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The CDA has many valued leaders who work to ensure the success of the organization. We extend our sincere thanks to all who contribute their time, energy and resources to further the dental profession and oral health in Colorado.

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Executive Committee

The CDA Executive Committee is comprised of seven officers elected by the House of Delegates and three ex-officio (non-voting) members that include the Speaker of the House, Editor and Executive Director.

Dr. Michael Varley received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and M.S. from Wayne State University. Before attending and after graduating from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry, he served on the part-time faculty until moving to Colorado and entering private practice. His Highlands Ranch general dental practice of 26 years focuses on functional and aesthetic dental services. Dr. Varley served as president of both MDDS and the Metropolitan Denver Dental Foundation in 2005. He has served the CDA and MDDS in several capacities including 2011 co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention, CDA Board of Trustees and finance council for both organizations. In addition, Dr. Varley has been the treasurer of the American Equilibration Society and is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. 



Immediate Past President
Dr. Gary L. Field was born and raised in Nebraska. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985 and a D.D.S. degree from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1988. He completed a one-year GPR program at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago in 1989 before moving to Colorado. He started his private practice in general dentistry in 1991 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and has been a member of organized dentistry since 1989. He has been a delegate to the CDA House of Delegates for over 20 years and an ADA alternate delegate. He is a past president of the Colorado Springs Dental Society and a past chair of the CDA Membership Council, Peer Review Council and Government Relations Council. He is also a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Pikes Peak Dental Study Club. Dr. Field is a COMOM board member and KIND clinic volunteer. 


President Elect 
Dr. Carol Morrow graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2006. She was in private practice with her father, Dr. Robert Morrow, until his retirement in 2013. She has been active in organized dentistry since dental school, where she served as ASDA president. Dr. Morrow has been co-chair of the Colorado New Dentist Committee, president of the Arkansas Valley Dental Society, a member of the CDA Government Relations Council, a member of CODPAC and a COMOM board member. She is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy, and she serves as the co-chair of the CDA Membership Council. In 2015, the CDA recognized her contributions to organized dentistry with its CDA Ambassador Award. Dr. Morrow is very passionate about access-to-care and making sure every person in Colorado receives the highest quality of care available. 



1st Vice President 
Dr. Karen Foster graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997. She received her D.D.S. from Baylor College of Dentistry in 2002, then completed residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Texas-Houston Dental Branch in 2004.  Dr. Foster moved to Grand Junction in 2004 where she was an associate in a private practice and at Marillac Clinic.  In 2008, she opened Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry in Aurora, Colo.  Dr. Foster is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists. Chosen by peers as a 5280 Top Dentist, she has attended annual ADA meetings as a delegate since 2005. She is a clinical associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in the Special Care Clinic.  In 2013, the CDA recognized her with its Exceptional Leadership Award.  Dr. Foster served on the MDDS Board of Directors and was awarded with the MDDS Volunteer of the Year award in 2012.  She is the former CDA treasurer and chair of CODPAC, advocating for improvements benefitting patients and the profession. 


2nd Vice President & Secretary
Dr. Jeffrey Kahl
earned his bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery at the University of Colorado. He then completed a general practice residency at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and served two years at China Lake Naval Weapons Station in California. After separating from the Navy, he completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, where he is still an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Kahl is a past president of the Colorado Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is the co-chair of the CDA Membership Council. He serves as an examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and as a consultant on several State Health coalitions. As the AAPD Public Policy Advocate for Colorado, he frequently lobbies on behalf of Colorado children at the state Capital as well as in Washington, D.C.



Dr. Jason Ehtessabian
graduated dental school in 2005 from the University of Iowa, following an undergraduate education at Marquette University.  In 2007, Dr. Ehtessabian spent six months as a volunteer in Tanzania, Africa where he earned the Excellence in the Dental Field Award from the organization HealthCare Volunteer.  In 2008, he moved to Burlington, Colo. where he met his wife, Morgan, and established Burlington Family Dentistry.  He achieved the Fellowship award (FAGD) from the Academy of General Dentistry in 2013.  Dr. Ehtessabian also received an Academic Certificate (C.DSM) from the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines in 2015, and is a candidate for the Diplomate award from both the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Disciplines in 2016.  Dr. Ehtessabian moved to Castle Rock in 2016, and is currently in the process of opening his new office, Refresh Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center.  He has served on the CODPAC, ADPAC and Small Donor Committee, as well as serving as the co-chair of the CDA Government Relations Council.


