CHICAGO, Sept. 6, 2019 — The ADA Board of Trustees has named Nancy Honeycutt, CAE, executive director of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), an ADA honorary member. She was recognized for her contributions to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry, and her passion and mentorship in preparing dental students to enter the profession.
Honeycutt has directed the operations of the student-focused association since 2003. During that time, she created its first National Leadership Conference to offer curriculum focused on developing leadership skills. ASDA’s Wellness Initiative was launched under her leadership to educate and provide resources to dental students on addressing wellness in their lives. ASDA’s Wellness Initiative was honored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with a silver “Power of A” Award. The award recognizes the unique ability of associations to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
"Working at ASDA has been more rewarding than I could ever have expected,” Honeycutt said. “I love helping people identify their strengths and guiding them to realize their potential.”
Dr. Ryan Dulde, 2011 ASDA speaker of the house commented, “Nancy has made a remarkable impact on the lives of countless young dentists. Her mentorship is shaping the future of organized dentistry, setting the bar for the highest levels of quality, ethics and excellence.”
Other past honors for Honeycutt include the 2012 Inspiring Leader of the Year Award from the Association Forum of Chicago; 2013 Honorary Member in the Academy of General Dentistry; and 2016 Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Dentists.
The American Student Dental Association is a 24,000-member student-run association that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. ASDA is the largest dental student organization, representing 92 percent of all students at each of the nation’s 66 dental schools. ASDA and its members advocate locally and nationally for licensure reform, eliminating barriers to care and addressing dental student debt. Beyond advocacy, ASDA programming focuses on leadership development, wellness, ethics and education regarding outreach to underserved and diverse populations.