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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Brian Souza

Chief Impact Officer, DentaQuest

In his role as Chief Impact Officer at DentaQuest, Brian oversees a 70-person team that includes the DentaQuest Foundation, the DentaQuest Institute, DentaQuest Oral Health Center, and the Impact Integration Group.

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When it comes to developing and implementing creative solutions to improve the health of our nation and reduce existing disparities, Brian Souza sets a high bar. Having worked with health care nonprofits for over two decades, Brian understands the importance of collaborating across disciplines, organizations, and communities. Brian brings his passion for health care, business acumen, and nonprofit expertise to oral disease and health disparities in his role as Chief Impact Officer at DentaQuest. Brian oversees a 70-person team that includes the DentaQuest Foundation, the DentaQuest Institute, DentaQuest Oral Health Center, and the Impact Integration Group.

Together with Mike Monopoli (Executive Director of the DentaQuest Foundation), Brian leads DentaQuest’s philanthropic strategy, investing $17 million annually at the national, state, and community levels to improve oral health. With Tequila Terry, (Executive Director of the DentaQuest Institute) and Dr. Brian Novy, (Director of Practice Improvement of the DentaQuest Institute) he leads DentaQuest’s clinical and quality improvement solutions, working to improve the delivery of person-centered oral health care through prevention and disease management. Lastly, working with the Impact Integration Group, Brian leads efforts to leverage internal and external innovation into DentaQuest’s benefits and care business products and services.

Prior to DentaQuest, Brian has served in a number of leadership roles in the health and social service sectors, including at the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Community Care Alliance, and Kit Clark Senior Services. Brian also serves on the board of Our Space, Our Place, an after-school program for blind youth, and the Farm-Direct Coop, a large community supported agriculture program in the Greater Boston area.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree focused on non-profit management, both from Boston University.

 

 

Caswell A. Evans Jr., DDS, MPH

University of Illinois College of Dentistry: Chair DentaQuest Foundation Board of Directors

Dr. Evans has been at the center of oral health discussions at the national level for the past decade.

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Dr. Evans has been at the center of oral health discussions at the national level for the past decade, first as Director of the National Oral Health Initiative within the office of the U.S. Surgeon General where he was Executive Editor and Project Director for Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, released in May 2000 and the subsequent National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health, released in April 2003. Today, as Associate Dean of Prevention and Public Health Science at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, and an advisor to the National Interprofessional Oral Health Initiative, Dr. Evans is making sure the next generation of dentists makes oral health part of overall health. A hands-on change agent, Dr. Evans believes education is a key requirement for change. He is currently involved in the modification of curriculum for the University of Chicago’s College of Dentistry, requiring students participate in multiple four-week practicum in local communities and in global underserved areas. He was recognized with the Gies Award for Achievement as a Dental Educator by the Gies Foundation of the American Dental Education Association. Prior work as Director of Public Health Programs and Services in Los Angeles and as Director of the County Division of the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health in Washington State give Dr. Evans local and state-level perspectives. He recently joined the Illinois State Board of Health as well as the Chicago Board of Health. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ortho S.A. Sprague Institute, a Chicago-based, health-only philanthropy that supports the beginning stages of health-related projects (asthma, childhood obesity, and oral health initiatives). Dr. Evans is a past president of the American Public Health Association, founder of the Association’s Faith Community Caucus, and served on the board of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. He is a founding board member and officer of the U. S. National Oral Health Alliance, a diplomat and past President of the American Board of Dental Public Health and a past President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Dr. Evans joined the DentaQuest Foundation Board in 2009,  became Vice Chair in 2011, and Chairman of the Board in 2012.

James Collins

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer DentaQuest

Mr. Collins is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for DentaQuest.  Mr. Collins has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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Mr. Collins is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for DentaQuest.  Mr. Collins has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. As a senior leader at Sun Life Financial and John Hancock Financial Services, Jim led comprehensive finance teams and drove the strategic planning process.  Jim is an actuary by training and currently oversees all finance functions, strategic planning and business intelligence for DentaQuest. His unique ability to communicate complex financial and strategic concepts to a variety of audiences, from employee groups to boards of directors is key to his effectiveness.

Jim earned a BA at Dartmouth College, completed executive business programs at Harvard and MIT and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He joined the DentaQuest Foundation.

James R. Knickman

President and Chief Executive Officer, New York State Health Foundation (Retired)

James R. Knickman has a career-long history of improving health for New York's most vulnerable populations. 

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James R. Knickman served as the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), a private foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. Under Dr. Knickman’s leadership, NYSHealth has invested more than $100 million since 2006 in initiatives to improve health care and the public health system in New York State. Equally important, the Foundation is committed to sharing the results and lessons of its grantmaking; informing policy and practice through timely, credible analysis and commentary; and serving as a neutral convener of health care leaders and stakeholders throughout New York State.

Today, NYSHealth focuses its efforts in three priority areas: increasing the number of New Yorkers who have health insurance coverage; building healthy communities; and advancing primary care. Prior to joining NYSHealth, Dr. Knickman was the Vice President of Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton.

