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About the ODA

The Executive Committee is the managing body of the Ohio Dental Association.

The Executive Committee consists of seven members. The president, president-elect, vice president, immediate past president, secretary and treasurer are the voting members of the committee. The speaker of the House is an ex officio member of the committee, without the right to vote. The Executive Committee traditionally meets five times during the year.
 

2014-2015 Executive Committee 
  

Dr. Thomas Paumier
President

2900 Whipple Ave NW
Canton, OH 44708-1534
(330) 478-1459

Dr. Thomas Paumier is a general dental in private practice in Canton and is an active staff member at Mercy Medical Center. He is a current member of the ODA Services Corporation and the ODA’s Finance Committee. He is a past president of the Stark County Dental Society, past treasurer of the Ohio Dental Association, past chair of the ADA’s Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs, and past chair of the ODA’s Annual Session Committee. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists, and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mercy Medical Center Foundation. Dr. Paumier earned his BS degree and DDS degree from The Ohio State University.

   

Dr. Christopher Connell
President-elect

5406 Mayfield Rd
Lyndhurst Commons
Lyndhurst, OH 44124-2912
(440) 684-4000

Dr. Christopher Connell is a general dentist in private practice in Lyndhurst. He is a past treasurer of the ODA, past president of the Greater Cleveland Dental Society, past chair of the ODA’s Council on Dental Care Programs and Dental Practice and Finance Committee. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Connell earned his BS degree and DDS degree from The Ohio State University.

   

Dr. Kevin Laing
Vice President

101 S Shannon St
Van Wert, OH 45891-1926
(419) 238-9980

Dr. Kevin Laing is a general dentist in private practice in Van Wert. He is a current member of the ODA Foundation Board of Trustees, Callahan Memorial Award Commission Fund Board of Trustees and the Leadership Development Committee. He is a past secretary of the ODA, a past president of the Northwestern Ohio Dental Society, past chair of the ADA’s Council on ADA Sessions, past chair of the ODA’s Annual Session Committee; and past member of the ODA’s ADA Leadership Nomination Committee, Council on Access to Care and Public Service, Credentials, Rules and Order Committee, Finance Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and American College of Dentists. Dr. Laing earned his BS degree from Heidelberg College and his DDS degree from Loyola University.

   

Dr. Paul Casamassimo
Immediate Past President

700 Childrens Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614)722-5651

Dr. Paul Casamassimo is the Chief of Dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a professor and chair of the division of pediatric dentistry at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He received the ODA’s Humanitarian Award in 2003. He is a past secretary of the ODA, past president of the Columbus Dental Society, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped. Dr. Casamassimo is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). He is a member of the American Dental Education Association, Academy of Dentistry for Disabled Persons, American Association of Hospital Dentists, Ohio Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor fraternity. Dr. Casamassimo earned his BS degree and his DDS degree from Georgetown University and his MS degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Iowa.

   

Dr. David Waldman
Secretary

127 Churchill Hubbard Rd
Youngstown, OH 44505-1386
(330) 759-4550

Dr. David Waldman is a general dentist in private practice in Youngstown. He received the ODA’s Humanitarian Award in 2006. He is the chair of the ODA’s Leadership Development Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Dr. Waldman is a past president of the Corydon Palmer Dental Society and is a former member of the ODA’s Annual Session Committee, Council on Access to Care and Public Service, and Dental Education and Licensure Committee. He is a past president and past treasurer of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. Dr. Waldman earned his BS and DDS degrees from Case Western Reserve University.

   

Dr. Bert Jacob
Treasurer

7554 Bridgetown Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45248-2015
(513) 941-1907

Dr. Bert Jacob is a general dentist in private practice in Cincinnati. He is a current member of the ODA Services Corporation and the ODA’s Finance Committee. He is a past president of the Cincinnati Dental Society, and has served as a member of the ODA’s Annual Session Committee. Dr. Jacob earned his BS degree from Xavier University and his DDS degree from The Ohio State University.

   

Dr. Michael Halasz
Speaker of the House

229 East Stroop Road
Kettering, OH 45429-2825
(937) 298-9028

Dr. Michael Halasz is a general dentist in private practice in Kettering. He served as the vice speaker of the ODA House of Delegates from 2003-2009. He is a current member of the ADA’s Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs. He is a past president of the Dayton Dental Society, past chair of the ODA’s Council on Dental Care Programs and Dental Practice and past member of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. He is a member of the International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy and National Association of Parliamentarians. Dr. Halasz received his DDS degree from The Ohio State University.

   

David J. Owsiany, J.D.
Executive Director

1370 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 486-2700

David Owsiany has been executive director of the ODA since 2002. He is an honorary member of the American College of Dentists and previously served as director of legislative and legal services for the ODA, was a clerk to Justice Robert W. Cook of the Illinois Appellate Court, worked for the staff of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and was president of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions. David earned his BA degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his JD degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

 Minutes

Please find below links to the most recent meeting minutes for the Executive Committee.

Questions

For more information, contact David Owsiany or Michelle Blackman.