Leader Update
News for the leaders of the American Student Dental Association
February 2013

Important IRS tax forms for chapters 

Forty-two ASDA chapters are part of the ASDA Group Exemption. These chapters now have "tax exempt" status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS requires that your chapter submit a Form 990 by May 15 every year. Letters and authorization forms will be sent to the first and second delegates of the 42 participating chapters included in the ASDA group exemption.

  • If your chapter has $50,000 or less in annual gross receipts for the 2012 calendar year, submit Form 990-N. ASDA can complete this form for your chapter, as long as you provide written consent by completing the authorization form sent to you this month. The deadline to return your form is April 15, 2013.
  • If your chapter has more than $50,000 in annual gross receipts for the 2012 calendar year, your chapter must submit Form 990 or 990-EZ to the IRS. Your chapter is responsible for completing these forms on its own.

Please note that these rules are applicable to all chapters, and all exempt organizations, whether or not they are part of a group exemption. The group exemption only granted tax exempt status on a group basis. It does not in any way change the IRS filing requirements for chapters.


Questions? Contact Danielle Bauer, director of membership, at Danielle@ASDAnet.org.

Earn money for your chapter - collect e-mails!    
ASDA's e-mail drive is happening right now. E-mail is the main way ASDA benefits and opportunities are delivered to your chapter and we need your help to keep the lines of communication open. For each graduating class with 100 percent of e-mails collected, your chapter will receive $25. Chapters who submit 100 percent of e-mails for their entire membership will be entered into a raffle for $500! E-mail updates are due in the central office by Feb. 28. Information has been sent to all first and second delegates. Congratulations to Boston, Case Western, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Southern Illinois and Washington for submitting completed lists and earning $100, plus entrance into the raffle for $500! If you have questions, contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist, at Erin@ASDAnet.org .
Register for Lobby Day by 3/13      

Chapters can register online or fax in this registration form by Wednesday, March 13. The registration fee is $95 per person, which includes training, continental breakfast and lunch on Monday, April 15, plus transportation from the hotel to Capitol Hill for a group photo the morning of Tuesday, April 16. National Dental Student Lobby Day is a great opportunity to get involved in advocacy and learn about what issues are important to ASDA and the profession.

Ideal LGN Chapter application due 3/28         
This award honors outstanding achievements by an ASDA chapter in serving the association on a local and national level. The winning chapter is selected based on involvement in activities such as ADPAC drives, national and state lobby days, legislative lunch & learns and more. The award is presented at National Dental Student Lobby Day. Download the application here.
Congratulations to the 2013-14 ASDA national leaders      

The board of trustees appointed the following national leaders for 2013-14. Their term will officially begin March 9, following Annual Session.


Council on Communications

Chair: Elizabeth Kalliath, Alabama '14

Associates: Tiffany Hsu, San Francisco '15 and Neil Patel, Tufts '15


Council on Education & Licensure

Chair: Reem Alhussain, Virginia '15

Associates: Darin Johnston, Colorado '15 and Devin Wahlstrom, Oregon '15


Council on Membership

Chair: James Kolstad, Marquette '15

Associates: Adrien Lewis, Houston '16 and Jenn Lonnen, Stony Brook '15


Council on Professional Issues

Chair: Sarah McMahan, San Antonio '15

Associates: Anthony Besse, Ohio '16 and Jessica Giles, Arizona '16


Legislative Grassroots Network

Chair: Mike Pappas, Ohio '14

ADPAC Student Director: Emily Tschetter, Nebraska '14

Districts 1-3 Legislative Coordinator: Ricardo Fontoura, Temple '16

Districts 4-5 Legislative Coordinator: Alena Reich, Georgia '15

Districts 6-7 Legislative Coordinator: Andrew Welles, Marquette '15

Districts 8-9 Legislative Coordinator: Taylor Koren, Baylor '15

Districts 10-11 Legislative Coordinator: Samantha Dubin, Western '15


Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Katie Sowa, Houston '15

Contributing Editors: Megan Guthman, Alabama '14; Jeremy Jordan, Virginia '15; Carolyn Norton, Florida '14; and Christian Piers, Colorado '16

Electronic Editor: Nicole (Neek) LaMantia, San Francisco '16


Leadership Work Group

Chair: Ben Youel, Illinois '13


Chicago Administrative Externs

Sadaf Moghimi, Roseman '16 and Kedy Shen, Roseman '16 


Washington National Health Policy Externs

Adrien Hamedi-Sangsari, Los Angeles '15 and Chau Leminh, Indiana '16
ASDA chapters receive $500 grant to promote oral health

Congratulations to the event organizers at the following ASDA chapters who were awarded $500 to help execute an oral health awareness event in a rural or underserved U.S. community in 2013:

  • Alabama: Zack Rolen '15
  • Howard: Constantine Stavrinoudis '14
  • Ohio: Lauren Patterson '15, Dan Magness '14 and Kacy Walton '14
  • San Francisco: Jolie Goodman '15 and Iveta Markova '14
  • Washington: Patricia Clevenger '14
Earn up to $500 from ADA for your chapter

The 2013 ADA Conversion Drive is underway and your chapter can earn up to $500 while helping fourth year students transition to ADA membership as dentists.


Every chapter has received a Conversion Drive kit. Simply distribute the Where Are You Going? forms to all fourth-year students and return the completed forms to the ADA by April 1. If you prefer to complete the forms online, share the online survey with the fourth year students at your school.


The Where Are You Going? form is the first step in transitioning to ADA membership after graduation - it allows the ADA to send new graduates the appropriate membership application. Questions? Contact the ADA Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@ada.org or 800-621-8099 ext 7470.
2013 membership update

As of Jan. 31, 2013, there are 16,711 members, including 16,186 predoctoral, 512 predental and 13 international dental student members. If you have any questions regarding your chapter's membership totals, contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist, at Erin@ASDAnet.org.


Chapter Handbook
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
Feb. 28, 2013
E-mail drive ends
March 6-9, 2013
Annual Session
Atlanta, Ga.
April 15-16, 2013
National Dental Student Lobby Day
Washington D.C.
Update Your Address
  1. Go to ASDAnet.org 
  2. Login as a member
  3. Click "View Profile" and update your information 
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