Award of Excellence

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This award honors the spirit of volunteerism by recognizing one student from each dental school for achieving superior levels of participation or leadership in service to other students, their school or local community.

Award Criteria

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Predoctoral member of ASDA in good academic standing
  • Participation or leadership in extracurricular school activities and/or service to the local community
  • Active participant in furthering the cause of organized dentistry
2018 Award of Excellence Recipients

DISTRICT 1
Mira Nirmala Daljeet, Boston '18  
Sundine Chizzonite, Connecticut '19  
Leigh E. Yarborough, Harvard '18 
Kailee S. Williams, New England ’19 
Pei-Yun Kao, Tufts '18 

DISTRICT 2
Sara Josephine Perrone, Buffalo '18 
Thomas Ulicny, Columbia '18 
Amanda Muzzio, New York '18 
Giancarlo Ghisalberti, Rutgers '18
Jimmy Shak, Stony Brook '18
Shreya Jha, Touro '20

DISTRICT 3
Shamoona Sharif, Howard '18
Shannon L. Vail, Maryland '18
Golnaz Tofighi, Pennsylvania '18
Katherine A. Ni, Pittsburgh '18
Justin Le, Temple '19

DISTRICT 4
Tommy James Wilson, East Carolina '18
Abby Halpern, Georgia '18
Isaac Taddessee, Meharry '18
Nicole Cucchi, North Carolina '19
Emily Martin, South Carolina '18
Elizabeth McGovern, Virginia '18

DISTRICT 5
Mechay Rush Gray, Alabama '18
Dana DeLosa, Florida '18
Sable Muntean, LECOM '18
Erin Michelle Moore, Louisiana '18
Caleb T. Hardman, Mississippi '19
Kalynn Foster, Nova Southeastern '18
Fabiola Salgado-Reyes, Puerto Rico ‘18

DISTRICT 6
Elizabeth Ly, Case Western '19
Michelle Szewczyk, Detroit Mercy '19
Julia Duong, Michigan '18
Samantha Lindsey, Ohio State '20
Pete Petrides, West Virginia '18

DISTRICT 7
Katelyn Marie Brauer, Indiana '18
Karah Brown, Kentucky '18
Carissa L. Smardo, Louisville '18
Emma Roy, Marquette '18
Michelle Renee Aumann, Midwestern-Illinois '18
Kyle Mason, Southern Illinois '18

DISTRICT 8
Bre'on M. Anderson, Creighton '18
Aaron Henderson, Minnesota '18
William Frei, Missouri-Kirksville '18
Young Wang, Nebraska '19

DISTRICT 9
Becky Bye, Colorado '18
Lynna Van, Oklahoma '19
Lauren Kelsey Brubaker, Texas A&M '18
Tanya Sue Maestas, Texas-Houston '18
Daniel Yates, Texas-San Antonio '18

DISTRICT 10
Vanessa A. Kristensen, Arizona '18
Taylor Cohen, Las Vegas '18
Brandon Le, Midwestern-Arizona '18
Thomas J. Grass, Oregon '19
Danielle Marciniak-Brambila, Roseman '18
Madison Day, Utah '19
Kathie Wang, Washington '18

DISTRICT 11
Douglas Gammenthaler, Loma Linda '18
Timothy Yu, Los Angeles '18
Trent Ichiuji, Pacific '18
Ivy Vuong, San Francisco '19
Ashtin Alves, WesternU ’20 

2017 Award of Excellence Recipients

DISTRICT 1
McAllister Castelaz, Boston '17
Salvatore Rizzuto, Connecticut '17
Lauren Elizabeth Kuhn, Harvard '17
Cristina Kendall, Tufts '17

DISTRICT 2
Jordan J. Telin, Buffalo '17
Mary Elizabeth Magnani, Columbia '17
Monika Patel, New York '17
Chelsea Rajagopalan, Rutgers '17
Stella Stavrou, Stony Brook '17
Ben Kahan, Touro '20

DISTRICT 3
Jose Liens, Howard '17
Chad W. Dammling, Maryland '17
Kristianne Vidal Macaraeg, Pennsylvania '17
Ntasha Sethi, Pittsburgh '17
Mallory Niro, Temple '18

