Board of Directors
Steven Kess, M.B.A.
Henry Schein, Inc.
Steven William Kess, M.B.A., is widely recognized for his critical insight and ability to synthesize public and private coalitions, as well as business and public policy issues. He is both an entrepreneur and an executive. Mr. Kess is Vice President of Global Professional Relations, Office of the Chairman & CEO, for Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 250 global health care distribution company, where he was instrumental in developing Henry Schein Cares, its corporate social responsibility program. Mr. Kess is the founding President of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.
An advocate for underrepresented minorities, Mr. Kess has been particularly active in the area of diversity and access to health care for at risk populations. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in many health care associations, organizations, and trade associations. He currently is the Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. Mr. Kess was recently installed as President of the Santa Fe Group, a not-for-profit oral health think tank that he has been a member of for more than two decades. He is President of the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, Inc. and serves on the Boards at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Al Quds University Dental School, Tel Aviv University School of Dental Medicine, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders and Project Accessible Oral Health.
In addition, Mr. Kess has served on the strategic planning group for the American Veterinary Medical Association Vision 2020 and FDI’s Vision 2020 Program Task Force for developing its strategic plan and defining the explanation of oral health.
Mr. Kess has been married for 52 years and lives in New York City with his wife, Sharon. They have one daughter, Meredith Millen and two grandchildren, Benjamin and Alexandra.
Allen Finkelstein, DDS
Allen L. Finkelstein, DDS, the Chief Executive Officer of Bedford HealthCare Solutions is the former Chief Dental Officer of AmeriChoice/United Health Group.
Dr. Finkelstein an undergrad from the University of Pittsburgh and obtained his graduate degree from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. In 2009, Dr. Finkelstein was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the A.T. Still University (Hon) and in 2011 was awarded the Dr. Harry Strusser Memorial Award from New York University, College of Dentistry. Dr. Finkelstein is a member of the American Dental Association, the Essex County Dental Association and the dental associations of the States of New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.
Among many other organizational engagements, Dr. Finkelstein is the former President of the Rockland County Dental Society, former Trustee of the Ninth District Dental Society of the State of New York, former member of New York University College of Dentistry Admission Committee and former Trustee of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.
He is a longtime proponent of Integrated Dental and Medical Care and has lectured at dental and medical schools and conferences on the subject of Early Childhood Caries and the need for Medical/Dental Integration to achieve the establishment of a quality outcome based Health Home.
Dr. Finkelstein has passed the National Dental Boards, North East Regional Boards, and is licensed to practice dentistry in New York and New Jersey. He currently maintains a dental practice, specializing in Periodontal Prosthesis located in Great Neck, New York. In Addition, Dr. Finkelstein has been active in many community activities both philanthropies and dental outreach programs for the underserved.
Henry Schein Financial Services
Keith is responsible for Henry Schein Financial Services (“HSFS”), Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions “HS PPT”) and Henry Schein Associate Dentist Placements. Keith’s team spans fourteen countries.
HSFS provides business solutions for healthcare providers including practice start-up financing, expansion to practice acquisition services HSFS provides customers with access to capital to fulfill their professional goals. Keith also manages HS PPT, a practice brokerage firm engaging in appraisals, consulting and practice sales.
Keith is an active contributor to many facets of the dental industry. He is Treasurer of the Dr. Shils Entrepreneurial Education Fund, a Vice President of American Friends of Dental Volunteers for Israel and Board Member of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. He has worked on healthcare industry diversity.
Keith has been interviewed by CBS Small Business Report, Eye on the Markets, Crain’s NY Business and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. He has lectured nationwide to dental and medical school students and Residents. Keith has taught NYU’s Dental School Continuing Education, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and written articles for many healthcare periodicals.
Keith is married to a professional volunteer and has two children. He is an Ironman and active marathon runner.
Henry L. Berman, Ed.D.
