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About the Virginia Dental Association

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Virginia Dental Association (VDA) Mission

The purpose of the Association shall be to promote the art and science of dentistry, to foster professional relations among dentists; to represent the interests of the profession and the public which it serves; to elevate the standards and improve the methods of dental education; to promote the continuing education of the dental practitioner; to encourage the enactment and enforcement of dental laws, and to enlighten and direct public education to oral health and advanced scientific dental service, and to foster adherence to ethical principles. 

VDA Structure

We are affiliated with the American Dental Association (ADA). The structure of our association is known as "tripartite" in that a member of the ADA is typically a member of three associations at once. The first being ADA, the "national association", the second being the VDA or "state association", and the third being the local or "component" dental society. The VDA has a Board of Directors who govern and direct the association.

VDA Staff

Have a question?  Need a resource? Contact a VDA staff member today.

Dickinson, Terry

Dr. Terry Dickinson
VDA Executive Director
EMAIL
804-288-5750

Anderson, Bonnie

Bonnie Anderson
Assistant to the VDA Executive Director
EMAIL
804-523-2190

Karen Clendenen

Karen Clendenen
Membership Associate
EMAIL
804-592-3459

Givens, Laura

Laura Givens
Director of Legislative and
Public Policy
EMAIL
804-523-2185

Jacobs, Shannon

Shannon Jacobs
Director of Communications
Virginia Dental Journal - Managing Editor
EMAIL
804-523-2186

Kelly, Jill

Jill Kelly
Director of Finance
EMAIL
804-523-2183

Mattes, Sarah

Sarah Mattes Marshall
Membership Advocate
EMAIL
804-523-2189

Rupinski, Elise

Elise Rupinski
Director of Marketing & Programs
EMAIL
804-523-2184

Wyman, Megan

Megan Wyman
Director of CE and Meeting Planning
EMAIL
804-523-2193

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