DANB Seeks Nominations to the DALE Foundation Board of Trustees

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CHICAGO (March 24, 2010) – In order to better meet the needs of dental assistants and other members of the dental team in the areas of supplemental education and professional research, the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) is establishing a separately incorporated non-profit foundation, named the DALE Foundation. The DALE Foundation has been formed to benefit the public by advancing dental assistants and promoting dental assistant certification, by developing and providing quality supplemental education and conducting sound research to support and promote oral health.

The composition of the DALE Foundation’s initial Board of Trustees will be as follows:

  • Current Chair of DANB’s Board of Directors
  • Immediate Past Chair of DANB’s Board of Directors
  • Another past DANB Board Chair
  • Six additional trustees with expertise in as many of these areas as possible:
    • Research
    • Education (dental, dental hygiene, dental assisting)
    • E-Learning
    • Employer (dentist)
    • Employment (dental office manager)
    • Public health
    • Corporate interests

Please consider nominating yourself or another qualified individual for consideration to be elected as a Founding Trustee on the DALE Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The Nominating Committee to DANB’s Board of Directors will accept nominations postmarked or received by email or fax, before April 30, 2010.

For nominations to be considered, they must include the following:

  • Letter of interest from the individual being nominated (or self-nominated)
  • Current resume/curriculum vita
  • A letter of recommendation from an employer, supervisor, or co-worker; or from someone who has served with the nominee on a committee or board of a state or national oral healthcare organization

Written response to DANB Interview Questions for Nomination to the DALE Foundation Board of Trustees. (DANB will provide these questions to all nominees who meet the April 30th deadline.)

The Nominating Committee to DANB’s Board of Directors may also choose to follow up with nominees by phone after review of their written documents before presenting the Committee’s recommendations to DANB’s Board of Directors for election to the DALE Foundation Board of Trustees.

If you are personally interested in being considered for election to the DALE Foundation Board of Trustees, or wish to nominate someone else, please submit all information as noted above to:
Cynthia C. Durley, MEd, MBA
Executive Director
Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.
444 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60611
Fax: 312-642-8507
Email: cdurley@danb.org

To be considered, complete nominations must be postmarked or received no later than April 30, 2010.  DANB’s Board of Directors will review the recommendations of DANB’s Nominating Committee, and will hold elections in May. All nominees will be contacted by DANB with the results of the election no later than May 31, 2010. The first meeting of the Founding Trustees of the DALE Foundation’s Board of Trustees will be held in Chicago on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

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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