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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.

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Executive Committee

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.


President
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.  Dr. Kessler served on the MDDS Board from 2007-2010 and is a former part-time faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He also serves as the chair of the Dental Well Being Committee for the State of Colorado.  In 2007, 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.  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.
 

Immediate Past President
Dr. Calvin D. Utke graduated from Creighton University in 1984 and has been in private practice for 29 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 the trustee or alternate trustee for his component for 12 years.  Dr. Utke has also served on the CDA Finance Council for 10 years and was a member of the COMOM Board of Directors.  He is a member of the International College of Dentists and a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in Black Forest, and in his spare time, he likes to golf and tend to all their animal friends.
 



President-Elect
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 board member 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.
 

1st Vice President
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 25 years focuses on functional and aesthetic dental services.  Dr. Varley served as president of both MDDS and the Metropolitan Denver Dental Foundation in 2005. He has served the CDA and MDDS in several capacities including 2011 co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention, CDA Board of Trustees, and finance council for both organizations. In addition, Dr. Varley has been the treasurer of the American Equilibration Society for the past four years. 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. 
 

2nd Vice President and Secretary
Dr. Carol Morrow graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2006.  She has been in private practice with her father, Dr. Robert Morrow, since graduation.  She has been active in organized dentistry since dental school, where she served as ASDA president.  Dr. Morrow has been co-chair of the Colorado New Dentist Committee, president of the Arkansas Valley Dental Society, member of the CDA Government Relations Council, member of CODPAC, and board member of the Colorado Mission of Mercy. She is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.  Dr. Morrow is very passionate about access-to-care and making sure every person in Colorado receives the highest quality of care available. She testified in front of a Senate committee hearing for SB242, which passed and will provide dental care to approximately 300,000 previously uncovered patients.  Dr. Morrow loves to garden, run, eat, and spend time with her husband, Tyler, and young children, Marley and Bode.
 

Treasurer
Dr. Karen Foster, a pediatric dentist, graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s in Zoology. She received her DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry then completed residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Texas-Houston Dental Branch.  Dr. Foster moved to Grand Junction, CO in 2005 where she practiced part time as an associate in a private practice and part time at Marillac Clinic as the pediatric dentistry specialist.  In 2008, she opened Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry located in Aurora.  Dr. Foster is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the dental honorary, the Pierre Fauchard Society.  She was trained by the Academy of Laser Dentists and is a certified provider for the Myobrace System.  She also volunteers as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Dental School in the Special Care Clinic.  In 2013, CDA recognized her contributions to organized dentistry with their Exceptional Leadership Award.  Dr. Foster formally served on the board of the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society; MDDS awarded her Volunteer of the Year in 2012.  Prior to becoming Treasurer, she chaired CDA's Political Action Committee, advocating locally and in Washington DC for improvements benefitting patients and the profession.  For recreation, Dr. Foster and her boyfriend, Todd, enjoy gardening, traveling and hanging out with their pets Kodiak, a boxer/mastiff; McKinley, a black lab; and Baxter an orange tabby.
 

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, CO. and maintains a part-time private practice in Ridgway, CO.  He is a former associate 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 Western Colorado Dental Society, 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, Patricia, enjoy running, working out, cycling, hiking, motorcycling, and hanging out with their cats, dogs, family and friends.



Editor
Dr. Michael K. Diorio
graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1985. After graduation, he served three years in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps as a dentist stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif. Upon his return to Colorado in 1989, he established his private practice in the Denver area. Dr. Diorio has been very active in organized dentistry at both the state and local level. He served as the MDDS editor for nine years and won the William J. Gies Award for the most outstanding dental editorial in 2000.  Dr. Diorio has a passion for working with patients with disabilities. He 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 very active in the anti-tobacco community and frequently presents the CDA’s “Quit the Spit” program to students. In his spare time he enjoys time on his road bike, and is an avid skier and concert photographer. He has been able to shoot numerous national and local acts. He has two grown children, Benjamin and Holly, and enjoys spending time with them.

