September 2020 Volume LV Number 5



July 2020 Volume LV Number 4

American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
The AAPD maintains an excellent work- shop relationship on both the volun- teer and staff level with our specialty’s certifying board, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Since 1964, the AAPD has sponsored the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD), fulfilling a requirement that to be recognized as a specialty an organization must demonstrate the ability to establish a certifying board (CDEL/ADA 2001). As the creden- tialing and certifying arm of the specialty, ABPD has a vision that we support:
To achieve excellence in pediatric dentistry through certification of all pediatric dentists.
As of this writing, 6,240 pediatric dentists are board certified, which represents more than 86 percent of eligible AAPD mem- bers. There are another 889 active candidates and 675 active applications in the certification process. This is a tremendous achievement for the ABPD and for the profession of pediatric dentistry!
The AAPD leadership and my office continues to support ABPD’s efforts to encourage all Academy members to be certi- fied and to enroll in the renewal of certification process.
In Memoriam
Dr. Laura Aeschlimann Souix Falls, S.D.
Dr. Harold W. Bonus Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Dr. William E. Brown, Jr. Ann Arbor, Mich.
Dr. Eugene S. Eggers De Pere, Wis.
Dr. Clemens A. Full Iowa City, Iowa
Dr. Lia Nilda Furtado Fortaleza, Mexico
Dr. James B. Hall, III Macon, Ga.
Dr. David K. Hennon Indianapolis, Ind.
Dr. Ronnie J. Holland Buffalo, N.Y.
Dr. Milton I. Houpt Englewood, N.J. 
Dr. Richard S. McConville Los Gatos, Calif. 
Dr. Jerome B. Miller Guthrie, Okla.
Dr. Stephen R. Nelson Lakeville, Minn.
Dr. Deborah A. Redford-Badwal West Hartford, Conn. 
Dr. Chris H. Sarlas Palos Heights, Ill.
Dr. Yoshiyuki Sato Fort Defiance, Ariz.
Dr. John P. Thomas Portland, Ore.
Dr. Andrew Soderstrom Modesto, Calif.
Dr. Stephen H. Wei Hong Kong, China
Dr. Stephen T. White Austin, Texas
Dr. Gerald Z. Wright London, ON Canada
What’s New with the AAPD’s Headquarters Office Staff?
We congratulate Governance and Operations Manager Margaret Bjerklie on achieving CAP (Certified Administrative Professional) status.
COO and General Counsel C. Scott Litch was one of four Honor- ary Fellows inducted into the American College of Dentists (ACD) at their ceremony on Sept. 5, 2019. The ACD Honorary Fellowship is bestowed on individuals who do not hold a dental degree but have significantly advanced the profession of dentistry or oral health care and have shown exceptional leadership. Scott was nominated for this honor by Drs. Joel H. Berg, Warren A. Brill, Steven D. Chan, John S. Rutkauskas, Jade Miller, Jerome B. Miller and Heber Simmons Jr.
We congratulate Senior Membership and Chapter Relations Director Suzanne Wester on obtaining her CAE certification (Certified Association Executive). She was recognized along with other new CAEs at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Association Executives in Columbus, Ohio, in August 2019.
Tom Jurczak – Senior Business Services Director
Leola Royston – Education Development and Academic Support Manager
Lily Snyder – Web and Social Media Manager
Suzanne Wester – Senior Membership and Chapter Relations Director.
New Staff
We welcomed Clare Conte as Project Coordinator for the Research and Policy Center.
We acknowledge fine the work of our 2019 Summer Interns: Government Affairs Intern Hannah Fogel (2020 graduate of Loyola University Chicago), Communications Intern Zoey De- gen (2020 graduate of the University of Missouri), and Govern- ment Affairs Intern Atif Osmani (2020 graduate of the Universi- ty of Chicago. Unfortunately the COVID-19 financial impact on AAPD’s budget forced cancellation of summer 2020 internships in Public Policy and Public Relations.
Hiring Freeze and Departures
Due to significant COVID-19 financial impact on the AAPD budget in causing the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Session in Nashville, I made the difficult decision to institute a hiring freeze and lay off several staff in the Foundation, Communica- tions/Publications department and Public Relations depart- ment.

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