Celebrating Our Community
ADEA Celebrates Dean Bertolami's Presidency

Dean Bertolami with Frederick G. Mann, VP for Communications, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who accepted the Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation - Private or Public Partner -- on behalf of RWJF.

Addressing the opening session

Dean Bertolami with his nephew, the comedian Frank Caliendo

After a year as President of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), during which he commuted regularly between New York and Washington, DC, to advocate for dental education priorities, including innovative collaborations with other health sciences education programs and sharing of resources, increased diversity and access to care for underserved populations, higher standards of professionalism and ethics, and increased attention to workforce issues, Dean Charles N. Bertolami enjoyed the accolades of his colleagues, family, and friends at the 2009 annual session in Phoenix, where he assumed the office of Immediate Past-President of ADEA.

A highlight of the opening plenary session was a performance by comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo, who happens to be Dean Bertolami's nephew. After regaling the audience with his impressions of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jay Leno, he did his impression of his "Uncle Charlie," whom he referred to fondly as "probably my fourth or fifth favorite relative of my wife."

All of us at NYUCD are extremely proud of Dean Bertolami and congratulate him on a year of outstanding service as President of ADEA and wish him all the best as he continues to serve the cause of organized dental education as Immediate Past-President of ADEA.