Michigan Dental Assistants Association

P. O. Box 118

Lennon, MI 48449


It may be snowing in Michigan, but that isn't stopping the ADAA Board of Directors and Officers from restructuring our association and creating what our members want! We can't wait to see what is coming in the next several months!

Dental Assisting Job Opportunities

(updated 1-16-2015)

You MUST complete an ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) approved program to take the Registered Dental Assistant "R.D.A." Exam in Michigan. If you do not have a R.D.A. license in Michigan, you CAN NOT perform R.D.A. functions.

You MUST complete an ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation approved (or substantially similar) class to expose X-rays in Michigan. It is the LAW! Make sure you have proof of your training available in your dental office!

For more information, go to Legislative News.

To: ADAA Board of Trustees, State Presidents, Local Presidents, and Members

From: Kimberly Bland, CDA, EFDA, M.Ed., ADAA President

Date: December 29, 2014

Subject: Association Transition

With the impending retirement of Larry Sepin, Executive Director of the American Dental Assistants Association and with the ever increasing complexity of the association marketplace, the ADAA Board of Trustees has been discussing various management models that the Association might pursue into 2015. Options included hiring a new chief staff executive or moving towards the retention of an association management company (AMC), which would allow the association to apply some new thinking to the way it serves the profession and its members.

To that end, the Association conducted an operational and governance review starting in August of 2014. It identified a variety of issues with which the ADAA should be dealing to improve its operations and structure.

After the completion of the review and many additional discussions involving legal counsel, financial advisors, and an Ad-hoc Committee on Association Transition, the ADAA Board of Trustees came to the decision to contract with the firm of Solutions for Associations, Inc. (SFA) to manage the Association in the coming years. This firm has an outstanding track record of helping similarly situated associations improve their overall performance, assistance to their members, and service to the profession. The Association will transition in January of 2015 from its current management model to the AMC model.

ADAA is pleased to introduce the association professionals who will be working with it starting in January of this year.

John E. Kasper, PhD, CAE will act in the capacity of Executive Director for ADAA. He has 35 years of association management experience in a wide range of areas, including leader and member interaction; policy development; membership recruitment and retention; government relations; public speaking; meeting management; staff and office management; budgeting; and statistical analysis.

Dr. Kasper is a published author on topics such as budget preparation and financial concepts for associations, evaluating candidates for political contributions, performance appraisals, job descriptions, job evaluation techniques for association management positions, and organizational change. He has spoken on such concepts as labor relations law for health care professionals, the legislative process, and politics. He also has acted as a facilitator for medical organizations in long range/strategic planning sessions.

John E. Kasper has baccalaureate and master's degrees in business administration (BBA and MBA) from Loyola University in Chicago. He has a doctoral degree (PhD) in Public Policy Analysis within the Political Science Department from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 1988 Dr. Kasper has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) as designated by the American Society of Association Executives.

Catherine B. Kasper will act as the Finance Director for ADAA. She has 19 years of association management experience in certification and accreditation procedures for professional health care providers. Her experience includes administrative management; meeting management; financial management; volunteer support and committee management; staff and office management; budgeting; and statistical analysis. Catherine B. Kasper has a baccalaureate degree in business administration (BBA) from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin.

Sidonia L. Peto will act in the capacity of Director of Education for the Association. She has 15 years of experience in association professional education and meetings. She has managed the day-to-day operations of continuing education programs for the dental community. She has ensured compliance with the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) Standards and obtained recognition/accreditation from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE). She has worked with volunteer leaders to facilitate educational planning processes for educational activities; developed, evaluated and improved the metrics and methods used to evaluate educational programming; and acted as a staff liaison to numerous Education Committees. Ms. Peto has an MA in Education Administration/Curriculum Design from Purdue University. She also has a BA in education from Purdue University. She has completed postgraduate work at Purdue University and the Keller Graduate School of Management, MBA program.

Jennifer Porter will serve as the Director of Membership for the Association. She has 28 years of experience in membership management, information technology, and customer service. She has served as a Membership Manager for nonprofit organizations, conducted membership development and retention activities, maintained association websites, and conducted social media programs. Ms. Porter has a BS in Management Information Systems from Elmhurst College.

Jay Kasper will serve as the Assistant Director of Membership. He has 6 years of association administrative experience in the areas of membership and certification. He has served as a Membership and Certification Manager, and he has two years of customer service experience in for-profit companies. Mr. Kasper has a BS in Music Business from Illinois State University.

Emma Leighton will serve as the Director of Meetings for the Association. She has 12 years of progressive management experience. She has served as a Director of Conference Planning and Continuing Education for associations, in which position she was responsible for budgets, pre-event planning, marketing, event planning/logistics, travel coordination, housing, working with presenters, on-site meeting coordination, and post-event follow-up. She has also maintained continuing education provider approvals for nine accreditation groups, ensured that all the continuing education programs offered by her associations adhered to provider guidelines, conducted needs assessments to identify hot topics, and coordinated a feasibility study for the addition of an on-line format for the associations' continuing education offerings. Ms. Leighton has an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Her baccalaureate degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies from the same university.

