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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. 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 26 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 and is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. 

 


Immediate Past President
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 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. 


 

President 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 ASDA president. Dr. Morrow has been co-chair of the Colorado New Dentist Committee, president of the Arkansas Valley Dental Society, a member of the CDA Government Relations Council, a member of CODPAC and a COMOM board member. She is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy, and she serves as the co-chair 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. 

 

1st Vice President 
Dr. Karen Foster graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997. She received her D.D.S. 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 ADA 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 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 CODPAC, advocating for improvements benefitting patients and the profession. 


 

2nd Vice President & Secretary
Dr. Jeffrey Kahl
earned his bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery 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 the co-chair 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 AAPD Public Policy Advocate for Colorado, he frequently lobbies on behalf of Colorado children at the state Capital as well as in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Treasurer
Dr. Jason Ehtessabian
graduated 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, Africa 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 achieved the Fellowship award (FAGD) from 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, and is currently in the process of opening his new office, Refresh Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center.  He has served on the CODPAC, ADPAC and Small Donor Committee, as well as serving as the co-chair 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 and maintains a part-time private practice in Ridgway.  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 the southwest Colorado town of Ridgway.


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. 

 

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. 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 Ridgeway
Dr. Mike Diorio, Editor Englewood
   
Dr. Gerald Branes, AVDS Lamar
Dr. David Jackson, BBCDS Boulder
Dr. Arnold Cullum, CSDS Colorado Springs
Dr. Stephenie Kaufmann, IMDS Woodland Park
Open Position, LCDS  
Dr. David Klekamp, MDDS Denver
Dr. Cameron Birch, NECDS Brush
Open Position, SECDS  
Dr. Mark Blue, SJBDS Durango
Dr. Aimee Martinez, SLVDS Alamosa
Dr. Nathaniel Kunzman, WELD Greeley
Dr. Sheena Schoch, WCDS Hayden
Dr. Justin Pearson, NDC Englewood
Becky Bye, CU School of Dental Medicine Aurora
   


CDA Councils

The CDA has 4 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 4 standing councils, which provide leadership in strategic areas. Task forces and committees are also established as needed to address emerging issues.

CDA Councils

  • Finance
  • Government Relations
  • Membership
  • Peer Review


Current Task Forces and Standing Committees

  • CODPAC
  • Ethics


To volunteer to serve on a council or committee, please contact 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., C.A.E., Executive Director
Molly Pereira, Associate Executive Director, Operations/Communications
Pam Brockhaus, Associate Executive Director, Finance
Erica Carvin, Director of Membership
Jennifer Goodrum, Director of Governmental Relations
Krysia Gabenski, Strategic Communications Specialist
Geri Mustain, Office Manager
Mike Masamori, Accounting and Facilities Manager

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Executive Director
Greg Hill, J.D., C.A.E., joined the CDA in 2014.  Prior to that, he served as the assistant executive director of the Kansas Dental Association and the executive director of the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation for 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. 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. You can reach Greg Hill at 303-996-2846, 800-343-3010 x106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




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
Erica Carvin.  You can reach Erica Carvin 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 the CDA’s state legislative activities, serving as a liaison to state regulatory agencies like the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners, managing the CDA’s action team leader program, grassroots advocacy, and CODPAC and small donor committee administration. 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. .

 

 

 

Strategic Communications Specialist
Krysia Gabenski joined the CDA in 2015. Krysia came to the CDA after eight years as an associate editor at the Military Officers Association of America in Alexandra, Va. Her duties include writing articles, member communications and legislative updates; developing and implementing marketing strategies; graphic design; Website and social media content management and e-communications. She also helps manage advertising, external vendors and event planning. You can reach Krysia Gabenski 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. .





 

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About the CDA

Welcome!

I'm Dr. Michael Varley, the current president of the Colorado Dental Association. The Colorado Dental Association is the leader in oral health and represents over 80% of the licensed dentists in Colorado. We're here to help both dental professionals and the public.

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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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