Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Please join me in welcoming Michael O’Toole our new Executive Director for the Columbus Dental Society.  Michael has over 20 years of experience and holds the distinction of being a Certified Association Executive (CAE).  Becoming a CAE requires years of documented experience in managing an association, professional society or nonprofit organization.  Recipients must achieve high educational requirements and pass a rigorous exam validating their proficiency in the field.  Michael is also a certified Meeting Professional (CMP). The CMP is bestowed to meeting professionals with a high level of experience, skill and knowledge.  Over his career, Michael has worked for several international, national and local nonprofit organizations including ASM International, the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, the American Ceramic Society, Ohio Lumbermen’s Association and The American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, DC.

Michael says he is excited about working with Dentist and our commitment to the oral health of our community.  He will use his years of experience to advance the mission of the Columbus Dental Society.  Please take advantage of upcoming opportunities in May to meet and welcome him in person.

I would like to thank all the members of the Central Office Committee and the Executive Director Search Committee and their respective chairs, Drs. Homa Amini and Henry Fields for their many hours of hard work during our search for a new director.  A special thanks to Michelle Janetski , our Office Manager, for her dedication and leadership as interim Executive Director for the past several months, keeping our operations moving along smoothly.

Our next CDS CE event will be May 4th from 6:30 to 8:30pm; titled “Impress Your Patients with your New Patient Exam.”  This program will cover Oral Cancer Screening and techniques on how to conduct an efficient Head and Neck Exam.  This course is followed by our General Membership Meeting on May 17th.  Our speaker for the evening is Harry Kamdar, Executive Director for the Ohio State Dental Board.  His presentation is titled “The Ohio State Dental Board, a 360 degree perspective” and will allow you to hear firsthand about what is happening at the State Board and how it affects you, your practice, and the public.

Finally, I want to thank all of you, our members.  With your collective support we are able to promote our core values:  advancing the dental profession through education, advocacy, programs and products that promote good oral health, educating the public to a fuller understanding and appreciation for the function and care of the oral cavity and its effect on the overall health of the patients we serve. 




             Jacinto W. Beard, DDS, FAGD, FICD