A national professional association since 1924. Providing guidance and education for America’s Dental Assistant, the Board of Directors is the managing body of the Association, vested with the power to conduct all business of the Association.

Professional, Life, and Federal Services members shall be eligible to serve as an officer. The President and President-Elect should have served in a leadership capacity on the ADAA Board of Directors for a full term as an elected officer or Director. (A former Director is considered an elected officer). The First and Second Vice Presidents should have served in leadership capacities with ADAA that may include, but not be limited to, councils and committees, state associations, and/or directors.

Any ADAA Professional, Life, and Federal Services member in good standing may serve as a Director. ADAA members who are also employees of the ADAA are not eligible to serve as a Director of the ADAA. 

Lisa Childers Hernandez, CDA, RDA, MEd
Ronda Lane, BS, CDA, RDA, FADAA
President Elect
Veyann Henry, CDPMA, RDA, FADAA
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Mary Beth Sojka, CDA-Emeritus, RDA
Immediate Past President
Jeannine Carreiro, MEd, CDA, RDA
Director at Large
Sheila Brown, CDA, CDHC, CDIPC
Tonya Casey, CDA, RDA
Erin Hendricks, RDA
Karen Minca, CDPMA
Mark Nartatez, MBA, CDA, CDIPC


The following comprises the council structure and guidelines of the American Dental Assistants Association:

  • Annual Session Committee
  • Awards and Scholarships Committee
  • Council on Education
    • Committee on Fellowship and Mastership
  • Council on Finance
  • Council on Governance
    • Bylaws Subcommittee
    • MOP Subcommittee
    • Policies & Resolutions Subcommittee
  • Legislation Committee
  • Council on Membership
  • Nominating Committee
  • Committee on Student Involvement

To contact a council please forward your message to the appropriate staff member or login and click here.

If you would like to volunteer for a council, please fill out the following forms

General Information and Leadership Responsibilities

Members of the Board of Directors, Council, and Committee Members are expected to work cooperatively to attain desired results. Leadership responsibilities encompass problem-solving and decision-making expertise, a broad national perspective, administrative and policy-making abilities, and strength of conviction to act in the best interests of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). The success of the ADAA is directly proportional to the effectiveness of its leadership.

Council and Committee members shall be thoroughly knowledgeable of the ADAA Bylaws, Manual of Procedures, Policies, and the Strategic Plan. Each Council in concert with the President shall develop objectives and strategies to accomplish the goals of the Strategic Plan.

No member of any Council or committee may issue a public statement, in the name of that Council or in the name of the American Dental Assistants Association, unless the authority has been granted by the President, and the statement is clearly in accord with the policies of the Association.

Council and committee members shall be expected to respond within 72 hours (3 business days) to all correspondence. Council and committee members shall include the Council/Committee Chair and designated staff representative in all correspondence and emails. Council and committee members who disregard communications or do not follow through on assignments or participate in council/committee activities as deemed by the Chair shall be reported to the President for appropriate action which may include dismissal or replacement on the committee.

Since a council or committee position is an appointed position, the President has the authority to remove a member or reassign a member’s duties at any time. At such time a council or committee member is removed or reassigned, the president shall give notice to that member and the Board of Directors.

It is expected that Council/Committee Chairs shall report the groups’ activities to the Board of Directors at the established deadline date. Chairs shall be responsible to obtain information from the Subcommittee Chairs, to be included in the Council Report. It is also expected that the Chair will report back to the Council members within 30 days of each Board meeting activity and actions related to their Council.

All Council Chairs/Vice-Chairs are responsible for initiating an annual review of Council responsibilities and related documents with the Council members and recommending changes as needed to the Manual of Procedures, the ADAA website, and the Strategic Plan.

Council Chairs are responsible to convene and preside over an initial meeting of their assigned Council to address directives and complete preliminary Council or committee business within thirty (30) days of appointment. Additional meetings will be convened by the Chair as needed to fulfill all Council/committee responsibilities. The Chair shall submit a full report of all activities by the designated deadline for inclusion in materials for all Board meetings and Annual Session.


Sheila O'Neal
Executive Director
Raven Hardin
Associate Executive Director
Nakeshia Betsill
Director, Membership
Holly Lundgren
Department: Education
Vasilis Serpanos
Department: Membership
Hana Nguyen
Department: Marketing
Devin Robinson
Department: Sales
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