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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 and International College of Dentists. 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 enjoys gardening, traveling and hanging out with her 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. Nathaniel Kunzman, 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.

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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