Board of Directors

Richard Lee

Chairman of the Board

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Mr. Lee is a serial entrepreneur and has 33 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, including 27 years in the dental technology arena. Mr. Lee is currently the President and CEO of Planet DDS, Inc. He founded Planet DDS, Inc. in 2004 and has successfully guided the company to become the leading Cloud-based Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management company for the global dental industry.

Prior to Planet DDS, Mr. Lee served as CEO of Dental Connect, Inc., a dental connectivity company that launched the industry’s first internet-based, HIPAA compliant, real-time claims processing and eligibility verification system used by many major insurance carriers. In 2001, Mr. Lee successfully managed the sale of Dental Connect, Inc. to a consortium of insurance companies which included, United Healthcare, MetLife, Aetna, Guardian, Ameritas and several Delta Dentals.

Mr. Lee also served as the CEO and co-founder of dentalxchange.com, the leading portal, e-commerce, and premier application service provider in the dental industry. Dentalxchange built the industry’s most-trafficked website, the largest on-line continuing education library, and help launched the most sophisticated e-commerce shop for the industry’s largest distributor, Henry Schein, Inc.

Mr. Lee is well regarded in the Dental Industry and serves as an advisor to several dental companies. Throughout his career, Mr. Lee has become known for his unique ability to successfully adapt new technologies into volatile markets.

JoAnn Ashman

Board Member

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JoAnn is a PMP certified Manager in PwC’s Program and Portfolio Management practice, with expertise in Business and IT Strategy, Global Business and IT Transformation, Program and Portfolio Management, IT Governance, software driven solution implementations and how to effectively work with a C1A client.

JoAnn is a former Fortune 500 Executive and CIO who has worked in Asia, Europe and the US. She has 20 plus years of management, industry and consulting experience leading, motivating and mentoring distributed, cross-functional teams by translating vision and business goals into meaningful, achievable deliverables.

She has led the led the setup of PMO and Governance Programs and the development and re-engineering of numerous process improvement initiatives for Financial Services, Health Care, Technology, Apparel, and Media & Entertainment businesses. JoAnn has directed enterprise-wide technology projects, led change management, business acquisition and integration initiatives and built and right sized large global organizations.

JoAnn has a reputation for leading process initiatives to achieve “impossible” goals by forming trusted strategic internal and external relationships, using innovative, proven approaches and solving business problems to grow revenues, and/or significantly reduce operational costs.

JoAnn has spearheaded the Implementations of strategic Financial, ERP, HR, Business Intelligence, Retail and eCommerce solutions, outsourced and in sourced both business operations and IT services, integrated core operational systems for mergers and acquisitions and rapidly brought up complete solutions for a start-up. JoAnn’s work has consistently resulted in cost savings, new business capabilities, improved processes and organizational efficiency.

Ern Blackwelder

Board Member

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Ern Blackwelder is President & CEO of Onsite Dental, which he joined in January 2008.
Prior to joining Onsite Dental, Ern served as Senior Vice President at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), where he was responsible for designing and leading the BENS Partnership Program, the nation’s leading model for mobilizing businesses to prepare with government to prevent and respond to catastrophic events. The Partnership began after 9/11 and encompassed seven regions including more than 200 corporations, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, and multiple federal and state agencies.
Prior to joining BENS, Ern was Division President of Vivra Specialty Partners, a healthcare services firm that managed physician practices and regional physician networks in selected medical and surgical specialties. Ern also served as Chief Operating Officer and board member of Ars Digita, a venture-backed, open source enterprise software firm. He started his career at Bain & Company, an international business strategy consulting firm.
Ern holds a BS from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Harvard Business School; he has served on several non-profit boards and is co-founder of Compass, a volunteer organization that matches MBA alumni consulting teams with non-profits in the Washington, DC and Philadelphia areas. He and his wife, Sheila, live in Orange County.

Xerxez Calilung, DDS

Board Member

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A graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, Dr. Calilung, has been providing dental care in Irvine, California since 1990. Dr. Calilung is a member of the Orange County Dental Society, where he previously served as President for the Orange County Dental Society Dr. Calilung is also very involved with organized dentistry both at state and national level, the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association respectively. Since 1993, he has served as adjunct faculty at USC Dental School and volunteers his Fridays with the clinical dental students. Dr. Calilung received his dental inspiration from both parents who are also dentists.

