About the Rhode Island Dental Association
The Rhode Island Dental Association was founded in Providence on
July 2, 1878 by a group of seven dentists.
Today, more than 600 members, representing over 90 percent of all practicing
dentists in this state, belong to the Association. We are part of a three-level
professional dental organizational structure which includes the American
Dental Association - the national organization; the RIDA-a constituent
society chartered by the ADA, and eight component dental societies throughout
The object of the Association is to improve the dental health of the public
and to promote the art and science of dentistry.
Structure of the Association
The governing body of the Association is the House of Delegates which
determines the policies of the Association. It is comprised of the
officers, board of trustees, past-presidents and elected delegates and
of the eight local component societies. The House meets in May
and November annually. In May officers and council and committee
members are elected and approved, and at each session resolutions are passed
direct the activities of the Association.
The Board of Trustees is comprised of five RIDA officers, a long term
delegate, and eight elected trustees of the eight local component
societies. The Board of Trustees is the managing body of the
with full power to conduct all business of the Association subject
to the laws
of the State of Rhode Island, the Constitution and Bylaws, the Articles
of Incorporation, and the mandates of the House of Delegates.
The Executive Office is located in Warwick, Rhode Island under the supervision
of the Executive Director, Valerie G. Celentano.