 

Board of Trustees

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. Brett Kessler, President Denver
Dr. Cal Utke, Immediate Past President Colorado Springs
Dr. Gary Field, President-Elect Colorado Springs
Dr. Michael Varley, 1st Vice President Highlands Ranch
Dr. Carol Morrow, 2nd Vice President & Secretary Walsh
Dr. Karen Foster, Treasurer Aurora
Dr. David Lurye, Speaker of the House Ridgeway
Dr. Mike Diorio, Editor Englewood
   
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Dr. David Jackson, BBCDS Boulder
Dr. Arnold Cullum, CSDS Colorado Springs
Dr. Stephenie Kaufmann, IMDS Woodland Park
Dr. Brandon Owen, LCDS Fort Collins
Dr. Michael Scheidt, MDDS Broomfield
Dr. Cameron Birch, NECDS Brush
Dr. R.J. Schultz, SECDS Pueblo
Dr. Terrence Jakubanis, SJBDS Durango
Dr. Joshua Erekson, SLVDS Alamosa
Dr. Kyle Connolly, WELD Greeley
Dr. Jerry Peterson, WCDS Dillon
Dr. Ben Ricketts, NDC Aurora
Kamran Pirastehfar, CU School of Dental Medicine Aurora
   


CDA Councils

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.

 

CDA Councils

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.

CDA Councils

  • Finance
  • Governmental Relations
  • Membership
  • New Dentist
  • Peer Review


Current Task Forces and Standing Committees

  • CODPAC
  • Ethics


To volunteer to serve on a council or committee, please contact Akila Martin at 303-740-6900, 800-343-3010 ext. 100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Staff

The CDA staff ensure that day-to-day operations run smoothly and provide members service and support.
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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
Nikki Williams, Director of Marketing
Akila Martin, Office Manager
Mike Masamori, Accounting and Facilities Manager

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Executive Director
Greg joins the CDA from the Kansas Dental Association.  He served as the assistant executive director of the association and the executive director of the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation for the last 15 years.

He is a graduate of the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS and received his bachelor of science degree in economics from Kansas State University.  

Greg helped create both the foundation and the Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) project in 2003 and since then, he has been involved in 13 KMOM programs and numerous other mission of mercy events throughout the country.  

Recognized in the dental profession as a leader in strategic communications, Greg has regularly presented education programs on effective communication strategies to associations and organizations using social media.


Associate Executive Director – Operations/Communications
Molly Pereira joined the CDA in 2002. A Colorado native with a journalism background, Molly came to the CDA after working for the Colorado Bar Association. Her duties at the CDA include association publications, member correspondence, Annual Session and media relations.  She also coordinates volunteer charitable programs including Give Kids a Smile Day, maintains the Website and is responsible for e-communications. You can reach Molly Pereira at 303-996-2844, 800-343-3010 x104 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .







Associate Executive Director – Finance
Pam Brockhaus joined the CDA in 2008. Prior to joining the CDA, Pam spent a number of years in the governmental accounting field working for the State of California, Douglas County Colorado and the City of Maumelle, Ark.  Pam’s duties include overseeing the association’s fiscal operations, for-profit activities and endorsed companies. Pam also assists dental offices with third party payor issues and human resource questions.  You can reach Pam Brockhaus at 303-996-2843, 800-343-3010 x103 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .







Director of Membership
Jeanne Nicoulin joined the CDA in 1999.  Her responsibilities include membership recruitment and retention.  Jeanne maintains the CDA membership database, and handles membership records and requests, including invoicing, retirement affidavits and waivers. She coordinates the CDA New Dentist Committee and Ladies in the Loupe (the CDA women’s dentist group) activities, and sits on the CDA Membership Council.  She also handles insurance contract analysis for members through the ADA legal department.  You can reach Jeanne Nicoulin at 303-996-2842, 800-343-3010 x102 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .






Director of Government Relations
Jennifer Goodrum joined the CDA in 2009. Her duties include overseeing strategy and advocacy for the CDA’s legislative and regulatory activities, including the 2014 Sunset Review of Colorado’s Dental Practice Laws. Prior to joining the CDA, Jennifer managed the government relations program for a national pharmacy association. You can reach Jennifer Goodrum at 303-996-2847, 800-343-3010 x107 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .








