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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 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 30 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 was 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 Pierre Fauchard Academy, 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 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. 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 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, 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, and serves as the co-chair of the CDA Membership Council.  Dr. Morrow is very passionate about access-to-care and making sure every person in Colorado receives the highest quality of care available. Dr. Morrow loves to garden, run, eat, and spend time with her husband, Tyler, and young children, Marley and Bode.

 

Treasurer
Dr. Karen Foster graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. She received her D.D.S. from Baylor College of Dentistry and then completed residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Texas-Houston Dental Branch.  Dr. Foster moved to Grand Junction in 2005 where she practiced part-time as an associate in a private practice and part-time at Marillac Clinic.  In 2008, she opened Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry located in Aurora, Colo.  Dr. Foster is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.  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 contributions to organized dentistry 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 chair of CODPAC, advocating locally and in Washington DC for improvements benefitting patients and the profession.  Dr. Foster and her boyfriend, Todd, enjoy gardening, travelling and hanging out with their pets.
 

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
  • 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.


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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