Cecilia Chang, MD

Board Member

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Dr. Cecilia Chang is a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente, practicing in Irvine, CA. Dr. Chang is a graduate of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. She has been a general pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente since 2007. Dr. Chang is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She enjoys spending time with her family and paddle boarding.

Neal Crowley

Board Member

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With a background in law and management, Neal Crowley has over 30 years of experience as an executive health care leader with deep expertise in the multi-site dental health management services field. Mr. Crowley leverages a strong legal foundation, serving for six years as the Chief Legal Officer for Smile Brands Inc., where he was responsible for identifying and implementing legally compliant business solutions for general and multi-specialty dental practices. Crowley has also served as the company representative for the Association of Dental Support Organizations. Mr. Crowley currently serves as General Counsel for InterDent in Inglewood, providing a full range of business support services to independent general and specialty dental practices in multiple states.

Robert Dea

Board Member

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Bob Dea holds almost 20 years of advertising sales and sales management experience in the areas of: public television, print, digital and direct-response revenue development across the United States. With 18 years in print, Mr. Dea has recently redirected his talents towards a new industry and has taken on the responsibilities of sponsorship and corporate revenue development at PBS SoCaL, the primary PBS TV station in Southern California.

At PBS SoCaL, Mr. Dea’s primary responsibilities include, but not limited to: team evaluation and performance development, lead sourcing, sales coaching and training, client relations development and identification of new revenue streams, such as: digital asset development, special event funding and incremental client revenue development. Additionally, Mr. Dea sits on the Strategic Planning committee for PBS SoCaL and carries his own list of clients that include: City National Bank, Orange County Transit Authority, UC Irvine, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., Farmers & Merchants Bank and Automobile Club of Southern California.

As a true resident of Southern California; born and raised in Riverside, graduating from California State University, Fullerton and currently living and working in the Los Angeles area, Mr. Dea has been able to leverage his Southern California experience in every position. Additional positions covering: Associate Publisher, Advertising Director and New Business Development Manager for the LA Weekly, where as Associate Publisher Mr. Dea successfully launched several digital initiatives, including: SEO options, Deal of the Day platforms, SMS programs and targeted banner and newsletter services, in addition to watching over the 150,000 weekly circulation of the LA Weekly. Additionally, Mr. Dea reorganized the entire publication to better address the changing environment of print revenue, covering: circulation, degrading legacy categories, real estate space, staff positioning and marketing/branding initiatives.

Belinda de la Libertad

Board Member

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Belinda de la Libertad has been programming and managing computer systems for more than 2 decades. In that time, her roles have included software developer, network consultant, technology coordinator, database manager, and systems analyst with private firms, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. She has provided professional computing and analytical services to IBM, MIT, UT Austin, the Rancho Santiago Community College District, the City of Anaheim, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Office of Management & Budget in the Executive Office of the President.

In 2007, Belinda founded A-Z Techs in Santa Ana, California. The firm provides clients with computer-based solutions for day-to-day business needs, and its team has nearly 30 years’ experience in providing support for computer and information networks. Since its founding, A-Z Techs, has helped numerous private and non-profit clients in California and Texas to resolve computer software, hardware, and network issues and enhance their productivity.

Belinda holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has served on the Board of Directors of Central Orange Coast YMCA and the National Hispanic Business Women Association. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Belinda currently lives and works in Santa Ana, California with her husband and her daughter.

Patti Dodge

Board Member

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Patti Dodge teaches fourth grade at Esqueda Elementary School in Santa Ana, where she is committed to making a difference in the lives of her students. Ms. Dodge was formerly a finance executive and held management positions in a range of financial services organizations, most recently as Chief Financial Officer at New Century Financial Corporation. Ms. Dodge holds a M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Ms. Dodge has served as Board President of the Be Aware Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through the early detection of breast cancer. Ms. Dodge has received numerous awards, including being named a “Top CFO” by Institutional Investor magazine, “CFO of the Year” by the National Investor Relations Institute and an outstanding “Woman in Business” by the Orange County Business Journal.

Jeff Flocken

Immediate Past President

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Mr. Jeff Flocken has a 30+ year successful career in health care services in a variety of organization settings. He recently retired after serving five years with Tenet Healthcare. He was SVP of the California/Nebraska Region with responsibility for a $2.6B operating budget and 12 acute care hospitals, six ASCs and nine diagnostic imaging centers. While in the region EBITDA growth occurred through restructuring, asset divestiture and cost management initiatives. He also successfully negotiated labor agreements with three different unions on a statewide basis. Physician integration strategies were implemented through clinics, PC structures and development of an Accountable Care Organization Pilot with a major insurer.