Director of Marketing
Nikki Williams joined the CDA in 2012. She is responsible for marketing and branding the CDA’s membership education and benefit program, “CDA Business Brief.” She also oversees advertising sales, video production and graphic design, while taking part in member communications and Website content management.  Her background is rooted in communications and business, having worked in public relations, marketing, event coordinating and sponsorship development.  You can reach Nikki Williams at 303-996-2845, 800-343-3010 x105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .







Accounting/Facilities Manager
Mike Masamori joined the CDA in 2006.  Prior to the CDA, Mike spent 30 years in the wholesale electrical industry working in warehouse operations management, purchasing, sales, inventory control and customer service.   Mike’s current duties at the CDA include management of billing, accounts payable and accounts receivable, bank reconciliations and reporting.  He also oversees facility and rental space management, and lab authorization book sales.  You can reach Mike Masamori at 303-996-2841, 800-343-3010 x101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .







Office Manager
Akila Martin joined the CDA in 2012. Prior to the CDA, Akila spent 10 years in the medical support field specializing in customer service and operations support.  Akila draws on her past experience as the national membership coordinator for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, as well as her involvement helping organizations achieve JCAHO accreditation. Her responsibilities at the CDA include Peer Review administration, systems and operations support, and meeting coordination.  She also oversees the x-ray training program. You can reach Akila Martin at 303-740-6900, 800-343-3010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



 

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About the CDA


Welcome to the Colorado Dental Association's new Website! The CDA has redesigned this site to raise oral health awareness and to better communicate with those interested in dental issues in Colorado.

Our site has information intended for all of those who share an interest in the practice of dentistry. We have information for dental professionals including publications, practice resources, legislative resources and upcoming educational events. For patients and the public, we have resources like an online directory of Colorado dentists, a resource center to answer frequently asked questions and information on low cost care. We've also targeted areas to inform Policymakers and Media about key issues as they arise.

The CDA Website continues to include "members-only" content, which you will be prompted to log in to view. Members, please login to access the most up-to-date publications and information on regulatory and legislative priorities. The CDA also offers many resources under this section that are necessary to support a successful practice. Once logged in, you can find items like codes for exclusive discounts from endorsed partner companies, guidance to help you comply with laws and regulations, downloads for your practice, and information on good business practices. In addition, CDA members can access expanded information on many of the general Website pages.

Under this section, About the CDA, you can find detailed information about the association.

  • CDA Overview: Mission, Vision, Bylaws, Values, Positions, Strategic Plan, Code of Ethics
  • CDA Leadership: Officers, Staff
  • Component Societies: Information on Colorado's 12 regional dental societies and their leadership
  • Dental Licensing: Licensing and regulation information from the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners
  • Helpful Links: Frequently-used industry contacts and oral health resources
  • Contact Us: We welcome your feedback, questions and suggestions for this site

Thank you for your support of the CDA. Please continue to support the CDA by joining the association or making a donation. Your support is critical in helping our quest to continually advocate in support of Colorado dentists and oral health!

Sincerely,







Dr. Brett Kessler
CDA President

 

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Helpful Links

Helpful Links

Professional Organizations

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)

American College of Dentists

American Dental Association (ADA)

Colorado Dental Hygienists' Association

Colorado Dental Laboratory Association

International College of Dentists — USA Section

Pierre Fauchard Academy

Public Interest

American Dental Association Helpful Topics

Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)

Medicaid

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CDA Overview

CDA Overview

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The Colorado Dental Association is an organization that strives to advance dentistry and oral health in Colorado. Detailed information about the organization is available below.

 

Mission

To provide the Colorado Dental Association membership and the public with superior service and to demonstrate effective leadership in advocacy, education, communication, and quality products and services that enhance member practices, professional growth, and patient care.

 

Vision

The Colorado Dental Association is a diverse and synergistic association, led by dynamic, "people-centered" officers and staff that proactively serve and meet professional and related personal needs of member dentists and the oral health needs of Colorado communities. The Colorado Dental Association is recognized as the preeminent model for state dental associations.

 

Core Values

The members of the Colorado Dental Association believe in and endeavor to practice the following core values: Effective Leadership, Open Communication, Ethical Behavior, Moral Courage, Strong Advocacy, Fellowship, and Teamwork.

 

References

For information on CDA volunteer and staff leadership, please visit the CDA Leadership page.

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