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The Governance Work Group reviews the ASDA governance documents to keep documents current. The work group also ensures that all ASDA documents are consistent with the governing documents.

Name  Position  Chapter  District 
Kris Mendoza  President (Chair) Los Angeles 11
Niveditha Rajagopalan  Speaker of the House Midwestern-Illinois 7
Kyle Kirk  District 7 Trustee Kentucky 7
Gregory Shank  District 2 Trustee Stony Brook 2
Stephanie Follett  Staff Liaison ASDA Central Office  

2014-15 governance

Past accomplishments of this work group:

  • Amended Standing Rules of the Board of Trustees Section 1 C. ‘Written Ballots’ and Section 1 D. ‘Telephone & Electronic Meetings’ to provide a more detailed understanding of administrative processes.
  • Amended the Standing Rules of the Board of Trustees Section 19 ‘ASDA Liaisons’ to provide more autonomy to the executive committee.
  • Proposed an amendment to Bylaws Article VII, Section 3 ‘Speaker of the House of Delegates’ to provide a streamlined process for the election of Speaker of the House of Delegates. The House of Delegates adopted this amendment and it has been added to the Bylaws.
  • Proposed an amendment to the Standing Rules of the House of Delegates Section 7 ‘Elections’. This amendment develops a balloting procedure for national officers. The procedure includes creating an Election Committee and making the results of the election available to general membership. The House of Delegates adopted this amendment and it has been added to the Standing Rules of the House of Delegates.
  • Proposed an amendment to ASDA’s C- policy ‘Dental Hygiene and Assisting’ to explicitly outline the functions of dental providers. After being reviewed and changed by the reference committee, the House of Delegates adopted this amendment and it has been added to the Bylaws.
  • Identified a gap in student debt policies and recommended to the board that a specific council or task force develop a policy.
  • Proposed an amendment to the Bylaws to specify references to Standing Rules within the document. The House of Delegates adopted this amendment and it has been added to the Bylaws.
  • Proposed an amendment to the Bylaws Article IV, Section 3 ‘Appointed Leader’ to classify the term ‘national leader’ within governance documents. The House of Delegates adopted this amendment and it has been added to the Bylaws.
  • Proposed an amendment to Bylaws, Article VII, Section 3, Subsection C ‘District Trustee’ to designate when district trustees are elected. The House of Delegates adopted this amendment and it has been added to the Bylaws.
  • Proposed an amendment to the Standing Rules of the Board of Trustees, Appendix 2 ‘ASDA Scholarships and Award Programs.’ This amendment removes the appendix from the Standing Rules of the Board of Trustees because it deals more with staff administration rather than board business. The House of Delegates adopted this amendment and it has been added to the Standing Rules of the Board of Trustees.

Leadership Development Work Group is responsible for the national leadership training curriculum as well as training for chapter leaders. The vision of the work group is establishing the foundation for leaders in dentistry.

Name  Position  Chapter  District 
James Kolstad   Chair, Leadership Development Work Group Marquette 7
Jeremy Jordan  District 4 Trustee Virginia 4
Lauren Reed   District 8 Trustee Creighton 8
Yige Zhao  District 11 Trustee Pacific 11
Jason Watts  Executive Committee Member Nova Southeastern 5
Danielle Bauer  Staff Liaison ASDA Central Office  

2014-15 LDWG

Past accomplishments of this work group:

  • Surveyed outgoing 2012-13 and incoming 2013-14 ASDA national leaders about their experience serving ASDA and their confidence with certain leadership skills. Evaluated results and made recommendations, such as having hot topic presentations at every fall and spring council meeting and providing additional transition materials for each leadership role.
  • Updated the trustee timeline and checklist to assist trustees in their roles.
  • Created a chapter leadership transition checklist for chapters to use when transitioning their leaders.
  • Developed the Chapter Leadership Retreat Guide for chapters to use to train and motivate their leaders at the start of their year. Guide is posted on the “How-To Guides” web page and was shared with chapters in The Leader e-newsletter.
  • Provided ideas to incorporate into the agenda for district caucuses held at the National Leadership Conference.

The Council on Sessions plans ASDA's Annual Session. The council develops the agenda, selects speakers and determines the schedule of events.

Name  Position  Chapter  District 
Daryn Lu  Vice President (Chair) Oklahoma 9
Emily Hobart  District 10 Trustee Midwestern-Arizona 10
Meghan Keelean  Staff Liaison ASDA Central Office  
Natalie Hinman    ASDA Central Office  

2014-15 sessions

Note: national leaders are appointed to a one-year term on a work group by the board of trustees. Applications are not accepted for these roles. 

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