AIDPH Leadership Team
Annaliese Cothron, MS
Annaliese Cothron is the Executive Director for the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH). She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Mississippi State University, specializing in Experimental Psychology with a theme in Applied Statistics.
Caroline Freeman, MA
Caroline Freeman, MA, has spent over a decade working in various aspects of communication and writing, three years in advocacy, was a freelance writer and communication consultant and enjoyed her time as a Lecturer of College Composition at the State University of New York.
Sohini Dhar, BDS, MPH
Dr. Sohini Dhar, BDS, MPH received her dental degree from Sri Ramchandra University in 2006, Master of Public Health from Western Kentucky University in 2010, and specialty certificate in Dental Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), School of Dentistry in 2014.
AIDPH Board of Directors
David Cappelli, Chair
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.
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. He is also the Director of the Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities.
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.
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.
DDS, MPH, DrPH
Frances Kim is the Executive Director of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD). Prior to this, she served four years on the Board of Directors as a member of the Executive Council and President-elect.
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. At that point she had to switch countries.