DANB Announces Board Directors and Officers

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CHICAGO (October 27, 2010) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) is pleased to announce the 2010-2011 Board of Directors:

  • Chair – Richard Hunt III, D.D.S.
  • Vice Chair – Carol Oeder, CDA, COA, CDPMA, FADAA, LPN 
  • Secretary – Karen Minca, CDPMA
  • Bruce Barrette, D.D.S.
  • Carolyn Breen, CDA, RDA, RDH, Ed.D.
  • Marlene Futterman, M.A.
  • Mary Harrison, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA
  • Donna Kotyk, CDA, RDH, M.A.
  • Frank Maggio, D.D.S.

Dr. Hunt is the newly elected Board Chair, and has served on DANB’s Board since 2005. He began his second three-year term in August 2008, and is one of two nominees from the American Dental Association who was considered for election to the DANB Board of Directors that year. Dr. Hunt is a general dentist in Rocky Mount, N.C., where he shares a practice with his wife, Dr. Amy Hunt. The Hunts employ three DANB Certified Dental Assistants.

“I have enjoyed my years of service and look forward to my role as the Chair of DANB's Board of Directors,” Dr. Hunt said. “This year promises to be busy with many exciting initiatives, but I am certain that DANB will continue to maintain the highest levels of excellence in every pursuit.”

Ms. Oeder is the newly elected Board Vice Chair. She was nominated by DANB Certified Assistants to DANB’s Board in 2009, and is serving her first of a possible two three-year terms as Certificant-at-Large. Ms. Oeder is currently a Compliance Specialist at Dental Associates Ltd., where she has been employed for nearly eight years.

Ms. Harrison began the first of a possible two three-year terms on September 1. She was elected by DANB's Board of Directors from a slate of qualified nominees provided by the American Dental Assistants Association. Ms. Harrison currently works as a clinical chairside dental assistant. She has been a DANB Certified Dental Assistant since 1967, and is also an Oregon Expanded Function Dental Assistant and Oregon Expanded Function Orthodontic Assistant. She is a graduate of Salem Technical Vocational College.

Dr. Maggio also began the first of a possible two three-year terms on September 1. He was elected by DANB's Board of Directors from a slate of qualified nominees provided by the American Dental Association (ADA). As a member of the ADA since 1971, Dr. Maggio has served on numerous committees, councils and task forces. He was Chairman of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure and also served as the ADA Trustee from Illinois. He has also been President of the Illinois Dental Society, McHenry County Dental Society, and Fox River Valley Dental Society, of which he is currently a member of the Board.

DANB Board Directors Howard C. Bell, D.D.S., and Carla Schneider, CDA, RDA, concluded their final terms of service on DANB’s Board of Directors at the end of the August 2010 meeting. “DANB thanks these dental professionals for their many years of service to DANB, to dental assistants, and to the advancement of oral health,” says Executive Director Cindy Durley.

Election to DANB’s nine-member Board of Directors takes place by the current DANB Board, after receipt of nominations of slates of at least two qualified candidates per DANB Board vacancy, from these four dental membership organizations: the American Dental Association (2 directors), the American Association of Dental Boards (1), the American Dental Education Association (1), and the American Dental Assistants Association (3). The remaining two DANB Board Directors are represented by DANB Certificants-At-Large (1, voted on by DANB Certificants), and the public (1, elected by DANB’s Board of Directors from nominations received by DANB’s Nominating Committee).

For more information on all DANB Board Directors or to read the Major Board Actions taken at DANB’s Winter and Annual Meetings, visit www.danb.org.


About DANB

DANB is recognized by the American Dental Association as the national certification board for dental assistants. DANB's certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. DANB serves the public by promoting a means of identifying qualified and competent dental assistants and by measuring and promoting excellence in oral healthcare delivery. As a Mark of Dental Assisting Excellence, DANB Certification is a source of pride for those who achieve it. Currently, there are more than 33,000 DANB Certificants nationwide, and DANB Certifications and Certificates of Competency are recognized or required in 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. For those dental assistants who meet the eligibility and exam requirements, DANB Certification may be earned in the areas of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and/or Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA). In addition to these two national certifications, DANB offers Certificates of Competency in Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE). The RHS and ICE exams are components of the CDA exam, and ICE is also a component of the COA exam. Individuals may take these components separately in order to earn Certificates of Competency. Passing either or both of these exams demonstrates a dental assistant's competency in these two areas that are important to the health and safety of oral healthcare workers and patients alike.

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