November 27, 2017
Numerous alumni from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry have stepped up to serve in key leadership positions at the California Dental Association, the nation's largest state-level component of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Natasha Lee '00 was installed as president of the organization during the CDA House of Delegates meeting held Nov. 17-19 in Sacramento. Lee serves as an assistant professor in the Dugoni School's Department of Diagnostic Sciences and also runs a private dental practice in San Francisco. Lee was introduced by Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus, who served as the installing officer.
"I'm proud to be one of the many members of the Dugoni School family committed to bettering the profession through leadership in organized dentistry," said Lee. "I'm grateful for the mentorship and support of my colleagues and hope to serve as a role model for our students who will lead the profession in the future."
Alumnus Dr. Judee Tippett-Whyte '86 was confirmed as a new member of the CDA's Executive Committee, where she will serve as secretary starting in January 2018. Tippett-Whyte is a past president of the Dugoni School's Alumni Association and a past president of the San Joaquin Dental Society. She practices dentistry in Stockton.
Continuing on as a leader with CDA is Dr. Craig Yarborough '80, director of the Center for Success at the Dugoni School. Yarborough is continuing his service as the CDA Speaker of the House, a position he has held since 2014. He has been involved in organized dentistry for many decades along with his numerous leadership roles at the Dugoni School.
In addition, alumnus Dr. Jim Stephens '82, a dentist from Palo Alto, was selected to represent the 13th district (California) as a trustee of the American Dental Association effective October 2018. Stephens served as president of the dental school's student body (1981-82), is a past president of CDA (2014) and is currently chair of The Dentists Service Company, CDA's new subsidiary.
During the weekend gathering, the CDA Foundation acknowledged Dr. Richard Fredekind with the Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award. Fredekind currently serves as executive associate dean at the Dugoni School and has held numerous faculty and administrative leadership roles during his many years of involvement with the school. The Dugoni Faculty Award acknowledges and supports eligible faculty affiliated with the state's six dental schools for their exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education.
The CDA Foundation also honored Dugoni School alumnus Dr. Lester Low '86 with the CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award. The Stockton-based dentist volunteers as director of the St. Raphael's Dental Clinic at St. Mary's Dining Room, has served as president of the San Joaquin Dental Society and is involved in numerous organizations and events that benefit the underserved.
"One of the Dugoni School's core values is leadership and we commend all of these individuals for stepping up to serve both our profession and our school," said Dean Nader A. Nadershahi '94. "It's inspiring to see these leaders so actively involved, sharing their voices and lending their time to support organized dentistry."