Henry leads Exponent Philanthropy, a vibrant membership organization that amplifies and celebrates the vital work of philanthropists who give big while keeping their operations lean. As CEO since 2011, he brings a firsthand understanding of the needs of philanthropists with few or no staff and a wealth of experience managing people, projects, and budgets in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.
Recognizing that funders are increasingly using a variety of giving vehicles, in 2014 Henry led the organization through a strategic rebrand from the Association of Small Foundations. His current focus is on ensuring all members—public, private, and community foundations, philanthropic families, and individual donors—connect with others in the organization’s nationwide network, engage with a wide range of resources, and participate in high-quality and cost-effective programming.
Before joining Exponent Philanthropy, Henry had a long career in educational media and technology. He is a founding board member of the Museum of Broadcast Technology and also currently serves on the boards of the National Council of Nonprofits and the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund
Henry earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College, a master’s and doctorate in education from Boston University, and a certificate in business and management from the Harvard University Extension School, where he also taught classes in fundraising, development communications and philanthropy. He has also taught at Columbia University and Boston University.
Lawrence B. Caplin, DMD
Oral Health Impact Project
Dr. Caplin, Owner and CEO, is a national leader on public health issues stemming from lack of access to dental care in the United States. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Caplin has the ability to craft and implement solutions for a variety of programs. Over the past 25 years, he has created and operationalized customized solutions for the Buckley Air Force Base; the Army National Guard in various states across the country; Adult and Juvenile Justice Systems throughout 7 States; the foster care system for the City of New York and for various other governmental institutions facing quality and access to care issues. He is also working successfully to improve the dental health of families and individuals in minority communities, and for underserved children in approximately 300 schools in the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Camden School Districts in addition to the Archdioceses schools throughout the Mid Atlantic United States through the award winning Oral Health Impact Project (OHIP). OHIP was founded in 2006 by Dr. Caplin and brings high quality, in-school dental care and long term dental health to children at the greatest risk for dental disease. As Founder and CEO of Dentrust Optimized Care Solutions (DOCS), Dr. Caplin has committed his life’s work to providing healthcare services to our Military servicemen and women, as well as for other diverse and underserved populations. Dr. Caplin will continue his mission serving the healthcare needs of these individuals for years to come.
Lawrence J. Paul, DMD
Vice President Corporate Dental, AmeriHealth Caritas
Lawrence Paul, D.D.S., is the Vice President of Corporate Dental for AmeriHealth Caritas. He is responsible for all clinical dental programs, and oversight of the strategic goal of creating an integrated dental program that addresses the clinical tie-ins between dental health and physical health. Dr. Paul has an extensive and varied background in the dental industry. He most recently was a partner in a consulting practice whose clients were primarily in public dental programs.Prior to that, he served in leadership positions with some of the larger national dental practice management companies. He previously spent over 10 years at Aetna US Healthcare, serving as National Dental Director and Head of Network Management. He has extensive experience in provider contracting, network management, dental quality management, utilization management, and program development, as well as all aspects of clinical dentistry through many years in private practice.Dr. Paul earned B.A. degrees in both Science and History from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s Degree from Temple University, and his dental degree from Temple University School of Dentistry. He also successfully completed General Dentistry Residency at the V.A. Hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
Alyse O’Kelly, DMD
Dental Innovators, Creators Entrepreneurs (DICE)
Alyse O’Kelly will complete her pre-doctoral training at The University of Pennsylvania in May 2020 where she will earn her Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry. During her time at Penn Dental, she co-founded the first student-led oral health focused incubator called Dental Innovators, Creators and Entrepreneurs (DICE). She created this organization to support dental students in their pursuit of problem-solving and designing of businesses that address unmet needs in dentistry. To compliment these efforts, DICE holds a pitch competition and solicits resources to advance students’ start-up projects. Her undergraduate degree in business and experience as an entrepreneur motivated her to start DICE that has since expanded to other dental schools in the Northeast region. Upon graduation, Alyse will work in private practice and continue to work with The Shils Fund to pursue her goal of expanding DICE nationally.
