Amit VoraDr. Amit Vora

Dr. Antoinette Tauk

Dr. Antoinette Tauk
Vice President

Dr. Edward Tirpack

Dr. Ed Tirpack
Speaker of the House

Renee AraceDr. Renee Arace
Immediate Past President

Dr. Robert Tarby

Dr. Robert Tarby
Atlantic-Cape May

Dr. M George Ayad

Dr. M. George Ayad

Dr. Michelle Weddle

Dr. Michelle Weddle

George AthansiosDr. George Athansios

Dr. Ivette DauhajreDr. Ivette Dauhajre

Janhavi RaneDr. Janhavi Rane

Dr. Devang Modi

Dr. Devang Modi

Dr. Jocelyn Jeffries-Bruno

Dr. Jocelyn Jeffries-Bruno

Dr. Pinky Bhavsar

Dr. Pinky Bhavsar

Dr. Lisa Gallucci

Dr. Lisa Gallucci

Scott RuvoDr. Scott Ruvo

Dr. Brett Handsman

Dr. Brett Handsman

Photo Coming Soon- Will be Zain Ahmed, NNJDA Student Trustee

Zain Ahmed



NJDA Committees and Chairs

Annual Session

Akriti Gupta, DMD
The council is responsible for the overall coordination of the program of events for the NJDA Annual Session. It recommends programs of events to the NJDA Board of Trustees and supervises the arrangements for the NJDA Annual Session.

Dental Benefits Programs

Kimberly Goldenbaum, DMD
The Council formulates, studies, and recommends policies relating to the planning, administration and financing of dental benefits programs in New Jersey.


Janhavi Rane, DDS
The Council conducts studies of membership issues and formulates programs to maintaining and increasing the membership.


Renee Arace, DMD
This council meets annually in January to recommend members to fill officer positions.

Governmental & Public Affairs

Mark Vitale, DMD
The Council protects and furthers the interests of the public and the dental profession in matters of legislation and regulation. It makes recommendations to the NJDA Board of Trustees on matters of legislation and regulation.

Peer Review

John Fahsbender, DMD
The council manages and administers the process of Peer Review by upholding the highest standards of professional care and conduct as established by the ADA Principles of Ethics and the NJDA Code of Ethics.


Stephen Lashen, DDS, The council manages and administers the process of providing relief to members who are in financial need due to a catastrophic event.


Mitchell Weiner, DMD
The council considers proposals for amending the NJDA Code of Ethics, and provides advisory opinions regarding the interpretation of the NJDA Code of Ethics, Constitution and Bylaws.

Finance & Investments

Andrew Dietz, DDS

This committee conducts annual reviews of preliminary estimates of income, expenditures and additions to reserve.  It also examines annual budget requests with a view of making specific recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Rules and Order

Elisa Velazquez, DMD
This committee recommends rules for governing the organization and procedures of the Board of Trustees, and the rules to nominate chair and members to committees of the Board of Trustees.

Employee Benefits

Antoinette Tauk, DDS
This committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding healthcare and other benefits received by NJDA staff.

Management Succession

Elisa Velazquez, DMD

Strategic Planning

Amit Vora, DDS
This committee develops strategic plans of the New Jersey Dental Association.

NJ Disaster Victim Identification Team

​Jacqueline Reid, DMD
This committee develops and routinely reviews criteria for membership on the NJ Disaster Victim Identification Team. It liases with state officials regarding involvement in Mass Disaster Emergency Response as well as developing and implementing training programs for team members.

New Dentists

Justin Dinowitz, DMD
This committee develops and implements membership recruitment and retention strategies targeted at New Jersey Licensed practitioners out of dental school less than 10 years.

Continuing Education

Paul Lawyer, DMD
The Council investigates studies and makes recommendations on all matters relating to dental education and dental health education. It acts as the liaison of the Association with all dental schools and schools in related fields of dental education.

Non Dues Revenue

Andrew Dietz, DDS, Chair
Reviews current endorsed programs every five years for renewal, and meets with prospective endorsed companies to make recommendations to the Board for endorsement.

NJ Dental Political Action Committee

Mark Vitale, DMD
NJDPAC is the political action committee for dentists in the state of New Jersey. It helps to raise funds to support those who support oral health and the dental profession.