|Charles Alexander||Adjunct Associate Professor||10/1/08|
|Jonathan Armstrong||Assistant Researcher||1/21/09|
|Shen Hu||Assistant Professor||10/1/08|
|Jung Lim||Assistant Clinical Professor||4/1/09|
|Bae Park||Visiting Assistant Researcher||2/9/09|
|Cun-Yu Wang||No-Hee Park Endowed Chair in Dentistry||1/1/09|
|Rachel Alex||Administrative Assistant||12/15/08|
|Marcella Chavez||Patient Biller||4/20/09|
|Adrian Conanan||Dental Assistant||2/2/09|
|Derrick Dickens||Clinic Assistant||2/19/09|
|Deborah Herrera||Admin. Analyst Supervisor||12/15/08|
|Lidia Leyva||New Patient Svcs. Coordinator||3/16/09|
|Mari0 Orozco||Sr. Public Admin. Analyst||4/6/09|
|Aja Stanley||Administrative Assistant II||5/06/09|
|Susana Zamora||Registered Dental Assistant||1/26/09|
Staff in New or Expanded Roles
|Anet Haratunian||Admin. Specialist Supervisor||2/13/09|
|Laura Pescatore||Assistant Director of Development||1/1/09|
Alumni of the Year
The UCLA School of Dentistry Alumni Reunion and Luncheon held May 16, 2009 was the perfect opportunity to celebrate our co-alumni of the year, Drs. Melanie Gullett and her husband George Maranon, as well as our honorary alumnus of 2009, Dr. Harold Hargis.
Melanie and George have a long history of service to the school and the dental profession. They graduated as classmates from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1983, and have been very active in the Alumni Association and the Apollonian Society. George, an oral surgeon, practices in Tarzana. Melanie, a breast cancer survivor, sold her practice in Santa Monica and is very involved in fundraising for a cure.
In choosing the honorary alumnus this year, the alumni association took a cue from the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons which recognized Dr. Hargis’ lifelong contributions to the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in a ceremony in 2006. Dr. Hargis officially retired from the dental school 15 years ago, though you'd never know it judging by the schedule he keeps.
Alumni News & Notes
A great time was had by all at the UCLA School of Dentistry Golf Tournament, played this year at the Industry Hills Gold Club at the Pacific Palms Resort. A total of 20 teams comprised of 78 participants—alumni, students and faculty alike—teed off, however it was the alumni teams that turned out to be the biggest winners of the day. Alumni landed the first three finishes, with Mark Ozaki's (Class of 1983) team takingthe top spot coming in at 14 under par with a score of 57. The top student team ranked fourth at 8 under par and a score of 63. The good news is that the students will be alumni someday. . .
Dr. Conrad Block '94 of Santa Rosa was profiled in a Press-Democrat story about surfing professionals entitled "Wave Goodby to Surfing Stereotypes."
Don Goudy, GPR '94, the dentist for the NHL team the San Jose Sharks, was recently profiled by the San Jose Mercury News (photo credit: Gary Reyes, Mercury News).
Karen Potter wrote in to share a recent photo from the spring American Association of Endodontics meeting in Orlando. Our own professor Nadia Chugal is flanked by recent female graduates of UCLA who are currently endodontic residents around the country. Picture from left to right are Stacey Woo, 2008 PhD graduate of UCLA and current endo resident at UMKC; Karen Potter, 2007 graduate of UCLA and current endo resident at University of Iowa; Nadia Chugal, current director of the postrgrate program in endodontics at UCLA; Amanda Ngan, 2006 graduate of UCLA and current endo resident at University of Washington; and Avina Paranjpe Phadke, 2007 graduate of UCLA and current endo resident at University of Washington. Karen observed, "It was amazing to realize how many endodontic women UCLA has produced, especially when women are a minority in endo!"