Jared Van Ittersum, D.D.S
Co-founder of Infinity Dental Partners
Jared Van Ittersum, D.D.S. has been practicing dentistry for 12 years while simultaneously developing and managing the multi-state DSO Infinity Dental Partners. He is a national speaker on group practice dentistry, faculty for the Henry Schein Dental Business Institute, the co-founder of the online training platforms DDU and Total Health Academy, a sitting board member of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry Dean’s Advisory Board, a husband and a father of three beautiful children.
Senior Vice President, Bank of America Practice Solutions Executive
Joseph M. Persichetti is the Operations Executive for Bank of America Practice Solutions. In his current role, he is responsible for the team that handles Health Care financing within Bank of America Small Business. He manages the portfolio along with being responsible for compliance, education and support functions for Practice Solutions. In addition, with creating and delivering key business strategies across the Bank of America Small Business Organization.
Joseph attended the Ohio State University with a major in Business. Joseph currently resides in New Albany, OH with his wife Lauren and their four kids (Gemma, Noelle, Dino and Luca). Joseph is a Board Member for the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation, which is a foundation that works to broaden awareness of oral health’s impact of overall health through scholarships, partnerships and grants. He also actively participates with many volunteer and charity groups such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital Ohio State University Hospital Cancer Research fund.
Fotinos S. Panagakos, DMD, PhD
Dr. Panagakos received his DMD from UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School (now Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine) and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (now the Rutgers University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences) in 1992. In 1999, he received his Master’s in Education from Seton Hall University and in 2007 he received his Master’s in Business Administration from Lehigh University.
Dr. Panagakos was commissioned out of the Lehigh University ROTC program in 1986 as a Second Lieutenant, and served for 13 years in the NJ Army National Guard and Army Reserve. He held positions as a medical platoon leader, Squadron administrative officer (S1), Medical Company commander and reserve dental office in the 82nd Airborne Division, leaving service as a Major in 1999.
Dr. Panagakos served for 14 years as a full time faculty member at New Jersey Dental School, serving in a number of administrative positions, including Group Practice Administrator, Director of Environmental Safety and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. During this time, he also maintained a private dental practice in Westfield and Newark, NJ.
In June, 2005, Dr. Panagakos joined the Colgate Palmolive Oral Care Clinical Research Department as an Associate Director. In January, 2006, Dr. Panagakos was promoted to Director of Professional Relations and Scientific Affairs – North America. In April 2009, Dr. Panagakos was appointed Director of Clinical Research Relations and Strategy within the Research and Development division of Colgate-Palmolive Co. In November, 2012, he was promoted to Global Director of Scientific Affairs and Research Relations – Oral Care.
In November, 2017, Dr. Panagakos joined Geistlich Pharma, North America as Vice President, Scientific and Clinical Affairs, based in Princeton, NJ. He led the U.S. clinical science team activities related to the development of clinical studies, publications, and continuing to strengthen relationships with regional and national professional associations aligned with regenerative dentistry.
Dr. Panagakos joined the West Virginia University School of Dentistry in August 2018, as the Associate Dean for Research. In January 2019, he was appointed Vice Dean for Administration and Research. In May, 2020, he was appointed Interim Dean of the school.
Dr. Panagakos is the co-author of over 75 peer-reviewed scientific research articles and is the co-editor of three dental science textbooks. His areas of interest include the role of inflammation in oral and overall health, and the impact of nutrition on oral health and wellness.
In his spare time, Dr. Panagakos is an avid runner, having completed 55 marathons since 2012. He enjoys running races at all distances, and is currently in the process of completing a marathon in every US state.
