November 2019 Volume LIV Number 6


AAPD Nominations

March 2016 Volume LI Number 2


James D. Nickman


Dr. Jim Nickman (North Oaks, Minn.) earned his D.D.S. and Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota. He has been a member of the AAPD since 1999 and a diplomate of the ABPD since 2002.

Nickman currently serves as the Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Public Policy Advocate. He has served on the AAPD board of trustees as the then-District IV (now Northcentral District) trustee, Council on Government Affairs, Council on Dental Benefit Programs, the Committee on the Adolescent and the Council on Membership. He is the past president of the Minneapolis District Dental Society and serves as the chair of the Minnesota Dental Association Barriers to Care Committee and MINDENPAC Board. He also is the past-president of the North Central Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Alumni Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Nickman maintains a private practice in the Twin Cities and teaches part-time at the University of Minnesota. 


Joseph B. Castellano


Dr. Joe Castellano attended the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston and received his D.D.S. degree in 1990. He completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency and later his specialty training in pediatric dentistry, both at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas (UTHSC-SA). He is board certified in pediatric dentistry. Castellano is an assistant clinical professor for the Department of Developmental Dentistry at UTHSC-SA Dental School and has authored and co-authored several publications in the dental literature. He is active in the AAPD and currently serves on the board of trustees as Secretary-Treasurer. He has served on the Council on Continuing Education, Ex-Officio on the Council on Governmental Affairs and has served on and chaired the Council on Clinical Affairs, and its Committees on the Adolescent, Perinatal Oral Health, and Behavior Guidance. He has also served on the Task Force on Strengthening the Science in AAPD’s Guidelines and Journals, the task force on General Dentists, and on the Advisory Board for the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center. He is a graduate of the AAPD Leadership Institute and the AAPD Advanced Leadership Institute. He is active with his state component, has served in all its offices including as president of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Castellano is in private practice in Laredo, Texas.


Kevin J. Donly


Dr. Kevin Donly is currently a professor and chair in the Department of Developmental Dentistry and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Previous positions include professor and associate director of the Center for Clinical Studies at the University of Iowa; associate professor, Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston; and associate professor, The University of Texas Medical School. He received his D.D.S. in 1984, certificate in pediatric dentistry in 1986, and M.S. in 1986 from the University of Iowa.

Donly is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, was on the board of trustees for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, was on the board of directors for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation, is the previous chair of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Post-doctoral Education, is past president of the American Society of Dentistry for Children and past chair of the Public Information Committee for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He completed his four year term as the Pediatric Dentistry Commissioner for the Commission on Dental Accreditation. He has published over 300 chapters, manuscripts and abstracts associated with pediatric dentistry and dental restorative materials research and clinical utilization. He has received grants or research support from the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Health Resources and Services Administration, 3M, ESPE, Premier, Bisco, GC, Dentsply, Ivoclar, Kerr, NuSmile, Procter and Gamble, Church and Dwight, Optiva, Oral-B, Enamelon, Atrix Laboratories, Inc. and Guidor companies.


Paula L. Coates


Dr. Paula L. Coates was born in Washington, D.C., and reared in Riverdale, Md. She received her bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology and anatomy from Duke University, Durham, N.C. In May 2000, she received her doctor of dental surgery degree from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, Nashville, Tenn. Pursuing her love of working with children, Coates attended the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UICCOD), where she received her certificate in pediatric dentistry in 2002. While attending her residency program, she began work on her masters of science degree which was completed in 2003. After completion her training, Coates served as a clinical assistant professor for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the UICCOD and worked as an associate for a private practice in a Chicago suburb. In September 2003, she relocated to Atlanta, Ga. For ten years, Coates worked in several pediatric dental practices throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. In September 2013, she pursued her desire to teach and relocated to Nashville, Tenn. She joined the faculty at her alma mater as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in October 2013. Currently, Coates serves as part-time faculty in the Pediatric Dentistry Department at Meharry Medical College as well as working in private practice in the Nashville area.

