Leadership


Harvey Weingarten, DDS – Chairman

Dr. Harvey Weingarten received his DDS from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. In addition to his part-time private practice in South Bend, Indiana, Dr. Weingarten currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Indiana University’s School of Dentistry where in February of 2018 he was appointed as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. He had previously directed the Department of Continuing Education and taught at the Dental Education Program at the I.U. South Bend campus for 25 years. A past president of the Indiana State Board of Dentistry, he is now a current CDCA examiner and serves as the Chairman of CDCA. Dr. Weingarten also works as a consultant in forensic dentistry to the Special Crimes Unit of St. Joseph County.

Dr. Weingarten has lectured on Ethics since 2004 throughout the Midwest, at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, and the Mid-Continent Dental Congress. He also has lectured for the American Dental Association’s Success Series and has presented at dental schools across the country.


Mark Armstrong, DDS – Vice Chairman

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Mark Armstrong has been in private practice since 1989. His affiliation with CDCA began in 2005 following a gubernatorial appointment to the Ohio State Dental Board where he was President in 2009 and Vice President in 2007 and 2008. Dr. Armstrong has served the CDCA in numerous capacities throughout his membership, most recently as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair from 2014-2018. He was a member of the Credentialing Committee and a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors for two terms in 2012 and 2013.

Dr. Armstrong’s commitment to his field is demonstrated by his continued membership and active presence in the Western Ohio Dental Society, Ohio Dental Association where he has led numerous committees over the years. He has also participated as a civil servant to our country via forensic efforts required on behalf of victims of September 11th and for many years following working with the Department of Homeland Security’s Disaster Mortuary Response Team.


Betty Howard, BSDH, RDH – Secretary

Betty Howard earned a Bachelor of Dental Hygiene from Maryland University School of Dentistry in 1983. Currently, she is a member of the University of Marylands’ Board of Visitors and previously served on Maryland’s Alumni Board as member and Treasurer. Betty’s commitment to her chosen profession is demonstrated thru her participation in professional associations, on Marylands’ Board of Examiners, and CDCA-WREB. Through her 39 years in practice, she has worked in periodontics, general dentistry, pediatrics, and Public Health. Receiving a gubernatorial appointment to Marylands’ Board of Dental Examiners in l994, Betty completed her 2nd term as the Board Chair. She has been an examiner for 28 years. She previously served two terms as Dental Hygiene Member At Large on the board and has served on many committees including Steering, Constitution and By-Laws, New Member Orientation, and the Nominating Committee.


Gregory Waite, DDS – Treasurer

Dr. Gregory Waite graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1987. He was an associate in private practice for two years and then was the Dental Director at a Federally Qualified Health Center for 28 years. He has been the Dental Director at San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation for the past four and a half years.
Dr. Waite served more than 12 years on the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners, half as its President. Soon after being appointed to the board, he joined WREB and was on the Board as a Member at Large and Treasurer. He has 13 years of examining experience.
Dr. Waite was involved with forensic dentistry with the Maricopa County Forensic Science Center and the Department of Homeland Security’s Disaster Mortuary Response Team and helped identify victims of the September 11th attacks and Hurricane Katrina disaster.


Aimee Ameline, DDS – Member-At-Large

Dr. Aimee Ameline graduated from the Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2000. Since then she has maintained a general dentistry practice in Great Falls MT. In 2008, Dr. Ameline was appointed to the Montana Board of Dentistry by the governor. She served as Board Vice-President in 2016 and 2017 and as Board Chair in 2015, 2019, and again in 2020. Dr. Ameline joined WREB in 2009. She has served as a team captain, a floor examiner, and a simulation floor examiner. In 2017, she was elected to the WREB Board of Directors as a member-at-large.


David Baasch, DDS – Dental Member-At-Large

Dr. David Baasch received his DDS degree from the University of Maryland Dental School in 1982 and has maintained a private practice in Wallingford, Vermont ever since.  He has served the dental community as a board member of the Vermont State Dental Society for seven years (President in 2004), a member of the ADA House of Delegates, and is presently serving his second term on the Vermont Board of Dental Examiners (President in 2018).  He is also presently President of the Vermont Dental Foundation and the Baasch Family Foundation.  David has served the CDCA in several capacities including the Chair of the Credentials Committee and as a member of the Assignment Committee and Quality Assurance Committee.


