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In the news: Edgar, Hemion and Sledge assume posts

Dr. Linda Edgar

Dr. Linda Edgar was recently elected as vice president of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Edgar will serve one year as vice president, with an automatic ascension to president-elect in 2012, and president in 2013.z
Edgar has long been involved in politics in organized dentistry, serving in leadership at the component society level, as a delegate for the WSDA’s House of Delegates for eight years, as a member and chair for the Committee on Pacific Northwest Dental Conference.

A member of the AGD for more than 19 years, Dr. Edgar has served the organization in numerous leadership roles. She was a member of the Board of Trustees for Region 11, and has held all elected offices for the Washington AGD, and served as its executive director for four years. As a member of the AGD’s Membership Council, Dr. Edgar developed the student transition manual and helped to develop the AGD’s constituent marketing program, which aids AGD’s constituents with their local recruitment efforts. Dr. Edgar received the AGD’s Overall Recruitment Award in 2003.
Recently, Dr. Edgar earned the Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition (LLSR) for her commitment to lifelong learning, volunteering her services to communities in need, mentoring associates and new dentists, and participating in organized dentistry. The LLSR is presented only to AGD members who have gone above and beyond earning the association’s highest honor of Mastership. Dr. Edgar completed at least 1,600 hours of continuing dental education in 16 different dental disciplines, and completed at least 100 hours of dental-related community or volunteer service.

Dr. James Sledge

Dr. James Sledge was recently appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to the State Board of Health whose function is “prescribed  activities such as rule making and producing the Biennial Report to the Governor every year, but the Board also has policy development capacity. It has statutory authority to recommend policy to the Secretary of Health and, more broadly, ‘to explore ways to improve the health status of the citizenry.’ Planning sessions are typically held at the beginning of each new biennium to develop a strategic plan. Current strategic plan goals include: Strengthening the public health system, increasing access to preventive service, reducing health disparities, and encouraging healthy behaviors.”
Dr. Sledge has been a faculty member at UW School of Dentistry since 2007 with the R.I.D.E. program at the Riverpoint campus in Spokane. He has served as a delegate to both the WSDA and ADA House of Delegates, and has been President of the Spokane District Dental Society Foundation from 2007 to the present. Early in his career he worked in the pharmaceutical industry with Abbott Labs and then went on to work in a private dental practice in Spokane for 29 years.
Sledge served as a Peace Corps volunteer on the Island of Borneo from 1968 to 1970 and has since performed volunteer work in the Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, and Nicaragua.  He is active on numerous community boards, including United Way, ARC, SHMCF, WDS Foundation and NW Genetics Clinic.
He received his undergraduate degree from Whitworth College in 1968 and graduated from the UW School of Dentistry in 1979.


David Hemion

David Hemion, former Assistant Executive Director of the Washington State Dental Association, has accepted a position as Executive Director of the Montana Dental Association, effective September 1. Hemion was with the WSDA for more than a decade, and was instrumental in guiding members in some of the most successful grassroots political efforts in the Association’s recent history. Congratulations, David!


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