Ann Arbor, MI — February 26, 2014 — Third-year U-M dental student Amy Lesch has been selected for a leadership role with the American Student Dental Association. She was recently named Legislative Coordinator for Districts 6 and 7 by the organization’s Board of Trustees. The districts encompass Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky and West Virginia.
“I value what organized dentistry does for the profession and was looking for a way to become more involved,” said Lesch who will serve on the Council of Advocacy. She will work with six other dental students and monitor legislative initiatives across the U.S. that will affect dental students, the dental profession and patients. She will also be involved in lobbying and voter registration drives.
Lesch said her interest in organized dentistry began as an undergraduate when she was an intern at the American Dental Association office in Washington, D.C. “I was inspired by the passion of dentists and dental students who travelled from across the country to speak about various health care issues,” she said.
That interest continued when Lesch began her dental studies at U-M. She has been active in ASDA since her first year in the School’s predoctoral curriculum. “I strongly believe that active participation is what makes ASDA, ADA and other dental organizations effective,” she said. Lesch will serve a one-year term that begins in April. She plans to become a pediatric dentist after earning her dental degree next year.
Dr. Daniel Edwards, ASDA faculty advisor at the School of Dentistry, said Lesch “has been an effective ASDA leader and great role model for younger dental students at Michigan. I’m excited her talents will be used nationally and that she will be able to contribute to organized dentistry and, ultimately, the profession.”