AGD Board of Trustees appoints executive director

May 15, 2006
Christie Tarantino will lead all of the management responsibilities for the Academy of General Dentistry.

CHICAGO--The Academy of General Dentistry's Board of Trustees has announced that Christie Tarantino, CAE, will serve as the AGD's new executive director.

Tarantino will lead all of the management responsibilities for the AGD, a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up-to-date in the profession through continuing education.

"We're working hard to advance the value and excellence of general
dentistry," says AGD President Bruce A. Burton, DMD, MAGD, ABGD. "We are confident that Christie will help the AGD move forward, and we are happy and honored that she has accepted this position."

"I am committed to helping the AGD implement the objectives of its strategic plan as well as building a stronger association to provide our members with more benefits," says Tarantino.

Tarantino brings more than 13 years of management experience in
administration, operations, marketing, membership services, chapter
relations, and volunteer development to the AGD.

She most recently served as the AGD's interim executive director, as well as vice president of operations. Prior to the AGD, Tarantino served as associate vice president, member relations, for the Professional Convention Management Association in Chicago, where her responsibilities included oversight of member recruitment, retention programs, chapter relations, and volunteerism activities.

Tarantino holds membership in the American Society of Association Executives, the Professional Convention Management Association, and the Association Forum of Chicagoland. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science, as well as a master's degree in public administration with a concentration in human resources management, from Auburn University in Alabama. In 2002, she earned the designation of certified association executive from the ASAE.