Co-chair, Awards Committee
Lois K. Cohen, Ph.D.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Lois K. Cohen, PhD serves as a consultant & Paul G. Rogers Ambassador for Global Health Research since her retirement from U.S. government service in 2006. She is a sociologist whose research and health science administration career included service as the Director of Extramural Research, Associate Director for International Health and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research and Training, National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Having authored more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited four books on the social sciences and dentistry, she co-directed the WHO International Collaborative Studies of Oral Health Systems.
Having served on several journal boards among them the Journal of the American Dental Association, she co-chairs the Friends of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, and serves on the boards of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders, the Edw. B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, the Global Advisory Council of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, and the Caplin Family Charities. She provides consultation to the NIH, the World Health Organization and its regional offices in Africa and the Americas, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, various universities and professional associations including the American Dental Association, the FDI World Dental Federation, the American Dental Education Association and others in the area of global health through oral health. Lectures and awards in her honor are presented annually at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA and Harvard University’s School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA and at the International Association of Dental Research’s Behavioral, Epidemiological and Health Services Research Group.
Teresa A. Dolan, DDS, MPH
Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer, Dentsply Sirona
Dr. Teresa Dolan is Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Dentsply Sirona and leads the global Clinical Affairs function, supports new product development and oversees the largest global clinical education program sponsored by dental industry. Dr. Dolan joined Dentsply Sirona after serving as professor and dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry from 2003 until 2013. As chief academic officer, she managed a $62M operating budget, with $13.7M in research funding and revenue from more than 100,000 annual patient visits. She is recognized for her contributions to dental public health, geriatric dentistry and as a champion for diversity and women in dentistry. Dr. Dolan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University; she earned a DDS degree from the University of Texas and a MPH degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dental Health Services Research Scholar, completed a Veterans Administration Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry, and is a board certified in Dental Public Health.
A 30+ year veteran of Septodont, Paul has held numerous roles with increasing responsibility. He currently serves as President for the Americas, with P&L responsibilities for North, South, and Central America. He is also Chairman of Septodont’s North American Executive Committee and serves as a member of the corporate Executive Management Committee.In addition to his company responsibilities Paul is also involved at the Board level with multiple industry related non-profit organizations.Paul received his BS in Business Management from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
Co-chair, Community Impact Committee
Leslie E. Grant, DDS, MSPA
National Dental Association
Dr. Leslie E. Grant is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated high school in Gary, Indiana. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree, Cum Laude from Boston University and a Master of Speech Pathology and Audiology Degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Grant obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1986, and completed a General Practice Residency at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey in 1987.
Dr. Grant provided dental care in her private practice in Baltimore for more than twenty years. She is a former Chief Dental Officer for the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners and is currently an examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (CDCA). She is a Past President of the National Dental Association and a former Board Chair of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP).
Dr. Grant is a member of the NDA, ADA, American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD), and a Fellow in both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. In 2006 she was named as one of the “One Hundred + Most Influential African Americans” by Ebony Magazine, and was named as one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women for 2015”. AAWD presented her with the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award in 2018. Dr. Grant is a Life Member of the NAACP and the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association. She serves on the Community Impact and the Governance Committees of the Dr. Edward Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Board of Directors.
Co-chair, Development Committee
Tony has been involved as an executive in the dental industry for over 35 years and is a Past President of the Dental Manufacturers of America, where he enjoyed a close association with Dr. Shils for many years. He is also a former Chairperson of the American Dental Trade Association’s Manufacturer’s Section and World Trade Committees. Tony is retired and is an active volunteer in local community affairs. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Doylestown, PA Fire Company No. 1 and as a Fire Fighter 1 volunteer. He also serves as a member of the Bucks County CAP (Community Accountability Program), David’s Mentoring/Reentry Program and an Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Eucharistic Minister. He is a native New Yorker and a graduate of City College of New York. He is an avid Sailor and resides with his wife Susan in Bucks County, PA.
