AIDPH is guided by a team of established oral health leaders dedicated to advancing health equity through creative programming, experiential learning, and innovative collaboration. As a 501c3 nonprofit, the board of directors serves as both governance and fiduciary agents for AIDPH.
David Cappelli, Co-Founder & Chair
DMD, MPH, PhD
Dr. Cappelli 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.
DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA
Dr. Chaffin is the Vice-President and Dental Director for Delta Dental of Iowa. He manages scientific and clinical aspects of oral health policy for Delta Dental of Iowa commercial and Government programs.
Dr. Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, focused on health workforce, primary care, and health professions and graduate medical education research and policy.
Caswell Evans, Secretary
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.
Raul Garcia, Treasurer
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.
Dr. Steve Geiermann, a retired Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, serves as the Senior Manager addressing access, community oral health infrastructure and capacity within the American Dental Association.
After graduating from dental school in Australia where she grew up, Andrea Hight practiced dentistry for the Tasmanian Health Department before marrying an American on a trip to the US.
Joshua Houston is an attorney and registered lobbyist with 15 years of experience in legislative and regulatory affairs. He currently serves as General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for Texas Impact/Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.
Recognized as among the top 100 most influential people in healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine, Alan Morgan serves as Chief Executive Officer for the National Rural Health Association.
Dr. Weatherspoon is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) and a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Dean of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine (UNLV SDM), has been selected as the next President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).