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Leadership and Governance

"We, the members of the Massachusetts Dental Society, declare ourselves a Society to cultivate the science and art of dentistry, and all its collateral branches; to elevate and sustain the professional character of dentists, to promote dental health through all mediums available, and to protect the public interest in dental matters; and have adopted for our government the following Constitution and Bylaws." - MDS Constitution & Bylaws

Run for Office

Each year, per the current MDS Constitution and Bylaws, the House of Delegates elects the following MDS Officer positions:

  • Vice President—This position will serve a two-year term and is elected at the House of Delegates every odd year. (This is followed by a two- term as President and a two-year term as Immediate Past President)
  • Secretary—This position will serve a two-year term and is elected at the House of Delegates every odd year.
  • Speaker of the House—This position will serve a two-year term and is elected at the House of Delegates every even year.
  • Treasurer—This position will serve a two-year term and is elected at the House of Delegates every even year.

Candidates interested in running for one of the above positions should, by September 30, 2020, send to each District Secretary his or her resume, along with a letter of nomination from his or her District Executive Committee (typically written by the District Secretary) endorsing the individual's candidacy.  Candidates running for the position of Vice President will also need a position paper explaining why you feel you are a good candidate for the position and outlining your vision for the future of the MDS.

Nominations materials should also be sent to the MDS Secretary, Massachusetts Dental Society, 2 Willow Street, Suite 200, Southborough, MA 01745.

If you have any interest in running for an MDS Officer position, contact Colleen Chase, manager of executive office operations.

Diversity and Inclusion

June 3, 2020

A message from MDS President Dr. Janis B. Moriarty and MDS President-Elect Dr. MaryJane Hanlon: 

Dear Colleagues, 

As a profession and an organization, we sometimes shy away from societal conversations happening around us. As dentists, we are often viewed as community leaders due to our frequent interaction with local residents. The recent death of George Floyd and the ensuing peaceful protests across the country and here in Massachusetts have shown that silence on the topic of racial justice only allows the status quo to continue. Leadership is needed on this issue from all walks of life, including dentistry, if we as a society are going to achieve the change that we need. 

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) stands with members of our communities, including our dentists and patients, who face injustice and racism in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, racism continues to be pervasive throughout all levels of society. Social media posts and thoughts and prayers alone will not solve these problems. We must stand up and act.

To this date, the MDS admits that it has not done enough within our own organization and profession to ensure diversity and inclusivity. This failure does not go unrecognized, and that is why today, we are announcing a task force to develop a robust policy in this area and to assist with ongoing conversations with members regarding equity and racial justice. The task force will be charged with:
  • Developing a diversity and inclusion policy for the MDS and for District Dental Societies
  • Planning and coordinating conversations around race and social justice for members
  • Pursuing opportunities for diversity and inclusion training for MDS and District leaders
To quote ADA President Dr. Chad Gehani:

“This is the moment to unravel from whatever personal biases we may harbor. To become allies. To have the hard conversations. To listen to voices that have long gone unheard. To speak up for those who have been disenfranchised. To commit to empathy and understanding. To be forces for change. To be agents of harmony. To call out wrong when we see it. And to do what’s right when we can.”

We hope wounds from past injustices can be healed and change can prevent future pain.

Silence isn't an option anymore. 

Board and Executive Management


Task Forces

Learn more about the charges and responsibilities of each Task Force.

House of Delegates

Leadership and Governance Documents

MDS Staff

MDS Strategic Plan