Question and Answer: Rowe
AWhy are you applying for this position? 

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry holds a special place in my heart.  I have gained so much professionally and personally from my involvement in our Academy.  I have treasured the last 3 years serving our Academy as a member of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry, and I believe I have made a positive impact on the growth of the AACD.  I believe I have more to give, and, if given the chance, I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to give my time and effort to promote and strengthen the AACD’s Credential among our membership, the dental community, and dental consumers; and to assist in the overall growth of the AACD to help secure an even brighter future for our Academy.

B.We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others. Be as specific as possible.

I am detail oriented and a good listener.  I enjoy working with others with a common goal in mind.  As a critical thinker, I try to evaluate all facets of any particular issue and utilize that information to make an informed decision.  I am honest, compassionate, and respectful of the opinions of others, but quite practical and fair when it comes to making a decision on any matter.  I choose to lead by example and I hold myself to the same standard I expect of others.  My experience serving as a leader in our Academy over the past three years has been diverse, and I feel that I have learned and grown as a leader through each task. 

C. Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.
I am committed to completing any task I begin.  I have a positive approach to problem solving and try to offer solutions rather than pointing out problems.  I understand commitment, and I am committed to the success of our Academy.  As a member of the ABCD’s Written Exam Committee, I contributed views on technical points of cosmetic dentistry, and worked with the group to develop and maintain a psychometrically valid examination for our Credential.  My position as an Accreditation Examiner has also allowed me to work with others to maintain the standard of excellence that the Credential represents.  It is an honor to serve with other Examiners to celebrate great work and to provide collective constructive criticism to help our members in the process (MIP’s) of pursuing Accreditation improve their skills to achieve work that meets the “zone of excellence” defined by Credentialing criteria.  My position as a Credentialing Mentor allows me more direct, personal contact with MIP’s in an effort to achieve the same goal.  The time I have served on the ABCD has been challenging, yet extremely satisfying and fulfilling on both personal and professional levels.  Our Academy has undergone some difficult times over the past three years I have been on the ABCD.  As a member of the board, I have tried to make sure that the interests of our Accredited membership are well represented in our changing political climate.  As chairman this past year, I have worked closely with the ABCD and the BOD to help develop and refine the AACD’s strategic plan.  I have served on several committees with leaders from other areas in the Academy, which has allowed me to represent the interests of Accredited members and MIP’s, and learn about and understand Academy issues from differing points of view.  In all areas, our groups have come together to work toward the common goal of growth and prosperity of our Academy.  My service on the BFC has allowed me to understand the financial state of our organization and, as a member of the committee, oversee fiscal responsibility with Academy funds.  Being a part of the University Educators Forum allowed me to take part in an effort to rekindle lost relationships with dental schools across the nation.  Our committee efforts have led to the resurrection of the standing University Relations Committee.  I am also facilitating a successful AACD Student Esthetic Study Club at the University of Tennessee with Dr. Mickey Bernstein.  We have worked with Dr. John Calamia to share the successes of our respective programs to attempt to grow student study groups in other schools.  My work on the Ethics, Conduct, Advocacy, and Resolution Committee allowed us to directly resolve internal conflicts over policy issues within the Academy.  I worked closely with several current and past BOD members to formulate policies with which all of our leaders could agree served the best interests of our Academy and it’s volunteer leadership.  My service on the President’s Information Council under Dr. Ron Goodlin allowed me another opportunity to work with volunteer leaders from other facets of the AACD and understand issues outside of the ABCD.  I contributed as a member of the Executive Director Search Committee and helped interview candidates for the Executive Director position.  I represented the interests of the Accredited membership and the MIP’s during that process, and I am proud to say that our work led to the hiring of our excellent new Executive Director, Mrs. Barbara Kachelski.   That work has continued in my service on the Executive Director Transition Committee, where I am working with the other committee members to provide a smooth transition for our new ED into her new position.  As a member of the Volunteer Placement Committee I am working with the committee members to vet and recommend placement of members for the committees of the BOD.  We have assisted the BOD in developing committee criteria and evaluating strengths of volunteer leaders to build the most effective volunteer committees to fulfill BOD directives.  Currently, my service on the Four J’s group allows me the opportunity to interact with our President, President-Elect, Vice President, and our Executive Director and keep a handle on the pulse of our Academy on an almost daily basis. 

D. The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict. 

I treasure the friendships I have developed over my lifetime.  One of the most important aspects of those friendships is respect.  I respect the opinions my friends may hold, even if I do not agree with them.  I respect the passions and convictions of others, but I have learned that I do not always need to think the same way they do to be friends with them or to work with them.  In an instance where I might have a differing professional opinion from a friend, I would embrace the opportunity to hear their viewpoint, and then share ideas.  In a “worst case” scenario I can be comfortable with the idea that we “agree to disagree” on an item as long as we can come to some middle ground that benefits the membership of our Academy.  It is important to me that professional items remain business decisions.  Ethical issues should follow along the same vein.  Decisions should be made to best benefit the Academy’s business with no confusion of involvement of friendships or expectation of personal favors resulting from friendships.

E. What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?
I have a passion for the AACD.  My Academy membership and journey through the Accreditation process have made an indelible impact on me both professionally and personally.  I want others to have the opportunity to feel that same experience.  I believe, in addition to my passion for the AACD, I bring a respect for and interest in bringing historical perspective to the AACD’s current views.  I have not served the Academy as long as some leaders, but I find real value in speaking to past leaders and learning about the AACD’s roots, and then applying that knowledge to current events.  I believe on building on the strong foundation that has been laid for our Academy and growing in future opportunities.  In order to do that, our Academy leadership needs to have a solid grasp on our past.

F. Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancement of the AACD Strategic plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s core purpose. 

I am interested in the tradition of our Academy, especially as it relates to moving us into the future.  I believe the AACD is built on a solid foundation and is poised to grow on that foundation of excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry as times change.  As long as that foundation is in place (maintained and curated), we can direct our strategic efforts in any direction we desire based on popular culture and current events.  Given my interests, I see myself as an effective bridge between the AACD’s past, present, and a very bright future.

G. Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members. 

I see myself as an effective bridge between the membership and the leadership of the AACD.  As an active Examiner and Mentor in the Accreditation process, I have the opportunity to work closely with the Academy’s MIP’s.  I get to hear concerns from the general membership as well as the Accredited members.  I realize that the future of our Credential lies in the hands of the general membership recognizing the value of and choosing to pursue Accreditation.  One reason those relationships are important to me because they form the support group for the future growth of the Credential.

H. Please list any leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

My recent leadership experiences are limited to the AACD because of my extensive involvement with and time commitment to the AACD.  I had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Paul Homoly this past year in the AACD Educators Academy.  Even though the advertised focus was speaking, Dr. Homoly’s teaching brings a great deal of leadership skill into the class, as well.  I have also attended leadership classes through the AACD in the past including Miriam Carver’s education on Policy Governance.

I. What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position? 

I love the AACD and will serve the Academy to the best of my ability.  I know that I don’t know everything, and I am always willing to keep an open mind and listen before making a decision. Any decision that I have made or will make will always be for what I believe to be in the best interest of the AACD’s future. I look forward to working with the rest of the AACD leadership to ensure prosperity for our Academy.

J. Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending? If yes, please explain. No

k. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.  No