DISTRICT 4
LaJoi Elaine Wiggins, East Carolina '17
Nicole Ochoa, Georgia '17
Kimberly Moorehead-Robinson, Meharry '17
Elnaz Gharah Bash, North Carolina '19
Jonathan E. Fryml, South Carolina '17
Soheil Rostami, Virginia '18

DISTRICT 5
Abbey Tadros, Alabama '19
Alison Novakovic, Florida '17
Sable Muntean, LECOM '18
Lindi Anne Perkins, Louisiana '17
John Edwin Witcher, Mississippi '17
Deisy Norena-Otero, Nova Southeastern '17

DISTRICT 6
Britni Skoda, Case Western '18
Jennifer Bonamici, Detroit Mercy '18
Madelyn Louise Stumpos, Michigan '17
Katie Seymour, Ohio State '17
Kerri Thomas Simpson, West Virginia '17

DISTRICT 7
Yale Cho, Illinois '17
Kendall Matthew Frazier, Indiana '17
Hunter Hazle, Kentucky '17
James H. Bland, III, Louisville '18
Kyle Hresko, Marquette '17
Tyler J. Villiard, Midwestern-Illinois '17
Spencer Blackham, Southern Illinois '17

DISTRICT 8
Elizabeth A. Kampschnieder, Creighton '17
Sean Harvey, Iowa '17
Jiexiong Yang, Minnesota '17
David Hatch, Missouri-Kirksville '18
Martin J. Wolff, Nebraska '18

DISTRICT 9
Kyle Luis Larsen, Colorado '17
Tabitha Lynn Dunham, Oklahoma '17
Laura Juliana Albarracin, Texas A&M '17
Andrew F. Naeger, Texas-Houston '17
Antonella A. Botto, Texas-San Antonio '17

DISTRICT 10
Mykel Rae Abdallah, Arizona '17
Sheronda Strider-Barraza, Las Vegas '17
Nathan Antoine, Midwestern-Arizona '17
Milton Eduardo Ramirez Cuevas, Oregon '18
Mohammad Bawany, Roseman '17
Carsen McDaniel, Utah '18
Sohaib Soliman, Washington '17

DISTRICT 11
Evan J. Agnetta, Loma Linda '17
Ouzhan Kalantari, Los Angeles '17
Ruidan Ma, Pacific '17
Riley Bateman, San Francisco '18
Dillon Jensen, Southern California '17

Advocate Awards

This award recognizes faculty or school administrators who have shown a commitment to dental students and organized dentistry.

Award Criteria

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Support efforts of the local ASDA chapter
  • Demonstrate a long-term commitment to organized dentistry
  • Provide leadership and direction for ASDA chapter leaders and members
  • Promote the ideals of organized dentistry
  • Motivate new members within the school
  • Maintain a membership in the ADA, if eligible
2018 Advocate Award Recipients

DISTRICT 1

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

  • Krista Aronson-Joseph, Assistant Director of Clinical Operations
  • Dr. Cataldo Leone, CAGS, DSc, professor & associate dean for academic affairs

University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Donna Paolella, associate dean for admissions

DISTRICT 2

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Peter L. DeSciscio, Rutgers ASDA chapter faculty advisor

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Jeffrey Seiver, clinical assistant professor

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Stephen Abel, associate dean for student, community and professional initiatives

DISTRICT 3

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry

  • Dr. Susan M. Chialastri, MS, associate professor, Department of Periodontology

DISTRICT 4

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Paul Lindauer, Division Director of Endodontology

Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Sarandeep Huja, Ph.D., dean of the college of dental medicine

Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry

  • Dr. Julie Gray, MA, assistant dean of student affairs, assistant professor – restorative dentistry

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry

  • Dr. Staley Colvert, Assistant Professor

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

  • Dr. Michael Healy, M.Ed., senior associate dean for student services, assistant professor

DISTRICT 5

University of Alabama School of Dentistry

  • Shirley Jackson, office associate II

University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Jose A. Vivaldi-Oliver, MPH, assistant professor and researcher

