 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 Edmund March, Chair
Dr Kevin Luan
Dr David Markiewicz 
Dr Jacqueline Hassenplug
Dr Seth Barnett
Dr Jessica Piepenbrink
Dr Tejpal Jadeja
Dr Alexandra Nash
Dr Cynthia Sachs, Board Liaison
Kaitlin Carlson, SIU Student
Martin Ryan, UIC Student  
To be filled, MWU Student    
Dr Benjamin Youel, ADA Liaison    
Claire Griffith, Staff Liaison    
Dr Bryce Larson, ADA Council Rep