CDA Leadership

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The CDA has many valued leaders who work to ensure the success of the organization. We extend our sincere thanks to all who contribute their time, energy and resources to further the dental profession and oral health in Colorado.

The CDA Executive Committee is comprised of seven officers elected by the House of Delegates and three ex-officio (non-voting) members that include the Speaker of the House, Editor and Executive Director.

michael-varleyhrPresident
Dr. Michael Varley earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science from Wayne State University. Before attending and after graduating from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry, he served on the part-time faculty until moving to Colorado and entering private practice. His Highlands Ranch, Colo., general dental practice of 26 years focuses on functional and aesthetic dental services. Dr. Varley served as president of both the Metro Denver Dental Society and the Metropolitan Denver Dental Foundation in 2005. He has served the CDA and MDDS in several capacities including 2011 cochair of the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention, CDA Board of Trustees and finance councils for both organizations. Dr. Varley has been the treasurer of the American Equilibration Society and is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Immediate Past President
Dr. Gary L. Field was born and raised in Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1988. He completed a one-year GPR program at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago in 1989 before moving to Colorado. He started his private practice in general dentistry in 1991 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and has been a member of organized dentistry since 1989. He has been a delegate to the CDA House of Delegates for over 20 years and an American Dental Association alternate delegate. He is a past president of the Colorado Springs Dental Society and a past chair of the CDA Membership Council, Peer Review Council and Government Relations Council. He is also a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Pikes Peak Dental Study Club. Dr. Field is a COMOM board member and KIND clinic volunteer.

carol-morrowlrPresident Elect  
Dr. Carol Morrow
graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2006. She was in private practice with her father, Dr. Robert Morrow, until his retirement in 2013. She has been active in organized dentistry since dental school, where she served as American Student Dental Association president. Dr. Morrow has been cochair of the Colorado New Dentist Committee, president of the Arkansas Valley Dental Society, a member of the CDA Government Relations Council, a member of the Colorado Dental Political Action Committee and a board member of the Colorado Mission of Mercy. She is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy, and she serves as cochair of the CDA Membership Council. In 2015, the CDA recognized her contributions to organized dentistry with its CDA Ambassador Award. Dr. Morrow is very passionate about access-to-care and making sure every person in Colorado receives the highest quality of care available.

karen-fosterlr1st Vice President  
Dr. Karen Foster graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 2002, then completed residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Texas-Houston Dental Branch in 2004. Dr. Foster moved to Grand Junction in 2004, where she was an associate in a private practice and at Marillac Clinic. In 2008, she opened Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry in Aurora, Colo. Dr. Foster is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists. Chosen by peers as a 5280 Top Dentist, she has attended annual American Dental Association meetings as a delegate since 2005. She is a clinical associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in the Special Care Clinic. In 2013, the CDA recognized her with its Exceptional Leadership Award. Dr. Foster served on the Metro Denver Dental Society (MDDS) board of directors and was awarded with the MDDS Volunteer of the Year award in 2012. She is the former CDA treasurer and chair of Colorado Dental Political Action Committee.

jeff-kahlhr2nd Vice President and Secretary
Dr. Jeffrey Kahl earned a bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University and his Doctor in Dental Surgery degree at the University of Colorado. He then completed a general practice residency at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and served two years at China Lake Naval Weapons Station in California. After separating from the Navy, he completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, where he is still an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Kahl is a past president of the Colorado Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is cochair of the CDA Membership Council. He serves as an examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and as a consultant on several state health coalitions. As the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry public policy advocate for Colorado, Dr. Kahl frequently lobbies on behalf of Colorado children at the state Capital and in Washington, D.C.

jason-ehtessabianlrTreasurer
Dr. Jason Ehtessabian graduated from dental school in 2005 from the University of Iowa, following an undergraduate education at Marquette University. In 2007, Dr. Ehtessabian spent six months as a volunteer in Tanzania, where he earned the Excellence in the Dental Field Award from the organization HealthCare Volunteer. In 2008, he moved to Burlington, Colo., where he met his wife, Morgan, and established Burlington Family Dentistry. He became a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry in 2013. Dr. Ehtessabian also received an Academic Certificate (C.DSM) from the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines in 2015 and is a candidate for the Diplomate award from both the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Disciplines in 2016. Dr. Ehtessabian moved to Castle Rock in 2016, where he recently opened his new office, Refresh Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center. He has served on the Colorado Dental Political Action, American Dental Political Action and Colorado Small Donor committees and as cochair of the CDA Government Relations Council.

