Eighth District Dental Society

The Five W's

We are the Eighth District Dental Society of the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA). Inclusive in the district is the Clarion–Jefferson Counties Dental Society. We are an alliance of dentists working to promote better dentistry for more people in our rural environment.

We are the largest of PDA’s districts in the state, by area, that is. We include Jefferson, Clarion, Forest, Warren, McKean, Cameron, Elk and Potter counties. It is probable that we have more deer than people!


District Officers


President Tom Petraitis (814) 375-1023
President-Elect OPEN  
Secretary–Treasurer Dale Myers (814) 797-2254
Trustee Bill Weaver (814) 849-2652

Board of Directors


Director Election Year Term Phone Number
Ben Carrico 2007 2008-10 (814) 226-6171
Naila Elkassas 2007 2008-10 (814) 965-2433
Mark Spiers 2007 2008-10 (814) 776-1985
Bob Follet 2006 2007-09 (814) 723-4488
Tom Cressley Jr. 2006 2007-09 (814) 938-7270
Tom Petraitis 2006 2007-09 (814) 375-1023
Ted Rockwell 2008 2009-11 (814) 362-8478
Harry Kunselman 2008 2009-11 (814) 653-2227
Peter Hoffman 2008 2009-11 (814) 726-3630

Past Presidents of PDA

Don Lavely, (814) 226-6171
Steve Jaworski, (814) 275-4220
Jon Johnston, (814) 938-4210

Representatives to PDA Committees

Committee Representative Phone Number
Government Relations Committee Jon Johnston (814) 938-4210
Membership Committee Theodore Rockwell (724) 880-4111
National Children’s Dental Health Month
Strategic Planning Committee Thomas Petraitis (814) 375-1023

Delegates and Alternates to the 2009 PDA Annual Session


Delegates Alternates
William Weaver Jon Johnston 

The Eighth District exists to support dentists and patients in the geographic area we serve. The board members and officers volunteer many hours of their time to further the aims and achieve the goals of the dental profession. They do this for members and non-members alike. We may be small in number, but the quality of our leaders speaks for itself. We are constantly seeking additional involvement from our members and striving to bring new dentists into our organization.

The Eighth District has spring and fall general membership meetings consisting, normally, of a morning continuing education class and a lunchtime business session.

The Board of Directors meets quarterly with the council and committee representatives. These meetings are open to all members and guests.

Additional continuing education courses are offered throughout the year.