Mike White will serve as the Director of Legislation for the Association. He has 8 years of experience in the association management industry with an association management company. Prior to his career in association management, he served as a staff member for the Illinois House of Representatives Minority Leader. Mr. White successfully managed the government relations department for a fast growing medical specialty society, and he provided direct support to three separate associations. He has garnered experience in a wide array of issues which include scope of practice concerns, insurance reimbursement policies, facility accreditation standards, and legislative/regulatory analysis. Mr. White attended Northern Illinois University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in political structure and American law.

Pat Nutter will act in the capacity of Customer Service Manager for ADAA. He has over 35 years of experience in management and administration with the U.S. Department of Labor, including six years as the Director of the Chicago District Office with 28 investigators. He also worked seven years as the Director of the Regional Planning and Management where his experience included the development and monitoring of the annual budget and program plans, training, and personnel actions for the ten district offices in the nine state mid-west region. Mr. Nutter has a baccalaureate degree (BA) and a master's degree (MA) in Economics from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI where he was also a graduate teaching assistant.

There are other administrative staff who will work with the above staff to provide important services to the society, including Accounts Payable services, data entry, and clerical services.

The ADAA Central Office will be moving its physical location by the end of January 2015. The new address for the ADAA will be 140 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1017. The ADAA toll free number will remain the same: 1-877-874-3785. A new local number and fax number will be announced at a later date.

The ADAA has also begun the process of developing a new online management system which includes a new, responsive web site complete with an E-learning system and E-commerce system. Members will have the ability to login to a personalized membership dashboard page that will permit them to maintain an up-to-date membership profile; upload, manage and track all continuing education credits; engage in ADAA courses through the ADAA E-learning system; access all ADAA Members-only content, and more. The site is expected to make its debut in late February or early March 2015.

While there will be a lot of transformation within the ADAA during the next several months, we want to assure the members that their membership needs are always first and foremost. We truly want to maintain a "business as usual" attitude during the transition so if there are some needs that are not being met in a timely fashion, please contact your trustee and we will do everything in our power to assist you in resolving the situation. Decisions for change are always hard as we always tend to feel contented in old, familiar settings. However, sometimes opportunities are missed when we choose to remain comfortable. We know that the changes we make today serve to assure that ADAA remains America's oldest and largest dental assisting association serving over 310,000 dental assistants in the United States.

As ADAA remains dedicated to the development and recognition of professionalism through education, membership services and public awareness programs, we continuously seek opportunities to strengthen our stance as we advocate for legislation mandating credentialing for clinical dental assistants and greater recognition of the assistant's role in the professional dental team. The ADAA Board of Trustees realizes that as our Association evolves, everything we do and all decisions we make must point back to our mission: to advance the careers of dental assistants and to promote the dental assisting profession in matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public." Knowing this, we have embraced new and truly promising opportunities for our association's future.
Thank you all for your dedication to dental assisting and to the ADAA. This is truly a wonderful time to be a dental assistant and a member of the American Dental Assistants Association. Best wishes to all for a very happy and successful New Year!


It has been an interesting journey, but the new Administrative Rules of the MI Board of Dentistry were filed with the Secretary of State on October 8, 2014! The rules took effect immediately. We encourage everyone to READ THE RULES as there are alot of "house keeping" changes to make the rules easier to understand, and there are other additions and changes! Fines for not following the rules have been increased, information on Silver Alloy was added, Volunteer hours can be used for CE credits, along with other changes. PLEASE, take a few minutes to READ THE RULES!

Link to the Rules

R.D.A.s after 2004 and those prior to who took expanded duties updates can place Class I Resins. If you have any questions, please contact our Legislative Chair, Jennifer Kindel @ 989-948-1646.

PA 305’14 Regarding Miliatary License Fee Waiver passed & takes effect January 1, 2015.

Congratulations to Karen Minca,

our new ADAA 6th District Trustee!

Congratulations to Oakland County Dental Assistants Society!

The dedicated dental assistants in Oakland County have banded together to "resurrect" their society.

Contact President Ann Nordstom @ 1-586-855-0119 or for more information

Check out the newest addition to our website: Promotional discounts to members!

Future Dental Assistants: Make certain you know what you can or can't legally do in the State of MI! Double and Triple check to make certain what type of credential you will be qualified for when you complete the training! ONLY Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited programs will qualify you for the R.D.A. exam!

Additional information regarding Rule Changes

MDAA Board Meeting
January 10, 2015
150th Mid-Winter Meeting

February 26-28, 2015

Chicago, IL

Dental Assistants Recognition Week
March 1-7, 2015
MDAA Board Meeting
March 14, 2015
MDAA Spring Seminar

March 21, 2015


MDA Annual Session, Student Day & MDAA House of Delegates

April 22-25, 2015

Lansing, MI

MI Rules Update for Dental Assistants

MI Dental ASsistants

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