Dr. William Calnon elected president of ADA Foundation

September 30, 2016

By David Burger

Carrying the baton: Dr. William Calnon presides over the ADA Foundation board meeting on Sept. 28 shortly after he was elected president at Chicago's ADA headquarters.
Dr. William Calnon is the new president of the ADA Foundation after elections in September.

Dr. Calnon's presidency follows the two-year term of Dr. Reneida E. Reyes, a pediatric dentist in Brooklyn, New York. He has been a member of the ADA Foundation's board of directors since 2013, where he served as vice president of scientific research.

Dr. Calnon, who practices general dentistry in Rochester, New York, was the 2011-2012 president of the ADA after serving a four-year term on the ADA Board as the trustee from the Second District, which represents New York. 

"I recognize from being on the Foundation's board the unbelievable potential the Foundation has and it continues to do excellent things for the public," Dr. Calnon said. "I also recognize that with all those tremendous opportunities come challenges. I'm ready to take on those challenges."

Dr. Calnon said his goals for his term include further strengthening the bond between the Association and the Foundation, spurring the involvement of more stakeholders in its programs, and showcasing the impact of the Foundation's initiatives to the public.

Dr. Reyes said a good Foundation president is many things. "You need good leadership qualities and be a good listener," she said. "You need a sensitivity to where needs exist and the best response to those needs." Dr. Calnon "definitely" embodies those qualities, she said. "We are going to maintain a high level of success."

Dr. Calnon's previous responsibilities with the ADA include serving as a leadership representative at the 2010 National Summit on Diversity in Dentistry, as a member of the Council on Dental Practice, and on key committees and subcommittees, including one on ergonomics and disability support services.

Dr. Calnon is a past president of the New York State Dental Association, the Seventh District Dental Society and Monroe County Dental Society. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Calnon graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University and received his dental degree from University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He completed the general practice residency program at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health.

The Foundation board of directors also elected several new and continuing members to its board.

Newly elected Foundation board members include:
  • Ann Bruck, U.S. industry relations and professional services manager, 3M Oral Care, St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Dr. Howard I.A. Lieb, Staten Island, New York.
  • Dr. Mary J. Hays, Chicago.
Directors chosen to renewed terms are: 
  • Dr. Maritza Morell, Boston.
  • Michele Penrose, director of global professional relations, Henry Schein, Melville, New York.
Directors newly elected to the ADAF executive committee from among the ADAF board of directors are: 
  • Vice president of scientific research: Dr. Gary Jeffers.
  • Vice president of finance: Dr. Roger L. Kiesling.
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