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
Submissions for the 2019 Award of Excellence are now closed, applications for 2020 will open March 2020. Please contact Robin Lieberman with questions. 
2019 Award of Excellence Recipients

DISTRICT 1
Lindsey Paige Janof, Boston ’19
Mariamma Chaluparambil, Connecticut ’20
Mirissa Danielle Price, Harvard ’19
Kailee Williams, New England ’19 
Tabitha Reng Mohammed, Tufts ’19 

DISTRICT 2
Jesse Adamson, Buffalo ’19 
Sobia Rafiuddin, Columbia ’19 
Kathryn Rothas, New York ’19 
Anush Shah, Rutgers ’19 
Devin Klein, Stony Brook ’19 
Lana Hashim, Touro ’20 

DISTRICT 3
Lisa Wallace, Howard ’19 
Alenna L. Monet, Maryland ’19 
Roopali Kulkarni, Pennsylvania ’19 
Sarah Winters, Pittsburgh ’19 
Lauren Yap, Temple ’19 

DISTRICT 4
Thomas Patrick Monahan Jr., East Carolina ’19 
Alexandra Howell, Georgia ’19 
Zelexis Morse, Meharry ’20 
Adam Hoxie, North Carolina ’21 
Anne Miller Harper, South Carolina ’19 
Connor Denison , Tennessee ’19 
Austin Lee Moon, Virginia ’19 

DISTRICT 5
Kai Huang, Alabama ’20 
Aria Sharma, Florida ’19 
Kyle Humphrey, LECOM ’19 
Jeffrey Kerst, Louisiana ’19 
Taylor Bolland, Mississippi ’20
Caitlin Wild, Nova Southeastern ’19 
Juvell Burris, Puerto Rico ’20 

DISTRICT 6
Dana Jeter, Case Western ’20 
Adam Hadsell, Detroit Mercy ’20 
Rachael Vernon, Michigan ’19 
Stephanie Sforza, Ohio ’20 
Tyler Ray, West Virginia ’19 

DISTRICT 7
Milica Golubovich, Illinois ’19 
Julianna Pikus, Indiana ’19 
Stella Petroff, Louisville ’20 
Ryan Ahrends Twaddle, Marquette ’19 
Tara Ann Stanford, Midwestern-Illinois ’19
Margaree Lachowiez, Southern Illinois ’19

DISTRICT 8
Nathaniel Hansen, Creighton ’19 
Sawyer L. Ferguson, Minnesota ’19
Yasmeen Gurmendi, Missouri-Kansas City ’20 
Lisa Bosch, Missouri-Kirksville ’19 
Kiya Stack, Nebraska ’19 

DISTRICT 9
Will Seibold, Oklahoma ’19 
Nadia Michelle Bahramnejad, Texas A&M ’19 
Katherine N. Richardson, Texas-Houston ’19 
Taylor Cook, Texas-San Antonio ’19 

DISTRICT 10
Taylor Armando Velasquez, Arizona ’19 
Madeleine DiPaolo, Las Vegas ’19 
Shivani Patel, Midwestern-Arizona ’19 
Jacqueline R. Thrower, Oregon ’20 
Hana Lim, Roseman ’19 
Jaren Thueson, Utah ’19 
Julie Vu, Washington ’19 

DISTRICT 11
Danna Tamayo, Loma Linda ’19 
Sachi Mehrotra, Los Angeles ’19 
Renz Anthony Antonio, Pacific ’19 
Albert Ngo, San Francisco ’20 
Alexander Nahigian, Southern California ’19 
Andrea Numbers, WesternU ’20 

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 

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
Submissions for the 2019 Advocate Award are now closed, applications for 2020 open March 2020. Please contact Robin Lieberman with questions. 
2019 Advocate Award Recipients

DISTRICT 1
Dr. Pelly Chang, Boston, Clinical Associate Professor of General Dentistry
Catherine Mirarchi, Boston, Group Practice Administrator
Dr. Donna Paolella, Connecticut, Associate Dean for Admissions
Dr. Joanne Falzone, Tufts, ASDA Faculty Advisor  

DISTRICT 2
Dr. Brendan Dowd, Buffalo, Clinical Assistant Professor
Jajaira A. Patrocinio, Columbia, Student Affairs Associate Director
Dr. Dimitrios Kilimitzoglou, Stony Brook, Clinical Associate Professor Department of General Dentistry

DISTRICT 3
Dr. Vanessa Benavent, Maryland, Adjunct Faculty
Margaret Yang, Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Student Life
Dr. Robert A Nerone, Pittsburgh, Clinical Instructor

DISTRICT 4
Dr. Anthony Mollica, Georgia, Assistant Professor 
Dr. Kimberley L. Perkins-Davis, Meharry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department Chair
Mrs. Dayne Harrison, North Carolina, Executive Assistant
Dr. Samuel Theodore McGill, South Carolina, Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation
Dr. Micheal Healy, Virginia, Senior Associate Dean for Student Services

DISTRICT 5
Dr. George Ford, Alabama, Associate Professor
Dr. Marc Ottenga, Florida, Assistant Dean of Education 
Dr. Marc Ottenga, LECOM, Assistant Dean of Education
Dr. Henry A. Gremillion, Louisiana, Dean and Professor
Sandra Johnson, Mississippi, Education Administrator
Dr. José Vivaldi-Oliver, Puerto Rico, Dean of Student Affairs
Dr. Elaine Pagán Ortiz, Puerto Rico, Interim Associate Dean

DISTRICT 6
Dr. Nahid Kashani, Detroit Mercy, Director of the Division of Clinical Dentistry
Dr. Daniel Edwards, Michigan, ASDA Faculty Advisor
Dr. James H. Cottle, Ohio, Assistant Professor-Clinical
Dr. Valerie Perrine, West Virginia, Professor and ASDA Advisor

DISTRICT 7
Millie Mendez, Illinois, Director of Student Affairs
Dr. Timothy J. Treat, Indiana, Visiting Clinical Fellow and ASDA Chapter Faculty Advisor
Dr. Thomas McConnell, Kentucky, Associate Professor
Dr. Kelly M. Skerrett, Midwestern-Illinois, Clinical Care Coordinator

DISTRICT 8
Dr. Jack Nelson Jr., Missouri-Kansas City, Clinical Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences

DISTRICT 9
Dr. Rick Mediavilla, Colorado, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions
Dr. Shannon Griffin, Oklahoma, Assistant Director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency
Grace Avila, Texas-Houston, Administrative Manager
Dr. Fred Philips, Texas-San Antonio, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry Faculty

DISTRICT 10
Dr. Scott Howell, Arizona, ASDA Faculty Advisor
Dr. Cara Copeland, Midwestern-Arizona, Assistant Professor/Preclinical
Mark Mitchell, MA, Oregon, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs
Dr. William Harman, Roseman, Professor and Associate Dean for Admissions & Student Affairs
Dr. James E. Newman Jr., Washington, Affiliate Assistant Professor

DISTRICT 11
Chelsea Lutz, Loma Linda, Admissions and Student Affairs Secretary
Janelle Palomares, Pacific, Student Affairs Coordinator
Dr. Robert Ho, San Francisco, Professor - Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences
Dr. Marisa Watanabe, WesternU, Assistant Dean for Community Patient Care and Associate Professor

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

For questions about these awards, contact Robin Lieberman, executive assistant.