Board Members

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

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President
Aruna Rao, DDS 2012

Immediate Past President
Mary Pariseau, DDS 1984

Board Members
Karen Bohnen, DT 2014
Carol Dahlke, DH 1984, MDH 2010
Julie Dunn, DPH 1981
Scott Durand, DDS 2012
Angela Hilo, DDS 2002
Sanket Nagarkar, DDS 2013 
Shivan Nelson, DDS 2011
Joey Omlie, DH 1974, DDS 1980
Chad Rasmussen, DDS 1999
Michelle Scholtz, DH 2008, DDS 2012
Tudor Stiharu, OMS 2017

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 Affairs, School of Dentistry
Karl Self, Director, Division of Dental Therapy
Emily Best, Director of Development

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

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

Honors Task Force

Honors Task Force

Five volunteers are needed for the Honors Task Force, which is responsible for the Distinguished Dental and Dental Hygiene Awards. These awards are presented annually, and task force members meet in December and January to discuss their strategy in carrying out the following:

  • publishing the call for nominations
  • reviewing the nominations received
  • selecting the recipients
  • presenting the awards

The Honors Task Force Chairperson sets the meeting schedule. This 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 in early Fall (preferably September) and nominations are due in December. The committee votes and selects recipients in January. The award is presented every 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