Committee Members

Dr. Renee Fennell, Chair
Dr. Jignesh Rudani 
Dr. HaEun Jessica Yi 
Dr. Rachel Kim Wezka 
Dr. Sandy E . Harmon 
Dr. Veronica T. Barreto 
Dr. Rohini Kataria-Bhatia 
Dr. Adriana Modesto Vieira
Dr. Nipa Thakkar, Trustee Liaison
Mary Donlin, Staff Liaison

Days of Recognition & Observance

MonthEvent
9/4/2023Labor DayDEISEPT5

We are pleased to introduce a newly-formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEIC), which was previously known as the Diversity Inclusion Task Force.  Our commitment to diversity and inclusion will be front and center in our efforts to provide value to our members and improve oral health for the public. The duties of the DEIC are:

  • To promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) best practices among the PDA membership.
  • To outline realistic DEI goals and outcomes and provide actionable steps to achieve them.
  • To assist the Board and staff in institutionalizing policies that support DEI for all members.
  • To annually evaluate and report to the membership the effectiveness of ongoing DEI efforts and adapting as needed.


PDA Statement on Racial Injustice

The Pennsylvania Dental Association’s Statement on Racial Injustice is the result of the work of our Diversity Inclusion Task Force (DITF), a subcommittee of the Membership Committee. 

In addition to our statement, to demonstrate that all PDA members are valued and to provide a supportive environment, DITF developed and approved the following definition of diversity that has been unanimously adopted by the PDA Board of Trustees:

Resolved:  That the Pennsylvania Dental Association adopt the following as its policy on Diversity and Inclusion.

07/21BT20      

PDA defines diversity of members, leaders and the public through many dimensions, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, dental degree, gender identity, career phase, physical abilities/qualities, sexual orientation, parental status, socio-economic status, religious and ideological beliefs, professional practice choices, geographic practice setting, and personal lifestyle preferences.

The PDA is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion to foster a safe and equitable environment for its membership and to actively discourage discrimination. In this environment, representation matters and every member is provided intentional opportunities to make meaningful contributions. Diverse viewpoints and needs are heard, valued and respected.

The PDA embraces diversity and inclusion to drive innovation and growth, ensures a relevant and sustainable organization and deliver purposeful value to members, prospective members, and stakeholders. The PDA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion will further advance the dental profession, improve the oral health of the public and achieve optimal health for all.

Microagressions in the Dental Office

Taking a Stand Against Asian Hate

The Pennsylvania Dental Association is working to support individuals who experience hatred and prevent all forms of bias, inequity and discrimination.

PDA has been deeply saddened by ongoing high frequency incidents of harassment and xenophobic violence directed towards those of Asian descent across the country. Join us in taking a stand against Asian hate and work to support individuals who experience hatred.

We aspire to develop and sustain the culture and reputation of the PDA as an organization that values and nurtures diversity and inclusiveness in our leadership, membership and the communities that we serve.