The DALE Foundation Seeks Nominees for Board Position

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CHICAGO (March 27, 2012) – The Dental Auxiliary Learning and Education Foundation (the DALE Foundation) is seeking nominations for an open position on its Board of Trustees. The DALE Foundation is seeking a Trustee to join its Board 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

The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) established the DALE Foundation in March 2010 as a separately incorporated, independently governed nonprofit organization. The DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate, benefits the public by providing quality supplemental education and conducting sound research to promote oral health.

Please consider nominating yourself or another qualified individual for the DALE Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Complete nominations must be postmarked or received by email or fax by May 15, 2012.

Nominations must include the following:

  • Letter of interest from the individual being nominated (or self-nominated)
  • Current resume/curriculum vitae
  • 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 interview questions (interview questions will be provided to all nominees who meet the May 15 deadline)

Submit nominations and self-nominations to:

Cynthia C. Durley, M.Ed., MBA
Executive Director
The DALE Foundation
444 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60611
Fax: 312-642-1475

The DALE Foundation’s Nominating Committee may also choose to follow up with nominees by phone. DANB’s Board of Directors will review the recommendations of the Nominating Committee and will hold elections in May. All nominees will be contacted with the results of the election by June 15, 2012.

Information about the DALE Foundation Board of Trustees

Trustees on the DALE Foundation’s Board are elected to serve for a maximum of two three-year terms. The final term may be extended if the Trustee is elected as President-Elect. The DALE Foundation Board of Trustees is a governing board and a working board. The Board of Trustees conducts one- to two-day meetings in person at least twice per year, meeting just before DANB’s winter (February) and annual (August) Board of Directors meetings. The DALE Foundation Board of Trustees also meets by conference call or webinar on an as-needed basis. Trustees are provided with professional development opportunities and an IT allowance; they are also reimbursed for all travel and hotel expenses associated with attending a Board meeting and receive a $75 per diem (as described in the DALE Foundation’s Travel Policy).

Upcoming meetings for the Board of Trustees:

New Trustee Orientation: July 2012 (specific date TBD); Chicago, IL
Annual Board Meeting: August 9, 2012; Chicago, IL

For more information, including Board of Trustees’ responsibilities, visit the DALE Foundation website, or contact Cindy Durley at

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 34,000 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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