Washington State Dental Association Selects Mr. Bracken Killpack As New Executive Director
The Washington State Dental Association has named Mr. Bracken Killpack as its Executive Director, effective January 2, 2015. Killpack will succeed Mr. Stephen Hardymon when he retires after 21 years as WSDA’s Executive Director. Killpack joined the organization in 2006 and currently serves as the Association’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, a position he has held for the past three years.
“Bracken is an incredible asset to this organization — he’s forward thinking, innovative, and possesses a vast knowledge of politics in Olympia,” said Dr. David Minahan, president of the WSDA. “He’s grown tremendously while at the WSDA, and we know he is the right person to lead the organization into the future.” Killpack was chosen from a field of more than 45 strong candidates from around the country. The selection committee was comprised of WSDA officers, and Amanda Tran, Senior Vice President and Assistant Executive Director for the Association. “The process was exhaustive, and took four months from start to finish,” said President-elect Dr. Gregory Ogata, “And included meetings and interviews with five key candidates, and later with the two finalists. We were most excited about Bracken’s vision for the Association, his intellect, and his ability to work seamlessly with members, professional staff, and political allies.”
As Executive Director for one of Washington’s most powerful advocacy groups, Killpack will work hand in hand with the Association’s Board of Directors to navigate the course of the Association — not only in terms of its advocacy work, but in the way it serves the public and its members. “This is a challenging time for Associations around the country,” said Minahan, “With Bracken’s help we anticipate a renewed reach to younger dentists, and we’re confident of his leadership abilities in Olympia, with our members, and with the professional staff of the WSDA.”
Killpack received a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and will complete a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business in June. Additionally, he and his wife Kate served in Panama with the Peace Corps for more than two years as Community Economic Development Consultants.