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Staff

Office of the Executive Director

The executive director is responsible for the leadership and administration of the Texas Dental Association staff and daily operations. The Executive Office, in conjunction with other Departments, supports the Board of Directors, the House of Delegates, the ADA 15th Trustee District delegation, and other councils and committees.

 
   
Linda Brady, CAE
TDA Executive Director
lbrady@tda.org
  Donna Cortez
Executive Affairs Manager
dcortez@tda.org 
  Terry Cornwell
Governance Manager
terry@tda.org
  Marissa Gamez
Project Specialist
marissa@tda.org 
             

Member Services & Administration

This department oversees member service programs, all membership functions, the TDA publications, IT/systems technology, as well as administrative and building management activities of the Association. The member services component consists of the peer review program, the ethics and judicial program, the third party resolution program, the contract analysis program, the Texas Dental Journal, TDA Today, Smart Mouth, and the TDA website. The membership component consists of dues billing, maintaining all member data, reconciling member payments with state and ADA records, as well as managing recruitment and retention projects and leadership programs with the Council on Membership. The director serves as membership liaison to the ADA and to TDA’s 26 component societies. The department provides staff support to the Awards Committee, Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs, Council on Membership, New Dentists and Students, Council on Peer Review, and Strategic Affairs Committee.

 
       
 
Lee Ann Johnson 
Director
leeann@tda.org

  Debrah Rogers
Program Manager
debbie@tda.org

 
Billy Callis
Managing Editor
bcallis@tda.org

 

 
 
   
Paul H. Schlesinger
Systems Administrator/
Technical Support
paul@tda.org
  Rachael M. Daigle
Membership Coordinator
rachael@tda.org
 
Stefanie G. Clegg
Web & New Media 
Consultant
   

Finance

This department manages the finances of the Association, including TDA Holdings, Inc., TDA Financial Services, Inc, TDA Member Benefits, Ltd., Paid Dental Benefits, Inc., TDA Relief Fund, Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation, and Texas Mission of Mercy, Inc. The finance staff works with the boards of directors of each entity and key staff members to provide accurate, relevant financial reports. The department works directly with the secretary-treasurer in financial reporting, budget development, and cash and investment management. The financial records are maintained in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and in accordance with federal, state, and local tax regulations. In addition to the annual independent audit, the department provides reports to taxing authorities and funders. The finance staff supports the Audit Committee and Budget, Assets and Finance Committee.
 

 
 
DeeDee Delagarza, CPA
Director
deedee@tda.org
  Barb Carlson
AP Accountant
barb@tda.org
  Arlene Knox
GL Accountant
arlene@tda.org 

Membership Meetings

The department is responsible for the organization, coordination, and council support of all planning functions and on-site logistics for the TDA Meeting. This includes negotiation of contracts for speakers and general contractors and preparation of materials for marketing and promoting the TDA Meeting, TDA’s second highest source of non-dues revenue. Other activities include management of exhibit sales, solicitation, and acquisition of sponsorships to support TDA meeting activities, training of host societies and volunteers, contracting for meeting facilities, hotel room blocks, off-site tours, and social event facilities. In addition, the department is responsible for all hotel and meeting needs of the Association, including coordination of Texas delegation activities at the ADA annual meeting.

      
    

Bre Binder

Director of Membership Meetings

bre@tda.org

Lauren Beeman
Meeting & Exhibits Coordinator
lauren@tda.org

 

Legislative & Regulatory Affairs

This department seeks to represent and preserve the integrity of organized dentistry in the Texas legislative and regulatory arenas. In addition to serving as staff lobbyists, policy experts, and liaisons for the the Council on Legislative, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, the Council on Public Health and Access to Care, the Council on Professions and Trends, and the Council on Dental Licensing, Standards and Education, the department is responsible for managing legislation and regulations that affect dentistry. The department staff implements legislative action as established by the TDA and oversees activities of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Health and Human Services Commission, and other governmental agencies. The department also manages DENPAC, the Texas Dental Association Political Action Committee. DENPAC supports state office holders and candidates who advocate for the dental profession and for the dental health of the citizens of Texas. DENPAC is funded by voluntary contributions made primarily from TDA members and their families.
 

 
 
Jess Calvert
Director of Public Affairs
 
Diane Rhodes
Senior Policy Manager
  Rebecca O'Connor
DENPAC Coordinator /
Policy Analyst 
rebecca@tda.org


TDA Organizations

TDA Financial Services, Inc / TDA Perks Program

TDA Financial Services, Inc (FSI), a wholly-owned affiliate of Texas Dental Association, Association, and manages TDA Perks Program (Perks). FSI’s board of 12 TDA members evaluates products and services, and endorses those meeting strict criteria. By negotiating exclusive discounts and other benefits for TDA members, and working with its endorsed partners to ensure TDA members are provided excellent customer service, FSI works to provide value to the membership. More than 20 vendors offer TDA member discounts and enhanced buying opportunities. Royalty income is generated through TDA-member participation in Perks programs, which is passed to TDA as non-dues revenue. By providing value to members, and non-dues revenue to the Association, FSI is a win-win strategy for TDA.





 
Donovan Osio
General Manager
Teresa Kim
Multimedia Communications Manager
Josh Epstein
Marketing Specialist
 

 

Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation (TDASF)

The TDASF’s mission is to improve access to dental care for the underserved of Texas and to educate the public and the profession about oral health. This mission is accomplished through the following programs and education initiatives. Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) events deliver charitable dental care through a multi-annual, travelling dental clinic all across Texas. Fluoride Fest and the Cavity Free Corral provide oral health education to children and their families, while TDASF’s newest program, SMART Smiles, provides preventative dental care to elementary school aged, low-income children. TDASF also provides 6 scholarships to deserving first-year dental students each year, and sponsors the Beverly Bane Lectureship each May at the TDA Meeting in San Antonio. These programs have collectively provided over 41,000 Texans with $30 million in charitable dentistry since 2001, alleviating the strain on local emergency rooms that see thousands of dental cases yearly, educating Texans about the importance of oral health, and relieving the pain and suffering of those with limited financial and geographic access to dental care, all while improving the public image of dentistry.

 
Judith M. Gonzalez
Foundation Director
  Sara Harney
Missions Manager
sara@tda.org