2021 GDA Nominating Information

Below are the list of positions requiring nomination for 2021. Nominations and CV’s are due by November 1, 2020 except in the case of At-Large Trustee nominations, which are due June 17, 2021 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.

ADA Delegation: 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 November 14, 2020. 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 CV’s, 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 dentists 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 Seats will be open for 2021 due to expiring terms of current ADA Delegates/Alternate Delegates:

  • Delegate – Central District – four-year term starting in January 2021
    • Currently Amber Lawson – eligible for additional term
  • Delegate – Northwestern District – four-year term starting in January 2021
    • Currently Donna Thomas-Moses – final term 
  • Delegate – Southeastern District – four-year term starting in January 2021
    • Currently Jeff Capes – eligible for additional term
  • Alternate Delegate – Northern District – four-year term starting in January 2021
    • Currently Henry Benson – eligible for additional term
  • Alternate Delegate – At-Large – four-year term starting in January 2021
    • Currently Peter Shatz – eligible for additional term

District Trustees: Each district nominates a District Trustee to a three-year term. Districts submit their nominees via the Nominating Committee at the Winter House of Delegates meeting for approval, and trustees take office at the following summer 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.

 The following District Trustee terms are expiring in 2021:

  • Central District Trustee – three-year term starting after election in July 2021
    • Currently Mike Loden – eligible for additional term
  • Northern District Trustee – three-year term starting after election in July 2021
    • Currently Donnie Brown - eligible for additional term
  • Southwestern District Trustee – three-year term starting after election in July 2021
    • Currently Jay Phillips - eligible for additional term

At-Large Trustees: At-large trustee nominees must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by June 17, 2021. All eligible candidates will be presented to the House at the House of Delegates meeting on July 15, 2021. 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 term of at-large trustees shall begin at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the House at which the trustee was elected and shall end at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the House following the third succeeding election meeting of the House. 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.

The following At-Large Trustee terms are expiring in 2021:

  • At-Large Trustee - three-year term starting after election in July 2021 
    • Currently Ryan Vaughn (N) – eligible for one more term
  • At-Large Trustee - three-year term starting after election in July 2021
    • Currently Stan Halpern (NW) - eligible for one more term
  • At-Large Trustee - three-year term starting after election in July 2021
    • Currently Rene Roberts (W) - eligible for one more term

GDA State OfficersThe 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 candidates will be announced at the Winter House of Delegates Meeting, and the election will take place at the House of Delegates Meeting on July 15, 2021.
Offices opening include:

  • Vice President – one-year term starting in July 2021 after election, automatically becomes President-Elect at the end of the term
    • Also serves as a voting member of the Board of Trustees
  • Speaker of the House – two-year term starting in July 2021 after election
    • Serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees

Georgia Board of DentistryGeorgia Board of Dentistry nominees must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by November 1, 2020. Districts wishing to nominate candidates for the Georgia Board of Dentistry positions must submit four names and should be listed in order of preference by the district. All candidates should be informed that 30 days of meetings per year is the typical requirement of Board candidates. Nominations should be submitted to the GDA office via official letter from the district President or President Elect. The Nominating Committee will vet the names and approve them for submission to the House of Delegates. The House Delegates will approve the nominations in the order listed for submission to Governor at the appropriate time for consideration to be appointed to the Board of Dentistry. 

The following Board of Dentistry terms expire in 2021:

  • Dr. Tracy Gay, (C) – Term expiring August 1, 2021
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