comprehensive oral health education program called Bright Smiles, Bright Futures. This initiative is directed toward high-risk youth populations and utilizes public-private partnerships, community-based outreach, and parent involvement to improve the oral health of low-income inner-city children in the United States. Under Dr. Butler’s leadership, Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has been implemented in 80 countries around the world, reaching more than 650 million children in 30 languages. Dr. Butler authored and presented results from several publications that study the oral health habits, knowledge, and clinical status of young children in the United States and other regions around the world.
Dr. Butler has worked diligently with the National Dental Association (NDA) Foundation to help increase the pool of African American dentists in the United States through a multifaceted program which provides scholarship awards to dental, dental hygiene, dental assistant, and postgraduate dental students pursuing dental careers. More than 2,500 scholarships have been awarded since 1990. Dr. Butler partners with the NDA Foundation to support funding for research grants at the historical African American schools: Howard University and Meharry Medical College.
Dr. Butler is a graduate of the Howard University College of Dentistry. A member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the NDA, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Public Health Dentists, the International Association of Dental Researchers, and the American College of Dentists. Dr. Butler has received numerous awards for her oral health improvement activities, including the Howard University College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumni of the Year award, an advocacy award from the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, a 2012 UPTOWN Professional magazine’s Top 100 Executives in Corporate America, a 2005 Silver Screen Award from the U.S. International Film Festival, a 2006 Telly Award, a 2007 Ebony Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications Award, a Council Choice award from the ADA, and other awards.
Mary Lee Conicella, D.M.D., is Aetna’s chief dental officer. In this role she is responsible for building Aetna’s market position by providing high-quality and affordable dental care. With 13.6 million members, Aetna Dental offers one of the broadest product portfolios in the insurance industry to help meet customers’ varied needs. In her role, Dr. Conicella leverages her broad clinical background to support the development of best-in-class clinical programs that provide solutions to engage members, deliver superior dental health, and improve costs through clinical integration. She also supports the overall service experience for Aetna Dental’s customers, providers, and members.