Marlon D. Henderson, DDS
Marlon Henderson, DDS
Marlon D. Henderson, DDS is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He is a graduate of the Northwood High School, where he was Class Valedictorian, Class President, and National Honor Society President. Dr. Henderson graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Science degree (Major: Microbiology, Minor: Chemistry). He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry in New Orleans. Dr. Marlon D. Henderson then completed a General Practice Residency at the Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity Hospital) in New Orleans, where he served as Chief Resident. He returned to Shreveport working as an associate dentist and then opened his private practice, Henderson Dentistry LLC. Dr. Henderson served as President of the Pelican State Dental Association (2014-2015), as a member of the Louisiana Health Care Commission (2016-2019), and as an LSU School of Dentistry Alumni Association Board Member (2005-2010). He is the recipient of the 2020 NDA President’s Award (awarded by the 96th NDA President, Dr. Sheila L. Armstrong). As the 99th President of the National Dental Association in 2023, his theme will be “Bridging the Generational Gap: Back to the Future of Advancing Oral Health Equity, Student Mentorship, and Raising Our Profile.”
Since returning to Shreveport, Dr. Henderson has delivered numerous keynote speeches and participates in many community organizations and projects. Dr. Henderson is a Lifetime Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. He is a Past Basileus (President) of the Rho Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated (2009-2013) and current Rho Omega Founders Day and Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive Chairman. He currently serves as Chairman of the Ninth District (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas) Omega Medical-Health Initiatives Committee. Dr. Henderson is also Second Vice-President and Membership Chairman of the Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation. And, most importantly, Dr. Marlon Henderson is a lifelong, faithful member and clerk of the Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church.
Dr. Henderson is a dedicated husband and father. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, attending music festivals/concerts, cooking creole cuisine, and learning to "play" the alto saxophone. He is an avid LSU (Geaux Tigers!), New Orleans Saints (Who Dat?), and New Orleans Pelicans (Won’t Bow Down) sports fan!
Kim Perry, DDS, MSCS, FACD
Chairman of the Board
Kim Butler-Perry, DDS, MSCS, FACD
Board of Trustees Chair
Dr. Butler-Perry is an associate professor and associate vice president of University Strategic Partnerships, A.T. Still University. She served a dual role as the inaugural associate dean of clinical operations ATSU-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health and dental director/vice president for Affinia Healthcare, the FQHC community partner. Dr. Perry has served as the clinical dean at Meharry College of Dentistry, an associate professor, and course director for Dental Materials at Texas A&M College of Dentistry (Baylor College of Dentistry). She holds a master’s in Clinical and Translational Research with distinction from the University of Texas Southwestern; her research includes health disparities, untreated dental caries, and community-participatory research. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School Of Dentistry, a U.S. Army Dental Corps veteran stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, and Fort Bragg, NC, a mentor to students, faculty, and staff, and a contributor to the 2021 Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges, NIDCR/NIH, the 2011 and 2012 NDA Chairman of the Board, the 93rd Past-President of the National Dental Association (2017), appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary and Congress on Training and Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). She is a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Health Professions Education in Health Centers Task Force. Dr. Perry is a member of several non-profit boards (YMCA, NOAH-FQHC, and Corbin’s Legacy) and was recently re-elected as the National Dental Association, 2023, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Nicole Cheek, DDS
Nicole Cheek, DDS
Dr. Cheek graduated from the prestigious Howard University College of Dentistry in 2014. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Howard University, as well. As an undergraduate, she was a student member of the Deamonte Driver Dental Project, for which she received a Commendation from the Governor of Maryland.
Dr. Cheek practices General Dentistry full-time in Washington, DC, and works on NDA’s signature program, NDA-HEALTH NOW®. In Washington, she has made several Congressional visits to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to advocate for Oral Health for the underserved. Through NDA-HEALTH NOW®, Dr. Cheek works to conduct community outreach events and support events all over the U.S. She is a published author in the American Journal of Public Health and the Morehouse publication, Oral Health in America: Removing the Stain of Disparity. She has also served on numerous Planning Committees for Interprofessional Education programs.
Dr. Cheek has received several awards, including the NDA Presidential Special Recognition Award (2019), the Colgate New Dentist Leadership Award (2020), the NDA 40 Under 40 Award (2022), and she is a graduate of the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership program (2022). Presently, Dr. Cheek serves on the Executive Committee of the National Dental Association as President-Elect, and she is the Secretary of the Howard University College of Dentistry Alumni Association. She has also served on the Executive Committee for the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society. Dr. Cheek maintains memberships in the Jamaica Dental Association and The Links, Incorporated.