Speaker of the House
Dr. David Lurye is a 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He attended the University of Bergen, Norway Dental School in 1984 through an exchange program. Dr. Lurye served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Public Health Service and worked in  three Indian Health Service hospitals/clinics. He is the dental director at Uncompahgre Medical Center in Norwood and maintains a part-time private practice in Ridgway.  He is on faculty as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He is also part of a U.S. team involved in an international research project on head, neck and dental anatomy. Dr. Lurye is a past president of the Colorado Dental Association, and a fellow in the Academy of Dentistry International, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and Pierre Fauchard Academy. He and his wife, Pat, live in the southwest Colorado town of Ridgway.

Dr. Michael K. Diorio
graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1985. After graduation, he served three years in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps as a dentist stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif. Upon his return to Colorado in 1989, he established his private practice in the Denver area. Dr. Diorio has been very active in organized dentistry at both the state and local level. He served as the MDDS editor for nine years and won the William J. Gies Award for the most outstanding dental editorial in 2000.  Dr. Diorio has a passion for working with patients with disabilities. He has been on the consulting dental staff at Craig Hospital since 1995, providing dental care for those with traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries. He is also very active in the anti-tobacco community and frequently presents the CDA’s “Quit the Spit” program to students. 


Board of Trustees

The CDA Board of Trustees is comprised of one trustee from each of the 12 component societies in Colorado plus the elected and ex-officio members of the Executive Committee. One New Dentist Committee member and one student from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine also serve as board members. Currently serving on the Board of Trustees are:

Dr. Michael Varley, President Highlands Ranch
Dr. Gary Field, Immediate Past President Colorado Springs
Dr. Carol Morrow, President Elect Walsh
Dr. Karen Foster, 1st Vice President Aurora
Dr. Jeffrey Kahl, 2nd Vice President & Secretary  Colorado Springs
Dr. Jason Ehtessabian, Treasurer Castle Rock
Dr. David Lurye, Speaker of the House Ridgeway
Dr. Mike Diorio, Editor Englewood
Dr. Gerald Branes, AVDS Lamar
Dr. David Jackson, BBCDS Boulder
Dr. Arnold Cullum, CSDS Colorado Springs
Dr. Stephenie Kaufmann, IMDS Woodland Park
Open Position, LCDS  
Dr. David Klekamp, MDDS Denver
Dr. Cameron Birch, NECDS Brush
Open Position, SECDS  
Dr. Mark Blue, SJBDS Durango
Dr. Aimee Martinez, SLVDS Alamosa
Dr. Nathaniel Kunzman, WELD Greeley
Dr. Sheena Schoch, WCDS Hayden
Dr. Justin Pearson, NDC Englewood
Becky Bye, CU School of Dental Medicine Aurora

CDA Councils

The CDA has 4 standing councils, which provide leadership in strategic areas. Task forces and committees are also established as needed to address emerging issues.

CDA Councils

The CDA has 4 standing councils, which provide leadership in strategic areas. Task forces and committees are also established as needed to address emerging issues.

CDA Councils

  • Finance
  • Government Relations
  • Membership
  • Peer Review

Current Task Forces and Standing Committees

  • Ethics

To volunteer to serve on a council or committee, please contact 303-740-6900, 800-343-3010 ext. 100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The CDA staff ensure that day-to-day operations run smoothly and provide members service and support.

Greg Hill, J.D., C.A.E., Executive Director
Molly Pereira, Associate Executive Director, Operations/Communications
Pam Brockhaus, Associate Executive Director, Finance
Erica Carvin, Director of Membership
Jennifer Goodrum, Director of Governmental Relations
Krysia Gabenski, Strategic Communications Specialist
Geri Mustain, Office Manager
Mike Masamori, Accounting and Facilities Manager




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