FADE Board of Directors
The role of the FADE Board of Directors is to assist in guiding and aligning the Foundation with its mission, purpose and goals. The Executive Committee and the Director-members equal some the best dental assisting educators our community has to offer in regards to years of education, teaching experience and talent. Our Board of Directors are dedicated to ensuring the FADE continues to be a relevant, active and recognized advocate for education and professional advancement of dental assisting.
Debbie Reynon, CDA, RDA, BS
Debbie graduated from Hartnell College in 1976 earning her Associates of Arts Degree in Business and graduated from Monterey Peninsula College in 1977 earning her Associates of Science Degree in Dental Assisting. After obtaining both her CDA and her RDA, Debbie worked clinically and as a front office administrator for general dentistry and in pediatrics for over 21 years while focusing on her teacher credentialing through the Regional Occupation Program (Career and Technical Education). Debbie has been the program coordinator of the Santa Cruz County ROP Dental Assisting Program for the past 21 years and recently earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Career and Technical Education from Sacramento State University.
Debbie serves on the Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Advisory Board as collaborative representative of the Dental Assisting Program and has served as Past-President of the California Association of Dental Assisting teachers (CADAT).
Judith Zann, RDA
Ms. Judith Zann has worked in the dental industry for over 25 years with education being her passion. She has been a RDA since 1986 and has worked in private practice, dental product sales and as an educator in community college-based vocational programs, including Reedley College in Reedley for 11 years as Program Director for the Dental Assisting Department. While serving as Chief Academic Officer for the FADE Institute, Judith still enjoys instructing in the areas of radiology and infection control. She works closely with our dental community and advocates for all dental assistants to strive for advancing their skills through education and professional development. Ms. Zann has been involved with several professional organizations at various levels including Past-President of the California Dental Assistants Association and is currently serving as President and Local Director for the Greater Sacramento Dental Assistants Society. In addition, Judith serves as an Executive Committee Officer on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Allied Dental Education.
Colleen Kirby-Banas, CDA, RDAEF, BS, MS
Ms. Colleen Kirby-Banas graduated from an accredited Dental Assisting Program in 1994 earning her Associates in Science Degree. She successfully completed her state and national dental assisting boards shortly after graduation and within three years graduated from the University of California San Francisco RDAEF Program. Additionally, Ms. Banas further advanced her education by earning her Bachelors Degree in Health and Human Services from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2004 and completed her Masters Degree in Health and Human Services with an emphasis on counseling from Capella University in 2009. She served a very successful tenure as an educator and Program Director for 13 years for an accredited community college before leaving instruction to focus on developing examination textbooks for California dental assisting licensure. Colleen has been recognized as a Life member for her service and leadership by the California Association of Dental Assisting Teachers (CADAT) including Association President in 2012 and 2013. In addition to her role as Executive Director of Operations for the FADE Institute, Ms. Kirby-Banas is an Executive Officer on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Allied Dental Education and is the principal author of the California RDA Combined Written and Law Examination Prep Book, currently in its sixth year of publication.
Jenny Michel, RDA, BS
Director Member - Education Council Co-Chair
Lorraine Gagliardi, CDA, RDA, ED.D
Director Member - Public Policy and Government Relations Chair
Kathy O'Brien, RDA
Director Member - Education Council Co-Chair
Donna Klein, RDA, BS
Ms. LaDonna Drury-Klein has been engaged in the dental profession at nearly every level since she began her journey in 1979. She completed her dental assisting education and her national dental assisting board examinations just as California established the RDA license. During her 18 years as a chairside clinician, she earned degrees in biological sciences and business management before completing her teacher credentialing in higher education from UC Berkeley Extension. Over the next 20 years, Ms. Klein worked for three community college-based vocational programs teaching dental sciences, began a very successful consulting firm for dental office compliance, and served as Assistant Vice President of Education for the California Dental Association, during which time she consulted and worked very closely on legislation to bring the dental assisting duties into statute.
Ms. Klein served as a two-time appointee to the Dental Board of California for Governor Gray Davis and is often called upon to assist in developing regulatory and statutory language for dental assisting-related oversight. In 2005, LaDonna was elected to serve as the first Executive Director of the California Association of Dental Assisting Teachers, where she served as a member and volunteer leader for nearly 26 years.
In 2011, LaDonna established the Foundation for Allied Dental Education as a non-profit, public benefit entity serving to support the educational and professional development needs of all allied dental healthcare personnel.
In 2016, LaDonna and Gerald Klein founded the FADE Institute, a dedicated facility focused solely on the advancement of dental assisting education. She is currently the Executive Director of the Foundation for Allied Dental Education and is the Chief Operating Officer of the FADE Institute.