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Therese M. Long MBA CAE  

The Dr. James J. Crawford Award is named in honor of one of the founding fathers of dental infection control. Awardees have made major contributions in science, education, or public policy related to OSAP’s core competencies of infection control and patient and provider safety. 


Therese M. Long MBA CAE   

Recipient of the 2015
Dr. James J. Crawford Award

The boards of directors of OSAP and the OSAP Foundation chose to recognize Therese Long for her long service as executive director (she was the organization’s first full-time director). “For 20 years, as ‘the heart and soul of OSAP,’ Therese Long has been a tireless and passionate advocate for patient and provider safety in oral health care,” said Dr. John O’Keefe, chairman of the OSAP Board of Directors. “The members of the OSAP Board were unanimous in their delight at being able to recognize Therese’s work by conferring the 2015 James J. Crawford Award on her.” Over the past two decades, Long has become the international face for the organization and through her advocacy, OSAP has developed into a respected organization dedicated to advancing safe oral health care. Under her guidance the organization obtained IRS recognition, launched the OSAP Foundation, formed valuable partnerships that expanded the organization’s reach, and created innovative, memorable, and effective programs and campaigns. She has served OSAP members with passion and a deep commitment to the organization’s mission. 

Previous honorees:

1998: James J. Crawford PhD
1999: John Molinari PhD
2000: Robert Runnells DDS
2001: Walter W. Bond MS RCSA
2002: Herman H. Langkamp III MS
2003: Chris Miller PhD
2004: John Young DDS MSc
2005: Donald Marianos DDS MPH
2006: Robert Kolstad PhD
2007: Sam Rosen PhD
2008: William Rutala PhD MPH
2009: Eve Cuny RDA MS
2010: A. Enrique Acosta-Gio DDS PhD
2011: Jennifer Cleveland DDS MPH 
2012: Jennifer Harte DDS MS
2013: Michael Glick DMD

2014: Harold Jaffe MD MA FFPH

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Henry Schein Dental and Patterson Dental

The Dr. Milton Schaefer Award recognizes nominees whose efforts have resulted in tangible benefits to the continuing advancement of OSAP’s mission to be the world’s leading advocate for the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. This award named after one of the founding members of OSAP, recognizes superior service to the organization and may recognize either continuous contributions over a period of time or singular accomplishments. The nominee's efforts should have resulted in tangible benefits to the continuing advancement of OSAP's mission to be Dentistry's Resource for Infection Control and Safety. Nominees may be either HCPs or corporate members.


Henry Schein Dental and Patterson Dental

Recipient of the 2015
Dr. Milton E. Schaefer Award

(Pictured left Mike Smurr, Director of Marketing, Merchandise, for Patterson Dental and pictured right Marguerite Walsh, Vice President, Product Merchandising for Henry Schein)

Henry Schein Dental and Patterson Dental have conducted social responsibility campaigns that generated funding for OSAP dental safety initiatives and provided additional value to OSAP corporate members. Both companies have donated advertising and in-kind services, supported key executives serving on OSAP boards, and have elevated their level of commitment to OSAP and dental safety by becoming organizational Super Sponsors. While the companies are key competitors, they come together under the banner of infection control to collaborate on every OSAP initiative including, most recently, the Safest Dental Visit campaign. 

Previous honorees:

2002: Milton Schaefer DDS MLA
2003: Mel Rouse
2004: Shannon Mills DDS
2005: Charles John Palenik PhD MS MBA
2006: Kathy Eklund RDH MHP
2007: Gayle MacDonald PhD
2008: Jennifer Cleveland DDS MPH
2009: Andy Whitehead
2010: Nancy Tomich Zapp and Lois Cohen PhD
2011: John Hunt OBE FFGDP(UK) BDS
2012: Cheryl Wolf CDA BS
2013: Karen Gregory RN
2014: AEGIS Communications

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James A. Cottone Award for Excellence in Investigative Research

This award is named for one of the founders of OSAP who exemplified the best in infection control and safety research.


Pictured right:
Evandro Watanabe PhD
Recipient of the 2008
Dr. James A. Cottone Award

(Pictured left, presenting the award:
Shannon Mills DDS FAGD FICD)

Evandro Watanabe PhD is the recipient of the 2008 Dr. James A. Cottone Award for his research poster entitled "Dental Unit Water: Contamination with Oral Bacteria After Flushing Water." There was no recipient in 2009 - 2015.

