President’s Message

I am both extremely humbled and honored to have been elected as the President of the ASD. I wish to thank all of you who have placed your faith in me to lead our organization over the next year. When I think of those people who have had the greatest impact on my life I immediately think of my parents. They led by example and encouraged me to always do my best. As your President, I assure you that I will always look out for the best interests of our Academy.  

To all the past ASD Presidents and Board Members – thank you so much for all your dedication to helping to improve the health of our athletes and patients. I particularly would like to mention four ASD past board members who have been my mentors since my first meeting in 1996 in Minneapolis – Dr. Jack Winters, Dr. Enrique Amy, Dr. Doug Lambert, and Dr. David Kumamoto.  

Unfortunately, the current pandemic poses numerous challenges not just in our personal and professional lives, but also for the ASD. Thankfully, we have a very diverse and enthusiastic board and I am confident that they will work together to overcome any challenges that may arise. The enthusiasm from our board members that I have seen has been amazing and I’m sure that you will become very proud of them. I would like to welcome our four new members, Ms. Lesley Kupiec, Dr. Scott Stein, Dr. Byron Blasco and Dr. David Dowsett.  I encourage you to please reach out to any of us at any time if you have any concerns or questions. We are here to help you. 

The ASD is so fortunate to have two wonderful ladies working for us – Ms. Sandi Steil – Executive Secretary and Ms. Jan Aument – Symposium and Event Planner. Sandi is the rock of the ASD. Please contact her if you have any administration questions. Jan joined us last year and her wealth of experience in event planning really shone through this spring as we were planning the 2020 ASD Symposium in Nashville.  Circumstances beyond our control led us to cancel this year’s symposium; don’t put your cowboy boots away too far because we have made arrangements to go to Nashville in 2022. 

Although we all missed seeing each other in person at a symposium this year, Jan and Sandi did a masterful job of organizing our first ever Virtual Annual Business Meeting, Symposium, and Virtual Auction (spearheaded by Dr. Howard Edelman and Dr. Walter Chitwood). Dr. Glen Maron from Atlanta provided us with a very interesting and educational lecture on dental trauma. We had 115 attendees from 20 different countries. All I can say is “Wow!” – what a successful event.

Please mark your calendars for July 15-17, 2021. Dr. David Dowsett, the Local Chair for the 2021 Symposium in Portland, is already hard at work contacting speakers.  

My goals for the ASD are:

a.) to retain and recruit new members,

b.) to raise the profile of the ASD in the health care and sports fields, and

c.) to get new members involved with committees.

Thank you again for your support and I look forward to hearing from you!

Hans Stasiuk, BSc, DMD, FASD