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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.

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. In 2000, he completed the FACE advanced occlusion course. Dr. Field is a COMOM board member and KIND clinic volunteer. 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.

Immediate Past 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.

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.

1st Vice President
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. Dr. Morrow loves to garden, run, eat and spend time with her husband, Tyler, and young children, Marley and Bode.

2nd Vice President and 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 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, D.C., for improvements benefiting patients and the profession. Dr. Foster and her boyfriend, Todd, enjoy gardening, traveling and hanging out with their pets.

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.



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.

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. Gary Field, President Colorado Springs
Dr. Brett Kessler, Immediate Past President Denver
Dr. Michael Varley, President Elect Highlands Ranch
Dr. Carol Morrow, 1st Vice President Walsh
Dr. Karen Foster, 2nd Vice President & Treasurer Aurora
Dr. Jeffrey Kahl, Secretary Colorado Springs
Dr. David Lurye, Speaker of the House Ridgeway
Dr. Mike Diorio, Editor Englewood
Dr. Charles Kelley, AVDS Lamar
Dr. David Jackson, BBCDS Boulder
Dr. Arnold Cullum, CSDS Colorado Springs
Dr. Stephenie Kaufmann, IMDS Woodland Park
Dr. Nicholas Shumaker, LCDS Fort Collins
Dr. David Klekamp, MDDS Broomfield
Dr. Cameron Birch, NECDS Brush
Dr. R.J. Schultz, SECDS Pueblo
Dr. Mark Blue, SJBDS Durango
Dr. Aimee Martinez, SLVDS Alamosa
Dr. Shawn Murray, WELD Johnstown
Dr. Sheena Schoch, WCDS Dillon
Dr. Lindsay Compton, NDC Denver
Kyle Larsen, 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

  • 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. .


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
Krysia Gabenski, Strategic Communications Specialist
Akila Martin, Office Manager
Mike Masamori, Accounting and Facilities Manager

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Executive Director
Greg Hill, J.D., 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
Jeanne Nicoulin.  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. 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 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. .

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!


Dr. Gary Field
CDA President



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+)



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.



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.



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.



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


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