May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Investing in Future Leaders

November 2013 Volume XLIX Number 6


In December 2004, I hopped a plane from Paducah to Chicago for seemingly the millionth time during my career. I was heading north to begin what I thought was going to be continuing education. Instead, I embarked on what became a life-changing experience.


Next month, 30 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry colleagues will begin a similar journey, attending their first weekend of courses at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University as Cohort IV of the AAPD/HSHC Leadership Institute. This new class will bring the number of members who have participated in this increasingly popular program to 120.


The first eight years of Leadership Institute was made possible through the generous support of Ultradent. Its $1 million gift allowed AAPD/HSHC to offer Leadership Institute to qualified applicants at a significantly reduced rate. Today, the AAPD and HSHC subsidize Leadership Institute tuition, making it the best deal for the participants, the Academy and the Foundation.


Besides the value Leadership Institute provides to its students, perhaps what is most exciting to me is how Leadership Institute identifies and builds future Academy and Foundation leaders.


The early cohorts, especially my first group, were composed of individuals who were established in their careers and the Academy leadership ranks. Cohort IV is not only the most diverse group going to Kellogg, but it represents current leaders and the leaders of the future.


Leadership Institute is the Foundation's investment in its capacity to support community-based efforts providing Dental Homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care.


On behalf of the boards of trustees of both the Academy and the Foundation, along with all Leadership Institute graduates, we congratulate the members of Leadership Institute, Cohort IV:
Dr. Eduardo Alcaino Sydney, Australia

Dr. Paul Andrews Mississauga, Ont.

Dr. Neal R. Benham Eau Claire, Wisc.

Dr. Carlos A. Bertot Maitland, Fla.

Dr. Donald Leslie Chi Seattle, Wash.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Dean Indianapolis, Ind.

Dr. Jessica Rene DeBord Yakima, Wash.

Dr. Kimon Divaris Chapel Hill, N.C.

Dr. Larry David Dormois Germantown, Tenn.

Dr. Jane Gillette Bozeman, Mont.

Dr. Scott D. Goodman Matthews, N.C.

Dr. Stephen E. Greenleaf III Mobile, Ala.

Dr. William A. Greenhill Union, Ky.

Dr. Steven P. Hackmyer Collierville, Tenn.

Dr. Felicity K. Hardwick Nanaimo, B.C.

Dr. Cynthia L. Hipp Charleston, S.C.

Dr. Kemie D. Houston Englewood, Colo.

Dr. Ryan Jay Hughes Portland, Ore.

Dr. Janice G. Jackson Birmingham, Ala.

Dr. Shari C. Kohn Lutherville, Md.

Dr. Ashok Kumar Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Jonathon E. Lee Foster City, Calif.

Dr. Stephen C. Mitchell Birmingham, Ala.

Dr. Dorothy T. Y. Pang San Francisco, Calif.

Dr. Mario E. Ramos Midland Park, N.J.

Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez Los Angeles, Calif.

Dr. Edward L. Rick Sterling, Ill.

Dr. Deven V. Shroff Columbia, Md.

Dr. Sharine V. Thenard Alameda, Calif.

Dr. Anne Wilson Aurora, Colo.

Beverly A. Largent, D.M.D., is a private practitioner from Paducah, Ky.