Wallace Bellamy, DMD, FACD, FICD, FPFA, CDC
Wallace J. Bellamy, DMD, FICD
Board of Trustees Chair
Dr. Bellamy was born in Queens, New York. As the child of a career Air Force Professional, he has lived all over the world including New York, Texas, Europe and California. He graduated from Boston University School of Dentistry in 1989 and has been in private practice since 1993. Dr. Bellamy feels that dentistry is an important part of a person’s overall health. Not only does it help improve esthetics and smiles but can improve people’s lives. Dr. Bellamy loves his patients. The personal interaction and relationships he has made over the years have been phenomenal.
In serving the community and his profession, Dr. Bellamy has taken leadership roles in many dental associations over the years Some of his most important work has been as President of the Sacramento District Dental Society California Dental Association (CDA) Leadership Development Committee – Vice Chairman, and member of the Sacramento District Dental Society Ethics Committee and Sacramento District Dental Society Continuing Education Committee.
In his spare time Dr. Bellamy enjoys traveling, riding horses, skiing and most important of all, spending time with his 3 daughters.
Cheryle Baptiste, DDS
Cheryl Baptiste, DDS, FICD
Dr. Baptiste started working in her father’s dental practice when she was 12-years-old on the weekends and summer vacations. She is a 1984 graduate of Howard University College of Dentistry where she received the Outstanding Student in Oral Diagnosis Award. Upon graduation she completed an Oral Surgery Fellowship and started her own dental practice in 1994.
She is a member of and has served as an officer, committee chair and committee member of numerous professional organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA), DC Dental Society (DCDS), National Dental Association (NDA), NDA Eddie G Smith Leadership Institute and Mentoring Programs, Robert T Freeman Dental Society (RTFDS), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), International College of Dentists (ICD), Founding Member Women Dentist’s of Metropolitan DC (WDMDC), Greater Washington Academy of Women Dentists (GWAWD), International Association of Dentists (IAD), American Institute of Implant Dentistry (AIID), International Academy of Mini Dental Implantology (IAMDI) , NDA/RTFDS Independent Provider Association (IPA) and National Medical Association (NMA).
Dr. Baptiste currently serves as the Secretary to the National Dental Association Board of Trustees, Immediate Past President of RTFDS, member of the ADA Task Force to Eliminate Barriers for Underrepresented Minorities into the Dental Profession, and is the President-Elect of the DC Dental Society.
Dr. Baptiste is in private practice in Washington, DC, enjoys traveling and spends weekends on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her partner, Darryl Hill.
Perdita Fisher, DMD
Perdita Fisher, DMD
Reginald Salter, DDS, MBA, PhD
Reginald Salter, DDS, MBA, PhD, FICD
Dr. Salter is a native of Dawson, Georgia. He received a B.S. in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Howard University, and a residency in the U.S. Navy. He later received a MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. He maintained a private practice with locations in Charles County Md and Washington DC until retiring from full time practice in 2018 to pursue a fulltime career in dental education. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Dentistry at Howard University in Washington D.C. where he serves as Director for Admissions, Student Activities, and Programs. Dr. Salter defended his dissertation to receive a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Northcentral University. He was recognized by the American Association of Dental Educators for his research and publications in dental education. He is heavily involved in the recruitment and mentoring of young men of color in dental and medical healthcare programs. As a native of a rural community in Ga, Dr. Salter is dedicated to local and international health relief missions in areas where there are great disparities. He leads a group of dental providers, assistants, dental students, and pre-dental students biannually to various clinics and locations in Jamaica to provide dental care for the community as well as volunteers with Remote Area Medical (RAM).
Dr. Salter is President-Elect for Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society-Pi Pi Chapter, a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, Robert T. Freeman Dental Society, Faculty Advisor for Delta Mu Chi Fraternity, Inc., a Fellow in the International College of Dentists, and a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Lenise N. Yarber, BSDH, DDS
Lenise Yarber, DDS
Dr. Yarber spent her childhood in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska and attended high school in Federal Way, Washington. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2002. She continued her education in dentistry at the USC School of Dentistry, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. During her studies, she was the recipient of the Doctors Out To Care Award, the USC Century Award for Academic Achievement, the American Dental Hygiene Association Award for Commitment & Service, and the Colgate-Palmolive Outstanding Leadership Award.
