Linda Sojka Retirement
With 2016 drawing to a close, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry would like to congratulate Linda Sojka on her retirement from the board. Having worked for ABPD since our Headquarters moved to Iowa City in 2002, Linda has been one of ABPD’s longest-serving and most valuable assets. Linda proved her worth early in her tenure with ABPD, working with Dr. Art Nowak on the relocation of the headquarters office from Indianapolis. From there, Linda would continually demonstrate her flexibility in managing the board: handling events ranging from the transfer of chief staff officers to a complete rework of the clinical examination process, amongst many other achievements.
In January 2012 Linda was named Associate Executive Director and then Chief Operations Officer in 2014 under Dr. Jeffrey Dean, who worked alongside her overseeing the day to day operations of ABPD Headquarters, and events outside the facility. “There are so many things that I’ll miss about working with Linda; her dedication, motivation, creativity, to name a few,” says Dr. Dean. “But if I had to pick one favorite thing about working with Linda, it would be that she and I had gotten to the point where we knew each other well enough that our communication became very efficient. We were almost always on the same page and heading in the same direction, so working with her was practically effortless.”
In January 2016 her title was modified one last time to Executive Advisor in anticipation of her retirement and secondary to ABPD hiring an association management company. Linda’s efforts in modernizing ABPD’s operations were among her most valuable contributions: “One of the things that any great contributor to an organization does is prepare for the future by succession planning,” says Dr. Dean. “Linda was a huge part of moving the board into the 21st century, from getting the Board to use email, establishing our website, developing our database, to digitizing all our Diplomate records.” Just this year, Linda was instrumental in successfully coordinating the first full financial audit in ABPD’s seventy-five year history, as well as successfully applying for 2017 ADA CERP recognition for our certification participants.
“All of the things Linda has done over the last fifteen years have contributed so significantly to our success as a Board; I am confident that our relationship with our new staff members will be just as productive as it was during Linda’s term, because of the many foundational elements Linda has prepared. Before long we will be just as smooth and as efficient and even more so,than we have ever been at headquarters. Godspeed Linda!” says Dr. Dean.
Prior to working at ABPD, she was employed by the University of Iowa for nineteen years. In her spare time, Linda enjoys time with family and friends, reading, and traveling (both international and domestic). Linda’s final day with ABPD is December 31, 2016. The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry wishes her the best for her retirement and future!
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