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Heather M. Nash, CAE, CMP, to Lead CDS as Executive Director

The Chicago Dental Society has welcomed Heather M. Nash as the seventh executive to lead CDS and the first woman to hold the position.

Nash will lead the 14-member CDS staff and oversee management of the annual CDS Midwinter Meeting, one of the largest dental meetings in the country. She will report to the 15-member Board of Directors.

Nash most recently served as Chief Member and Event Engagement Officer for the Schaumburg-based Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), representing more than 52,000 emergency nursing professionals. She also held the position of Chief Strategy Officer for ENA and was the Vice President, Business Development & Event Strategy, for the American College of Chest Physicians.

The national search for the Executive Director of the CDS was led by Jill Christie, President, Tuft & Associates.

Nash is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). Early in her career, she worked among dental professionals as director of meetings for the Academy of General Dentistry.