Executive Council

The West Virginia Dental Association is dentistry’s advocate in the West Virginia Legislature and Untied States Congress, lobbying legislators to pass laws of interest to the dental profession and dental care.  WVDA also advocates for the profession before various state government agencies.  The Executive Council is the policy-making body of the Association, establishing policy for its members to support and enforce.  

Dr. Jon Christopher Smith, President

Dr Jon Christopher SmithDr. Jon Christopher Smith of Charleston was installed the 112th President of the by the outgoing President, Dr. David Eller, during the 2018 Semiannual Session installation services, January 20, at Marriott Hotel in Charleston.   He previously served as President Elect and Vice President, after several years of service on the Executive Council representing the Kanawha Valley Dental Society.

“I am honored to serve as President of WVDA.  Being a member of organized dentistry has been a rewarding experience for me.  I have made many new friends and developed professional relationships with dentists throughout our country while serving in various offices.  I am very appreciative of the support and confidence you have given me to serve you during the coming year.   I request your advice on issues we face during my service, and ask that you contact me if you have concerns about our profession.

“Our Annual Session at The Greenbrier in July will be an outstanding meeting.   We have planned a variety of continuing education courses that dentists and their staff will find both beneficial and enjoyable.   WVDA will host a reception in honor of all past presidents of WVDA.   A celebration dinner will follow the reception.   We’ve also planned special events for dentists and their families.   

“We are please to have Dr. Roy Thompson, Sixth District Trustee to the American Dental Association attending our Annual Session.

“We witnessed the greatest number of commercial exhibitors in several years who demonstrated some of today’s most modern equipment and materials for dental practices.  The exhibitors will be open for your review both days of our meeting.    Exhibitors will host a luncheon for dentists and their staff.

“I want our association to grow with new members and continue to improve on services we offer.   We need to continue our political activities at our capitol in Charleston as well as in Washington, D.C.   Finally, we must be mindful of the need to improve our professional skills so we can provide the best of services and care to our patients.  “

Chris Smith, DDS