From 1997 to 2005 Mr. Flocken was with the St. Joseph Health System. He served in several capacities in the areas of health system development, physician practice management, and hospital management. From 2000 to 2005 he served as SVP/COO for the 14 hospital and ambulatory care clinics with an operating budget of $2.2B.The system had facilities in California, West Texas and New Mexico. During the five years, the SJHS achieved record operating results, improved cash flows, Moody’s rating, and had over $100M in philanthropy raised. Integrated inpatient and ambulatory electronic health records were implemented across the enterprise.

Prior to 1997, he spent 18 years with Unihealth, a not for profit health system as the CEO of Northridge Hospital Medical Center (1987-1989) and Vice President Medical Centers Division (1995-1997). While there he oversaw major facilities expansion and renovation projects, physician integration efforts, and service expansion.

Mr. Flocken is well regarded throughout the industry and has served on multiple industry trade group boards.

Gerald T.(Jerry) Henberger

Board Member

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Jerry is the Vice President of RE/MAX Prestige Properties’ Commercial Division in Orange County. He is a Residential Luxury Home Specialist and Certified Property Manager, helping clients build wealth through both commercial and residential real estate. Landmark transactions include selling executive homes, estate wineries, golf courses, investment properties, industrial and commercial enterprises. He believes innovative property ownership will create opportunities for his clients. Jerry is also the founding Partner of Luxury Home Brokerage.

In recent years, Jerry’s community service included support for healthcare, children’s charities and seniors suffering with chronic neurologic conditions. Among his accomplishments was helping Scripps Health raise 35 million dollars for emergency care, he raised significant funds as the Chief Development officer for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Orange County and as created a medical practice and research programs as the Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Association. Jerry was recognized by San Diego Metro Magazine as one of the “Top Men Who Make a Difference in 2014”.

Prior to his service in the non-profit community, Jerry was a turnaround specialist and ran a successful industrial automation and transportation business. IBM recognized his company four consecutive years as their “National Partner of the Year” and 3M awarded them their “Dealer of the Decade”.

Harvey Lee, DDS, MBA

Board Member

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Dr. D. Harvey Lee aka “Dr. Harvey” He is the Co-Founder of Smile Wide Dental and currently the Executive Vice President, Chief Dental Officer. He obtained his Masters of Public Health with the emphasis in health administration at Loma Linda University, prior to earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Harvey also holds an MBA from the Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University.

In order to focus on the treatment of children he went on to complete a pediatric dental residency program at the Cornell University-affiliated St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York.

After residency, in conjunction with private practice he held a faculty appointment at Columbia University and served as the Chief Program Director of Pediatric Dentistry at Harlem Hospital, New York. He also served on the medical executive board as the Treasurer.

Dr. Harvey currently serves as President Elect on the Board of Directors at the Orange County Dental Society. As well as serving on the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry’s – Pediatric Oral Health Access Committee, and is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

In addition to clinical dentistry, Dr. Harvey is an inventor. He currently holds 1 patent and has other patent pending intellectual properties.

Joshua Marder

Board Member

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Joshua Marder serves as Chief Marketing Officer and is responsible for advertising, defining and enabling an exceptional patient experience, and for local outreach to the communities Western Dental serves.

Mr. Marder is a seasoned consumer marketing executive with particular experience in building brands for personal and family health decisions. Prior to joining Western Dental in September 2013, he was Director of Marketing for the Nature Made Vitamins & Supplements brand at Pharmavite, LLC, through a period of rapid growth and innovation. Prior to that experience he led strategy and brand development on well-known brands at several of the world’s largest consumer companies including Unilever and Procter & Gamble.

Richard Mungo, DDS

Board Member

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Dr. Richard P. Mungo, a founding board member of Healthy Smiles For Kids of Orange County, is a pediatric dentist practicing in Huntington Beach. Dr. Mungo currently serves as the Medical Director for the clinical practice at Healthy Smiles. He also serves as part time faculty in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at USC School of Dentistry and as a guest lecturer in the Department of Hospital Dentistry at UCLA School of Dentistry. Dr. Mungo is a graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry. He completed his pediatric residency at Boston University (Goldman) School of Graduate Dentistry and completed a fellowship at USC/Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Craniofacial Anomalies. Additionally, Dr. Mungo received his Master’s degree in Medical Education from USC School of Medicine. From 1978 to 1993, Dr. Mungo served as the Department Chair of Pediatric Dentistry at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles associated with USC School of Dentistry. Dr. Mungo has published in areas of cleft palate therapy, conducted original research and published protocols for use of lasers in dentistry, and published in various areas of hospital dentistry and oral complications of AIDS in the pediatric population.

