The Executive Committee consists of the president, two vice presidents, the speaker of the house and the executive director (ASDA staff). Committee members are elected by ASDA delegates at Annual Session to serve a year-long term. 

The president chairs the Board of Trustees which oversees the development and implementation of the association strategic plan and approves the annual budget. The president serves as chair of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for managing association business between meetings of the Board of Trustees.

The speaker of the house presides over the House of Delegates business meetings at Annual Session.

The two vice presidents and the speaker of the house serve as members of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee. 

2021-22 Executive Committee

  • President: Colton Cannon, Minnesota ’23
  • Vice President: Joy Nisnisan, Texas-Houston ’22
  • Vice President: Michelle Skelton, Columbia ’22
  • Speaker of the House: Sebastian Celis Cifuentes, Columbia ’22

President

Term Length: Annual Session 2022 - Annual Session 2023

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the term of office.
  2. Should serve at least one year in a national leadership position.
  3. Must be able to attend all required meetings listed below and conference calls when necessary.
  4. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates. 
  5. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
  6. Assumes the position of immediate past president at the end of term of office.

Required Meetings

  • ASDA Annual Sessions, 2022 and 2023
  • All Board of Trustees and Executive Committee Meetings
  • ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day 2022
  • Spring Council and Board of Trustees Meeting 2022
  • Fall Council and Board of Trustees Meeting 2022
  • ADA Annual Session 2022
  • National Leadership Conference 2022
  • Outside meetings as determined

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

Some required meetings will take place in-person while others will take place virtually. You are expected to attend only the meetings listed in the bullets above. Please review the dates carefully before applying. Here is a full list of ASDA meeting dates.

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

Strategic oversight

  • Monitors strategic plan goals. 
  • Chairs all meetings of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee.

Financial oversight

  • Approves association budget. 
  • Reviews quarterly financial reports and monitors progress. 

Council and committee oversight

  • Mentors trustees and council chairs as assigned.
  • Serves on councils and committees as assigned.
  • Monitors the work of councils and committees.
  • Approves new council or committee initiatives. 
  • Appoints national leaders and other leadership positions as necessary. 

Strategic relationships oversight

  • Builds relationships with leaders in organized dentistry.
  • Serves as official ASDA spokesperson.
  • Serves as liaison to related allied, governmental and dental organizations and provides testimony on behalf of ASDA when called upon to do so.
  • Communicates ASDA's goals to trustees, chairs, delegates and members.

Executive oversight

  • Conducts, along with the Executive Committee, the executive director's annual performance review.

Vice President

Term Length: Annual Session 2022 - Annual Session 2023

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. 
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
  5. Experience serving in another leadership position is strongly preferred.

Required Meetings

  • ASDA Annual Sessions, 2022 and 2023 
  • All Board of Trustees and Executive Committee Meetings
  • ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day 2022
  • Spring Council and Board of Trustees Meeting 2022
  • Fall Council and Board of Trustees Meeting 2022
  • ADA Annual Session 2022
  • National Leadership Conference 2022
  • Outside meetings as determined

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

Some required meetings will take place in-person while others will take place virtually. You are expected to attend only the meetings listed in the bullets above. Please review the dates carefully before applying. Here is a full list of ASDA meeting dates.

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 
Strategic oversight

  • Monitors strategic plan goals. 

Financial oversight

  • Approves association budget. 
  • Reviews quarterly financial reports and monitors progress. 

Council and committee oversight

  • Mentors trustees and council chairs as assigned.
  • Serves on councils and committees as assigned.
  • Monitors the work of councils and committees. 
  • Approves new council or committee initiatives. 
  • Appoints national leaders and other leadership positions as necessary. 

Strategic relationships oversight

  • Builds relationships with leaders in organized dentistry.
  • Serves as official ASDA spokesperson when requested by the president.
  • Serves as liaison to related allied, governmental and dental organizations and provides testimony on behalf of ASDA when called upon to do so by the president.
  • Communicates ASDA's goals to trustees, chairs, delegates and members.

Executive oversight

  • Conducts, along with the Executive Committee, the executive director's annual performance review.
Speaker of the House

Term Length: Annual Session 2022 - Annual Session 2023

Eligibility Requirements

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

Required Meetings

  • ASDA Annual Sessions, 2022 and 2023
  • All Board of Trustees and Executive Committee Meetings
  • ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day 2022
  • Spring Council and Board of Trustees Meeting 2022
  • Fall Council and Board of Trustees Meeting 2022
  • ADA Annual Session 2022
  • National Leadership Conference 2022
  • Parliamentary procedure training 2023
  • Outside meetings as determined

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

Some required meetings will take place in-person while others will take place virtually. You are expected to attend only the meetings listed in the bullets above. Please review the dates carefully before applying. Here is a full list of ASDA meeting dates.

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
House of Delegates management

  • Instructs delegates about the rules and procedures of the House of Delegates.
  • Informs delegates and members of the association about the actions taken in fulfillment of the directives of the resolutions adopted by the House of Delegates.
  • Determines the order of business for each House of Delegates meeting.
  • Appoints and coordinates reference committees and delegate reviewers at the House of Delegates.
  • Coordinates Executive Committee and speaker elections at ASDA Annual Session.

Board of Trustees

  • Monitors strategic plan goals. 
  • Provides feedback on the budget. 
  • Reviews quarterly financial reports and monitors progress. 
  • Provides feedback on the appointment of national leaders.
  • Monitors the work of all council and committee members. 
  • Serves on Governance Committee. 
  • Serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee

Strategic relationships oversight

  • Builds relationships with leaders in organized dentistry.
  • Serves as official ASDA spokesperson when requested by the president.
  • Serves as liaison to related allied, governmental and dental organizations and provides testimony on behalf of ASDA when called upon to do so by the president.
  • Communicates ASDA's goals to trustees, chairs, delegates and members.

Executive oversight

  • Conducts, along with the Executive Committee, the executive director's annual performance review.