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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.
Dr. Leah Schulz is general dentist at Salud Family Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and a 2014 graduate of the University of Colorado (CU) School of Dental Medicine. She is adjunct faculty at several dental schools across the nation and precepts both predoctoral dental students and postdoctoral AEGD residents daily. Dr. Schulz has a keen interest in political advocacy efforts, especially those that improve health equity. She chairs the Colorado Dental Political Action Committee (CODPAC), is a CDA Action Team Leader, and serves on the CDA Government Relations Council, CDA Small Donor Committee, and the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) Policy and Advocacy Committee. She also represents dentists on the Colorado State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council. Equally passionate about practice management and organizational leadership, she has graduated from several nationally recognized year-long leadership courses, is a member of NNOHA’s Practice Management Committee, an ADA Success Speaker, and a delegate to the ADA. She is the recipient of the 2023 “CU Dental Distinguished Alumni Award” as well as the 2018 Geiger Gibson “Emerging Leader” national distinction. Dr. Schulz is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and will be inducted into the International College of Dentists later this year.
Dr. Kevin Patterson is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He completed his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery and medical school at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He has been practicing in Colorado since 1998. He has a special interest in providing care for individuals who may not have the means to obtain care, and volunteers through Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) and Dental Lifeline Network. Along with practicing full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Patterson is an associate professor at the CU School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Surgical Dentistry and General Practice Residency Program and is now a member of the CU School of Dentistry Leadership Council. He is the past chair of the KIND Executive Committee/Board of Directors, is a board member of the JP Opioid Interaction Awareness Alliance and is on the advisory board for Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.
Dr. Jillian Stacey is a Colorado Native and a 2021 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She enjoys working with Dr. Tim Stacey, her father, in private practice in her hometown of Colorado Springs. In dental school, Dr. Stacey was president of the Colorado chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) where she led her team to achieve the #1 ASDA Chapter in the country. Jillian was also the ASDA National Membership Council Chair. In her second year of dental school, she was honored to receive the CDA Foundation Scholarship for student leaders in organized dentistry. Currently, Dr. Stacey serves as the chair of the CDA Membership Council, is a New Dentist Council member and is a CODPAC board member. She has been on the ADA Council of Membership and is a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates. At the local level, she has been a director on the Colorado Springs Dental Society Board and sits on the Pikes Peak State College Dental Advisory Committee. Dr. Stacey has assisted the dental admissions committee at the CU School of Dental Medicine and been on faculty at CU Colorado Springs teaching freshman healthcare students.
Dr. Nelle Barr is a board-certified pediatric dentist at Children’s Dentistry, a private practice in Westminster, CO. She received her dental degree and pediatric dental certificate from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Barr enjoys working with children, and carrying on the dental family tradition – her sister, father and great grandfather were all dentists. She is a past president of the Adams County Dental Society and the Colorado Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Barr was chair of the 2014 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention and the former president of the Metro Denver Dental Foundation. She is past president of MDDS. She was born and raised in Frankfort, KY. She moved to Colorado in 1993.
Speaker of the House
Dr. David Jackson earned his D.D.S. degree from the University of Iowa in 1992, where he also completed his undergraduate studies in biology. He grew up in Iowa and will forever be a Hawkeye. He moved to Colorado in 1992 and has been providing comprehensive family dental care through his private practice in Boulder County ever since. He is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and American College of Dentists. He has served as the president of the Boulder County Dental Society, a trustee for the Colorado Dental Association, and a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates.
Dr. Carrie Mauterer graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2005. She nurtured a scratch-start private practice for 12 years in northern Denver before partnering with Peak Dental Services and becoming their clinical director. Dr. Mauterer held several leadership positions including class president and ASDA first delegate while in dental school. She is a former CDA president and also served as the MDDS board member and editor. She was honored with fellowships by the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists. She currently holds the chair position for the Colorado Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and is a board member of the Dental Lifeline Network.
|Dr. Leah Schulz, President||Fort Collins|
|Dr. Kevin Patterson, President-Elect||Denver|
|Dr. Jillian Stacey, Vice President||Colorado Springs|
|Dr. Nelle Barr, Treasurer||Westminster|
|Dr. David Jackson, Speaker of the House||Boulder|
|Dr. Carrie Mauterer, Editor||Englewood|
|Dr. Tim Stacey, CSDS||Colorado Springs|
|Dr. Allison Lesko, LCDS||Fort Collins|
|Dr. Jeffrey Lodl, MDDS||Arvada|
|Dr. Jeane Schoemaker, NECDS||Fort Morgan|
|Dr. Stacey Robben, RGDS||Alamosa|
|Dr. Tina Skinner, SECDS||Pueblo|
|VACANT, SJBDS||Durango/San Juan Basin|
|Dr. Jill Shonka, WELD||Greeley|
|Dr. Cameron Reece, WCDS||Grand Junction|
|Dr. Isabella Jasek, NDC||Boulder|
|Lana Kwong, CU School of Dental Medicine||Aurora|
The CDA has standing councils, which provide leadership in strategic areas. Task forces and committees also are established as needed to address emerging issues.
Peer Review, Ethics and Professional Conduct
- Government Relations
- New Dentist
Current Task Forces and Standing Committees
- Colorado Dental Political Action Committee (CODPAC)
- Small Donor Committee
- Sunset Review Committee
- Medicaid Task Force
- Dental Assisting Scope Task Force
- Workforce Task Force
- Third Party Payor Task Force
To volunteer to serve on a council or committee, please email email@example.com or call 303-996-2841.
The CDA staff ensure day-to-day operations run smoothly and provide members service and support.
Molly Pereira, Executive Director/CEO
Pam Brockhaus, Director of Finance/CFO
Susan Schaefer, Accounting Specialist
Erica Carvin, Director of Membership
Becky O’Guin, Director of Communications and Marketing
Amanda Dougherty, Office Manager
Julie Collett, CDA Foundation Coordinator