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The CDA has many valued leaders who work tirelessly 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.
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The CDA Executive Committee is comprised of six 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.
Dr. Kenneth S. Peters graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1984 and has been in private practice ever since. He has had a general practice in Highlands Ranch for the last 24 years. He has been active in organized dentistry, serving on MDDS’s Board of Director’s for 13 years and as president of MDDS in 2000. He has been a member of the part-time clinical faculty at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine for the last 12 years, and is also on the faculty of the International Partnership for the Study of Occlusion. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Annual Session program chair for the American Equilibration Society and is currently serving as their Vice-President, and is a past president of the Colorado Prosthodontic Society. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a fellow of the International College of Dentists. He enjoys golf, and spending time with his wife Teresa, son Scott, and daughter Andrea.
Immediate Past President
Dr. Thomas R. Pixley is a graduate of Colorado State University and the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. He completed his general practice residency at the University of Rochester. He has been in private practice for 25 years in Fort Collins. He has served on numerous boards and committees including the Dentists Professional Liability Trust and the CDA Board of Trustees. He is a member of both the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists. An avid supporter of organized dentistry, he has worked extensively on access-to-care issues, as well as governmental affairs. Dr. Pixley also serves on the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) Task Force and is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Dr. Calvin D. Utke graduated from Creighton University in 1984 and has been in private practice for 28 years, except for a six-month overseas tour as a reservist during Desert Storm. Dr. Utke has his general dentistry practice in north central Colorado Springs. He has served in all positions within the Colorado Springs Dental Society and has been trustee or alternate trustee for his component for 12 years. Dr. Utke has also served on the CDA Finance Council for the past 10 years and serves on the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) Task Force. He is a member of the International College of Dentists and a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Brett Kessler has been practicing dentistry, with a focus on esthetic, functional and reconstructive services, since 1995. In 2003, he and his wife, Dr. Gina Kessler, established Town Center Dentistry and Orthodontics in northeast Denver. In addition to his practice, he teaches at the CU School of Dental Medicine on the subject of occlusion and comprehensive care. Dr. Kessler served on the MDDS Board from 2007-2010. He also serves as the chair of the Dental Well Being Committee for the State of Colorado. Dr. Kessler has testified before congress on behalf of the ADA on the ravages of methamphetamines on oral health. He speaks internationally regarding this subject. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and was awarded an ADA Golden Apple Award for Leadership in Mentoring. Dr. Kessler received the CDA Volunteer of the Year award in 2009. He keeps in shape by coaching and participating in various endurance races including running, cycling, mountain biking and triathlon. He and his wife have four children: Abbey, Max, Sydney and Riley.
Dr. Michael Varley received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and M.S. 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 general dental practice of 23 years focuses on functional and aesthetic dental services. Dr. Varley is a member of MDDS, CDA, ADA and the American Equilibration Society. Dr. Varley is a past president of MDDS and the Metropolitan Denver Dental Foundation. He has served the CDA and MDDS in several capacities including 2011 co-chairman of the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention, CDA Board of Trustees member, and a finance council member to both organizations. Most recently, Dr. Varley was inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Varley enjoys Colorado with his wife, Suzanne, and sons, Mike and Kevin, engaging in long distance swimming, scuba diving and downhill sports.
Dr. Gary L. Field was born and raised in Nebraska. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985, and a D.D.S. 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 ADA alternate delegate. He is a past president of the Colorado Springs Dental Society, and a past member and chair of the CDA New Dentist Committee. He is also a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Pikes Peak Dental Study Club. In 2000, he completed the FACE advanced occlusion course. Dr. Field is a COMOM and KIND clinic volunteer, in addition to serving on the CDA Council on Peer Review. His pastimes include golfing, biking, hiking, playing softball and running (completing several half and full marathons). He and his wife, Jenny, have two children, Spencer and Delaynie.
Speaker of the House
Dr. Gerald B. Savory (Jerry) graduated from the Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1976. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corp. Upon his discharge from the military, he established his private practice in Boulder where he has served the communities of Boulder County for the past 36 years. He has been past president of the Boulder/Broomfield County Dental Society and has been the CDA trustee for Boulder/Broomfield County for the past three years. He has been a member of the visiting faculty at the L.D. Pankey Institute since 1989. He holds membership in the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, the American Equilibration Society, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and the Inernational Academy of Gnathology. He is a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and participates in two national study clubs. He has been married to his wife, Mary Ellen, for 35 years and has three adult children.
Dr. Brandon A. Owen grew up in Bozeman, and Great Falls, Mont. He attended Montana State University for his undergraduate studies, followed by the University of Minnesota for dental school. He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota for his orthodontic residency where he also earned a masters degree in the science of dentistry. He bought an orthodontic practice in Fort Collins in 2006. Aside from his CDA involvement, he is the president of the Larimer County Dental Society, a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a member of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the orthodontic advisor for a branch of the Seattle Study Club in Fort Collins, Colo. founder of the Fort Collins Interdisciplinary Study Club. He also holds memberships in Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key Honor Society. His hobbies include fly fishing, skiing and spending time with his wife, Nicole, and daughter, Presley. In March 2011, he and his family suffered the loss of their nearly three-year-old son, Keller.
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 student from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine also serves as a board member. Currently serving on the Board of Trustees are:
|Dr. Kenneth Peters, President-Elect
|Dr. Thomas Pixley, Immediate Past President
|Dr. Calvin Utke, President-Elect
|Dr. Brett Kessler, Vice President
|Dr. Gary Field, Secretary
|Dr. Gerald Savory, Speaker of the House
|Dr. Brandon Owen, Editor
|Dr. Carol Morrow, AVDS
|Dr. David Jackson, BBCDS
|Dr. Arnold Cullum, CSDS
|Dr. Stephenie Kaufmann, IMDS
|Dr. John Siegmund, LCDS
|Dr. Timothy Kneller, MDDS
|Dr. James Armbruster II, NECDS
|Dr. R.J. Schultz, SECDS
|Dr. Terrence Jakubanis, SJBDS
|Dr. Steve Schiffer, SLVDS
|Dr. Robert Benke, WELD
|Dr. Jerry Peterson, WCDS
|Dr. Quinn Dufurrena, Executive Director
|Kip Sterling, CU School of Dental Medicine
The CDA has 5 standing councils, which provide leadership in strategic areas. Task forces and committees are also established as needed to address emerging issues.
Current Task Forces and Standing Committees
To volunteer to serve on a council or committee, please contact Akila Martin at 303-740-6900, 800-343-3010 ext. 100 or
The CDA staff ensure that day-to-day operations run smoothly and provide members service and support.
Dr. Quinn Dufurrena, 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
Nikki Williams, Marketing Coordinator
Shannon Fender, Policy Coordinator
Akila Martin, Office Manager
Mike Masamori, Accounting and DLLC Facilities Manager