DANB Executive Director Wins 2015 Bronze Stevie Award

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Cynthia Durley, M.Ed., MBA, Executive Director of DANB and the DALE Foundation, is the 2015 recipient of the Bronze Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year in the government/nonprofit category (11 to 2,500 employees). The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor the top female entrepreneurs, executives and employees of the year and the impact they have on their industries and organizations.

Ms. Durley received this award in recognition of her dedication to public health and safety, her vision for the oral healthcare community, and the multi-organization initiatives she has championed over the last year.

One accomplishment the award honors is the development of DANB’s National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification, which launched in 2015. This new certification, a way for dental assistants to get a jump start early in their careers, was incredibly well received in the oral health community, and ultimately led to a partnership with Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry on an innovative post-baccalaureate program for aspiring dentists. Ms. Durley’s award also recognized her role in co-founding a new Infection Control Consortium, a first-of-its-kind task force responsible for developing a framework for infection control education for oral healthcare professionals.

“Public health and safety are two of the driving forces of our organizations,” says Ms. Durley. “DANB and the DALE Foundation are committed to promoting public protection and elevating the dental assisting profession. I’m honored to have received this award in recognition for the work we do to make that happen.”

Ms. Durley began work at DANB in 1986 as Director of Testing and Measurement, where she worked with dental assistants, hygienists and dentists to develop and set pass/fail standards for 48 national and state dental assisting credentialing examinations. She was named Acting Executive Director in 1996 and Executive Director in 1997, and has been employed by the DALE Foundation since its incorporation in 2010. Ms. Durley has dedicated her career to working to improve public health and to elevating dental auxiliaries by providing a national standard for dental assistants through DANB’s independently accredited exams and certifications and by supporting the development of interactive online education and sound research through the DALE Foundation. 

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