Pyramid of Pride Awards

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  • Awards overview
  • Past award recipients
  • Pyramid of Pride award categories
  • Nominate a colleague

  • Awards overview

    The Pyramid of Pride Awards are given annually to member dentists, organizations and others who have demonstrated exemplary commitment, service and achievement in regard to dentistry and the oral health of Wisconsin residents. Awards are presented at a special dinner in conjunction with the WDA House of Delegates every fall. 

    Judging of all awards, with the exception of the WDA Foundation Philanthropic Award, is done by the WDA Board of Trustees. The WDA Foundation Philanthropic Award is selected by the WDA Foundation Executive Committee.

    All nominations must include a completed nomination form and a letter from the nominator indicating how the nominee meets the criteria and why they should be considered for the award. In addition, nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award must include a current curriculum vitae. A dentist nominated in any of the award categories must be an American Dental Association member.


    Past award recipients  

    The WDA honored seven award recipients during our 151st Anniversary and Pyramid of Pride awards celebration on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at the Brookfield Conference Center.

    Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr. William Lobb (Milwaukee)

    Community Outreach Award - Dr. Pamela Hanson (Waukesha)

    New Dentist Leadership Award - Dr. James Kolstad (Waukesha)

    Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring Award - Dr. Cheska Avery-Stafford (Waukegan, IL)

    Political Action Award - Dr. Jeannette LaBelle (Lake Geneva)

    WDA Award of Honor - Dr. Ned Murphy (Racine)

    WDA Foundation Philanthropic Award - Dr. James Morgenroth (Wautoma)

    Past POP award recipients


    Pyramid of Pride award categories

    The WDA presents awards in 10 categories:

    • Lifetime Achievement - 1 recipient
    • Community Outreach - up to 5 recipients
    • Friends of Dentistry - up to 2 recipients
    • Media Awareness - up to 2 recipients
    • Communications (formerly Media Relations) - up to 2 recipients
    • New Dentist Leadership - up to 3 recipients
    • Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring - 1 recipient
    • Political Action - up to 5 recipients
    • WDA Award of Honor - up to 5 recipients
    • WDA Foundation Philanthropic - 1 recipient (selected by the WDA Foundation Executive Committee)

    Award descriptions and criteria


    Nominate a colleague

    Nominations for a deserving dentist, organization or friend(s) of dentistry are accepted throughout the year. To qualify for that year’s program, nominations must be submitted by July 15. For any questions, please contact Amy Bastic at