Board Members & Committees

Interested in the School of Dentistry Alumni Society Board? Apply by filling out this application form.

A member of the SODAS board or staff will follow up with you.

President & UMAA Representative
Mary Pariseau, DDS '84

Immediate Past President
Robert Gardetto, DDS '86

Board Members
Karen Bohnen, DT '14
Diane Clysdale, DH ‘87
Julie Dunn, DPH '81
Scott Durand, DDS '12
Laura Eng, DDS ‘80
Angela Hilo, DDS '02
Randy Moseng, DDS '97
Joey Omlie, DH '74, DDS ‘80
Aruna Rao, DDS '12
Michelle Scholtz, DH '08, DDS '12
Daren Sullivan, DDS '09
Cindy Sundet, DDS ‘85

Advisory Members (Ex-Officio)
Gary Anderson, Dean, School of Dentistry
Jo Peterson, Director, Continuing Dental Education
Christine Blue, Director, Division of Dental Hygiene, School of Dentistry
Sara N. Johnson, Director, Student Services, School of Dentistry
Karl Self, Director, Division of Dental Therapy

For more information on getting involved with the School of Dentistry Alumni Society contact:

Emily Best
Interim Director of Development
15-136 Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-6884
Fax: 612-624-0027
emilyj@umn.edu

School of Dentistry Alumni Society Committees

Board Development Task Force

Board Development Task Force

The Board Development Task Force is responsible for ensuring the future viability of the School of Dentistry Alumni Society by finding, evaluating and developing board members and cultivating their leadership as officers of the board. The committee is chaired by the immediate past president of the board. Other members include the three other officers of the board, the president, vice president and secretary/treasurer.  The committee meets at the discretion of the chair, typically once in the fall and once in the spring, and also communicates via email. 

Alumni Engagement Committee

Alumni Engagement Committee

Increase awareness of University of Minnesota Alumni Association membership, decrease confusion among alumni of member vs. non-member status. Ensure that SODAS presence at Star of the North engages alumni.

Social Engagement Committee

Social Engagement Committee

Define how alumni want to be engaged and determine if their needs are being met. If not, create a new alumni engagement opportunity.

Honors Task Force

Honors Task Force

The Honors Task Force meets in December and January and 5 volunteers are needed. The Honors Task Force is responsible for presenting the Distinguished Dental and Dental Hygiene Awards annually. This includes placing the call for nominations, reviewing the nominations, selecting the recipients and presenting the awards. The meeting schedule is up to the discretion of the sitting chair and may include a meeting with the alumni director and/or a meeting of committee members (in person or via conference call). The call for nominations is sent out early Fall and nominations are due in December. The committee votes and selects recipients in January. Each year, the award is presented the following April at the Dean’s Recognition Reception at the Star of the North meeting.

Alumni Relations and Development Office

15-136 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Meet our alumni and development staff

Emily Best

Emily Best
Acting Director of Development
15-136B Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-6811
Fax: 612-624-0027
emilyj@umn.edu

Nicki Black

Nicki Black
Annual Giving and Stewardship Coordinator
15-136 Moos Tower
515 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-301-6663
Fax: 612-624-0027
black842@umn.edu

Erin Elliott

Erin Elliott
Director of Alumni Relations
15-141 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-6884
estrong@umn.edu