UMKC Honors Two School of Dentistry Alumni

UMKC Honors Two School of Dentistry Alumni

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DR. CONNIE LEE DRISKO (DDS ’80)
School of Dentistry

Connie Drisko followed a 16-year career as a dental hygienist with a DDS from the UMKC School of Dentistry and began service to UMKC as an associate professor at the School where she led the department in teaching awards, research grants and community service. She then served as associate dean and a director at the University of Louisville before becoming only the third dean of the College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University. During her tenure, student enrollment grew significantly. Dr. Drisko directed the funding, design and construction of a $112 million, five-story clinical facility, one of the largest of its kind in the country. In recent years the American Dental Association nationally recognized her school for student diversity programs that prepare underrepresented minority and low income students for careers in dentistry.


LIEUTENANT COMMANDER DORINDA D. BALL (BSDH ’03)
School of Dentistry - Dental Hygiene

The enormous challenge of access to care in the oral health field has been the theme of the distinguished career for Dorinda Ball. She began her career in public health as a US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Officer with the Indian Health Service in Parker, Arizona, where she worked to provide comprehensive oral health care to those populations. She deployed on two joint services humanitarian missions providing direct patient care, and developing basic non-surgical periodontal therapy training programs for dental schools in Guyana and Papua New Guinea. She was appointed to the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Council on Public Health and was instrumental in the development of ADHA's "Career Opportunities in Public Health" guide. Her current assignment is in Washington, D.C. as a USPHS Commissioned Officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons Central Office. As a program management officer her duties are aimed at the recruitment of health care students and providers to positions in the 119 prisons under the auspices of the federal government. In 2008, Ball received the US Public Health Service Achievement Medal for her “exemplary performance, dedication, leadership and invaluable contribution while providing the highest standard of service during the USNS Mercy Pacific Partnership 2008 mission.” A recognized leader and valuable contributor to her peers and supervisors, she has received multiple other awards during her career with the USPHS.