Sharif Burdzik

Sharif Burdzik

Proudest professional moment: Having a small part, as a founding board member, in starting the New Day Community Dental Clinic. I was asked to join as chair, and we soon started the process of incorporation and obtaining our 501c(3) status. Today, New Day is a sustainable, sliding fee scale dental and denture clinic.

First job: I had several jobs while I was in school and each played a part in maturing me. These jobs included being a hospital orderly, a busboy and server for a catering company, a gopher in the Kansas Statehouse library and a night janitor for a church grade school.

Fun fact: I read as many books as I can get my hands on, and I have for as long as I can remember.

Favorite spot on a Saturday night: In winter, night skiing at Skibowl with my son Alex is the perfect Saturday night.

Favorite movie: I could rattle off 30 films that each have been my favorite at any given time. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” comes to mind right now, as do many films from the Coen brothers or Stanley Kubrick.

Music of choice: Almost any genre within the broad label of “rock” – from the Doors to the Beatles to Motley Crue to Muse to Nine Inch Nails, and much, much more.

Favorite place to eat: Gustav’s, hands down. Or Lapellah. Or Tommy O’s. Or The Grant House. Or Beaches. Or Acadia. Or… I just really like food.