Joseph R. Kenneally

International College of Dentists
USA

Dr. Joseph R. Kenneally lives in Kennebunk, Maine, and Fort Myers, Florida, USA. He maintained a private dental practice in his hometown of Biddeford, Maine, from 1983 until 2019. Dr. Kenneally received his DMD in 1981 from Tufts University, and his BA in Medical Biology from the University of New England. He also matriculated at Bowdoin College, and in the MS program in microbiology at the University of Maine, with a research project in virology.

Two years following his graduation from Tufts, he found himself serving as chair of a drive to bring community water fluoridation to the Biddeford-Saco Water District. The success of that effort led to a long career serving organized dentistry, which eventually has taken him around the world.

Dr. Kenneally has served the Maine Dental Association in many capacities, including service to its Executive Board from 1987 to 2017. He has held every MDA office except Secretary.

Dr. Kenneally served as Vice President of the American Dental Association in 1997-98, and he was the Chair of the ADA Council on Membership in 1995-96. He was a member of the ADA House of Delegates in various capacities from 1990-2009, and he was the Caucus Coordinator of the First District from 2004-2007. The Yankee Dental Congress presented Joe with its James W. Etherington Award in 2010, in recognition of his service to organized dentistry in New England, and USA ICD District One gave Joe its Distinguished Service Award in 2019.

Joe was inducted into the ICD in 1995, and became the Deputy Regent for Maine in 1997, in which capacity he won the ICD USA’s Distinguished Deputy Regent award in 2002. Between 2006 and 2014, he served successively as Vice Regent and Regent for District One, while concurrently serving as an International Councilor for ICD worldwide. He was President of the worldwide ICD in 2014-2015, and during his term, he traveled to Slovenia, Italy, Australia, India, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Newfoundland, Ireland, San Diego, and Washington, DC.  He also served as President of the ICD USA Section for 2018. He is the first ICD Secretary General to have been a President of the College.

Dr. Kenneally and his wife, ICD Fellow Dr. Lisa Howard, remain active in many dental and community organizations.