Candiate Q&A: Bannan
 
6a.  Why are you applying for this position?
 
I am a long term, active, committed, member of the AACD.  I have been a member for 19 years, attended 18 annual sessions and voted in 16 annual business meetings.  I have been Accredited since 2007.  I have served on five separate committees and numerous on-going volunteer positions.  I am currently finishing my second appointment on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee and proud to be serving as Chair of the Leadership Development Sub-committee. 
 
Through these years of participation and service, I have come to learn a great deal about the operations of the Academy.  I have gained valuable insights, by working closely with competent, committed, past and current leaders of this Academy.  I believe, having this level of experience and knowledge is very important to be able to serve effectively on a board as important as the ABCD. 
 
I feel I am ready to accept more responsibility by serving on the ABCD.  My interest in protecting and promoting the recognition of our credential make me a good match for serving on the ABCD.
 
 
6b.  We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style.  Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.  Be as specific as possible.
 
I tend to seek clarity on an objective and make sure all involved are clear on what needs to be accomplished or resolved.  I seek to hear all sides and try to understand various points of view.  When all parties state their opinions or share their data, I try to reach consensus, referring back to the initial objective.  I like to keep discussions on track and be efficient.  I also think it is important to “catch people doing things right” and acknowledge the contribution of others.
 
 
6c.  Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals.  Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.
 
My experiences on the NALDC are prime examples.  I participated in every conference call, on time, with the information on the agenda previewed and prepared. 
 
Another area I am proud to be part of is the Leadership Development Sub-committee.  Our directives are to promote leadership development within the Academy.  To that end, we are establishing a full day of leadership training prior to this year’s annual session.  In addition, we are creating a panel presentation to explain the AACD governance structure and how to conduct effective meetings.  This requires cooperation and consensus from multiple individuals.
 
 
6d.  The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed.  Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.
 
I have already encountered this several times in discussing NALDC candidate interviews.  There are frequent differences in opinions on candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.  When there is conflict, I state my opposing point of view in a polite, respectful manner and maintain friendships after the work at hand is done.  It does not need to be personal.  I feel it is important for all sides to be heard for the highest good of the Academy.
 
 
6e.  What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive?  How will you make a difference?
 
As I stated in the first question, from my years of participation, I bring considerable experience and knowledge about how the Academy works.  I have learned much from some very dynamic members of our Academy.  These insights are important to serve effectively, on a board as important as the ABCD.  Until candidates become involved through committee service, there is much to be learned. 
 
 
6f.  Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancement of the AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s core purpose.
 
First of all, I am amazed and perplexed.  Amazed at the dynamic scope of the Strategic Plan and perplexed at the lack of open access to this important document by members not already on a board.  It should be easily accessed on the website for interested members.
 
My prime areas of interest and current expertise align well with section F of the Strategic Plan, “Team AACD, Build the Team”.  In particular, the Leadership Development section.  I do not take credit for the implementation of the activities set in motion for the upcoming Leadership Training Presentations at this year’s Annual Session, but fully support the momentum with my efforts at contributing to the presentation.  I am also committed to promote volunteering among the membership and emphasize inclusiveness for all membership levels. 
 
I am very interested in section D of the Strategic Plan, “Credentialing”.  I support the long range goal of States recognizing the AACD’s Credential as a bonafide credential.  I believe much can be gained by cooperating with other dental organizations to gain recognition of our credential.  I want to increase the number of dentists seeking Accreditation and support them along their journey.   I would especially like to increase the awareness of our credential among dental students.  
 
6g. Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership.  Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.
 
My history of volunteer service is one of frustration and persistence.  There were several years when I reached out as a volunteer but was overlooked, or told my help was not needed.  That created a sense of frustration, but I did not give up.  I continued to seek connections to make it known I was willing to serve. 
 
When I was appointed to my first year on the NALDC, I shared my yearning to make it easier for members to become involved in service to the AACD. The following year, two significant changes occurred.  The Volunteer Placement Committee was put into action to facilitate a connection between willing members and Academy needs.  In addition, the Leadership Development sub-committee was formed on the NALDC.  Now, in my second NALDC appointment, I find myself chairing the Leadership Development sub-committee and actively involved in promoting member leaders to share their talents.
 
 
6h.  Please list any leadership courses or webinars taken. 
 
Management/Leadership Training
o   Planned Marketing Associates, Dental Boot Kamp
o   Accelerated Practice Concepts
o   Mercer/Experdent
o   Werner Consulting
o   Blatchford Solutions
 
I am registered to attend the Leadership Training at this year’s Annual Session and am actively engaged in developing the AACD Governance presentation as part of that program.
 
 
6i.  What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?
 
I have been committed to supporting the AACD for many years, serving on multiple committees and volunteer positions.  My Accreditation is my proudest professional achievement.  I am very respectful of the honor to serve on the ABCD and have delayed my application until I gained more experience and insight into Academy operations.  
 
I am committed to continue to serve the Academy in a meaningful way.   I hope I have explained in my previous answers, why I believe I am a better fit for the ABCD than other candidates.
 
 
6j.  Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?  If yes, please explain.
 
No.
 
 
6k.  Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation?  If yes, please explain.
 
No.