It is with great excitement that we announce that Becky Herman will join the Seventh District Dental Society and Monroe County Dental Society as our new Executive Director on Monday, October 25th. She rose to the top of an extensive list of candidates and was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee and then of the entire Board of Directors. Becky is only our third permanent ED in the past 50 years so we are eager to work with her as we begin this new era. She will be replacing our own Dr. Andrew Vorrasi who graciously came out of retirement to serve as Interim ED while the search process continued. Following a long, effective, and certainly consequential career at the local, State, and National levels Dr. Vorrasi found yet another way to use his unique skills to the benefit of his colleagues. We will forever appreciate his dedication as well as his wit and wisdom.
Becky brings with her more than 25 years of experience in developing and implementing innovative strategies for successful recruitment, fundraising, and communications programs, nineteen of which were in dental education and healthcare administration. Since 2015, she has served as Director of Recruitment and Community Outreach for NYU Langone Dental Medicine Postdoctoral Residency Programs. In this role, she engaged and supported leadership members, faculty, residents, and staff within more than 100 dental health center training sites across 30 US states and the Caribbean. She joined Lutheran Medical Center (now NYU Langone Dental Medicine) in 2012 as their Director of Alumni Relations and Development to establish the vision and direction of philanthropic efforts for the department. From 2007 to 2012, Becky served as Director of Advancement for our own Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester. In this role, she led a comprehensive capital campaign, was responsible for the organization and implementation of high-end donor recognition and stewardship events, volunteer recruitment, budget oversight, and strategic planning.
She has served as a Board member and President for several non-profit and educational organizations in the Rochester region. Becky received her Master’s degree in Education and a Certificate in Dental Education at the University of Pacific, following completion of a dental fellowship through the Academy for Advanced Learning (AAL) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
“As Executive Director, I aim to raise awareness and be a strong advocate to educate others about the important role of organized dentistry at the local, state, and national levels. Through regular communication, events, Web presence, and social media activity, I want the SDDS and MCDS to be seen as a key resource for the dental community.” said Ms. Herman.