University of Maryland Chapter Board ’18-19

President: Brian Calhoon, ’20

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? I really love working on cars in my spare time and I’m currently a nation high performance drivers education instructor.

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? I really fell in love with ASDA after going on a few trips with them.  I also was inspired by my mentor to get involved with national organized dentistry.

At least one goal this year for your position? I hope to inspire more people to get involved with our organization this year and years to come!

 

Vice President: David Morabito, ’20

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? Dentistry is a hobby?!? I also enjoy doing anything outdoors like sailing, swimming, hiking biking. The list goes on. I also enjoy to drum, I am a part our class band ‘Plaque Sabbath”

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? I joined to ASDA as an Exec member to take leadership in our chapter. I hope to work with the board as a team to spread our awareness and make an impact on our local community.

At least one goal this year for your position? My goal for this year is to lead a strong team and help motivate us through the tough times. I also look to get more of our classmates not currently involved, involved it all that we have to offer!

 

Secretary: Maria Oei, ’20

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? Running, hiking, playing piano, cooking, DAT tutoring.

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? I wanted to be more involved with community service and wellness events, learn more about dental opportunities after graduation, and help guide future/ current dental students on their dental journey.

At least one goal this year for your position? To promote better communication/organization within the exec board and student body.

 

Treasurer: Devon Allison, ’19 DDS and PhD Student

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? I love doing Crossfit/Olympic Weightlifting and I work at BARCS (city animal shelter) taking care of cats on the weekends.

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? I started to get more involved with ASDA during my D3 year and I wanted to continue being involved. Since I’m a very organized person and I can work an Excel sheet, treasurer fits the bill.

At least one goal this year for your position? Keep concise and transparent records so everyone understands where ASDA stands and how their tuition goes towards ASDA events.

Pre-Dental Chair: Cao-Minh Tran, ’20

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? I love to play volleyball. I play competitively in the North America Gay Volleyball Association and travel across the country to compete against other teams.

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? I understand the process applying to dental school can be stressful, especially when dealing with school, research, work and extracurricular activities, but it should be exciting. I want everybody to enjoy their time before dental school and develop a positive mindset to prepare themselves for the future.

At least one goal this year for your position? One of the my goals is to reach out to more pre-dental students from different schools and universities and prepare them for the application process.

 

Wellness Chair: Samantha Bordener, ’21

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? Cooking but I’m a terrible baker, watching Friends on repeat, trying different types of work out classes, crafting things that all eventually get stored underneath my bed

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? To advocate for my class, meet upperclassmen, make professional contacts and learn more about organized dentistry

At least one goal this year for your position? I want to take wellness beyond the typical components of being fit and mentally well. I am hoping to incorporate safety as well by adding in a self-defense class. Baltimore can be a little sketchy in some areas… so I’d like for everyone to know how to defend themselves if needed.

 

Community Service Chair: Kendall Murphy, ’20

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? A few things that I enjoy are hiking, traveling, sailing, long boarding, hibachi, art projects, and hanging out with my dog Penny.

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? I joined ASDA as an Exec member to get more involved within my community, and to have a hand in enriching the day to day life of my fellow classmates and colleagues.

At least one goal this year for your position? One of my goals this year for my position is to organize and host at least one community outreach event per month.

 

Newsletter Editor: Tess Moran, ’21

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? I love to write and play music – I even get to sing in the dental school band! I have started reading fiction for fun, and I really enjoy doing all kinds of activities with my friends.

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? I’ve joined ASDA as an Exec member because ASDA makes it so easy to act as a resource to others, which is one of my favorite things.

At least one goal this year for your position? I love to write, and I can’t wait to increase readership of our newsletter!!

 

Webmaster: Nicole Lozon, ’20

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? I love going to the movies, playing tennis, and painting. I built my our PC and love technology.

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? I joined ASDA as an executive board member to contribute my skills to an organization that is nationally known in the dental community.

At least one goal this year for your position? I hope to keep a log of our fun events and lectures so that future generations of ASDA members may benefit.

 

Social Media Coordinator: Kritika Paudel, ’20

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? I love cooking. I live weight lifting. And my first true love is dance. I’m the happiest on a dance floor or in front of a mirror in a dance studio. And writing. I minored in literature and writing. But haven’t really had time to lately. I’m working on a book of short stories. That’s a long term life goal.

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? I joined ASDA because it was in one of the conferences that I attended that made me realize theres so much to dentistry beyond requirements and dentires. The advocacy and legislation aspect, wellness initiatives and just like minded people that have new and unique ideas and have so much to share. I realized that if I could portray in images and words what ASDA really is and how people can get involved it would encourage others to join.

At least one goal this year for your position? I wanna get a record number of people coming out to ASDA events and really being a widely recognized organization in school through our events a d outreach efforts.

 

Legislative Liaison: Caroline Kim, ’21

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? I enjoy playing tennis and exploring the various local theaters in the Baltimore area.

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? Aspects of the dental profession, and even dental education, are determined by laws passed on the state and federal levels. She hopes to encourage fellow dental students at Maryland to think about the popular issues surrounding dentistry and be a part of the conversation.

At least one goal this year for your position? This year I plan on inviting speakers to discuss their viewpoints on various topics, such as mid-level providers and federal loans.

 

Co-Fundraising Chair: Laura Rojas, ’20

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. My family and I migrated to Florida after I graduated High school at 15 years old. I went to Florida International University in Miami and I did a chemistry major and took some art classes. In fact, I sometimes wish I would had been an art major instead. I love traveling  and I also love dancing to latin music even when I am getting ready in the mornings. I also enjoy teaching people Spanish; so whenever you want to learn a Spanish word/phrase- preguntame!

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? If there is an active dental association nationwide is ASDA, this association really makes a difference in dental student’s journey though school. Community service, personal growth activities and professional success tips are all part of ASDA’s  activities throughout the year. I wanted to be part of helping accomplish this and get people excited to join ASDA.

At least one goal this year for your position? Get ready for some of the most useful dental and non-dental supplies that ASDA will be selling through out the year. We have a couple of ideas and activities in mind including delicious food, planners, business cards and more. Thank you in advance for helping us work towards our fundraising goals!

Co-Fundraising Chair: Melissa Mertely, ’20

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What are some hobbies you enjoy or something about yourself? During my free time you can find me at the gym or stuffing my face with pizza (it’s all about balance, right?!?!) I am a travel-bug and have have only a few more states on my list to visit until I have visited all 50 in the US. I’m pretty proud of that fact even if my wallet isn’t. Lastly, I am constantly planning various social events, and I am convinced if I wasn’t striving to become a dentist that I would have been a wedding planner.

Why you joined ASDA as an Exec member? I joined ASDA as an exec member because I wanted to be more involved in an organization with these values and goals. This organization gives me the opportunity to grow within our future profession and also as a person.

At least one goal this year for your position?My goal is to greatly grow our funds in order to help provide more opportunity for those within the organization.

 

D1 Class Representative: TBD