Stanley Crawford, DDS – Member-At-Large

Dr. Stan Crawford graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 1992. After completing a general practice residency, he entered private practice in Grove Oklahoma with his wife Audrey.Dr. Crawford is currently serving his fourth term as a member of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry where he has served as first Vice President. He has been an examiner for WREB since 2007 and was appointed Dental Exam Review Board Chair. Dr. Crawford is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Society and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He currently serves as a director for the Bank of Grand Lake.


Mary Davidson, RDH – Dental Hygiene Member-At-Large

Mary Davidson earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the Medical College of Georgia and a Master of Public Health degree from Walden University. She holds permits and endorsements in nitrous oxide, expanded practice, local anesthesia and restorative functions.  Ms. Davidson has practiced dental hygiene in both private practice and public health settings.  Her affiliation with CDCA began ten years ago while she served on the Oregon Board of Dentistry (President, 2011-2012). Ms. Davidson has served as a CDCA member on the steering, orientation and membership committees. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Dental Boards and as the District II Dental Hygiene Representative for the American Board of Dental Examiners.

Ms. Davidson resides in Oregon and is currently employed by One Community Health, a federally qualified health center, with locations in The Dalles, OR and Hood River, Oregon.


Maxine Feinberg, DDS – Dental Member-At-Large

Dr. Maxine Feinberg, a Cranford, New Jersey-based periodontist, was elected In November 2013 to serve as President-Elect of the American Dental Association. She served for four years as the Fourth District Trustee of the American Dental Association and on numerous committees.

Dr. Feinberg graduated from New York University College of Arts and Sciences in 1977 and NYU’s College of Dentistry in 1980. She returned to NYU after her residency in anesthesiology and working as a general dentist and treating patients confined in nursing homes to complete her certificate in Periodontics in 1984.

Dr. Feinberg is a past president of the New Jersey Dental Association and the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry., where she served for 9 years. She has been a delegate in both the ADA and New Jersey Dental Associations House of Delegates.  She initiated the New Jersey Give Kids A Smile campaign for 2002 and 2003.  She remains active in both her component dental society and the NJDA.

She is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.


Kathleen J. Gazzola, CDA, RDH, BS, MA – Dental Hygiene Member-At-Large

Kathleen J. Gazzola has been a member of CDCA for 25 years. At the Community College of Rhode Island where she has taught for 40 years, Professor Gazzola was Department Chair of the Dental Health Department and Program Director of the Dental Hygiene Program. In 1995, she was appointed to the Rhode Island Board of Dentistry and served for 12 years with her last three as Secretary for the Board. Within CDCA, Kathleen has served on the Steering, Credentials, and Dental Hygiene Examination Committee which develops the CSCE, Local Anesthesia, and Nitrous Oxide examinations. For ADEX, she represented all dental hygiene educators as the dental hygiene educator member on the ADEX Dental Hygiene Committee. For ADEX, she developed calibration videos on probing and the use of the 11/12 explorer.

Ms. Gazzola holds certifications in local anesthesia and online teaching. She was Past President of the Rhode Island Dental Hygienists’ Association and a CODA site visitor. Kathleen has lectured nationally on a variety of topics and internationally in St. Petersburg, Russia and Warsaw, Poland to the Ministers of Health where, representing the People-to-People organization, she shared a virtual tour of dentistry in the United States.


James P. Goldsmith, DMD – Dental Member-At-Large

Dr. Jim Goldsmith graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1976 and received his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children’s Hospital, Washington, D.C. in 1978. He earned his Board Certification in Pediatric Dentistry in 1986 and recently retired after 41 years in private practice. He has previously taught as a clinical assistant professor at both  Georgetown University School of Dentistry and Children’s Hospital, Washington, D.C. In May 2000, he earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

He became a member of CDCA in 2004 when he was appointed to the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. This is his fourth four year term as a State Board member and he has served as President twice. He has had many roles in CDCA which include serving in most examiner roles at many sites, serving as a member of the Steering Committee, the Assignment Committee, the Guy Shampaine Award Committee and Chair of both the Discipline and Grievance Committee and the Appeals Committee.


Kathy Heiar, RDH – Member-At-Large

Kathy Heiar was appointed to the Illinois Board of Dentistry in 2011 by Governor Pat Quinn and served for eight years and began examining in 2002. Having worked with each organization independently, she has been a member of the Steering Committee, Exam Review Committee, Dental Hygiene Examination Review Committee, and Quality Assurance Committee. Kathy served on ADEX’s Communications Committee. Ms. Heiar has practiced dental hygiene in general dentistry, periodontics, and public health settings. She holds a certification in local anesthesia. Kathy is currently employed with Bethany for Children and Family Services Give Kids a Smile Mobile Dental Program.