In 2007, Coates was accepted in to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Leadership Institute II Program. In March of 2008, Coates was awarded her diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. In May of 2014, she was selected to be a recipient of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/HSHC’s Master Clinician Scholarship (2014-2015).


Deven V. Shroff


Dr. Deven V. Shroff was born in India and moved to Philadelphia as a child. He graduated with honors from both Temple University and Temple University School of Dentistry. He was awarded the Health Professions Scholarship by the U.S. Army, which led to a nine year career in U.S. Army Dental Corp, including service in Washington State, Germany, Bosnia, Korea and Washington D.C. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, Shroff served as chief of general dentistry. He returned to the U.S. to complete his specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. As a pediatric dentist, Shroff was stationed in Seoul, Korea, where he served as chief of pediatric dentistry. In 2003, he completed his military service at the Walter Reed Army Regional Medical Center as Chief of Pediatric Dentistry in Washington, D.C., and as residency mentor at Fort Meade.

Shroff is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. In 2010, he was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Dentists and in 2014, he was inducted as a fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD). The ICD is the oldest and largest international honor society for dentists in the world. 

Shroff is a 2009 recipient of the ARC of Howard County, Celebration of Excellence Award for Outstanding Service to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In 2015, he completed the AAPD Leadership I Institute program at Kellogg School of Management and in 2016, will begin the AAPD Advanced Leadership Institute program at Wharton School of Business.

He is a past president of the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and he currently serves a member of the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners Sedation Committee, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Government Affairs, and the Grant Review Committee of the Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Foundation. Shroff serves as a pediatric dentistry consultant and guest lecturer to the U.S. Army Dental Corps. He is a volunteer, dean’s faculty member at the University of Maryland Dental School, where he enjoys teaching pediatric dentistry to future dentists.


Jessica A. Meeske


Dr. Jessica Meeske practices in south central Nebraska where she is a partner with Pediatric Dental Specialists of Greater Nebraska. Meeske is a graduate of Hastings College and the University of Missouri-K.C. College of Dentistry. She completed further training in pediatrics and public health at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry’s Leadership in Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health Program where she received her master’s in dental public health. Meeske is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. 

Meeske’s professional activities include serving on the Legislative Committee and she currently chairs the Medicaid Committee of the Nebraska Dental Association (NDA), the Council on Government Affairs and Medicaid-CHIP Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also part-time faculty at UNMC College of Dentistry where she teaches dental students and residents in pediatric dentistry. She has given numerous lectures throughout the state on children’s oral health issues with specific emphasis on ensuring that all children have affordable access to dental care.

Meeske’s awards include the NDA’s 2003 New Dentist of the Year, the ADA’s 2002 Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Leadership, the Nebraska Rural Health Association’s 2002 Health Care Provider of the Year, the University of Missouri, School of Dentistry’s 2003 Young Alumnus of the Year, the Edward Shils National Award for outstanding dental public health service. In addition, Meeske was selected by the UNMC’s Chancellor to receive the Jack G. Elliot Award for Outstanding Service in Health Care to Nebraskans.

Meeske is active in the Hastings Community through her involvement as a member and past president of the school board for Hastings Public Schools and on the Board of Trustees at Hastings College. 


E. Laree Johnson


Dr. E. LaRee Johnson graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry in 1996. She completed a three year pediatric dentistry residency and received a master of science degree at the University of North Caroline in 1999. After her board certification in 2001, Johnson mentored many colleagues to pursue board certification, helped review cases and prepare for site visits. In 2006, she became an Examination Committee member for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry’s Oral Clinical Examination. Working on both Parts A and B of the exam, she has helped in the construction of the exam for several years, as well as serving as an examiner. She took two years away from the OCE to teach an OCE prep course. Johnson has been in full-time private practice for over 16 years. She is a part-time faculty member at the University of North Carolina and guest speaker in a variety of venues.

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