AIDPH Executive Director

David P. Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD

David P. Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD

David P. Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine. He received his MPH and DMD from the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded a certificate in Dental Public Health from UT Health San Antonio, Department of Community Dentistry and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. Dr. Cappelli is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health (ABDPH). Dr. Cappelli is a Past-President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD). He is the author of the textbook, Prevention in Clinical Oral Health Care and was recognized by the University of Texas Regents with the Outstanding Teaching Award. He is the Director on the portion of the HRSA grant, Post-Doctoral Training in Dental Public Health, that supports the internships and AIDPH.

Board of Directors

Caswell Evans, DDS, MPH

Caswell Evans, DDS, MPH

Caswell A. Evans, Jr., D.D.S., M.P.H., is currently the Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Dentistry; he is also a faculty member in the UIC School of Public Health. Previously he served as the Executive Editor and Project Director for Oral Health in America: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General.  For twelve years, Dr. Evans was Director of Public Health Programs and Services, for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He is a past president of the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Evans is Chairman of DentaQuest Foundation Board. He also serves on the Chicago Board of Health and the boards of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and the Children’s Dental Health Project.

Raul Garcia, DMD, MMedSc, FACD

Raul Garcia, DMD, MMedSc, FACD

Raul I. Garcia, D.M.D., is Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He is also the Director of the Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities (The CREEDD), established at BU in 2001 and supported by the National Institutes of Health. The Center’s aims are to identify the determinants of oral health disparities and to design and implement community-based interventions to eliminate oral health disparities. He is also the Director of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) Dental Longitudinal Study (DLS), a decades-long investigation on oral health in aging men. The VA-DLS has examined the role that oral conditions may play as risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other systemic health outcomes, and how oral conditions may affect health-related quality of life. Dr. Garcia is a Past-President (1998-1999) of the Hispanic Dental Association. He is currently (2017-2018) the President of the American Association for Dental Research.

Beverly Isman, RDH, MPH, ELS

Beverly Isman, RDH, MPH, ELS

Beverly Isman, RDH, MPH, ELS is a dental public health consultant in Davis, California. Currently she serves as the Cooperative Agreement Manager for the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. Major responsibilities include grantwriting, writing and editing reports and other documents, staffing the Communications and State Development and Enhancement Committees, serving ex officio on the Board of Directors, coordinating evaluation activities in collaboration with evaluation specialists, providing TA to states and “other duties as assigned.” Previously she was a Curriculum Specialist with the University of California Cancer Center; Public Health Advisor with the Indian Health Service, Portland Area Office; Director of the Division of Dental Health, Maine Bureau of Health; Associate Professor in Applied Dentistry at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry; and Chief of Dental Hygiene, JFK Child Development Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Howard Pollick, BDS, MPH

Howard Pollick, BDS, MPH

Dr. Howard Pollick is a licensed dentist in California, a health sciences clinical professor and director of the accredited dental public health residency program, Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Pollick has lectured and published extensively on the benefits and safety of community water fluoridation in California, nationally and internationally. A diplomate of the American Board of dental public health, Dr. Pollick is an American Dental Association expert spokesperson on fluoridation, a member of the ADA National Fluoridation Advisory Committee, chair of the fluoridation advisory committee to the California Dental Association Foundation and a consultant to the California Department of Public Health. He is the recipient of the 2010 Fluoridation Special Merit Award from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the 2015 recipient of the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Public Service.

Karen Yoder, PhD, MSD

Karen Yoder, PhD, MSD

Karen Yoder is Professor and Director, Division of Community Dentistry, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD), with an adjunct appointment at IU School of Medicine’s MPH Program. She holds a PhD in Dental Science and a MSD in Preventive Dentistry with a minor in Health Policy. Prior to coming to IUSD she had a lengthy career as an oral health consultant at the Indiana State Department of Health. She was the founder of SEAL INDIANA, IUSD’s state-wide school based sealant program, IUSD Community Based Dental Education, the annual Oral Health Policy forum, and faculty advisor for the IUSD Student Outreach Clinic which provides free dental services twice monthly in a community based clinic. She is responsible for initiating and sustaining community-based programs, integrating service-learning into the curriculum, teaching dental public health, and fostering insight and activism in the health policy process.

Program Coordinator

Annaliese E. Cothron, M.S.

Annaliese E. Cothron, M.S.

Annaliese is a Biostatistician at UT Health San Antonio, School of Dentistry. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Mississippi State University, specializing in Experimental Psychology with a theme in Applied Statistics. In her present position, she coordinates data collection and evaluation for Miles of Smiles-Laredo and also manages database development and administration for SmilesMaker©, a direct data entry program used in school-based oral health programs. She teaches as a core instructor in the Dental Public Residency Program and coordinates the Texas Repository of Oral Health Data for Evaluation and Outcomes (ROHDEO). Annaliese is currently serving as part of the founding executive leadership team for the American Institute for Dental Public Health. Ms. Cothron is an active member and leader within several national professional organizations, including serving as Secretary of the Dental Informatics Section of the American Dental Education Association and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Consortium for Oral Health Research and Informatics (COHRI). Prior to joining UT Health San Antonio, she helped create the Mississippi Tobacco Data Workgroup in the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University, focusing on health policy initiatives, tobacco susceptibility and cessation research, and administration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey for the state of Mississippi.