Dr. Knickman has a long history in New York State; between 1976 and 1992, he served on the faculty of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he was active in community service directed at improving health care delivery to vulnerable populations. Earlier, he worked at the New York City Office of Management and Budget, and he has been a visiting professor at the University of Rochester, U.C. Berkeley, and Princeton University. He has published extensive research on issues related to the financing of health care and long-term care and improving services for frail elders, homeless families, and individuals with HIV. Dr. Knickman is the co-author of a widely used textbook on health policy and management.

Dr. Knickman serves as a board member of the National Council on Aging in Washington, D.C., and of Philanthropy New York. He is a member of Fordham College’s Board of Visitors, the national advisory committee of the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, and the external advisory committee of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. He is a past chair of the board of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and of the New Jersey Department of Health’s Cardiac Health Advisory Council; he has also served on the boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Academy Health in Washington, D.C., and the New York Catholic Health Care System.

Dr. Knickman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from Fordham University and his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Pennsylvania.

Leslie E. Grant, DDS, MSPA

National Dental Association - Past President

Elected to the DentaQuest Foundation Board in 2012, Dr. Grant is a highly respected voice in oral health care.

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Dr. Grant graduated from Boston University, earned a Master of Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Washington in Seattle and then a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore. Every generation in Dr. Grant’s family has been to college since the Emancipation. Elected to the board of the DentaQuest Foundation in 2012, Dr. Grant’s other affiliations are many. She is a World Vision child sponsor since 1977 to present, a life member of the NAACP, participated on a mission to El Salvador with her church. She is a founding board member of the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance, active with the Maryland Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Women Dentists, and is a former President of the National Dental Association. In 2006, Dr. Grant was listed in Ebony Magazine’s “100+ Most Influential African Americans.” A long-time practitioner of dentistry in private practice, Dr. Grant currently serves as a Dental Compliance Officer for the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.

Mary Vallier-Kaplan, MHSA

Health Philanthropy Consultant

Ms. Kaplan recently retired as the founding Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation.

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Ms. Kaplan recently retired as the founding Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation.  The foundation is well known for its strategic use of exemplary philanthropic practices to create systemic change that improves the overall health of all people especially the vulnerable and underserved.   These practices include not only grantmaking, but also investment and participation in advocacy and policy as well as mission related investing.  Mary has been an active leader and lecturer with GIH (Grantmakers in Health), GEO (Grantmakers for Effective Organizations) and CEP (Center for Effective Philanthropy).

Under her leadership, the Endowment for Health was one of the first health conversion foundations to focus on oral health systems improvement investing over $6M creating and implementing with others one of the first state oral health plans in the country.  This work ranged from developing statewide data collection systems to implementing workforce policy.   The Endowment for Health also was a founding member and leader of the Funders Oral Health Policy Group.

Mary has more than 25 years of professional and personal experience in public and community health issues in New Hampshire. Her professional work has focused on system change and new ideas ranging from community health centers to HMOs to hospice and now a new age of health philanthropy.   Mary is an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. She joined the DentaQuest Foundation Board in 2013.

Robert J. Weyant, MS, DMD, DrPh

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Weyant is the Associate Dean of Public Health and Outreach as well as Chair and Professor of the Department of Dental Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

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Dr. Weyant is the Associate Dean of Public Health and Outreach as well as Chair and Professor of the Department of Dental Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He also holds several secondary appointments at the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1987, Dr. Weyant has been a diplomat of the American Board of Dental Public Health and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry since 2008. Dr. Weyant is a Researcher and Principal Investigator on a variety of NIH projects as well as sitting on their National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council. He is also the Project Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human services training grant for dental students. In addition, Dr. Weyant works with the American Dental Association as a consultant to the Center for Evidence-based Dentistry. He holds memberships on the Council on Scientific Affairs, Public Health Advisory Committee, the Government Affairs Council of the American Association for Dental Research, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Oral Health Policy committee. He is a former U.S. Navy Dental Officer. Dr. Weyant received his master’s and dental degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. Dr. Weyant joined the DSM Board in 2014.

Sandra Owens Lawson, PhD, MSW

CRP, Inc.

Dr. Lawson is a licensed social worker with 14 years of demonstrated and outstanding policy and programmatic experience at SAMHSA/CSAP and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). 

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Dr. Lawson is a licensed social worker with 14 years of demonstrated and outstanding policy and programmatic experience at SAMHSA/CSAP and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Prior to joining CRP, she served as the acting director of the University of the District of Columbia's (UDC) Counseling and Student Development Center. In that role, she supervised licensed clinical psychologists, master's-degree level counselors, and psychiatrists. She also served as the University liaison/project director for the UDC Minority Education Initiative program. In that role, her accomplishments included developing and implementing the program's project/work plan, recruiting and training 30 peer educators, attending grantee and evaluation workshops on evidence-based research and referral in collaboration with community agencies, and developing other educational and training materials. She additionally taught courses in human growth and development policy, and cultural competence, and trained certified drug abuse counselors while at UDC. She also served as an Associate Professor in the George Mason University's School of Social Work. She holds a B.A. degree from Fisk University, M.S.W. degree from Howard University, and Ph.D. with a specialization in health care administration and health behaviors from Walden University.

