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The Council on Advocacy represents the interests of dental students on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the dental profession. The council launches grassroots initiatives to promote action-oriented advocacy in support of dental students and the patients they serve.

The council comprises one chair and five legislative coordinators:

  • The council chair supervises and directs the activities of the council and facilitates council meetings. 
  • Legislative coordinators (LCs) work by the direction of the chair of the Council on Advocacy. They represent the chapters in their region and guide chapters on grassroots activities such as state lobby days, ADPAC drives and email campaigns.

2021-22 Council on Advocacy

  • Council chair: Jake Holtzmann, Colorado ’22
  • Legislative Coordinator, Districts 1-3: Jacob Graca, Buffalo ’22
  • Legislative Coordinator, Districts 4&5: Catherine King, Florida ’22
  • Legislative Coordinator, Districts 6&7: Hannah Miller, Kentucky ’23
  • Legislative Coordinator, Districts 8&9: Elizabeth Hunter, Texas-Houston ’24
  • Legislative Coordinator, Districts 10&11: Ariana Motavalli, Los Angeles ’23
  • Executive Committee member: Colton Cannon, president, Minnesota ’23
  • Board liaison: Mark Pugliese, district 1 trustee, Boston ’22
  • Board liaison: Justina Anigbo, district 7 trustee, Indiana ’23
  • Staff liaison: Stephanie Follett
  • Staff liaison: Robin Lieberman
Position Descriptions

Council on Advocacy Chair

Term Length: Spring Council 2021- Lobby Day 2022

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the term of office.
  2. Must be able to attend all required meetings listed below and conference calls when necessary.
  3. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
  5. Experience serving on the Council on Advocacy is strongly preferred.

Meetings
Must attend and actively participate in the following meetings:

  • Spring Council Meeting 2021
  • Fall Council Meeting 2021
  • National Leadership Conference 2021
  • ASDA Annual Session 2022
  • ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day 2022

National leaders must be able to participate fully in council business via email, meet deadlines, and attend all council calls (whether it be virtual or in-person).

Meetings with an asterisk will be conducted virtually. You are still expected to virtually attend the meetings associated with your position. Please review the dates carefully before applying. 
View a list of all national meetings.

If any meetings scheduled after July 2021 are to be held in-person, leaders will be given at least 30 days’ notice. Funding for required in-person meetings includes: transportation to/from meetings, meals, hotel accommodations, a per diem based on the length of the meeting and reimbursement for baggage fees.

Responsibilities

Legislative strategy

  • Provides oversight on strategic advocacy initiatives, focusing on major implications of COVID-19 as it pertains to dental students.

Advocacy engagement strategy

  • Works closely with staff to establish virtual advocacy initiatives.
  • Provides advocacy resources at the chapter, district and national levels. 
  • Oversees Advocacy Month.  

Council management

  • Supervises the activities of the Council on Advocacy.
  • Approves all council meeting agendas and minutes.
  • Mentors Legislative Liaisons.
  • Assists with orientation and transition of new council members. 

Legislative Coordinator

Term Length:  Spring Council 2021 - Lobby Day 2022

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the term of office.
  2. Must be able to attend all required meetings listed below and conference calls when necessary.
  3. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.

Meetings
Must attend and actively participate in the following meetings:

  • Spring Council Meeting 2021
  • Fall Council Meeting 2021
  • ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day 2022

National leaders must be able to participate fully in council business via email, meet deadlines, and attend all council calls (whether it be virtual or in-person).

Meetings with an asterisk will be conducted virtually. You are still expected to virtually attend the meetings associated with your position. Please review the dates carefully before applying. 
View a list of all national meetings.

If any meetings scheduled after July 2021 are to be held in-person, leaders will be given at least 30 days’ notice. Funding for required in-person meetings includes: transportation to/from meetings, meals, hotel accommodations, a per diem based on the length of the meeting and reimbursement for baggage fees.

Responsibilities

Legislative strategy

  • Provides oversight on strategic advocacy initiatives, focusing on major implications of COVID-19 as it pertains to dental students.

Advocacy engagement strategy

  • Works closely with staff to establish virtual advocacy initiatives.
  • Provides advocacy resources at the chapter, district and national levels. 
  • Oversees Advocacy Month.  

Regional management

  • Serves as regional advocacy liaison to provide leadership and support to the chapter and district legislative liaisons.
  • Communicates regularly with chapter legislative liaisons to provide oversight on chapter goals. 
  • Informs district trustees and district legislative liaisons of advocacy initiatives within region.
  • Maintains contact information for chapter legislative liaisons. 
Annual Report
2020-21 Annual Report Council on Advocacy