Committees

Dedicated CDS members play a crucial role in our work by serving on our committees. These are divided into two categories: Midwinter Meeting Committees and Standing Committees. For more information on our committees, view our committee descriptions.

For additional information on committees, logged-in members may also view our constitution and bylaws.

Questions? Please email Joanne Girardi. Revised Oct. 5, 2022.

Midwinter Meeting Committees | Standing Committees

Midwinter Meeting Committees for 2023

Exhibits

  • John Bonaguro, chair, 2023
  • Douglas Kay, vice chair, 2024
  • Gary Alder, secretary, 2025
  • Scott Smoron, 2023
  • Michael Biasiello, 2024
  • Michelle Jennings, 2025

General Arrangements

  • Ronald Waryjas, chair, 2023
  • James Bryniarski, vice chair, 2024
  • Kimberley Bolden, secretary, 2025
  • Joseph Unger, Englewood, 2025
  • Yetta McCullom, Kenwood/Hyde Park, 2023
  • Janet Kuhn, North Side, 2024
  • tba, North Suburban, 2025
  • Paul Muhr, Northwest Side, 2024
  • Michelle Knebelsberger, Northwest Suburban, 2025
  • W. Brent Stanford, South Suburban, 2023
  • Susan Zelazo-Smith, West Side, 2023
  • Oleksandr Grechko, West Suburban, 2024

Registration & Credentials

  • Shafa Amirsoltani, chair, 2023
  • James Discipio, vice chair, 2024
  • Josephine Puleo, secretary, 2025
  • Peggy Richardson, 2023
  • Sharon Perlman, 2023
  • Donald Kipper, 2024
  • Kevin Ryan, 2024
  • Joy Poskozim, 2025
  • Karen Kasinski Benedetto, 2025
  • Juliana Parry, 2025

DENTAL MEETINGS COMMITTEE (DMC)

CDS Officer Sub-Committee

  • Michael Durbin, chair, 2023
  • David Lewis Jr., 2024
  • Denise Hale, 2025
  • Philip Schefke, 2026
  • Victoria Ursitti, 2027

Scientific Program Sub-Committee

  • John Moore, co-chair, 2023
  • Kevin Patterson, co-chair, 2023
  • Mary Starsiak, senior consultant, 2023
  • David Williams, co-vice chair, 2024
  • Yendis Gibson, co-vice chair, 2024
  • Robert Rada, co-secretary, 2025
  • William Hamel III, co-secretary, 2025
  • William Simon, officer, 2026

Scientific Program Management

  • Jamie Robinson, officer, 2023
  • Joanne Oppenheim, officer, 2023
  • Danny Hanna, officer, 2023
  • Salvatore Storniolo, officer, 2024
  • Gregory Matke, officer, 2024
  • Gary Balas, officer, 2024
  • Michael Cascio, officer, 2025
  • Andrew Browar, officer, 2025
  • Gerald Ciebien, officer, 2025

Scientific Program Support

  • Peter Toussaint, Englewood, 2025
  • F. Michael Sheehan, Englewood, 2024
  • Nichol Houston, Kenwood/Hyde Park, 2024
  • Lori Lightfoot, Kenwood/Hyde Park, 2025
  • Jeffrey Kramer, North Side, 2024
  • Kirk Kollmann,  North Side, 2025
  • Jason Rogers, North Suburban, 2024
  • Dorothy Anasinski, North Suburban, 2025
  • Joseph Thornhill, Northwest Side, 2025
  • Spencer Bloom, Northwest Side, 2024
  • Jacqueline Niro-Kraemer, Northwest Suburban, 2024
  • Steven Kraemer, Northwest Suburban, 2025
  • Benjamin Hoekstra, South Suburban, 2024
  • William Earley, South Suburban, 2025
  • Richard Kohn, West Side, 2025
  • Delis Ogando, West Side, 2024
  • Bryce Larson, West Suburban, 2024
  • Daniela Brzozowski, West Suburban, 2025

Clinician's Lounge Committee

  • Philip Schefke, chair, 2023
  • Terri Tiersky
  • Dean Nicholas
  • Thomas Schneider Jr.

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Standing Committees for 2023

Communications

  • Astrid Schroetter, chair, 2023
  • Bita Mehdinejad Fayz, vice chair, 2024
  • Melanie Watson, secretary, 2025
  • Ingrid Schroetter, 2023
  • Alice Boghosian, 2023
  • Natalie Tomas, 2024
  • Erika Wood, 2024
  • Shellie Harden, 2025
  • Anastasia Kozal, 2025

Government Affairs and Access Advocacy

  • Henry Lotsof, chair, 2023
  • Cheryl Watson-Lowry, vice chair, 2023
  • Gary Alder, 2023
  • Charles Czerepak, 2023
  • Esther Lopez, 2023
  • James Maragos, 2023
  • Terri Tiersky, 2023
  • Sodabeh Etminan, 2023
  • Genaro Romo Jr., 2023
  • Brian Homann, 2023
  • Melanie Watson, 2023
  • D. Spencer Pope, CDS Foundation liaison, 2023

Mediation / Peer Review

  • David Behm, Mediation, chair, 2023
  • Sharon Szeszycki, Peer Review, chair, 2023

Membership

  • Michael Tauber, chair, 2022
  • George Barsa, 2024
  • Ashley Kaufman, 2025
  • Samantha Sodini, new dentist, 2023
  • Danielle Duarte, new dentist, 2024
  • Maame Ama Antwi, new dentist, 2025
  • Jun Lim, director, third year, 2023
  • D. Spencer Pope, director, second year, 2024
  • Neil Singh,  director, first year, 2025
  • Paul DiFranco, Englewood, 2025
  • tba, Kenwood/Hyde Park, 2024
  • Alina Catana Macovei, North Side, 2025
  • Chander Gupta, North Suburban, 2023
  • Spencer Bloom, Northwest Side, 2024
  • Jason Guerrero, Northwest Suburban, 2023
  • Ronald Waryjas, South Suburban, 2025
  • Brian Caraba, West Side, 2023
  • Anna Orland, West Suburban, 2024

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