Sarita Arteaga, DMD, MAGD

University of Connecticut

Dr. Arteaga currently serves as the Chair of the Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Board of Directors.

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Dr. Arteaga is a high school graduate from St. Catharine Academy in the Bronx, NY, and a graduate from New York University with a B.A. degree in Biology. After attending the University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine, she received a D.M.D. degree and then completed a General Practice Residency at Bronx Municipal/Albert Einstein Hospitals in the Bronx, New York. In 1990, Sarita returned to Connecticut and worked as an associate in a private dental practice. In 1995, she became an Assistant Clinical Professor, at the University of Connecticut, and has been teaching and treating patients at the UCONN Health Center to date. Sarita attained a Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of numerous dental associations, including the Hispanic Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, National Dental Association and American Dental Education Association. Sarita has served on the Board of Trustees of the Hispanic Dental Association for two years and has contributed to the Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2004 and 2005), the Silent Auction Committee, and the Recruitment and Retention Committee. She is also a faculty advisor for the combined Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Student Dental Association and serves on the Admissions Committee at the dental school. Dr. Arteaga currently serves as the Chair of the Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Board of Directors.

Scott Harshbarger

Senior Counsel, Casner & Edwards, LLP, and Former Attorney General, Massachusetts

Scott Harshbarger is Senior Counsel in Casner & Edwards’ Litigation and Nonprofit departments and focuses his practice on providing strategic counsel for business ethics, corporate investigations and defense, compliance and risk management, corporate and governance, and government regulation

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Scott Harshbarger is Senior Counsel in Casner & Edwards’ Litigation and Nonprofit departments and focuses his practice on providing strategic counsel for business ethics, corporate investigations and defense, compliance and risk management, corporate and governance, and government regulation. Prior to private practice, Scott had a long and successful public service career as a public defender, civil rights attorney, Middlesex District Attorney and Massachusetts AG. He was the elected President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), and was recognized for being one of the first AGs to sue the tobacco manufacturers on behalf of children and public health, and for his pioneering use of Chapter 93A to promulgate hand gun safety regulations. Other major consumer and public protection initiatives include the Hospital and HMO Community Benefit Guidelines, the Elder and Disability Protection Projects, and the SCORE Conflict Resolution and Safe Neighborhood Initiatives against urban and family violence, white collar crime, public corruption, and insurance and health care fraud. From 1999-2002, Scott served as President and CEO of Common Cause, the national nonprofit citizens’ lobby, public interest advocacy and government and corporate watchdog group, founded by John Gardner in Washington, D.C. He is also chair of the Advisory Board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School. Scott taught professional responsibility and legal ethics at Boston University School of Law for 20 years and was a Visiting Professor (government law and public policy) at Harvard Law School for three years. He has authored numerous articles on topics in the field of corporate and not-for-profit governance and regulatory strategies.

Steve Pollock

President and Chief Executive Officer, DentaQuest

Mr. Pollock serves as the Chief Executive Officer of DentaQuest.

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As President and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Pollock leads DentaQuest, the third largest dental benefits administrator in the United States, and the largest for Medicaid.

In addition to dental benefits, the company also includes care delivery, healthcare plan integration, eyeQuest, the DentaQuest Foundation and the DentaQuest Institute.

Pollock has been with the organization since 1999, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer, with oversight for all business segments. As COO, Pollock was responsible for strategic planning, sales and marketing, technology, operations, and mergers and acquisitions. During his tenure at the company, he has led the growth of DentaQuest from 2.3 million members in 1999 to more than 23 million members in 30 states today.

Pollock has also served in several other leadership positions at the company, including President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Market Development and General Counsel.

Pollock serves on the Boards of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, the DentaQuest Foundation and the DentaQuest Institute. He is a member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. He is a former Board member of Oral Health America, a national organization dedicated to improving oral health. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a certified public accountant in Ohio.

Pollock holds a B.B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. 

Tom Galligan, III

Papa Gino's Holdings Corp. - Past Chairman

Mr. Galligan is retired Chairman of Papa Gino’s Holdings Corp (PGHC).

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Mr. Galligan is retired Chairman of Papa Gino’s Holdings Corp (PGHC). PGHC operates 375 restaurants under the Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches brands and has 5,000 employees. Mr. Galligan joined PGHC as EVP and a member of the Board of Directors in 1995. Prior to joining PGHC, Mr. Galligan was President and COO and, previously, EVP at Morse Shoe, Inc. Mr. Galligan was associated with PepsiCo, Inc. for 8 years as CFO of its PepsiCo International and Pepsi Cola Bottling Group divisions. Mr. Galligan has 30 years of experience in management, finance, and operational reengineering with an emphasis on brand positioning and long range planning. Mr. Galligan is a Director of Bay State Milling Company, Town Sports International, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and the Boston College Carroll School of Management Advisory Board. Mr. Galligan holds a BS Degree from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard. Mr. Galligan is on the Board of Directors of DentaQuest and has served on the Dental Service of Massachusetts Board since 2000.