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2014 Leadership Institute holds first meeting

Drs. Miki Suetsugu, Nathan Russell and Heather Ronngren

On January 10, The Leadership Institute kicked off the year with the first of six events scheduled for 2014, the Past President’s Roundtable and Association background session.  The Institute was designed to foster new leadership in the WSDA by pairing participants with WSDA Board members who mentor them throughout the process. Members selected to this year’s class are Dr. Heather Ronngren, North Central District Dental Society; Dr. Nathan Russell, Kitsap County Dental Society; Dr. Miki Suetsugu, Seattle-King County Dental Society,  each chosen for their commitment to organized dentistry and their dedication to advocacy. Program mentors are Dr. Gary Heymoto, Dr. Lorin Peterson, and Dr. Bryan Edgar.

 Throughout the day-long event at Association offices participants met with the Association’s senior staff members individually to understand that staff person’s role, and that of their department within the WSDA. Later they met key past presidents of the WSDA including Dr. Danny Warner, Dr. Jeff Parrish, Dr. Doug Walsh, Dr. Victor Barry, Dr. Mark Walker and Dr. Rod Wentworth for an extensive Q & A session about the WSDA. 

Besides the scheduled events, participants are encouraged to meet privately with their mentors during the year to discuss perspectives, leadership issues and questions, and to further enhance the collaborative nature of the leadership process. The programming goal is intended to educate and illuminate the leadership process, without overwhelming participants with too many activities. 


Here is a list of the remaining events for the year:

January 30/31 - DentPAC Meetings/Dental Action Day (DAD) 

Spring - Committee Meeting of Participant’s Choice

June 19-20  - Board of Directors Two-Day Meeting

September 18-20  - House of Delegates


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