CDS Foundation News

We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Vision Award


Each year, the Chicago Dental Society Foundation Vision Award honors outstanding volunteerism and philanthropic commitment. Award recipients are selected for their contributions to oral health education and access to care for the underserved. Nominees
 must be members of the Chicago Dental Society and should exemplify professional integrity, honesty and a commitment to improving oral health. The award ceremony will take place during the Opening Session of the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting
 on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.

The following criteria will be considered:



  1. Contributions that significantly and consistently impact the advancement and/or recognition of the vision of the CDS Foundation and the dental profession through volunteer service.
  2. Evidence of philanthropy, including time, expertise, and/or financial resources donated to improve access to care and dental education.
  3. A demonstrated ability and willingness to serve as a formal or informal mentor.
  4. Preference will be given to donated/voluntary services.

Past recipients of the CDS Foundation Vision Award:



  • 2018: Ilie Pavel, DDS

  • 2017: Wanda Laszcz, DDS
  • 2016: Flavia Lamberghini, DDS
  • 2015: Yihsiung Huang, DDS
  • 2014: Jeffrey C. Socher, DDS
  • 2013: Brian Homann, DDS
  • 2012: Ed Schaaf, DDS
  • 2011: Michael Stablein, DDS

Deadline: 5 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 13, 2019



 Self-nominations are accepted. However, nominations of current CDS Foundation trustees or CDS board members will not be accepted.



Please note: all fields must be completed or application will not be considered. Email Kristen Weber or call 312.836.7301 or with questions.

CDS Foundation Vision Award Nomination Form

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CDS Foundation recognized with 2019 ASAE Power of A Gold Award

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) honored the Chicago Dental Society Foundation with a 2019 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its Dental Clinic in Wheaton, The CDS Foundation Clinic operates five days a week with volunteer dentists and dental hygienists.

ASAE recognized the CDS Foundation Clinic which has provided more than $2.8 million in dental care, including volunteers who donated more than 8,000 hours of high-quality service. According to the Foundation, access to affordable dental care is bleak and eroding quickly within the state.

“We applaud Chicago Dental Society Foundation for creating and implementing such a collaborative initiative that strengthens society,” says Sharon Swan, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “Their initiative exemplifies how no other sector helps improve lives as comprehensively as the association community.”

POA-2019-Gold-Award-Badge-PowerPointThe clinic serves communities from the Cook, Lake, DuPage and collar county areas, with volunteers providing free dental care for families and individuals. The clinic relies heavily on members of the dental community volunteering their time and donating dental supplies.

“More patients are out of work and uninsured for private care, while at the same time cuts in government spending have closed several of the most accessible affordable clinics in the Chicago area,” says Kristen Weber, Executive Director of the Chicago Dental Society Foundation. “Our amazing staff make both the patients and volunteers comfortable, which makes our clinic a setting in which service can be rendered in a caring environment.”

Oral health disparities negatively impact the health of patients’ bodies. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that each year illnesses related to oral health cause 6.1 million days of bed disability, 12.7 million days of restricted activity and 20.5 million days of missed work.

ASAE’s Power of A (association) Awards, the industry’s highest honor, recognize the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global levels. The Power of A Awards reward the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals who work tirelessly to solve problems, and strengthen lives, the workforce, the economy and the world.


CDS Foundation Clinic receives AED to honor Dr. Loren Feldner

The Sudden Cardiac-death Awareness Research Foundation (SCARF) has donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the CDS Foundation Clinic in Wheaton. The CDS Foundation will be honored as an AED recipient at the SCARF Rhythm of Life Gala on July 27 in Schaumburg.

Feldner_LorenIn addition, SCARF will educate all clinic employees about sudden cardiac death – the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S.

This education will be in the form of lectures and group discussions that will incorporate the role and importance of AEDs, with the goal of designating the CDS Foundation Clinic a SCARF-certified-Safe Facility.

The AED will be presented in honor of Dr. Loren Feldner, past CDS Foundation Treasurer, who died Jan. 17 of cardiac arrest at age 58.

Dr. Feldner practiced dentistry in Orland Park at Brasky, Feldner & Assoc. for 33 years. As a dedicated teacher and lifelong learner, he was a clinical professor at Loyola University Dental School and earned his MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. Feldner was actively involved in and an advocate for the dental profession.

He was a Director of the Chicago Dental Society and held numerous offices in the Illinois State Dental Society. Dr. Feldner was a member of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. He also served as Chair of the Council on Dental Accreditation and Chair of the American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC) as part of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Feldner worked tirelessly to provide dental services to underprivileged communities and veterans in Illinois. A plaque commemorating the work of Dr. Feldner will be placed beside the AED at the CDS Foundation Clinic.