Cindy Durley Elected as AADA Secretary

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CHICAGO (November 20, 2012) — Cindy Durley, M.Ed., MBA, Executive Director of DANB and the DALE Foundation, was elected as Secretary to the American Association of Dental Administrators (AADA) Executive Council for the 2012-13 term. The AADA is a national association of state dental board administrators whose members also include national and regional dental examining boards, including DANB as the national certification board for dental assistants.

The AADA membership elected Durley during the AADA’s annual meeting held Oct. 15-16, 2012. Durley will serve as Secretary until the close of the 2013 AADA annual meeting, which is scheduled for Oct. 28-29, 2013.

The AADA is governed by an Executive Council comprised of a Treasurer and five additional officers: Secretary, Vice-President, President-Elect, President and Immediate Past-President. Each appointment serves a one-year term, with the exception of Treasurer, which carries a five-year term. Except for Treasurer, each officer position ascends the officer ladder in the order listed. Therefore, Durley is in line to hold the President position in 2015. As Immediate Past President in 2016, Durley will serve on the American Association of Dental Boards' (AADBs') Executive Council in an advisory capacity.

The AADA’s nominating committee told the AADA membership that Durley was chosen due to her long-standing service to the organization and excellent leadership skills. "DANB’s mission is public protection through credentialing," said Durley. "Public protection is the mission of state dental boards, as well. AADA members work together to identify trends in oral healthcare. We share our respective issues in order to devise uniform best practices in our approach to these issues and trends.

"To be elected as AADA Secretary and then move through the officer positions, helping states and the AADB to promote their public protection missions, is a privilege."

For more information about the AADA, go to Further information about the AADB is available at

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