Board of Directors
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.
Alan Morgan - Treasurer
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.
Steve Geiermann - Secretary
In addition to serving on AIDPH's board, Dr. Steve Geiermann is also a board member for the Dental Patient Safety Foundation and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). He is a retired U.S. Public Health Service Captain.
Tamanna Tiwari - Vice Chair
MPH, MDS, BDS
Dr. Tamanna Tiwari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health and Associate Director, the Center for Oral Disease Prevention and Population Health Research at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado.
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.
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.
Dr. Scott Howell is an associate professor and Director of Public Health Dentistry & Teledentistry at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH), clinical advisor for MouthWatch, and a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity.
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).
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.