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NADP Presents Annual Star Awards at CONVERGE 2017

by Lauren Oakley | Aug 23, 2017

Annual Award recognizes volunteer contributions to association and industry

DALLAS – In recognition of volunteer excellence, the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) will honor 10 individuals with the annual Star Awards at the CONVERGE 2017 Opening General Session Sept. 26 in Atlanta, Georgia. The NADP Star Award recognizes annual volunteer contributions necessary for the association to accomplish its mission to promote and advance the dental benefits industry and improve consumer access to affordable, quality dental care.

NADP will present Star Awards to the following volunteers:

Linda Neyhard of United Concordia Companies, Inc. is receiving the NADP Galaxy Award from the Codes WorkGroup for her expertise in reviewing CDT Codes quickly and efficiently resulting in an accurate file for industry use. The Galaxy Award is presented to individuals how have received four or more Star Awards in the past. Neyhard is one of only three individuals to receive this award.

Beth Dougherty of Life and Specialty Ventures is being honored by the Exchange WorkGroup for outstanding participation and insights on the group and her key role in developing consensus on industry advocacy positions.

Corinne Hanson of Sun Life is being recognized by the Operations WorkGroup for leading the Provider Directory Validation project. She kept the group organized and on schedule.

Donna Hunter of United Concordia Companies, Inc. is being honored by the Membership WorkGroup for going the extra mile to research dues structure and calculations of similar organizations.

The Commission on Advocacy policy is bestowing the Star Award on two individuals:  

Stephanie Berry of Delta Dental of California is being recognized for her ongoing support of the Government Relations and Exchange WorkGroups, her leadership of the Advocacy in Action Host Committee and ensuring the industry’s continued voice on the Hill.

Jonathan Renfrew of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is being praised for his quick and extensive follow-up with members of the US Senate on inclusion of pediatric dental in tax credits under the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Likewise the Government Relations WorkGroup (GRW) is also praising the work of two volunteers:

Lisa Bandelli-Virgona of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is being honored for outstanding participation and open discourse within the GRW and her key role in the Network Subgroup’s development of a 50-state tracking tool.

Deana Wright of Principal is being recognized for significant contributions to GRW initiatives, including the Networks Subgroup and advocacy on Louisiana legislation impacting ID cards.

The Research Commission is also celebrating the work of two volunteers:

Ignacio Quiaro of DenteMax is being praised for their contributions in the development of new Network Administration Survey.

Dustin Smith of Axa Equitable Life is also being praised for their contributions in the development of new Network Administration Survey.

 “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization,” said NADP Executive Director Evelyn Ireland. “They provide leadership, direction, manpower, enthusiasm and energy to advance the dental benefits industry and NADP. We value and appreciate their contributions, and we are pleased to recognize and honor these outstanding individuals.”

About NADP

National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), a Texas nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, is the “representative and recognized resource of the dental benefits industry.” NADP is the only national trade organization that includes the full spectrum of dental benefits companies operating in the United States. NADP’s members provide Dental HMO, Dental PPO, Dental Indemnity and Discount Dental products to more than 182 million American.