ADA Foundation

The ADAF encourages hope and health in communities by improving access to oral health care and providing assistance to dentists and their families in need.

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About ADA Foundation

About ADAF

The ADA Foundation is the 501(c)3 charitable arm of the American Dental Association. The Foundation encourages hope and health in communities through philanthropy, professional development and recognizing promising leaders in the dental profession. As part of these efforts, the Foundation oversees Give Kids A Smile® and its suite of smile programs like Tiny Smiles and Give Veterans A Smile, in addition to Charitable Assistance Grants, Whiston Leadership Award, and Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Award.

Vision & Mission

Vision: Hopeful and healthier communities

Mission: Encouraging hope and health in our communities through philanthropy, professional development and recognizing promising leaders in the dental profession

Board of Directors
  • Michele M. Tulak-Gorecki, DDS
    Chair ADA Foundation, ADA Board of Trustee Member
  • Patricia L. Blanton, DDS, MS, PhD,
    Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Sciences, TAMUS/BCD
  • Steven J. Brady, MBA
    Vice President, Liberty Dental Plan
  • Rita M. Cammarata, DDS
    ADA Board of Trustee Member
  • Raymond A. Cohlmia, DDS
    Executive Director and Secretary,
    ADA Board of Trustee Member
  • Theresa S. Gonzales, DMD, MS, MSS, COL,(Retired), USA
    Chair, Department of Advanced Specialty Sciences
    Professor and Director, Ryan White Dental Clinic
    Medical University of South Carolina
    James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
  • Dana T. Graves, DDS, DMSc.
    Professor, Vice Dean for Scholarship and Research and Director,
    Doctor of Science in Dentistry Program
  • Julie Frantsve-Hawley, PhD, CAE
    Executive Director, TAG Oral Care Center for Excellence
  • Michael Kamp
    Executive Director, Emerging Markets, US Dental at Henry Schein
  • Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD
    Dean and Vice Provost, University of the Pacific,
    Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Download the 2023–24 Board of Directors Photo Sheet (PDF)

Staff Support

Nicole S. Catral, RDH, MHS
Director, Social Responsibility and Philanthropy

Briana Fitzgerald Rowland, MBA
Senior Manager, Philanthropic Programs and International Engagement

Patricia Alexander
Manager, Give Kids A Smile Program

Tracey Schilligo, MS, CFRE
Manager, Professional Programs

Contact Us

ADA Foundation
211 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

ADA Foundation Email:
Phone: 312.440.2500