The DALE Foundation Announces Board of Trustees

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The DALE Foundation Announces Its Board of Trustees
CHICAGO (July 1, 2010) - The Dental Assisting Learning and Education (DALE) Foundation is proud to announce the newly elected Board of Trustees. In addition to ex officio members Howard C. Bell, DDS; Brenda Fell, CDA, CDPMA; and Carla Schneider, CDA, RDA, the newly elected DALE Foundation Board of Trustees includes:

  • Darci Barr, CDA, EFDA, BS – Ms. Barr is an educator in an international business college in Indiana, with prior experience as an educator at a CODA-accredited dental assisting program. She also has experience in writing and e-learning design.  
  • Anita Craig, MS – Ms. Craig works in higher education administration and serves as the Director of Education and Membership Development for the American Association of Orthodontists, located in Missouri.
  • Teresa Duncan, MS – Ms. Duncan is President of Odyssey Management, a dental practice management consulting firm in Virginia, and a lifetime member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers.
  • Steven Fink, DMD – A former practicing dentist, Dr. Fink is now the director of a CODA-accredited dental assisting program in New Jersey. He is the Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Dental Association, and works as a dental consultant with experience developing e-learning programs.
  • Lori Gagliardi, CDA, RDA, RDH, EdD – Dr. Gagliardi has a background in organizational leadership and is currently the director of a CODA-accredited dental assisting program in California. She is also a member of the Dental Assisting Review Committee, a CODA advisory committee.
  • Virginia Jorgensen, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, AAS – Ms. Jorgensen is an educator in a CODA-accredited dental assisting program in Oregon.


“Each Trustee brings extensive experience and expertise to the DALE Foundation Board,” said Liz Koch, MPH, MEd, Chief Operating Officer to DANB and the DALE Foundation. “I look forward to working closely with the Trustees to meet the mission of the DALE Foundation.”

The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) established the DALE Foundation as a separately incorporated, but affiliated nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing quality supplemental education and conducting sound research to support and promote oral health. In its call for nominations for the DALE Foundation Board of Trustees, DANB received nominations from 26 highly qualified dental assistants, dental hygienists, dentists, educators, and oral healthcare consultants.

“DANB’s Board of Directors faced a very difficult task in reviewing the nominees,” said DANB Executive Director Cindy Durley, MEd, MBA.”It was evident that all nominees took this process very seriously. The quality of candidates was unsurpassed.”

In March, after the DALE Foundation filed its articles of incorporation, DANB distributed a call for nominations for the DALE Foundation’s founding Board of Trustees to various individuals and members of DANB’s communities of interest. The DALE Foundation sought candidates with experience 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, and/or corporate interests.

To have been considered, interested candidates were required to submit a letter of interest; a resume or 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; and written responses to interview questions. The call for nominations closed on April 30. The DALE Foundation Board of Trustees will participate in orientation activities July 15-16, and will hold its first meeting on August 12.

For more information on the DALE Foundation Board of Trustees, please see the article DANB’s Fall issue of Certified Press, which will be published in September and available for download at

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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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