Co-chair, Community Impact Committee
Dr. Margaret Scarlett,DMD, CAPT. (ret.), USPHS, CDC
President, Scarlett Consulting International
A dentist, clinician, and author Margaret Scarlett DMD is an infectious and chronic disease prevention and policy leader. For thirty years, Dr. Scarlett has provided expert guidance as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, the American Red Cross and many consumer health companies. Author of CDC’s very first infection control guidelines for dentistry in 1986, she is considered an expert on infection control, leading efforts to incorporate infection control training into dental practices and dental schools for five years for CDC worldwide. As a Senior Policy Advisor to the Surgeon General for two years, she addressed policy, based on science, at HHS from 1998-2000. Retired from the US Public Health Service as a CAPTAIN (0-6) after more than twenty years, including two years in the US Army Dental Corps, Dr. Scarlett proudly served as “disease detective/epidemiologist” at CDC. During the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015, Dr. Scarlett provided expert infection control guidance for CDC to train health workers and Public Health Service officers deployed to West Africa. Since 2005, Dr. Scarlett provides expertise and leadership to CDC on pandemic preparedness and response, working with CDC’s emergency operations center, various CDC centers and institutes, and various private and public sector partners to mitigate epidemic impact on daily life and the workplace.
Co-chair, Awards Committee
Anthony Volpe, DDS, MS
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Retired
Dr. Volpe has over five decades of experience in clinical dental research, preventive dentistry and dental scientific affairs, as well as over 250 scientific publications and presentations worldwide.He has recently retired as Vice President of Clinical Research and Scientific Affairs from the Colgate-Palmolive Company at it’s Technology Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. Dr. Volpe has been in dental practice as a general dentist and dental education, teaching pharmacology, preventive dentistry and periodontics.He received a BS in Chemistry from Seton Hall College in 1954 and a DDS from Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry in 1960. Additionally, he served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 and received a MS in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University in 1965. Dr. Volpe has served on Technical Committees of major worldwide dental organizations, including ADA, NIDCR, IADR, WHO, FDI, and the Forsyth Institute. Further, he has served as Editor of The Journal of The New Jersey Dental Association and President of the American Dental Association Foundation from 1997 to 2003. He has been honored to receive several prestigious awards from various dental organizations, such as the American Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the Public Health Dentistry’s Special Merit Award, the Hadassah Special Award from Hebrew University, and the Shils-Meskin Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Clinical Research. Dr. Volpe has also been awarded the New York State Dental Association’s Excellence Award for Corporate Leadership, the William J. Gies Award as a Private Partner from the American Dental Education Association and a Tribute Acknowledgement Award from Oral Health America.
Vickie Waitsman, Vice President and General Counsel
Vickie is the Vice President and General Counsel of DentalEZ Integrated Solutions, the manufacturer of StarDental, Ramvac, DentalEZ Equipment, Forest Dental Equipment, NevinLabs and Columbia Dentoform products. She is a native of Philadelphia and graduateof Philadelphia High School for Girls, Temple University and Temple Law School. Vickie has served on the board of directors of various oral health non-profits including the Academy of Dentistry International Foundation, Oral Health America and Kids Smiles, in addition to serving on the board of the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund. She is a past chairman of the Dental Trade Alliance and served on its board and on the board of its Foundation. Vickie was recognized by Dental Products Reports as one of the Top Women in Dentistry.
DMG America LLC
George Wolfe is President of DMG America, a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality restorative dental materials and preventive products. George has had the unique experience of literally growing up in the dental trade and manufacturing business, following in his father Herb Wolfe’s footsteps, a long-time figure in the dental industry. George joined DMG America in 2002, as Director of Product Development. He launched several market-leading DMG products, as well as a completely new brand of dental hygiene materials call Kolorz. In 2007 George became President of DMG America. His goal for DMG America is continued focus on the growth of the company and the strategic development and launching of high quality innovative products. George sits on multiple industry and civic boards including, the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation,and the Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund and the American Dental Assistants Association Foundation
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