January 1, 2018

GAITHERSBURG, MD—January 1, 2018
International College of Dentists USA Section

We are pleased to announce our 2018 ICD USA Section President, Dr. Joseph R. Kenneally!

Dr. Kenneally lives in Kennebunk, Maine, and maintains a private dental practice in Biddeford. He received his DMD in 1981 from Tufts University, and his BA in Medical Biology from the University of New England. Two years after graduating from Tufts, he chaired a drive to bring water fluoridation to the Biddeford-Saco Water District. The success of that effort led to a long career serving organized dentistry, eventually taking him around the world.


Photo: Dr. Joseph R. Kenneally (Left) is presented with the Presidential Chain, Symbol of Office, by outgoing President Charles L. Smith (Right).

Dr. Kenneally has served the Maine Dental Association in many capacities, including its Executive Board from 1987-2017, with hiatuses to serve other tripartite levels and ICD. He has held every MDA office except Secretary, and has chaired six councils or committees. He helped bring the Donated Dental Services program to Maine in the 1990s, and has been an active volunteer in the program ever since.

Dr. Kenneally served as Vice President of the ADA in 1997-98, and was Chair of the ADA Council on Membership in 1995-96. He was an ADA House of Delegates member in various capacities from 1990-2009, and was the First District Caucus Coordinator from 2004-2007. He has been the ADA liaison to the American Student Dental Association, and remains involved in mentorship of dental students. Over 20 pre-dental students who shadowed him were accepted into dental school. The Yankee Dental Congress presented Joe with its James W. Etherington Award in 2010, in recognition of service to organized dentistry in New England.

Joe was inducted into the ICD in 1995, became the Deputy Regent for Maine in 1997, and won ICD USA’s Distinguished Deputy Regent Award in 2002. From 2006-2014, he served as Vice Regent then Regent for District One, while concurrently serving as an International Councilor for ICD Worldwide. Dr. Kenneally served as chair of seven USA Section Committees, and webmaster for the USA Section and Worldwide College websites. While President of the Worldwide ICD in 2014-2015, he traveled to Slovenia, Italy, Australia, India, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Newfoundland, Ireland, San Diego, and Washington, DC.

Joe is in his seventh year as University of New England Trustee. He chairs the Student Affairs Committee and has presented the keynote address at the College of Dental Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony three times.

Dr. Kenneally and his wife, ICD Fellow Dr. Lisa Howard, remain active in many dental and community organizations. They have four adult children.

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