ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee

On behalf of ADEA members and the Board of Directors, the ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) provides advice and counsel to ADEA on public policy and legislative priorities. The ADEA LAC recommends policy based upon legislative policy priorities that have been approved by the ADEA Board of Directors, covering four broad categories: dental and biomedical research, education and training, access and disparities in care, and infrastructure and workforce. To that end, the ADEA LAC promotes policies and programs that improve the nation's oral health, advance dental and craniofacial research and education, reduce oral health disparities, and increase access to dental care.

ADEA LAC members serve staggered three-year terms. Position openings on the LAC are advertised through the nominations process established by the ADEA House of Delegates and appointed by the ADEA President as approved by the Board of Directors.

2020-21 Committee Members 

Gregory Olson, D.D.S., M.S.
Professor and Chair, Pediatric Dentistry
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

Ryan Quock, D.D.S.
Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors
Distinguished Teaching Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

Keith A. Mays, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors
Interim Dean
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Peter Damiano, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Director, Public Policy Center
Director, Health Policy Research Program
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics

Craig Hirschberg, D.D.S.
Director, Endodontic Postgraduate Program
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine

Kathy L. Marshall, D.D.S.
Program Director, Department of Orthodontics
Howard University College of Dentistry

Melanie Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM
Chair, Department of Oral Health and Integrated Care
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

Britta Magnuson, D.D.S.
Assistant Professor/Assistant Director
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Melanie Simmer-Beck, RDH, Ph.D.
Professor of Dental Public Health and Behavioral Science; Director, Admissions Enhancement Program
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry

John A. Valenza, D.D.S.
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H. 
President and CEO  
American Dental Education Association
Ex Officio 


To communicate policy suggestions to ADEA LAC members, please send them to:

ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee
655 K Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001

Or by contacting Tim Leeth, ADEA Chief Advocacy Officer at .