Upon graduation, she was appointed a position as a member of the USC School of Dentistry faculty and served as a liaison for the recruitment and retention of underserved students into the profession of dentistry.
With a passion for the oral health care needs of children, Dr. Yarber completed an Advance Pediatric Dental Residency at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine’s Harlem Hospital based program in New York. In 2010, she received the Harlem Hospital New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Women in History Award for Outstanding Commitment to Patient Care.
With commitment and enthusiasm for outreach and service, Dr. Yarber is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, National Dental Association, and serves as a member of the Angel City Dental Society.
Joshua Tyson DDS, FACD
Speaker of the House
Joshua Benjamin Tyson, DDS, MPH Speaker of the House
Dr. Tyson practices dentistry in Suffolk, Virginia where he is the Main Clinical Director and owner of Aspen Dental in Harborview. Prior to working in Virginia, he worked at CamCare Health Corporation, a Federally Qualified Health Center, in Camden, NJ, where he provided dental care to underserved populations across the State of New Jersey. Joshua is a member of the National Dental Association, currently serving as the Speaker of the House, he previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees representing District 1. He was a member of the Commonwealth Dental Association where he was the District 2 Regional Delegate. Joshua is an active member of the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity – The Ohio State University College of Dentistry Chapter.
In 2019, Joshua was the proud recipient of the New Jersey Primary Care Association’s Healthcare Heroes Award for his work that benefited the FQHC and the men, women and children who receive quality, compassionate and affordable healthcare, as well as actively participating in the communities served by CAMcare.
In 2021, Dr. Tyson was awarded the first annual “40 Under 40 Award”, and the President’s Award for his contributions to the organization. Joshua is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, the Rutgers School of Public Health, and Morehouse College. He currently resides in Suffolk,Va, and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.
Roderick H. Adams, DDS
Vice Speaker of the House
Roderick Adams, DDS- Vice Speaker of the House
Dr. Adams was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He moved to Cleveland with his family when he was 5 years old. He attended Cleveland Public Schools and graduated from Shaker Hts. High School. He returned to Nashville to attend college at Fisk University and dental school at Meharry Medical College, both historic HBCUs. Dr. Adams was commissioned a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and served for 2 years as a dentist. He then returned to Cleveland to practice with his father. They practiced together for 28 years until his father’s retirement in 2005.
He maintained the practice until 2016 when he merged his practice with two other dentists and move to his present location. That practice later evolved to Innovative Smiles CLE.
Dr. Adams is a member of the National Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, the Forest City Dental Society and the Greater Cleveland Dental Society. He served as president for the latter two organizations. He is married and he and his wife have two sons and 11 grandchildren. Dr. Adams is a lifelong Browns fan and enjoys most sports. He is a movie buff and loves to travel.
Cheryl Lee-Butler, DDS
Immediate Past President
Cheryl Y. Lee-Butler, DDS, FACD, FICD-Immediate Past-President
Dr. Lee-Butler is a native Washingtonian and a product of the D.C. Public School System. After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, she attended Clark College in Atlanta, Ga where she graduated with a BS degree in Biology. She received her DDS degree and Certificate of Proficiency in Pediatric Dentistry from the Howard University College of Dentistry in 1983 and 1985 respectively.
Upon completion of the pediatric residency, Dr. Lee opened her private practice with a focus on providing optimum oral health care to patients with severe physical and mental challenges.
Dr. Lee-Butler has dedicated her life to serving the underserved in her dental office and in her communities. Dr. Lee-Butler followed in her father, Dr. E. Preston Lee’s footsteps, (HUCD, class of 1952). Dental student debt is of great concern for Cheryl and the National Dental Association. The second part of the NDA’s mission statement is, to advocate for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color. Her goal is to raise scholarship dollars to help defray some of the dental education debt that our students incur over the four years of dental school.
Globally, she has provided free dental services and lessons on proper oral hygiene and the importance of retaining natural teeth. She has built a dental clinic in Dimona, Israel, where she provides free dental care to members of the African Hebrew Israelite Community. She lectures nationally on the connection between oral health and total body health.
Dr. Lee-Butler is a past President of the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society, the local component chapter of the National Dental Association and has been named Washingtonian magazine’s Top Dentist in multiple years. She is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.
LaVette Henderson, CMP, HMCC, FACD