Karen Burgess, CAE has been placed as the executive director of the Michigan Dental Association. Karen has 25 years of experience in both healthcare and association management. Before this appointment, Karen held various positions with the American Dental Association (ADA) over the course of 15 years. As the director of the membership marketing for the New Dentist Committee, she grew active membership between 2001 and 2007. She also developed the ADA Membership Marketing Plan, member communications strategy and messaging. Prior to her time with the ADA, Karen was with the Northwest Arkansas Rehabilitation Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas for about three years, where she served as the administrator for Outpatient Services, as well as the director of marketing. Karen began her career in healthcare in community relations for nonprofit hospitals before leaping into the for-profit sector. Karen has a BA in psychology from Illinois State University and holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her CAE in 2005.