Matt O’Connell

Board Member

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Matt O’Connell is the President of Vita North America based in Yorba Linda (the parent company is based in Germany). Matt comes to VITA North America from Sonendo, Inc., where he was Vice President of Sales. For more than twenty years he was with Ormco International, most recently serving as Vice President of Global Sales. He also held sales and management positions at Ormco, based in Orange, California, and spent time in Mexico City, spearheading Ormco efforts in Latin America. Matt also served as the Managing Director of Ormco Europe, based in Amersfoort, Netherlands.

Matt’s undergraduate degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University. After graduation Matt service 3 years in Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and then went on to complete a Masters in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. Matt, who is married and has two daughters, lives in Irvine.

Most importantly, after the earthquake in Haiti, Matt and his wife has started a nonprofit dental clinic in Port au Prince, Haiti. The clinic now serves approximately 6000 patients a year with high quality, free dental care. He is very well connected to folks at Sybron Dental, Danaher, Glidewell, Henry Schein and the ADA.

Gary L. Van Arnam

Board Member

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Gary L. Van Arnam is a Senior Vice President with Northern Trust. In this role he oversees comprehensive financial and fiduciary services for high net worth individuals, families, foundations, and non-profit relationships for the Newport Beach and Rancho Mirage offices. Gary has over 20 years of experience in financial services as a private practice financial planner and senior trust officer.

Mr. Van Arnam received his B.S. in Business Administration & Finance from California State University, Long Beach. Gary completed the Financial Planning Program at USC, and the National Graduate Trust School of the American Bankers Association with Honors.

Active in the community, Gary was Past President of the Board of Healthy Smiles For Kids of Orange County, Member of the CHOC Professional Advisory Council, former President of the Board of Human Options, former President of the Board of the Estate Planning & Trust Council of Long Beach, former President of the Board of the Planned Giving Round Table of Orange County, former Adjunct Faculty Member for the College for Financial Planning, and a Certified Financial Planner.

John C. (Jack) Shaw

Emeritus

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Matt O’Connell is the President of Vita North America based in Yorba Linda (the parent company is based in Germany). Matt comes to VITA North America from Sonendo, Inc., where he was Vice President of Sales. For more than twenty years he was with Ormco International, most recently serving as Vice President of Global Sales. He also held sales and management positions at Ormco, based in Orange, California, and spent time in Mexico City, spearheading Ormco efforts in Latin America. Matt also served as the Managing Director of Ormco Europe, based in Amersfoort, Netherlands.

Matt’s undergraduate degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University. After graduation Matt service 3 years in Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and then went on to complete a Masters in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. Matt, who is married and has two daughters, lives in Irvine.

Most importantly, after the earthquake in Haiti, Matt and his wife has started a nonprofit dental clinic in Port au Prince, Haiti. The clinic now serves approximately 6000 patients a year with high quality, free dental care. He is very well connected to folks at Sybron Dental, Danaher, Glidewell, Henry Schein and the ADA.

Dottie Andrews

Emeritus

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As a longtime resident of Orange County, Dottie Andrews has a deep history in designing, developing and implementing programs serving women and children. In 1979 she started the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) support group at CHOC Children’s Hospital. In 1985 she launched the Infant Parent Support Network of Orange County (now the Family Support Network) and was a principal in developing a national organization, Parent Care, Inc. She then served as the Director of Community Services for the March of Dimes and was instrumental in bringing parties together to solve the obstetrical crisis of 1988. As the founding Executive Director of MOMS Orange County, she was able to lay the foundation for the improvement of birth outcomes in Orange County.

In 2003, together with John C. (Jack) Shaw, she developed the business plan and implemented the early treatment services as the interim Executive Director for Healthy Smiles For Kids of Orange County. Ms. Andrews was also formerly the Director of Program Development for St. Joseph Hospital, Orange where she designed and directed a four year effort to enroll eligible children in health insurance.

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