Speaker of the House
Dr. David Lurye is a 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He attended the University of Bergen, Norway Dental School in 1984 through an exchange program. Dr. Lurye served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Public Health Service and worked in three Indian Health Service hospitals/clinics. He is the dental director at Uncompahgre Medical Center in Norwood, Colo., and maintains a part-time private practice in Ridgway, Colo. He is on faculty as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He is also part of a U.S. team involved in an international research project on head, neck and dental anatomy. Dr. Lurye is a past president of the Colorado Dental Association and a fellow in the Academy of Dentistry International, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy. He and his wife, Pat, live in Ridgway.

mike-dioriolrEditor
Dr. Michael K. Diorio graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1985. He served three years in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps as a dentist stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Upon his return to Colorado in 1989, he established a private practice in the Denver area. Dr. Diorio has been active in organized dentistry at both the state and local levels. He served as the Metro Denver Dental Society editor for nine years and won the International College of Dentists 2016 Journalism Award in the Leadership and William J. Gies Award for the most outstanding dental editorial in 2000. Dr. Diorio has been on the consulting dental staff at Craig Hospital since 1995, providing dental care for those with traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries. He is also active in the anti-tobacco community and often presents the CDA’s “Quit the Spit” program to students.

 

The CDA Board of Trustees is comprised of one trustee from each of the 12 component societies in Colorado plus the elected and ex-officio members of the Executive Committee. One New Dentist Committee member and one student from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine also serve as board members. Currently serving on the Board of Trustees are:

Dr. Michael Varley, President Highlands Ranch
Dr. Gary Field, Immediate Past President Colorado Springs
Dr. Carol Morrow, President Elect Walsh
Dr. Karen Foster, 1st Vice President Aurora
Dr. Jeffrey Kahl, 2nd Vice President & Secretary Colorado Springs
Dr. Jason Ehtessabian, Treasurer Castle Rock
Dr. David Lurye, Speaker of the House Ridgway
Dr. Mike Diorio, Editor Englewood
Dr. Gerald Branes, AVDS Lamar
Dr. David Jackson, BBCDS Boulder
Dr. Arnold Cullum, CSDS Colorado Springs
Dr. Robert Provorse, IMDS Salida
Dr. Zach Alleman, LCDS Fort Collins
Dr. David Klekamp, MDDS Denver
Dr. Cameron Birch, NECDS Brush
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Dr. Mark Blue, SJBDS Durango
Dr. Aimee Louise Martinez, SLVDS Alamosa
Dr. Nathaniel Kunzman, WELD Greeley
Dr. Sheena Schoch, WCDS Hayden
Dr. Justin Pearson, NDC Denver
Becky Bye, CU School of Dental Medicine Aurora
The CDA has five standing councils, which provide leadership in strategic areas. Task forces and committees also are established as needed to address emerging issues.

CDA Councils

The CDA has five standing councils, which provide leadership in strategic areas. Task forces and committees also are established as needed to address emerging issues.

CDA Councils

  • Finance
  • Governmental Relations
  • Membership
  • Peer Review

Current Task Forces and Standing Committees

  • Colorado Dental Political Action Committee (CODPAC)
  • Ethics

To volunteer to serve on a council or committee, please email info@cdaonline.org or call 303-740-6900.

The CDA staff ensure day-to-day operations run smoothly and provide members service and support.

Greg Hill, J.D., Executive Director
Molly Pereira, Associate Executive Director, Operations/Communications
Pam Brockhaus, Associate Executive Director, Finance
Jeanne Nicoulin, Director of Membership
Jennifer Goodrum, Director of Governmental Relations
Krysia Gabenski, Strategic Communication Specialist
Mike Masamori, Accounting and Facilities Manager
Geri Mustain, Office Manager