DANB Announces 2011-2012 Board Directors

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CHICAGO (Oct. 3, 2011) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has elected its 2011-2012 Board of Directors:

  • Chair — Frank Maggio, D.D.S.
  • Vice Chair — Carol Oeder, CDA, COA, CPDA, CDPMA, FADAA, LPN
  • Secretary — Mary Harrison, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA
  • Patricia Capps, CDA, RDH, M.S.
  • Joanne Dawley, D.D.S.
  • Linda Golodner, B.A.
  • Karen Minca, CDPMA

Dr. Maggio, the newly elected Board Chair, has served on DANB’s Board since September 2010. Dr. Maggio is serving the first of a possible two three-year terms. He was elected by DANB's Board from a slate of qualified nominees provided by the American Dental Association (ADA). “I look forward to serving this year as the Chair of DANB’s Board of Directors,” Dr. Maggio said. “This year will be full of exciting projects, and I am excited to work with the other DANB Board Directors and staff to bring them to fruition.”

Ms. Oeder has been elected to serve a second year as Board Vice Chair. She was elected by DANB Certificants as the Certificant-at-Large in 2009, and is serving her first of a possible two three-year terms. Ms. Oeder is currently a Compliance Specialist at Dental Associates Ltd., where she has been employed for more than eight years.

Ms. Harrison, the newly elected Secretary, was elected to DANB’s Board in September 2010 and is fulfilling the first of a possible two three-year terms. She was elected by DANB’s Board from a slate of qualified nominees provided by the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). Ms. Harrison currently works as a clinical chairside dental assistant.

In addition to its new officers, DANB’s Board welcomes Ms. Capps, Dr. Dawley and Ms. Golodner as its newest directors.

Ms. Capps was elected by DANB’s Board from a slate of qualified nominees provided by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). She is currently the Director of Distance Learning for the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited dental assisting program at the University of Indiana School of Dentistry.

Dr. Dawley is a practicing dentist who was elected by DANB’s Board from a slate of qualified nominees provided by the ADA. She has been an ADA member for nearly 25 years. She is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the National Dental Association and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics.

Ms. Golodner was elected as the Public Member on DANB’s Board. She is currently the Principal of Consumer Initiatives, advising nonprofit, government and for-profit groups on consumer healthcare, corporate social responsibility and product safety.

Ms. Minca continues to serve on DANB’s Board. She was elected by DANB’s Board in 2006 from a slate of qualified nominees provided by the ADAA, and is serving the second of two possible three-year terms.

About DANB’s Board of Directors
DANB’s Board is composed of nine directors: two from the ADA, one from the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB), one from ADEA, three from the ADAA, one DANB Certificant-at-Large and one public nominee. DANB currently has two open positions on its Board: the third nominee from the ADAA and the nominee from the AADB. DANB’s Board is currently considering candidates and will announce the new directors after they are elected.

For more information, visit www.danb.org or call 1-800-367-3262.

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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