Meet the Candidates for the 2017-2018 Executive Committee
Connie L. White, DDS, FAGD, attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), where she earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1977. She then attended the UMKC School of Dentistry, receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1981. Following graduation, White’s love of learning and the academic environment led to a position as an associate professor of dentistry at her alma mater. During her early days with the university, she began her private general dentistry practice, earned her certificate in oral medicine and quickly rose to leadership positions within the school. She held many leadership roles at the school, including team coordinator, chair of the Department of General Dentistry, chair of the dental school faculty and interim associate dean for clinical programs. Her current roles at the School of Dentistry are director of patient relations and associate dean of community relations and communication. Her tenure has continued for 36 years.
White became involved in the Missouri AGD as its liaison to the School of Dentistry when she began her teaching career in 1981. She went on to serve as Missouri AGD’s membership chair and moved through the presidential line. She expanded her service beyond the local constituent, by serving on the AGD Membership Council for six years, three of which as chair. She was then elected by her Region 6 colleagues as the regional director for two terms. She initiated her trustee role in 2011, a position that she held for five years. In 2010 and 2015, she enjoyed her involvement in the Strategic Planning task forces and has chaired the president-appointed Dental Student Task Force for the past four years.
White was elected as the secretary of AGD in July 2016. She remains an avid spokesperson for AGD, while serving on the Executive Committee. White holds fellowships in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy and Academy of Dentistry International. She is active in the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association and Greater Kansas City Dental Society.
White has been married to her husband, Jerry, for 33 years, and together, they raised three children. They also have two granddaughters.
“It has been an extreme honor to serve as secretary of AGD for the past year and a half. The time spent in working with the Executive Committee, our dedicated staff and our knowledgeable board has been an invaluable experience for me. With encouragement from many of you, I have decided that the time has come for me to step forward and seek the vice presidency of the Academy.
“Dentistry and AGD have been my life for many years. I am privileged to have served in many capacities throughout the organization, and each of those roles has been so valuable in my preparation for this opportunity. I have learned and have grown much as a dentist and a leader. This position of great magnitude can only be accomplished by true commitment to the Academy, excellent communication skills, deep passion for the organization and a great ability to bring people together. These characteristics define who I am. I am a consensus builder with a servant’s heart and will give everything to see our Academy grow in becoming the world leader, representing the general dentist. My commitment to our organization, our profession and to each of you is paramount in my decision to take this step.
“Our Academy remains strong, and our aspirations for the future of our organization are high. We exist in a world of increasing competition, changing workforce models and changing demographics of the population that we serve. We must examine our Academy and find creative ways to expand our influence as an organization, while bringing increased value to you — our members. We must join together in bringing strength to our organization both in words and actions. Our voice through membership and Advocacy must be passionate and strong.
“I thank you for your commitment and dedication to our tremendous organization. I look forward to visiting with you over the coming months and years as we work together to build our world-class organization.”
Michael W. Lew, DMD, MAGD, currently serves as trustee representing the California AGD. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Berkeley in 1979 and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, he was recognized as an outstanding student in both endodontics and dental radiology.
Lew joined AGD immediately after graduating from dental school, receiving his Fellowship in 1993 and his Mastership in 2007. He also has fellowships with the Academy of Cosmetic and Adhesive Dentistry and International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Lew has served on the Northern California AGD Board (San Francisco) and the California AGD Board since 2003 in multiple leadership capacities. He has led or supported membership drives, student events, socials for new dentists, task forces, and educational courses at the local and state levels. He has been a delegate to the AGD House of Delegates since 2003. Nationally, Lew served AGD on its Strategic Planning Committee and Membership Council. He was regional director from 2009 to 2014, including leading as chair and overseeing the Leadership Conference. As trustee, he currently participates as board liaison to the Membership Council, associate member of the Investment Committee and member of the Budget and Finance Committee. In 2013, Lew was awarded “Dentist of the Year” by California AGD.
Lew has also been active with the American Dental Association (ADA). He led local study clubs for his dental society for years. Lew was trustee to the California Dental Association (CDA) and a member of the Dentists Insurance Company Board of Directors, CDA Legislative Affairs Council and CDA Strategic Planning Group. In addition, he was alternate delegate to ADA.
In 2005, he joined the Dental Board of California, where he would chair the Continuing Education Committee and participate on the Examination Committee. At the Dental Board, Lew successfully advocated for cultural diversity in dental education and acceptance of AGD’s PACE as dental board approved-courses in California. He was a consistent voice for the general dentist throughout many deliberations.
Lew was in private practice for 25 years before joining the state of California as a correctional health dentist.
Lew is married to Vivian, a professional photographer. They have three children. His interests outside of dentistry include history, finance, hiking and music.
“AGD is a great organization representing general dentists and their educational achievements. We have unlimited potential for our future. I want our AGD to be at the forefront of that process. I am asking you to make me part of that leadership team. I believe in servant leadership and in serving AGD for the benefit of the organization and its members. I support AGD’s continuing process of strategic planning and growth, and if elected, I will work to further AGD’s goals as decided by the House of Delegates.
“Like you, I struggled with intrusive government regulations, diminished insurance reimbursements, staff challenges and other changes in our profession. This motivated me to get involved with organized dentistry to help solve the problems of the everyday general dentist, including licensure for new graduates, increasing the numbers of dental hygienists, increasing the number of eligible dental courses allowable for licensure, advocating for the general dentists to perform Invisalign® procedures, and fighting the promotion of the midlevel provider. Shortly after I began, dentistry changed with the advent of cosmetic dentistry, posterior composites, dental implants and rotary endodontics. With my AGD friends, I organized courses in these areas to educate our members. My leadership at the local, state and national levels has always focused on how to help other leaders succeed.
