Candidate Q&A: Marongiu

a. Why are you applying for this position?
I am applying for the position of General Member on the Board of Directors for the AACD to give back to the organization and support its forward progression.  I originally became involved in leadership and continue to stay involved in leadership to make a difference and be a part of change and forward thinking.  I have held various leadership positions over the past decade through college, graduate school, and organized dentistry that have provided a broad foundation of leadership experience to both learn from and build upon with the continual goal to always make things better.
I have had the opportunity to be a part of the AACD for the past four years.  I began my experience as a senior at Loma Linda University founding the cosmetic study club with Dr. Viviane Haber and since then have remained an active member at national and regional levels.  The organization, efficiency and leadership of the AACD continue to impress me and I feel my past leadership experience will allow me to give back to the academy and continue its forward progression.
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 a ‘Relating Director’ in the sense of every leadership and personality test I have ever completed.  I became heavily involved in leadership while attending undergrad.  I served two years as an Interfraternity Council Vice President and two years as a Senator on the Associated Student Body student government while serving as a live in Residential Advisor at the University of California San Diego.  This jump-start into leadership gave me an opportunity to relate and work effectively and efficiently with people from varying backgrounds and taught me patience.  I became a very good listener as I mediated disputes between the Greek organizations and the University and learned how to keep an open mind and evaluate situations from all points of view.
The leadership experience from undergrad set the stage for dental school as I moved through various committees and workgroups and eventually became the President of the Dental Student Association and Senator to the University.  Since dental school, I have continued to stay involved with both UCSD and Loma Linda and have returned several times to consult with administration and have given several presentations on student leadership and involvement and how it helps prepare individuals for a professional career.
While balancing all the responsibilities of dental school and fulfilling my obligations on various boards and committees, I learned how to manage time very efficiently and delegate where appropriate to achieve goals.  From an organizational standpoint, I am a very goal orientated list maker who falls under the category of Type A personality.
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.
When I get involved, I dive in headfirst all the way and perform to my highest ability.  As mentioned above, I am very goal orientated and driven to supercede expectations.  While attending Loma Linda, I helped teach and develop a hands on Introduction to Dentistry course at a local university that continues on today.  While active in the Dental Student Association, I helped create an annual mixer that is now tradition and gains the attendance of over half the university.  Most recently, I served as Chair to the Committee for the New Dentist (CND) for the California Dental Association (CDA) and have helped create a new dentist three-day workshop that will pilot in July 2014. 
Two years ago, I had the opportunity to serve on the Judicial Council for CDA and was able to author two articles on social ethics and was additionally asked to give a lecture on the ethics of social media at CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry.  Since then, I have stayed active as a peer reviewer for the ethics journal.
Through these experiences and others, I have learned to work with others to accomplish large goals that would have been otherwise unattainable and have continued to stay involved to see their completions.
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.
In previous years, I have held several positions in which I have been involved in mediation and peer review, both in and out of dentistry.  I have always believed and acted in full disclosure and have removed myself from any circumstance where I could not be impartial.
e. What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?
I am bringing a fresh, energetic point of view to AACD leadership along with the experience from university, CDA, and ADA leadership.
Over the past few years, I have been very involved with dental leadership and politics.  I have participated in policy development, lobbying efforts and membership.  I have been a CDA Delegate and an ADA Delegate and have sat on the CDA Board of Trustees and CDA Board of Managers.  I want to bring this experience to the AACD and help make the organization even better.
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.
The AACD is committed to the advancement of evidence based cosmetic dentistry and high quality continuing education.  This commitment to quality and education is what initially attracted me to the AACD and kept me as an active member.  I am in the process of accreditation and getting ready to submit my first five cases.  I have been fortunate to partner with Dr John Weston, Accredited Fellow, who has supported me and my pursuit of the highest quality evidence based comprehensive dentistry and I believe this pursuit aligns perfectly with the advanced of AACD.
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.
Being involved, present, and accessible.  We are living and practicing dentistry in a new era of transparency and social media.  I will support the membership by bridging that gap and urging involvement.  Leadership in most well established organizations is often viewed as a good old boys club.  I strive to break this barrier to gain broad based leadership to support a broad membership.
h. Please list any leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.
I have attended and participated in numerous leadership retreats throughout undergrad and dental school, but most recently have participated in the CDA Leadership Development Conference 2009, 2010, 2013.  I have taken countless CE courses on leadership and continue to read leadership development books.
i. What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?
I am highly motivated, love to design and develop, and am goal driven.
j. Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending? If yes, please explain.
k. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.