Grand Rapids Dentist Dr. Lee Jess Elected President Of Minnesota Dental Association
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - - Dr. Lee Jess, D.D.S., who has a long-established practice in Grand Rapids, MN has been elected president of the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) by his peers.
was chosen at the annual House of Delegates meeting of the Minnesota Dental Association
held in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Sept. 19-20.
has been actively engaged in leading the dental profession, from mentoring students interested in careers in dentistry (one of whom is now a full-time employee in his
office) to serving in national leadership roles.
In accepting the new position as MDA president, Dr. Jess said, "It is an honor to lead one of the best dental associations in the country at a time when the number one issue is ensuring access to quality dental care for all Minnesotans.
We have important decisions that need to be made wisely."
has been involved with emerging issues in the field of dentistry locally and throughout the nation.
Twenty years ago, he
helped to create a program in Itasca County
to assure access to dental care for low income populations which is still successfully operating today and treats thousands of patients each year.
In just the last three months, he
has met with more than half of all of the leaders of state dental organizations in the United States to learn about the issues in dentistry nationwide.
He is currently chair of the Midwestern region of the American Dental Association (ADA) known as the 10th District.
He has also served as a trustee to the Minnesota Dental Association Board for six years.
He has always been an active member of his community, serving in leadership and fundraising positions for scores of civic, fine arts, conservation and sporting associations, as well as his church.
He has served as president of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.
He was also the chair and headed fundraising efforts for the Itasca Community College Foundation, and served as a board member for the Itasca County YMCA, the Grand Rapids Library Foundation, and Itasca Recreation Association.
He is also a co-founder of the "Tall Timber Days" celebration, and a 40-year member of the Grand Rapids Kiwanis.
Dr. Jess graduated from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin and the Loyola School of Dentistry in Chicago.
wife, Mary Jo, live in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.