DISTRICT 6

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine

  • Phil Aftoora, Case ASDA faculty advisor

Ohio State University College of Dentistry

  • Dr. Matthew Messina, assistant professor

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

  • Dr. Gary Jeffers, dean of admissions

University of Michigan School of Dentistry

  • Dr. Dan Edwards, adjunct clinical faculty

DISTRICT 7

Indiana University School of Dentistry

  • Dr. Tim Treat, ASDA faculty advisor

Midwestern College of Dental Medicine, Illinois

  • Dr. Kelly Skerrett, clinical faculty

DISTRICT 8

Creighton University School of Dentistry

  • Colette O’Meara-McKinney, M.Ed., dean of student affairs

University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics

  • Lisa Piper, secretary for associate dean of student affairs

DISTRICT 9

Texas A&M College of Dentistry

  • Dr. Jacqueline Plemons, M.S., clinical professor

University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Dan Wilson, associate professor and chair, restorative dentistry

DISTRICT 10

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

  • Dr. David Crouthamel, associate professor & assistant director of oral surgery

Midwestern College of Dental Medicine, Arizona

  • Dr. Robert Kramer, FICD, FACD, C.S., associate professor

Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry

  • Dr. Phillip T. Marucha, Ph.D., OHSU School of Dentistry dean

Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Kenneth King, associate dean of clinical affairs & patient care

University of Utah School of Dentistry

  • Dr. AJ Smith, assistant director of clinical dentistry

University of Washington School of Dentistry

  • Sue Coldwell, Ph.D., associate dean for student life & admissions

2017 Advocate Award Recipients

DISTRICT 1

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

  • Lori Fisher Davis, Assistant Director of Curriculum & Student Advancement
  • Dr. Bing Liu, Clinical Associate Professor

University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Donna Paolella, DMD, Associate Dean for Admissions

Harvard University School of Dental Medicine

  • Samuel Coffin, DMD, Senior Tutor


DISTRICT 2

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

  • Jajaira A. Patrocinio, Associate Director of Student Activities

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Jeffrey Seiver, Clinical Assistant Professor, Co-Director Patient 1: Communication and Examination SBU


DISTRICT 3

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Faizan Alawi, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry

  • Susan M. Chialastri, DMD, MS, Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontology


DISTRICT 4

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University

  • Dr. Nancy Young, Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Dentistry

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

  • Ralph Leonard, DDS, MA, Clinical Professor, Director of Dental Faculty Practice

Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Tariq Javed, DMD, MSD, MS, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

  • Cindy Cheely, Executive Administrative Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean of Student Services


DISTRICT 5

University of Alabama School of Dentistry

  • Dr. Edward H. Bradford, Jr., DDS, MPH, Associate Professor

University of Florida College of Dentistry

  • W. Stephen Howard, DMD, FAGD, ASDA Advisor, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of General Dentistry Director, Director of CAD/CAM Dentistry

LECOM School of Dental Medicine

  • Marjorie K. Bell, MBA, Advisor for LECOM ASDA, PBL Facilitator and Faculty

University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry

  • Rebecca Smith, Educational Administrator


DISTRICT 6

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

  • James H. Cottle, DDS, Assistant Professor of General Practice and Materials Science


DISTRICT 7

UIC College of Dentistry

  • Sahar Alrayyes, DDS, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, Predoctoral and Postgraduate Clinic Director

University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

  • Dr. Tom McConnell, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Clinics

Marquette University School of Dentistry

  • Dr. William K. Lobb, DDS, MS, MPH, Dean of the School of Dentistry

Midwestern College of Dental Medicine, Illinois

  • Dr. Kevin King, DDS, Assistant Professor


DISTRICT 8

Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health at ATSU

  • D. Dale DeWan, DMD, MS, Director of Integrated Human Sciences


DISTRICT 10

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

  • Dr. Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor for ASDOH & ASDA

Midwestern College of Dental Medicine, Arizona

  • Dr. Brad Smith, DDS, BSC, Dean

Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. William Harman, PhD, Associate Dean for Admissions & Student Services


DISTRICT 11

University of the Pacific Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry

  • Janelle Palomares, Student Affairs Coordinator

For questions about these awards, contact Brooke Kuchuris, membership coordinator.