Greetings SNDA Family!

I am Dr. Carla Jones, a native of Lansing, Michigan and proud alumna of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (AGGIE PRIDE!), where I graduated with a biology degree. In 2021, I earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Michigan School of Dentistry. I will complete my residency and M.S. in pediatric dentistry at Michigan. During my tenure on the National Executive Board, I served as the National President (2020-2021), President-Elect (2019-2020), and the Recording Secretary (2018-2019). Like many of you, the Student National Dental Association has been my home away from home and place to learn, grow and develop. I am excited to see our organization continue to thrive under the leadership of National President, Reina Ransom.

For nearly five decades, SNDA has fulfilled its mission of promoting diversity, serving disadvantaged communities, and cultivating a network that will advance minority students in dentistry. Under my leadership and with the help of Representative to the Board of Trustees, Taylor Jackson, we saw the inception of ‘Bridge S(NDA)’, a program that provided a place for networking and mentorship among SNDA and NDA members. I anticipate that this program will continue to develop and also include mentorship between USNDA and SNDA in the ‘Bridge U(SNDA)’ arm.  As Immediate Past President, I look forward to advising the 2021-2022 Executive Board as they work towards the Strategic Plan of Reina Ransom and plan the 50th Annual Convention!

Dr. Carla Jones
Doctor of Dental Surgery ‘21
M.S. in Pediatric Dentistry Candidate ‘23

University of Michigan


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