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


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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. Eric frequently represents the Society and its policies to outside interests, including government, media, and public and private agencies. Eric is the official spokesperson for ISDS.
Tara Conway
Tara Conway, Executive Assistant

Tara provides administrative support to the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director. She assists the components of the society with coordination of special projects.

Contact Tara about:

  • Board of Trustees
  • House of Delegates
  • Board Retreat
  • Member Awards
  • Component Services
  • Position Papers
  • Committee Reports
Terri Sablotny, Office Assistant & Receptionist

Terri supports all departments and assists with ISDS Expanded Functions courses. Terri brings great customer service experience, which will be invaluable in serving our membership.

Conventions & Continuing Education

Mattea Tavernor

Mattea Tavernor, Conventions & Continuing Education Manager

Mattea is responsible for all meetings of the Society, including Continuing Education courses.

Contact Mattea about:

  • Event Registration: Annual Session & Capital Conference
  • ADA Meeting Planning
  • ISDS Meetings at CDS Midwinter Meeting
  • Registrations and Planning of Expanded Functions Courses
  • ISDS Foundation Special Events
  • Online CE Course Assistance


Gracie Tierney, Membership Manager

Position responsible for membership recruitment and retention activities and managing the membership records. Contact for:

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

Danielle Williams, Member Relations Assistant

Contact Danielle for:

  • Applications & Waivers
  • Retirement Processing
  • Transfers
  • Verify Membership Levels
  • Renewal Packets
  • RDH Cards
  • List Serve Updates

Government Relations


Lindsay Wagahoff, Government Relations Director

In coordination with the ISDS legislative team, Lindsay represents dentistry before the Illinois legislature. He and the Government Relations Committee determine the ISDS legislative agenda each year. Lindsay 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 Lindsay about:

  • Illinois Dental Practice Act and Regulations
  • State Legislative and Regulatory Activities
  • DENT-IL-PAC and Governor's Club
  • Peer Review
  • Contract Review
  • Access
  • Third-party payer
Betty Bergschneider, Governmental Relations Administrator

Betty provides administrative support to the Governmental Relations department.



Jennifer Walker, Communications Director
Executive Director, ISDS Foundation

Contact Jennifer about:

  • Illinois Dental News
  • Graphic Design Services
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • ISDS Foundation Programs
  • Text Alert System
  • Broadcast e-mails
Misty Glass, Communications Assistant

Misty provides administrative support to Communications.

Contact Misty about:
  • Classified Ads
  • ISDS Master Calendar of Events
  • ISDS Career Center
  • Inquiries on ISDS history
  • Illinois Dentists Salute
  • Press & News Releases
  • The Monthly Dental Dispatch e-Newsletter
  • Social Media



Nic Atkinson, Finance Director

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.

Contact Nic about:

  • Endorsed Vendors
  • Dues

Brittany Pollock, Membership Services Specialist

Brittany 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.

Contact Brittany for:
  • Dues Payments & Billings
  • Accounts Payables/Receivables