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Officer and Trustee Elections

Dentists may nominate colleagues or themselves for the positions of WDA president-elect, vice president, editor and speaker of the house. Each serves for one year and the speaker’s term can be renewed indefinitely. The editor serves a four-year term.

Submit candidates’ names by June 1, 2018 to the Nominating Committee (see below). The committee will present its slate of candidates to the WDA House of Delegates when it meets Nov. 9 – 10, 2018 in Sheboygan. Nominations will also be accepted from the House floor at that time.

Nominees’ digital headshots and curriculum vitae should be sent to Lisa Chandre at [email protected] or faxed to 414-755-4105 by Aug. 1 for publication in the September WDA Insider blog and October WDA Journal.

Contact Executive Director Mark Paget at 800-234-4515 (toll-free, direct) / [email protected] or your regional Nominating Committee representative for detailed position descriptions or any questions about the WDA officer nominating process.

President-elect and vice president

The president-elect serves for one year before automatically advancing to the presidency. Duties include hosting Legislative Day and working with WDA staff and the Michigan Dental Association delegation chair to coordinate caucus meetings for the American Dental Association’s 9th District. The vice president also serves for one year. The president, president-elect and vice president work closely together to represent the dental profession in meetings with government officials and state legislators. These three officers support one another in serving as WDA spokespersons with the media and other organizations.


Editor, as editor in chief of the Journal of the Association and the WDA Sourcebook (Member Directory and Practice Guide), is the head of the Editorial Advisory Board. The executive director shall be the executive editor and is a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Editorial Advisory Board. Editor, who is elected to a four-year term by the WDA House of Delegates, invites up to five dentist members and one dental hygienist member to serve for one-year terms with the option to renew annually at the request of the editor for a maximum three years.

Speaker of the House
Working with staff, the speaker sets the WDA House of Delegates’ agenda. He or she presides over all House meetings, performing duties according to parliamentary procedure, and guiding the Reference Committee when necessary with resolution wording and procedures. He or she also serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees.The Speaker of the House is elected for a one-year term that can be renewed indefinitely.Please contact Executive Director Mark Paget at 800-234-4515 (toll-free, direct) or [email protected] for detailed position descriptions.

Questions and answers from all candidates can be viewed here

WDA President –  Dr. Pat Tepe (Verona)

WDA President-Elect – Dr. Thomas Raimann (Milwaukee)

WDA Vice President – Dr. Paula Crum (Green Bay)

WDA Editor – Dr. Ryan Dulde (Eagle)

WDA Speaker of the House – Dr. Monica Hebl (Milwaukee)


How to nominate

Individuals may nominate colleagues or themselves by submitting candidates’ names to the Nominating Committee:

Nominating Committee

MEMBERS                                                ALTERNATE MEMBERS

NW Region 1 | Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Chair  NW Region 1 | Dr. Kent Vandehaar
981 Blue Stone Lane                                123 W. Willow Street
Marathon, WI  54448-6800                       Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Phone: 715-359-7898                                Phone: 715-723-5688
Email: [email protected]             Email: [email protected]

NE Region 2 | Dr. Martin Williams               NE Region 2 | Dr. Karen Johnson
2726 Riverview Drive                                112 S. Main Street
Green Bay, WI  54313-6715                      Clintonville, WI  54929-1631
Phone: 920-662-1600                                Phone: 715-823-2233
Email: [email protected]            Email:                                                                                                          [email protected]

GM Region 3 | Dr. Lisa Teel                           GM Region 3 | Dr. Joseph Nencka
20350 Water Tower Blvd., Ste 203            12660 W. North Ave, Bldg. D
Brookfield, WI  53045-3558                       Brookfield, WI 53005-4633
Phone: 262-327-6100                                Phone: 262-432-1600
Email: [email protected]                     Email:                                                                                                           [email protected]

SE Region 4 | Dr. John Onderak                  SE Region 4 | Dr. Francesca                                                                                             DeRose
1215 Cranston Road                                  5439 Durand Ave, Ste 215
Beloit, WI  53511-2574                               Mount Pleasant, WI  53406
Phone: 608-363-9400                                Phone: 262-634-8662 x2
Email: [email protected]                          Email:                                                                                                           [email protected]

SW Region 5 | Dr. Kendra Schaefer             SW Region 5 | Dr. Rachel Steele
4002 Monona Drive                                    716 W. Adams Street
Madison, WI  53716-1138                           Black River Falls, WI 54615
Phone: 608-222-6606                                 Phone: 715-284-9409
Email: [email protected]              Email:                                                                                                          [email protected]

Please direct questions about the nominating process to your regional representative or Executive Director Mark Paget at 800-234-4515 or [email protected].

2018 Trustee-elects

Northwest Region 1 – Dr. Rick Mueller (Marshfield) curriculum vitae

Elected to serve second and final 3-year term






Northeast Region 2 – Dr. Chris Hansen (Two Rivers) curriculum vitae

Elected to serve second and final 3-year term







Greater Milwaukee Region 3- Dr. Cheska Avery-Stafford (Waukegan, IL) curriculum vitae

Elected to serve first 3-year term









Dr-Brian-WatkinsSoutheast Region 4 – Dr. Brian Watkins (Kenosha) curriculum vitae

Elected to serve first 3-year term






Southwest Region 5- Dr. Rachel Steele (Black River Falls) curriculum vitae

Elected to serve second and first 3-year term







Southwest Region 5 Special Election – Dr. Leslee Timm (La Crosse) curriculum vitae 

Elected to complete an unfulfilled term; 2018-2020






There also are multiple opportunities for dentists and dental hygienists to make things happen in their profession by serving on WDA committees.

Trustee elections

The Board of Trustees is the managing body of the association with responsibility for conducting all WDA business as outlined in the organization’s bylaws and as directed through House policy decisions. The Board also establishes interim policies essential to the management of the association or of an emergent nature between annual House meetings.

Voting for WDA trustees takes place in all regions in early August. Electronic balloting is used when there is only one declared candidate in a region. In contested elections, paper ballots are mailed to all regional members in good standing.

Open seats available in 2019 include: Northwest Region 1, Northeast Region 2, Greater Milwaukee Region 3, Southeast Region 4 and Southwest Region 5. Incumbent trustees in Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5 are eligible to serve another 3-year term. Region 4 is serving second and final 3-year term and will therefore be ineligible to serve.   

Nominations for five regional trusteeships are being accepted through April 2, 2019. Candidates should submit a headshot photo (digital preferred) and CV to Lisa Chandre at [email protected] by April 1.


2018 ADA 9th District Delegation – WI

Dr. Edward Chiera, Beloit
Dr. Benjamin Farrow, Madison
Dr. Chris Hansen, Two Rivers
Dr. Monica Hebl, Milwaukee

Dr. Daryl Holdredge (Green Bay)
Dr. Christopher Johnson (Eau Claire)
Dr. Dave Kenyon, Altoona 
Dr. John Moser, Milwaukee
Dr. Rick Mueller, Marshfield

Dr. Ned Murphy, Racine
Dr. Jon Nelson (Superior)
Dr. Thomas Raimann, Milwaukee
Dr. Thomas Reid, Madison

Dr. Rachel Steele, Black River Falls
Dr. Joe Uker, La Crosse



ADA Council on Dental Practice vacancy

Wisconsin Dental Association dentists interested in representing their 9th District Wisconsin and Michigan colleagues on the American Dental Association Council on Dental Practice should submit their curriculum vitae by Jan. 15, 2018 to Executive Director Mark Paget at [email protected].

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