Jonna Hongo, DMD – Member-At-Large

Dr. Jonna Hongo received her DMD degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1982. Recently retiring from 39 years in private practice, Dr. Hongo previously served the WREB Board as its Treasurer and is now a current member of CDCA-WREB’s Finance Committee. Dr. Hongo served on the Oregon Board of Dentistry from 1908 – 1916 and began serving as an examiner for WREB and then NERB in 2010. A past president of the Oregon Board of Dentistry, Dr. Hongo has served on multiple committees for both agencies and her state board. She has served for many years as a volunteer for Compassion clinics and Medical Teams International. Dr. Hongo lives in Portland, Oregon with her dentist husband, Gary.


Darren Huddleston, DMD – Member-At-Large

Dr. Darren Huddleston earned his DMD degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry class of 2000. He subsequently moved to Grants Pass, Oregon where he enjoys his private practice. When Dr. Huddleston is not serving his patients, he enjoys giving back to the profession he loves. He has served in leadership for the Oregon Dental Association, Appointed to two terms on the Oregon Board of Dentistry 2005-2013 where he was President in 2010. Dr. Huddleston volunteers in an animal rehabilitation facility. He has done dental work on grizzly bears, cougars, and various small animals, and was once featured on TV! Dr. Huddleston has been examining with WREB for the past 14 years, recently participating on the EndoPros Committee and Board of Directors.


Robert Lauf, DDS – Member-At-Large

Dr. Rob Lauf graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and has been in private practice since 1989. He has recently joined the CDCA-WREB Board of Directors. He was the president of WREB aiding in the process to form CDCA-WREB. He served on the North Dakota Board of Dental Association for ten years, 2006-2016 of which he has served as its President. He served on the board of the North Dakota Dental Association for 8 years, serving as its President for the years 2000-2002. He is also past chair of CAPIR for the American Dental Association and had served as a delegate for many years. He has been a dental examiner for 15 years.


Michael Moriarty, DDS – Member-At-Large

A graduate of Creighton School of Dentistry, Dr. Michael Moriarty became involved in examining after being a member of the Alaska Dental Board. Through out his time with WREB, he has held various positions and participated on several committees.

Dr. Moriarty is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, International College of Dentists and Alaska Dental Society. Outside of his private practice, Dr. Moriarty is an avid outdoorsman, engaging with the Alaska Pioneers, Safari Club and more. His community involvements with the Seward Chamber of Commerce, Healthcare Coalition and supporting his community’s athletic boosters.


David Perkins, DMD – Immediate Past Chairman

Dr. Perkins served as Board Chairman from 2015-2019. He has been a CDCA/NERB member since his appointment by Governor Lowell Weicker to the Connecticut State Dental Commission in 1992. Dave served on the CDCA Board of Directors as a Dental Member at Large before being elected as Vice-Chairman and is presently the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dave also represented the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) for 4 years on the Commission on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) and recently completed a 4-year term on the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE). While on CDEL, Dave served on the ADA expert panel on Oral Cancer and the CDEL Committee charged with developing a Part III of the National Boards that would eliminate patients from dental licensure examinations.


Jennifer Porter, RDH – Member-At-Large

Jennifer Porter, RDH, has worked in private practice for 23 years and has been an examiner for 14 years. Early in her career, she held many positions in the Montana dental hygienists’ association. Jennifer is a past president of the Montana State Board of Dentistry. Jennifer currently serves on the CDCA-WREB Board of Directors, drawing on her experience on many committees such as Process of Care and Test Construction. Jennifer currently resides in eastern Oregon with her husband on their ranch and works part-time as a clinical hygienist in private practice.


Rudy Ramos, DDS– Member-At-Large

Dr. Rudy Ramos graduated from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in 1990. Dr. Ramos has been in private practice since 1991. Dr. Ramos was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Dental Board from 2009 to 2017 and served as president of the board from 2012 to 2017. Dr. Ramos began examining in 2010 serving as a Grading Examiner and Team Captain on WREB examinations. Dr. Ramos previously served as the Chair of the Endodontic and CPT committees, and Dental Exam Review Board.


Alexander D. Vandiver, MBA
Chief Executive Officer