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American Dental Association Announces Promotion of Catherine Mills to Vice President, Conferences and Continuing Education

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CHICAGO, April 24, 2018 — The American Dental Association (ADA) announced today that Catherine Mills has been appointed vice president, conferences and continuing education. Mills has served as director, annual meeting and committee on annual meetings at the ADA since 2009.

In her new role, Mills will provide strategic vision, leadership and oversight to the ADA’s division of conferences and continuing education. She will direct the ADA’s continuing education offerings and oversee client services to state and local dental societies. She will also be responsible for the development and implementation of the ADA’s annual meeting and oversee the ADA conference center, where dozens of organizations host meetings and events each year.

As the director, annual meeting and committee on annual meetings, Mills oversaw the production of the ADA’s annual meeting, which attracts between 20,000 and 35,000 attendees each year and includes more than 350 continuing education courses and 500 exhibiting companies.

“Since joining the ADA, I’ve enjoyed working with my colleagues to deliver value to our members and provide them with relevant and insightful conferences and meetings,” Mills said. “I look forward to taking our conferences and continuing education to the next level.”

ADA Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, D.M.D., M.P.H., said the promotion for Mills is well deserved.

“Catherine has made a positive impact on the ADA since coming aboard in 2009,” Dr. O’Loughlin said. “She’s helped increase revenue and successfully led the effort to strategically rebrand the ADA’s annual meeting. I’m excited to see what she will accomplish in her new role.”

Prior to joining the ADA, Mills was the meeting services director at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and an account executive for Associated Management Services, a for-profit management company of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Mills graduated from Taylor University and holds a Certified Meeting Planner credential.

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About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 161,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website

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