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AAE Headquarters Updates

Longtime Foundation for Endodontics Director Retires

The AAE and Foundation for Endodontics say farewell to an esteemed member of the staff, Debby Rice, who will retire from her position of Assistant Executive Director for Development,
on March 24, 2017.

Debby has provided the AAE and the Foundation with more than 20 years of devoted service. Her leadership has helped the Foundation expand its mission, increase funding opportunities and grow its endowment. She was instrumental in helping to develop the Foundation’s new strategic plan and has provided invaluable support on countless Foundation and AAE member committees during her years with the organizations.

“In my eight years on the Foundation Board, I have benefitted many times from Debby’s expert advice,” said Foundation President Dr. Peter A.
Morgan. “She is passionate about the mission of the Foundation and she has been an exceptionally knowledgeable leader in helping us accomplish that mission. I am sure I speak for all present and former Foundation Trustees when I wish her great joy in her retirement.”

Debby has served as a trusted mentor to both her staff and peers, and has been an invaluable member of the AAE’s executive staff team. Her pleasant demeanor, personable nature and depth of expertise will be greatly missed. The AAE and Foundation thank Debby for her years of dedicated and loyal service to the specialty. We wish her all the best as she embarks on this new chapter.

Staff Updates

Kim FitzSimmonsKim FitzSimmons, M.B.A., joined the AAE staff in February 2017 as Assistant Executive Director for Marketing and Communications. She brings more than 17 years’ experience leading award-winning marketing for national healthcare brands, including two medical associations. Kim majored in marketing and accounting at the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Linder Collage of Business and earned her M.B.A. at Roosevelt University Heller Collage of Business. Kim heads the Marketing and Communications department, which includes Public Relations Manager Jennifer Gibson and Marketing Manager Donna Verga. Her responsibilities at the AAE involve overseeing the Association’s marketing,
communications and public relations activities. She serves as a staff liaison to the Editorial Board and Public and Professional Relations Committees. She can be reached at

Alyson Hall, CFRE, has been promoted to Director for Development, taking over duties from Debby Rice, who is retiring on March 24.
During Alyson’s time as Development Manager, she has demonstrated leadership by working closely with the Board of the Foundation for Endodontics,
coordinating APICES and other resident events, and overseeing the Foundation’s communications. Alyson joined the AAE in 2010 as Development Coordinator. She can be reached at