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Illinois Section Inducts 18 New Fellows

Posted July 29, 2021

The Illinois Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy held a virtual New Fellow Induction Ceremony on Thursday Mar 4, 2021.  As the Chicago Dental Society moved the Midwinter Meeting to a virtual event, Illinois PFA did as well.  It was disappointing not to be able to meet at a reception and have a more fitting ceremony worthy of the caliber of the organization and these inductees.  With that said, when we look on the bright side this was probably the very first time that 9 Officers and Trustees were present for an induction ceremony outside of an ADA meeting!  Dignitaries attending were from all over the U.S. and as far away as the Philippines. 

We are again very proud of the incredible talent, leadership and service exhibited by these new fellows, and we want to congratulate them again on receiving this high honor.

Conducting the ceremony were:

Dr. Terry Brewick, International President
Dr. Ghabi Kaspo, Region 8 Trustee
Dr. Paul Obrock, Illinois Section Chair 

International Officers and Trustees also welcomed were:

Dr. Cheri Newman, International Immediate Past-President
Dr. Armyl Banez, International Vice President
Dr. Ken Van Meter, Region 2 Trustee, Northeast USA
Dr. Cheryl Billingsley, Region 3 Trustee, Southeast USA
Dr. Myrna Banez, Region 9 Trustee, Asia
Dr. Hal Hale, Region 10 Trustee, Central USA
Ms. Loralie Lowder, International Executive Director

As part of the ceremony, each candidate was asked to have a spouse or significant person in their life accompany them for the presentation of the pin, certificate and ribbon.  In several cases those individuals were also dentists, which certainly added an extra sense of pride for both parties, as they bestowed this honor upon their loved one.

The New Fellows inducted were:

Dr. Shafa Amirsoltani
Dr. Brian Blew 
Dr. Kim Bolden  
Dr. Maria Connoyer  
Dr. Michael Danner  
Dr. Michael Durbin
Dr. James Frett 
Dr. Jessica Gibbs  
Dr. James Hardy 
Dr. Eric Jackson
Dr. Randall Markarian
Dr. Joanne Oppenheim  
Dr. Kevin Patterson
Dr. A. Bronwen Richards  
Dr. Stacey Van Scoyoc   
Dr. William Simon
Dr. Victoria Ursitti     
Dr. Rosemary Villa  

All inductees are exemplary leaders in Illinois dentistry and in their communities. Included are a Past-President, the President-Elect, Secretary, Speaker of the House, and four Trustees of the Illinois State Dental Society, many of whom are also active in the Chicago Dental Society.  Two office holders in the Illinois AGD and numerous office holders in the Chicago Dental Society are among the group.  All exhibit a dedication to volunteerism in dentistry and their communities. 

Respectfully submitted,
Dr. Paul Obrock
Illinois Section Chair PFA



International President Dr. Terry Brewick

Region 4 Trustee Dr. Ghabi Kaspo

Illinois Section Chair Dr. Paul Obrock

Gallery View of Virtual Ceremony