Previous honorees:

1999: Ruby Singh
2000: Kathleen O'Keefe RN
2001: Charles John Palenik PhD
2002: Nuala Porteous DDS and Robert Cooley DMD MS
2003: Joyce M. Galligan RN DDS
2004: Enrique Acosta-Gio DDS PhD
2005: Ralph Leonard DDS MPH
2007: Charles Palenik PhD MS MBA
2008: Evandro Watanabe PhD

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Jessica Wilson 
In 2015, OSAP introduced a new award: Emerging Infection Control Leader. The goal for the award is to help develop and promote the next generation of stars in the field of dental infection prevention and safety by identifying outstanding new infection control advocates. 


Jessica Wilson 
Recipient of the
2015 Emerging Infection
Control Leader Award 


The first Emerging Infection Control Lead Award was given to Jessica Wilson, a national speaker, trainer, and educator who focuses on infection prevention and compliance. Wilson is employed by Hu-Friedy as an Instrument Management and Infection Prevention Specialist and has worked with hundreds of dental practices to help them understand compliance regulations and best practices. 

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Bradley Kasson DDS
This special award for leadership bestowed at its discretion to specifically recognize individuals whose vision, works or achievements have significantly influenced and broadly shaped dental infection control. Unlike other awards, the special leadership recognition is not given annually. This is OSAP’s first Special Recognition Award for Leadership.

Bradley Kasson DDS

Recipient of the 2014
Special Recognition Award for Leadership

(Pictured left to right: O'Keefe BDentSc MDentSc MBA, Bradley Kasson DDS and Tim Lorencovitz MBA)

Dr. Bradley Kasson is the Dental Director of Dakota AIDS Education and Training Center, University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He also is a Clinical Instructor of Community Medicine, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Kasson retired in May as Associate Director of the Surgery/Specialty Care Service Line and the Chief, Dental Service with the Fargo VA Health Care system.  He also served as the Consultant for Infection Control, VA Office of Dentistry and was lead author for Infection Control Standards for VA Dental Clinics, which was released in October 2013.

Dr. Kasson is a graduate of the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry.  He served several years with the United States Navy as a dentist with the Marines in North Carolina.   He is retired from the North Dakota Air National Guard after serving as Base Dental Surgeon for 20 years.  He was in private practice for three years before joining the VA in 1978.

Dr. Kasson balances work responsibilities with bicycling, motorcycling, landscaping, reading, and time at his Minnesota lake cabin with family (three children, five grandchildren and a beloved wife of 43 years). He credits whatever he may have accomplished to the help and influence of others. 


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Bette and Paul Schwarz Award for Volunteerism

Jill Hunt

This award, named in honor of the Schwarz's for their innumerable contributions of time and service to the OSAP Symposium, recognizes volunteers who go over-and-above in helping the organization achieve its goals through their volunteer service.


Jill Hunt

Recipient of the 2015 
Bette and Paul Schwarz Award

This award honors volunteer spirit and is named for a couple who for many years managed all of the volunteer activities associated with the annual symposium. Jill Hunt is well known for her participation and contributions to the OSAP auction, and has been very involved in making international symposium participants feel welcome. She was singled out for her high energy, infectious sense of humor, and positive attitude. 

Previous honorees:

2003: Bette Schwarz LPN CDA and her husband, Paul
2004: Claire Pagliara RN MSN PhD and her son, Jeff
2005: Sharon Dickinson CDA CDPMA
2006: Helene Bednarsh RDH MPH
2007: Teresa Ludwig MT
2008: Cheryl Wolf BS CDA
2009: Jean Wolff RDH MEd
2010: Matt Deck
2011: Linda Basquill DDS
2012: Pamela Head and Norma Rychwalski
2013: Susan Bailey
2014: Kathy Marianos 


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OSAP is seeking nominations for three leadership awards, which will be presented during the OSAP Annual Infection Control Conference in San Diego, CA, June 2-4, 2016. The awards are the Crawford Award for lifetime achievement in the field of dental infection control, the Schaefer Award for superior service and contributions to OSAP, and the Emerging Leaders Award for new infection control ambassadors. Individuals can nominate themselves or another person. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 13, 2016. 

CLICK HERE to submit your nomination.




(1) CRAWFORD: awardees must have made major contributions in science, education, or public policy related to OSAP’s core competencies of infection control and patient and provider safety
(2) SCHAEFER: recognizes nominees whose efforts have resulted in tangible benefits to the continuing advancement of OSAP’s mission. This award recognizes either continuous contributions over a period of time or singular accomplishments of great merit.
(3) EMERGING LEADER: next generation of stars in advancing dental infection prevention and safety.

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