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JCNDE Members and Appointing Organizations

JCNDE Commissioner Herro
Dr. Anthony E Herro

Dr. Anthony E Herro (AADB), Chair

Dr. Anthony E. Herro graduated dental school from Creighton University in 2005, and has practiced in Phoenix AZ his entire career. Dr. Herro provides care to patients with special needs, whose conditions include mental and physical disabilities, autism and spectrum disorders, behavioral syndromes, high anxiety, and medical complexities. Dr. Herro is currently President of the Arizona State Dental Board, and Chair of the Anesthesia and Sedation Committee. From 2008-2020, Dr Herro was a faculty member at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and Lutheran Medical Center where he supervised dental students and residents performing dental procedures on sedated patients.

JCNDE Commissioner Loomer
Dr. Peter M. Loomer

Dr. Peter M. Loomer (ADEA), Vice-Chair

Dr. Peter M. Loomer is dean and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry. Dr. Loomer is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he obtained his BSc, DDS, PhD (Oral Biology) and specialty training in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. He previously served as chair of the Ashman Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry, Director of the Center for Global Oral Health Sciences at New York University College of Dentistry and affiliated faculty in the New York University School of Global Public Health. He currently serves as the President of the International Academy of Contemporary Dentistry and the Immediate Past President of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Supreme Chapter.

JCNDE ASDA Student Observer Elkhal
Mr. Christopher Elkhal
Mr. Christopher Elkhal (ASDA Student Commissioner)

Christopher Elkhal is a dental student at Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Portland and earned a certification in Biochemistry from the American Chemical Society. Mr. Elkhal serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Student Dental Association, Oregon Health & Sciences University Continuing Education Board, and the Oregon Health & Sciences University Student Health Advisory Committee. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Oregon Dental Association, and serves on the American Student Dental Association’s Licensure Task Force. At OHSU, Mr. Elkhal holds multiple leadership roles including Student-Body Vice President, and is an avid research assistant.
JCNDE Commissioner Dr. Sara Gordon
Dr.. Sara Gordon

Dr. Sara Gordon (ADEA)

Sara C. Gordon DDS, MS, is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Oral Medicine at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She received her BSc in Biology from Saint Mary’s University and BA in English from Dalhousie University, both in Halifax, Canada. After completing her DDS at Dalhousie University in 1985, she spent eight years in general dental practice. She completed a four-year training program in oral and maxillofacial pathology and received her MSc in pathology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada in 1996.

Dr. Gordon is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in oral and maxillofacial pathology and in oral medicine, and a Fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Gordon taught oral pathology, oral medicine, oral diagnosis and treatment planning at Dalhousie University (1986-1993), University of Detroit Mercy (1997-2006), and University of Illinois Chicago (2006-2014) before joining the University of Washington in 2014.

She has been active in the American Dental Education Association since 2008, leading the sections on Oral Pathology, Addictions Education, and Academic Affairs, and helping to found the new Women In Leadership Section. Dr. Gordon is a past president of the Canadian Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral Medicine, and is a CODA specialty site visitor for oral and maxillofacial pathology. She was a Fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program 2017-2018 and now serves as an ELAM learning community advisor. She has been a member of the DLOSCE working committee since 2018. 

JCNDE Commissioner Grzesikowski
Ms. Tami J. Grzesikowski

Ms. Tami J. Grzesikowski (ADHA)

Ms. Grzesikowski currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the degree completion programs at University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry and St. Petersburg College. She earned her B.S. from the University of North Carolina and her Master’s degree from the University of South Florida. She worked at St. Petersburg College for over 30 years, beginning as a student intern and retiring as the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. She served as the ADEA Senior Director for Allied Dental Education at ADEA for five years. She currently serves as a Chair for site visit teams for the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and recently completed her term with the CODA’s Review Committee for Dental Hygiene.

JCNDE Commissioner Hogan
Dr. Rachel Hogan

Dr. Rachel Hogan, (ADEA)

Rachel Hogan, DMD, M.Ed. is an assistant professor of restorative dentistry at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry. She is a general dentist in Portland, Oregon and has been in practice since 1997. Dr. Hogan earned her dental degree from Oregon Health Sciences University and her Master’s in Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in adult education from the University of Texas, Arlington in 2019. She serves on the American Dental Education Association Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, the American Dental Education Association Collaborative on Dental Education Climate Assessment, the American Dental Association National Dental Licensure Test Construction Team and on local allied health advisory committees in the Portland, Oregon area. Dr. Hogan is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Oregon Dental Association.

JCNDE Commissioner Iranmanesh
Dr. M. Reza Iranmanesh

Dr. M. Reza Iranmanesh (ADA)

Dr. Iranmanesh received his DMD at Tehran University, and a Certificate of Advance Graduate Study in Prosthodontics and a Master Degree in Prosthodontics at Boston University. He has been a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida, and is currently a guest speaker on implantology at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He has been a medical record examiner in the insurance and medical record examination industries, as well as a dental board examiner for the Florida Board of Dentistry. After serving as a practitioner in various roles in Iran and Florida, Dr. Iranmanesh now maintains a private practice in Tampa, focusing mainly on implant restorative, prosthodontic and full mouth restoration, advance esthetic rehabilitation and general dental care.

JCNDE Commissioner Jang
Ms. Han-Na Jang

Ms. Han-Na Jang (ADHA)

Han Na Jang, RDH, MSDH is a licensed dental hygienist in Washington D.C. She earned her dental hygiene degree from South Korea in 2008 and Baltimore City Community College, Maryland in 2015, and her Master’s in Dental Hygiene Education and Public Health from the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene in 2019. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) and the Virginia Dental Hygienists Association, and is a past president of the District of Columbia Dental Hygienists’ Association (2019-2021).

JCNDE Commissioner McKee
Dr. Julie W. McKee

Dr. Julie W. McKee (AADB)

Julie Watts McKee, DMD, is the chief dental officer for the Kentucky Department for Public Health where she develops programs and strategies for oral health policy in the Commonwealth. She obtained her doctoral degree at the University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry in 1983 and was a general dentist in a rural community at the foothills of Appalachia. She serves on the Kentucky Board of Dentistry, the executive board of the Kentucky Dental Association and the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition. She currently sits on the advisory board for the University of Louisville’s Dental Hygiene Program. She has executive leadership experience in local public health agency administration and has been an examiner for the Southern Regional Testing Agency in the past. She is a past officer of the Association for State and Territorial Dental Directors. She maintains current memberships in the American Dental Association, the Kentucky Dental Association, the Bluegrass Dental Society, the Kentucky Oral Health Association and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.

JCNDE Commissioner Patel
Dr. Jeetendra Patel

Dr. Jeetendra Patel (AADB)

Dr. Jeetendra Patel received his BS in 1995 from the Louisiana State University-Shreveport (LSU-S) in Biology and his DDS from the LSU School of Dentistry in 2001. He also completed a one-year hospital based residency (GPR) at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Biloxi, MS. In 2019, Dr. Patel was appointed by the Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry. Besides being on the State Board, Dr. Patel has been in private practice since 2003 and currently owns a dental practice in Monroe, Louisiana. Dr. Patel was born in Birmingham, England and lived there for 10 years before moving to the United States in 1982. He has lived in Louisiana for 39 years.

JCNDE Commissioner Schiano
Dr. Frank Schiano

Dr. Frank Schiano (ADA)

Dr. Frank E. Schiano is a five-time graduate of Boston University. He received his DMD in 2006 and completed a one-year AEGD in 2007. Dr. Schiano served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences and Biomaterials at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He practiced as a general dentist for nearly a decade, founding the largest LGBTQ+ dental health center in the country. Dr. Schiano is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Prior to completing his MSD in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 2018, Dr. Schiano earned a Master of Arts in Dental Education from the University of the Pacific. He has held numerous volunteer positions with the Massachusetts Dental Society and the American Dental Association. He also received the 2011 American Dental Association’s Award for International Service for his leadership in Project Stretch, an international pediatric dental service organization, of which he currently serves as Vice-President.

JCNDE Public Member Sherrard
Dr. James R. Sherrard

Dr. James R. Sherrard, PhD (Public Member)

Dr. Sherrard is a professor for and the chair of the Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics Technologies Programs at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT. Dr. Sherrard also has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Catholic University of America, and the University of Connecticut, and is a registered professional engineer. He is a retired officer from the U.S. Coast Guard with his background primarily in the higher education, engineering, and the research & development fields. He has authored two college textbooks and more than 190 technical papers, and has been a long-time evaluator for ABET, ACE, COE, DETC, and NECHE accrediting organizations.

JCNDE Commissioner Dr. Ronald Waryjas
Dr. Ronald J. Waryjas

Dr. Ronald J. Waryjas (ADA)

Dr. Ron Waryjas began his career in Dentistry initially in his own private general practice, and then, as an Orthodontist in private practice for the bulk of his career. He received his Dental Degree from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center, College of Dentistry. His Certificate in Orthodontics was granted by the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Dentistry and his Master of Science from its Graduate College. He has lectured on both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as presenting an AGD Mastership program in Orthodontics at UIC.

He has presented as a guest lecturer/participant at The Chicago Midwinter Meeting, local study clubs, and leadership organizations. Dr. Waryjas has served as a Director (Finance) of the Chicago Dental Society and has been Chairperson of most standing and Midwinter Meeting committees for CDS. He is currently a Trustee (Finance) of the Illinois State Dental Society and Vice-Chairperson of its Executive Committee. Dr. Waryjas has also served in both the ADA and ISDS Houses of Delegates. He also served as a Director of DENTILPAC. He is a Past-President of The Dental Arts Club of Chicago and the UIC Dental Alumni Association. Dr. Waryjas is a Life Member of the ADA and AAO as well as ISDS and CDS. He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and Vice-Chairperson of the Members Leadership Organization. He takes great pride in being the recipient of the Lauren J. Feldner Leadership Award for his service to the profession.

Open (AADB)

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JCNDE Commissioner Dr. Allen Reavis
Dr. Allen Reavis

Dr. Allen Reavis (ADA BOT Liaison)
 Dr. Allen Bley Reavis is a general dentist and five-term mayor of Atchison, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1984 and has been a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) ever since.

In addition to owning his own practice, Dr. Reavis is the dental director and provider at the Atchison Community Health Clinic and served as Chief of Dentistry at Atchison Hospital from 1984-2021. He is currently a member of the ADA’s Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs(CEBJA) and was an ADA delegate for the Kansas Dental Association. He previously served as president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer of the Kansas Dental Association.

Dr. Reavis is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy and American Academy of General Dentistry. In 2022, he received the Kansas Dental Association Dentist of the Year award.

Dr. Reavis is actively involved in the Atchison community as a member of Rotary International, St. Benedicts College Nursing School Board, St. Benedicts Parish Council and the Atchison Area Community Foundation. He is currently an Atchison County Commissioner and has filed as a candidate for a seat in the Kansas house of Representatives.

JCNDE Student Observer Tareina Rogers
Tareina Rogers

Tareina Rogers (ASDA Student Observer)

Student Dentist Tareina Rogers attends Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. Tareina is originally from Detroit, Michigan and has obtained three degrees.  A Bachelor’s of Science at Western Michigan University (2014), Masters of Cancer and Chemical Biology at University of Michigan (2018) and Masters of Science at Mississippi College (2022). 

Tareina currently serves as 2023-2024 ASDA District One trustee, ADEA CORSF DEIB Liaison and Corporate Roundtable Representative #2 on 2023-2024 SNDA Executive Board. Tareina truly enjoys organized dentistry, bringing forth knowledge and ideas that will make a difference and is enthusiastic about working hard to advance the mission of the JCNDE.

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