Caradine-Poinsett Named Executive Director of the ACP

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The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and its ACP Education Foundation (ACPEF) have named Linda Caradine-Poinsett, MJ, MBA, PhD, their new executive director. She will assume leadership of both groups on September 12.

“I joined an organization whose members led the ACP to release the first clinical practice guidelines on how to care for restored teeth, where members write and publish position statements, and where the ACP’s Journal of Prosthodontics is emerging as an industry ‘must-read,’” Caradine-Poinsett said.

Caradine-Poinsett holds a BS in healthcare administration and an MBA with an emphasis in finance from National-Louis University in Chicago. Later, she earned a master of jurisprudence degree (MJ) in health law from Loyola University and a PhD in organizational leadership and structure from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

“With her extensive experience in healthcare, law, and a passion for leadership, Linda is uniquely qualified to ensure that we continue to serve the needs of our members and shape the specialty’s future in organized dentistry, in the dental industry, and with the public,” said Carl F. Driscoll, DMD, president of the ACP.

“Linda’s enthusiastic engagement of our vision and her truly remarkable skill set promise that our organization representing the specialty of prosthodontics will continue its leadership role in organized dentistry, enhance and enable communication, provide outstanding service to our members, and build a future of continuous improvement in patient care and service,” said ACPEF chair Lyndon F. Cooper, DDS, PhD.

Caradine-Poinsett joins the ACP from her role of executive director of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. Previously, she was associate director of the Section of Litigation with the American Bar Association and executive director of the College of American Pathologists Foundation. She also has served in high-level positions with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America—Midwest and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

“I’m coming back home to dentistry,” Caradine-Poinsett said. “With 120 million Americans missing one or more teeth and 36 million Americans missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws, our nation’s oral health need is so great. I look forward to working with visionary leaders and talented staff as we collectively fulfill our mission.”

Caradine-Poinsett is a member of the Association Forum, the American Society of Association Executives, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Also, she is active with the Chicago Health Executive Forum, the Health Care Compliance Association, and the National Association of Female Executives.

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