“Let me work with you to help our members succeed in the face of challenge through advocacy and education. Together, let us build a stronger AGD with more members and programs that are second-to-none. With your help and support, I will serve you, the members of AGD, as your secretary. Please vote for me to become your next secretary of AGD.”
Bryan C. Edgar, DDS, MAGD, currently serves as the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) Speaker of the House. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry and a graduate of the U.S. Army General Practice Residency at Fort Riley, Kansas. He joined AGD in 1977 and has served in many roles over the past 20 years both in his state and nationally. Bryan practices general dentistry in Federal Way, Washington.
Edgar is a member of the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) and served as its parliamentarian for 11 years prior to 2013. He is a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. Additionally, he was appointed by AADB to the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation for a four-year term, and later became its chairman in 2010. He is currently a member of the ADA Council on Dental Education & Licensure. He completed his 20th year as a WREB examiner in 2013, and during that time, he served for nine years on Washington’s Dental Board (DQAC). He has served as a delegate to ADA since 1998, and he also served on the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs from 1999 to 2003. He currently serves the Washington AGD as the legislative chair in coordination with the Washington State Dental Association. He was a member of the first Mastership Study Club in Washington in 1988, which resulted in 18 new Mastership recipients. In 2005, he was one of the first three recipients of the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award.
Nationally, Edgar served on the AGD Constitution, Bylaws & Judicial Affairs Council for six years, from 2005 to 2011, including four years as its chair. During this time, he coordinated continually with the advocacy and legal staff to craft language for resolutions and bylaws for the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates. In addition, he served three years as a consultant to House reference committees, and this experience has given him a strong understanding of the structure and functions of AGD. He has also served on the AGD Professional Relations Committee for four years.
As a member of the AGD Investment Committee since 2007, he has helped to grow the AGD reserves to more than $15 million currently. As a result, a large part of the new AGD Headquarters building was paid for with investment earnings. During this time, he also served on the Real Estate Task Force from 2007 to 2011 and previously served on the Board of Trustees and Budget & Finance Committee from 1996 to 1999. Edgar has been a member of the AGD House of Delegates since 1992.
Edgar served in the U.S. Army for 32 years in both active duty and the Reserve, and retired in the rank of colonel. He completed two deployments, which required absences from his private practice, and also graduated from the prestigious U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
“I am so proud to be an AGD member and am especially grateful for the education opportunities the Academy has provided to be able to care for patients at a much higher level over the years. In addition, the Academy has provided the basis for lifelong learning and relationship building with like-minded dental professionals. Without AGD, I could not have achieved the success I enjoy today.
“As a result of my vast experience with constitution and bylaws construction and understanding of parliamentary procedures, my AGD colleagues have encouraged me to continue in the role and challenge of being the AGD Speaker of the House. I accept the challenge and ask for your continued support.”
Roger D. Winland, DDS, MS, MAGD, has been the AGD editor for 21 years. Previously, he served as editor of the award-winning Ohio AGD newsletter, The Family Dentist, from 1986 to 1996.
During his tenure as editor, Winland has overseen many successful initiatives. During the past year, he assisted the AGD Communications Department in a rebranding effort, as well as a website and publications redesign. In the past, he has led the AGD editorial team in introducing a number of electronic communications, including the AGD blog and podcast series, digital editions of both AGD Impact and General Dentistry and an AGD Impact mobile app. He also has assisted staff in improving the AGD’s Self-Instruction program, which allows dental professionals to earn continuing education credits by reading articles in General Dentistry and passing open-book tests.
Winland continues to lead fruitful collaborations with several allied dental organizations. He has directed joint issues of General Dentistry with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, American Association of Endodontists, American College of Prosthodontists and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Under Winland’s leadership, AGD publications continue to win awards. In 2017, General Dentistry was named a finalist for an Association Media & Publishing Excel Award in the categories of “Journals: Redesign,” in recognition of the September/October 2015 and September/October 2016 issues, and “Journals: Feature Article,” recognition of the article, “What every dentist should know about coffee,” published in the July/August 2016 issue of General Dentistry.
Winland practices in Athens, Ohio, where he resides with his wife, Debra.
“It’s been an honor to serve as the AGD editor for the past 21 years and to represent the interest of the membership on the Executive Committee. Just in my last term, I’ve been able to work with the AGD Communications Department to accomplish a number of exciting initiatives on behalf of this organization, including the redesign of both of our publications and our website. Our new website and our publications are fantastic. Our organization’s rebrand, featuring our new logo, was launched during the AGD2017 scientific session in Las Vegas and further personalizes the AGD member experience.
“It’s been exciting to lead ongoing efforts in engaging with our members via digital communication. Our social media accounts are growing at a consistent pace, and the communications team continues to share members’ stories through The Daily Grind, AGD’s blog that spotlights what really happens every day in our lives as dentists.
“In 2016, I selected Timothy F. Kosinski, DDS, MAGD, to be our new associate editor. Dr. Kosinski is a renowned author and lecturer on implants and their related surgical aspects. His most notable recently published articles include: ‘What’s on Your Technology Wish List? Considering Return on Investment and Efficiency as Purchasing Factors (AGD Impact, May 2017)’ and ‘Alumni play a critical role in maintaining excellence in dental education (General Dentistry, May-June 2017).’ He is a great addition to our publications team.
“Your communications staff is a young, vibrant group of professionals whom I look forward to continue working with as we share with the membership many exciting developments for the future of our organization. I have been honored to serve as your editor and look forward to continuing this exciting work for the next three years.”