Staff & Headquarters

The Illinois State Dental Society is headquartered in the state's capital city of Springfield. Members are always welcome to visit their dental society headquarters in downtown Springfield.

Illinois State Dental Society
1010 South Second Street
Springfield, Illinois 62704

The organization is departmentalized into five key areas:

  • Administration
  • Communications
  • Finance
  • Government Relations
  • Member Relations & Continuing Education

An executive staff member directs the activities of each department, and all directors report to Administration, under the leadership of Executive Director.


Eric Larson, Executive Director

​The Executive Director's primary responsibilities include working with the elected leadership of ISDS, developing budgets, staff administration, and overseeing the welfare of the Society's programs and services. This individual frequently represents the Society and its policies to outside interests, including government, media, and public and private agencies. ​The Executive Director is an official spokesperson for ISDS.

Janine Oxencis, Executive Assistant

Janine provides administrative support to the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director.  She also assists the Government Relations Department, Component Relations and the ISDS Foundation.

Contact Janine about:

  • Board of Trustees
  • House of Delegates
  • Board Retreat
  • Member Awards
  • Component Services​
  • PAC reporting
  • Position Papers
  • Committee Reports


Misty Glass, Receptionist

Misty provides administrative support to all departments.  ​She answers and triages phone calls, greets visitors, delivers mail to staff, and assist the entire office with special projects.


Kara Manfredo, ​​Member Coordinator

Kara supports the Member Relations, Government Relations and Communications Departments. Contact Kara about:

  • Capital Conference Registration
  • ISDS Annual Session Registration
  • ISDS Job Board




Lee Ann Beane, Associate Executive Director,

Lee is responsible for the development and implementation of statewide public relations activities to promote oral health and a positive image for dentistry. She also directs the publication of all major Society communications and serves as Managing Editor of the Society's official publication, the monthly  Illinois Dental News. Contact Lee about:

  • News and editorial items for Illinois Dental News
  • Website
  • PR Programs
  • PANDA® (Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness)


Jennifer Walker, Communications and Technology Coordinator
Executive Director, ISDS Foundation

Contact Jennifer about:

  • Illinois Dental News Display Advertising
  • Graphic Design Services
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • ISDS Foundation


Gloria Pitchford, Administrative Assistant

Contact Gloria about:

  • ISDS Mascot Rental
  • Classified Advertising
  • Subscriptions to the Illinois Dental News
  • Expanded Function Courses


Alexa Schluter, Meetings & Events Coordinator

Alexa serves as the meeting planner for all ISDS meetings. 

Contact Alexa about: 

  • Annual Session
  • Capital Conference
  • ADA Meeting
  • ADA Caucuses
  • Dental Leaders Meeting
  • Midwinter Meeting



Nic Atkinson, Director of Finance

​Nic is responsible for all accounting functions of the Society, including consolidation of the annual Society budget, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, meeting expense disbursements, employee benefits, and preparation of monthly and year-end financial statements. ​​He also handles the dues installment program each year.


Gina Burlingham, Accounting Administrator

Gina provides ​accounting and administrative support to the Finance department. ​​She is responsible for the financial side of membership, including member dues billings, as well as accounts payables and receivables.

Member Relations & Continuing Education


Kathy Ridley, Director

Kathy oversees all Society-sponsored dental education programs, including CE courses for dentists and expanded functions classes for dental auxiliaries. Kathy is responsible for membership recruitment and retention activities and managing the membership records, which includes maintaining accurate member records for dues billings and mailings. Contact Kathy about:

  • Recruitment & Retention
  • New Dentists
  • Dental Students
  • Auxiliary Members
  • Dental Education


Danielle Williams, Member​ Relations Assistant

Contact Danielle for:

  • Applications & Waivers
  • Retirement Processing
  • Transfers
  • Verify Membership Levels
  • Renewal Packets
  • RDH Cards
  • List Serve Updates
  • Online CE Courses
  • ISDS Job Board

Government Relations


Dave Marsh, Director

In coordination with the ISDS legislative team, Dave represents dentistry before the Illinois legislature. He and the Government Relations Committee determine the ISDS legislative agenda each year. Dave also represents the Society before the State Board of Dentistry and other state regulatory bodies, and serves as staff liaison to DENT-IL-PAC, and the Allied Dental Personnel Committee. Contact Dave about: 

  • Illinois Dental Practice Act and Regulations
  • State Legislative and Regulatory Activities
  • DENT-IL-PAC and Governor's Club


Pam Cuffle, Access Coordinator

Contact Pam for: 

  • Peer Review
  • Contract Review
  • Access
  • Veterans events
  • Third-party payer