Del Brunner, DDS, begins term as 2019 CDA president

Del Brunner, DDS, on Jan. 1 took the helm as CDA’s president for 2019. The graduate of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC practiced dentistry in Ventura for more than 40 years.

A longtime member of CDA, ADA and the Santa Barbara Ventura County Dental Society, he has held numerous leadership positions and served on many CDA councils and committees including the CDA Presents Board of Managers, the Strategic Planning Committee and the CDA Foundation Board. Dr. Brunner succeeds Immediate Past President Natasha Lee, DDS.

In his speech at the CDA House of Delegates in November, Brunner emphasized the importance of innovation and working as a collective group to meet the needs of CDA members.

“We are much better and wiser as a group than we are as a single entity,” Brunner said. “Let us move together throughout this coming year embracing change and new opportunities that will help us better serve the members of CDA.”

Brunner also told delegates that he would do his best to “encourage, stimulate and mentor students in our six California dental schools.”

He retired in 2017 but remains an active volunteer, offering his services at CDA Cares, the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine free dental clinic and at dental screenings in elementary schools. Outside of dentistry, Brunner has served on the YMCA Ventura County Board of Directors and as the head coach of the American Youth Soccer Organization. He is also an active member of Crossroads Community Church of Camarillo, where he has served on its board of elders since 1984.

Brunner has been married to his wife, Marsha, for 47 years. Together, they have two daughters, a son and two grandchildren.