At the Colorado Dental Association (CDA) Annual Meeting in Snowmass Village, the newest slate of CDA officers was installed. The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) is proud to have such impactful representation at the state level with four alumni in leadership positions.
Congratulations to the 2023-2024 CDA Executive Committee:
President: Leah Schulz, DDS ’14, Fort Collins (LCDS), public health
President-Elect: Kevin Patterson, DDS ’89, MD, Denver (MDDS), oral surgery
Vice President: Jillian Stacey, DDS ’21, Colorado Springs (CSDS), general dentistry
Treasurer: Nelle Barr, DMD, Westminster (MDDS), pediatric dentistry
Speaker of the House: David Jackson, DDS, Boulder (BBCDS), general dentistry
Editor: Carrie Mauterer, DDS ’05, Thornton (MDDS), general dentistry, DSO
About our alumni
Leah Schulz, DDS ’14, is passionate about improving health equity through her work as a general dentist and the director of dental projects at Salud Family Health Centers, a federally qualified health center, and serves on the Colorado State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council. She received the 2018 Geiger-Gibson Emerging Leader national award, is a 2019 graduate of the National Oral Health Learning Institute, and serves on the National Network for Oral Health Access’ Practice Management Committee. Schulz is a member of the CDA Board of Trustees, Government Relations Council, Membership Council, a CODPAC board member, and a delegate to the American Dental Association. Her favorite part of her job is precepting predoctoral students as a CU SDM adjunct faculty and postdoctoral students as NYU Langone faculty. She is currently an ADA Success Speaker and a 2020 ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership graduate.
Schulz was recently named the 2023 recipient of the CU Dental Distinguished Alumni Award.
Kevin Patterson, DDS ’89, is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He completed his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery and medical school at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has been practicing in Colorado since 1998. He has a special interest in providing care for individuals who may not have the means to obtain care, and volunteers through Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) and Dental Lifeline Network. Along with practicing full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery, Patterson is an associate professor at the CU School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Surgical Dentistry and General Practice Residency Program. He is current chair of the KIND Executive Committee/Board of Directors, is a board member of the JP Opioid Interaction Awareness Alliance and is on the advisory board for Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.
Patterson celebrated 25 years of service to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in 2023.
Jillian Stacey, DDS ’21, is a Colorado Springs native and a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She is proud to be a dentist who is compassionate, qualified, and invested in her patients’ care and well-being. Stacey is heavily involved in organized dentistry and advocates for her colleagues and patients by holding leadership positions in the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, and Colorado Springs Dental Society. She is on faculty at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs where she teaches first-year students who plan to pursue careers in healthcare.
Stacey's father, Tim Stacey, DDS, is a graduate of the CU SDM General Practice Residency program. She joined their family practice, Stacey Dental, in 2021.
Carrie Mauterer, DDS ’05, graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2005. She nurtured a scratch-start private practice for 12 years in northern Denver before partnering with Peak Dental Services and becoming their clinical director. Mauterer held several leadership positions including class president and ASDA first delegate while in dental school. She is a former CDA president and also served as an MDDS board member and editor. She was honored with fellowships by the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. She currently holds the chair position for the Colorado Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and is a board member of the Dental Lifeline Network.
About the Colorado Dental Association:
The Colorado Dental Association is an organization that strives to advance dentistry and oral health in Colorado. The CDA represents nearly 70% of the licensed dentists in Colorado. For more information, visit cdaonline.org.