Chicago, IL, March 15, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- During its Annual Session in Atlanta, the American Student Dental Association House of Delegates – 122 dental students from across the United States – elected its 2013-14 president, vice presidents and speaker of the House.
Jiwon Lee, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine ’14, was elected president of ASDA. Lee served as speaker of the House of Delegates from 2012-13. She is one of two appointed students to the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations for 2012-14. In 2012, she was a voting delegate at the American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session. Previously, she served her district as co-legislative liaison and her local chapter as co-vice president and fundraising chair. Prior to dental school, Lee was an intern at NPR in Ann Arbor, Mich., and then a production assistant at national ABC News headquarters in New York. She also worked as an AmeriCorps sponsored Math Immersion Teaching Fellow for New York City middle school students.
“I am incredibly proud to represent my fellow dental students as their president,” said Lee. “I truly believe that ASDA has the power to inspire change for both patients and the leaders we create.”
Also elected were ASDA’s vice presidents Tyle Rumple, University of Washington School of Dentistry ’14, and Martin Smallidge, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine ’14.
Rumple has served national ASDA as District 10 trustee and member of the Council on Education and Licensure. At his chapter, he is a past vice president, treasurer and class of 2014 representative. In 2012, Rumple was a delegate at the ADA Annual Session and an alternate delegate at the Washington State Dental Association House of Delegates. He has been a student representative on the Skagit County Oral Health Coalition since 2011 and will serve as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps upon graduation.
Smallidge is a past ASDA legislative liaison and has served his local chapter as class of 2014 representative and vice president. He served on the ADA Foundation Student Advisory Panel in 2012 and attended the ADA Annual Session as an alternate delegate. While at the event, he was a panelist in the ADA365 session, “Dental Student Roundtable – A Conversation with the Next Generation.” Prior to dental school, Smallidge was the president of the SUNY University at Buffalo Predental Association. He was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence, the highest honor awarded to a SUNY student, for his activities and academic work at the University at Buffalo. Smallidge will serve as a dental officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps upon graduation.
Elected as speaker of the House of Delegates is Gabriel Holdwick, University of Detroit-Mercy School Dentistry ’14. Holdwick has served as ASDA District 6 cabinet secretary and as his chapter’s vice president/legislative chair. He is currently the vice president of the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry class of 2014. Holdwick became proficient in parliamentary procedure between 2002-07 when he participated as a team member, then judge, of the Michigan FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) Parliamentary Procedure Contest in East Lansing, Mich.
The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy.