2023 GDA Nominating Information

Below is the list of positions requiring nomination for 2023. Nominations/CVs for ADA Delegation are due by November 1, 2022. Nominations for State Officers, District Trustees and At-Large Trustees are due by June 20, 2022. Nominations/CVs should be submitted to the GDA office via mail (7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, NE, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30328-1655) or via email to Jeannie@gadental.org.

The Nominating Committee will, at minimum, present a slate that consists of one candidate for each elected position and each officer position. If the committee chooses, it may present a slate consisting of more candidates than there are open positions.

District Trustees: Nominations are due by June 20, 2022. Each district nominates a District Trustee to a three-year term. Districts submit their nominees via the Nominating Committee at the summer 2022 House of Delegates meeting for approval, and trustees are installed at the winter 2022 HOD meeting. To be eligible to serve as a District Trustee, a candidate must be a member of the GDA and have demonstrated leadership by serving on the district, state or national level. The Board of Trustees also serve as non-voting members on the House of Delegates.

  • Central District Delegate – three-year term starting January1, 2023
    • Currently Noell Craig – eligible for additional three-year term
  • Northwestern District Delegate – three-year term starting January1, 2023
    • Currently Jason Oyler – final term 
  • Western District Delegate – three-year term starting January 1, 2023
    • Currently Mark Zwickey – eligible for additional three-year term

At-Large Trustees: Nominations are due by June 20, 2022. To be eligible to serve as an At-Large Trustee, a candidate must be a member of the GDA and have demonstrated leadership by serving on the district, state or national level. The Board of Trustees also serve as non-voting members on the House of Delegates. All eligible candidates will be presented to the House at the House of Delegates meeting on July 21, 2022. The House may offer names of candidates to be placed in nomination in addition to those presented by the nominating committee but CVs must have been submitted to the GDA office two weeks prior to the meeting. Election of the at-large trustees shall be by a majority of votes cast by the House. No district shall have more than two at-large Trustees.

The following At-Large Trustee terms are expiring in December 2022:

  • At-Large Trustee - three-year term starting January 1, 2023
    • Currently Ben Jernigan (N) – final term
  • At-Large Trustee - three-year term starting January 1, 2023
    • Currently Erik Wells (E) – final term

GDA State Officers: Nominations are due by June 20, 2022. The Nominating Committee shall nominate at least one representative for all open elective offices of the GDA: Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Editor and Speaker of the House. Additional nominations will also be accepted from the floor. Candidates must be members in good-standing who have submitted the appropriate CV documentation to the GDA office at least ten days prior to the election. Candidates must also have demonstrated leadership by serving on the district, state or national level. State Officer elections will take place at the summer 2022 HOD Meeting, and installation will take place at the winter 2022 HOD meeting.

Offices opening include:

  • Vice President – one-year term starting January 1, 2023, automatically becomes President-Elect at the end of the term
  • Editor – three-year term starting January 1, 2023
    • Currently Jamie Mitchell – eligible for additional three-year term
  • Secretary/Treasurer – three-year term starting January 1, 2023
    • Currently Amber Lawson – eligible for additional three-year term

ADA Delegation: Nominations are due to the GDA office by November 1, 2022. Candidates for district delegate positions are required to submit a written endorsement from their district dental society along with their CV (at-large delegates/alternate delegates are exempt from this requirement). Districts may endorse multiple candidates and must submit at least two candidates for each position. The GDA Nominating Committee will recommend a candidate for each district position to the HOD, and all delegates (including at-large positions) will be elected at the GDA House of Delegates Winter meeting on December 10, 2022. Nominations can also be made from the floor at the HOD meeting, but CVs must have been submitted to the GDA office two weeks prior to the meeting. When submitting CVs, candidates must specify the specific open seat for which they are seeking nomination.

Candidates must be a member of the GDA/ADA for 5 years and be a practicing dentist and/or dental educator in good standing. It would be beneficial if a candidate has held office locally, statewide or nationally since networking skills are important. Service on an ADA Commissions or Council and Involvement in other dental organizations is also helpful.

The following ADA Delegation Seat will be open beginning at the conclusion of the Winter 2022 HOD meeting due to the expiring term of current ADA Delegates/Alternate Delegates:

  • Delegate – At-Large – four-year term (December 2022 – December 2026) starting at conclusion of December 2022 HOD
    • Currently Jim Lopez – final term 
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