According to the Bylaws of the Indiana Dental Association, an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry can be named an Honorary Member of IDA. This year, the Association has bestowed Honorary Memberships on two exceptional Hoosiers.
Senator Patricia Miller
Indiana Senator Patricia Miller has been active in supporting the practice of dentistry in Indiana for over 35 years.
The Honorable Patricia Miller was a member of the Warren Township School Board from 1974 to 1982. She served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1982 to 1983. She then served as a member of the Indiana Senate from 1983 through 2016, where she chaired the Senate Health Committee for 25 years. A strong advocate of dentistry, Senator Miller was always a champion of improving the health of the citizens of Indiana. Senator Miller and her husband Dr. Kenneth Miller have been married for 57 years. They have devoted their lives to making the State of Indiana a healthier place for others, and to helping those in dentistry be their own business owners with the ability to practice as independently as possible.
Mrs. Wendy Zent
Mrs. Wendy Zent has been active in supporting the practice of dentistry in Indiana and throughout the nation for over 25 years. Her achievements are well documented, particularly in the area of political action. She has been President of the Alliance of the American Dental Association, President of the Alliance of the Indiana Dental Association and the President of the Alliance of the Isaac Knapp District Dental Society. Mrs. Zent has served on several Political Action Committees including the American Dental Association Political Action Committee (ADPAC) and the Indiana Dental Association Political Action Committee (IDPAC). Further, she has served on the Indiana Dental Association Council on Government Affairs and has been a powerful voice for the practice of dentistry. She has been a true advocate and tireless worker for the Indiana Dental Association.
The IDA Board has expressed sincere appreciation to Senator Miller and Mrs. Zent for their service to the citizens of Indiana and the dental profession.