Drs. Evelyn Lucas-Perry and Heather A. Willis received the Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award, while Dr. Nipa Thakkar received the Henry Schein Cares Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award.
The quality of the three new dentist recipients attests to the legacy of Dr. Whiston, according to Dr. Anthony Volpe, former Foundation president and for whom the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center is named.
The Foundation created the awards in 2014 to honor Dr. Whiston, who served as ADA president from 1997-98, trustee from 1992-96 and president of the Foundation board of directors from 2010-14. The Foundation provides $5,000 to two winners each year, designed to cover the costs associated with attending a leadership training program offered by the American Management Association. Two anonymous donors provided funding for a third award in 2015.
The award is meant to recognize dentists who have demonstrated strong leadership skills that can be used to improve the oral health of the public in the years ahead.