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Wednesday
Dec092009

PCI and You: Navigating new privacy regulations

Understanding Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. About a year ago, the credit card industry established guidelines and regulations — called Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards

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Wednesday
Dec092009

Improved Communications: WSDA's new Web site

Let’s face it: a web site is only as good as the information it contains and the architecture designed to move a visitor through it. If someone can’t find what they’re looking for, you might as well not have a site.

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Thursday
Oct292009

Short and Sweet: Webinars are a convenient way to meet CDE requirements

A recent webinar held by WSDA was a big success, attracting some 34 participants to the lunch time learning session taught by Dr. Rhonda Savage. A year ago, WSDA might have gotten just one quarter of that number to participate, but people are beginning to see the benefits of fitting education into their lunch breaks. “The members I’ve talked to really like learning practice management tools without having to travel,” says Eleanor Pawley, WSDA’s Manager of Continuing Education and Speaker Services, “And, it’s a chance for them to preview instructors who will be at the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference in June.”

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Thursday
Oct292009

Better than par: Dr. Jim Ribary focuses on the challenges ahead

Jim Ribary loves golf— digging in, analyzing the course, and improving his game by honing in on the nuances of the course. His path to becoming president of the WSDA Board of Directors has been similar — he’s served on committees and as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President and President-elect over the past eight years, developed an understanding of how the organization works from the ground up, met and befriended the players, and helped shape and define the course of the organization for his tenure and beyond. It didn’t always come naturally. “When I started out I was like a lot of members out there — I really preferred to stay in the background. I just wanted to understand the finances and serve on the Budget and Finance Committee. Now I have the confidence in myself and the issues, know where we want to position ourselves as an organization, and how to best deliver that message to our members. As president, I’m certainly not in the background anymore, but I think taking that time was instrumental.”

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