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OSAP Awards 2017




Margaret Cottrell

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. 


Margaret Cottrell 

Recipient of the 2017
Dr. James J. Crawford Award

The Boards of Directors of OSAP have elected Margaret (Peggy) Cottrell for the 2017 Crawford Award. Ms. Cottrell was one of the Founders of OSAP and has been affectionately referred to as the “Mother” of the organization. She has supported the organization by serving on both the Association and Foundation Boards of Directors. She has contributed her business expertise through strong financial stewardship as the organization’s treasurer and through active  participation on key strategic committees. Ms. Cottrell also has helped connect OSAP to other organizations and has leveraged her relationships and excellent reputation in the scientific, philanthropic and dental trade communities to help bring OSAP additional credibility, visibility and value. She has tirelessly advanced OSAP and infection control over the decades and has truly made a difference.
Ms. Cottrell recently retired as President of ProEdge Dental and formerly
the President of ConFirm Monitoring Systems, and was also co-founder of Cottrell Ltd in 1979.  She has more than 27 years of successful business ownership, executive management and  strategic leadership experience along with consulting expertise for successful venues in diverse healthcare products manufacturing, distribution and related support services. She serves on the  Executive Committee of Oral Health America, is a member of the Dental Trade Alliance and is a  First Responder with the Denver Chapter of the American Red Cross.


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
2015: Therese M. Long MBA, CAE
2016: Kathy Eklund RDH, MHP

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Douglas Risk DDS, ABGD

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.


Douglas Risk DDS, ABGD

Recipient of the 2017
Dr. Milton E. Schaefer Award

Dr. Doug Risk has been an integral part of the OSAP educational programming for several years  involved with both Annual Conference and Boot Camp planning sessions. He has served as a  speaker and liaison between Air Force (and other branches of the armed forces) and OSAP—
promoting infection control education, policies, practices and dental healthcare personnel/patient  safety initiatives. There seems to be a common thread of the OSAP community/family—and that  is “never say NO”. Dr. Risk took this to an extreme at 2017 Boot Camp when a speaker had to  unexpectedly cancel at the last minute. Dr. Risk stepped in and said “of course….YES”! (and of  course, the presentation was very successful). Despite Dr. Risk’s high military rank (Colonel), his myriad of academic achievement and leadership successes, he remains humble, down-to-earth,  approachable, and generous.
Col Doug Risk is the Director of the USAF Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service (DECS) which provides testing, evaluation, and consultative services on  dental equipment, materials, infection control, patient safety, dental readiness and other items of  interest to the Federal Dental Services. Col Risk received his DDS from Georgetown School of Dentistry and completed the Air Force Advanced Education in General Dentistry 2-year program  in 1997. He has commanded at the squadron and deputy Medical Group levels. He has been  assigned to the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General and has been deployed to the Middle  East in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. He is a past Air Force Consultant in  Dental Infection Control, previously CIC, and is a diplomate of the American Board of General  Dentistry.


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
2015: Henry Schein Dental and Patterson Dental
2016: Doug Braendle

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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.


 Peter Arsenault, DMD, MS

Recipient of the 2017
Dr. James A Cottone Award

Amad Tayebi ScD, Esq.

Recipient of the 2017
Dr. James A. Cottone Award

Drs. Arsenualt and Tayebi have changed and redefined the OSHA eye safety standard (1910.133 a) for dentistry through their evidence based research in eye safety in dentistry and bottom gap  exposure protection recommendations. Their publications and presentations have been recognized by the OSAP, ADA, NIOSH and OSHA as an improvement to the current eye safety  standards in the health care industry. Dental and dental hygiene schools across the USA are, as  a result of their findings and recommendations, modifying their eye safety standard protocols to  identify and include “ bottom gap protection” (that space between the lower rim of one’s eye-ware  and top edge of the dental mask. This improvement to PPE has elevated the standards of eye  safety and may save one’s vision or prevent serious infection for the provider.

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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Kandis Garland RDH, MS
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. 


Kandis Garland RDH, MS
Recipient of the
2017 Emerging Infection
Control Leader Award 


Kandis Garland is passionate about infection control. She said her passion was sparked when  she was assigned the role of Infection Control Coordinator at Idaho State University (ISU) in 2007.  She immediately became an active OSAP member and engaged in learning all that she could  about infection control topics by attending OSAP Bootcamp and the Annual Conference, utilizing  the OSAP Interact Training System in her courses, as well as attending other continuing  education courses. She cites networking with other like-minded professionals as being truly rewarding and loves “spreading the word” about OSAP, its resources, and infection control and  prevention. 

Previous honorees:
2015: Jessica Wilson MPH
2016: Michele Junger DDS, MPH

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Bette and Paul Schwarz Award for Volunteerism

Peggy Spitzer RDH, MAEd

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


Peggy Spitzer

Recipient of the 2017
Bette and Paul Schwarz Award

Peggy Spitzer RDH, MAEd., signed up to monitor and host numerous breakout sessions for the  2016 conference. Throughout the conference, she continued to contribute her time in assembling  handout materials and providing general support. In fact, the volunteer coordinator had to reduce the number of activities Ms. Spitzer signed up for to allow others more opportunities to volunteer!  Ms. Spitzer has consistently supported the conference over the years in numerous capacities and is well deserving of this recognition.
Ms. Spitzer is a licensed dental hygienist and educator with degrees in Adult Education from the  University of Northern Colorado. She was on faculty for 22 years in Colorado dental hygiene  programs and developed community outreach with mental health clinics and special employment sites for developmentally disabled persons. Ms. Spitzer is clinical support and education manager for Certol Intl., and is a current authorized consultant/ investigator for the Colorado State Dental  Board, test writer for ICE exam (infection control) for (Dental Assisting National Board) and  contracted consultant for University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Ms. Spitzer is a proud member of OSAP and (International Association of Healthcare Central Service & Material  Management, and is a current member and officer of the Rocky Mountain Chapter Healthcare Central Service Personnel.

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
2015: Jill Hunt
2016: Jackie Dorst RDH

Mike Smurr, OSAP Chairman of the Board, presents special citations to these individuals who  have enriched the organization by contributing a unique blend of talents, skills, hard work and  unwavering commitment to the advancement of dental safety.

Suzanne Bauman

Cynthia Durley MEd, MBA

Hudson Garrett PhD, MSN, MPH

Pamela Head

Therese Long MBA, CAE

Regina Robuck CAE


Susan Runner DDS, MA

Jean Wolff RDH, MSEd
Click HERE for the 2017 Annual Conference Awards Brochure

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