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 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.

Tom Clark

Board Member

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Tom Clark is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Banyan, the leading healthcare marketing firm for dentists and healthcare professionals. Tom founded his first company, Whitecap Dental Solutions in 2010. Ultimately he oversaw Whitecap Institute, which has trained over 4,500 Dental Professionals and continues to be a powerful advocate for patient centered care, WhiteCap Dental Solutions, a dental implant surgical equipment provider, and WhiteCap Implant Dentistry, whose mission is to “inspire, motivate, and train like-minded dental professionals.”

 By 2015, Tom founded Social Dental, or Banyan, a patient engagement company specializing in social media marketing, HIPAA-compliant photo sharing, website design, and review management. Tom’s family is deeply immersed in the dental space, with many dentists and dental assistants to provide him with firsthand experience and inspiration for his various projects.

 

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.

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.

Charles Golden, MD

Board Member

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Dr. Charles Golden is a board-certified pediatrician that currently serves as the executive medical director of the CHOC Children’s Primary Care Network. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of California, Riverside and attended Western University of Health Science College of Allied Health where he earned his certificate as a physician assistant. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona. Dr. Golden completed his internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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.

Alison Kermode

Board Member

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With over 20 years of progressive marketing experience, Alison currently is a Senior Vice President with Clune Construction and serves as the Director of National Marketing – heading up the marketing, public relations and communication efforts nationally.  Clune Construction is a national, employee-owned general contractor, with more than 600 professionals located in five offices across the U.S. Clune manages over $1 billion in construction projects annually – winning awards for ethical business practices and for being a great place to work.

 Prior to joining Clune Construction, Alison spent seven years in the mortgage industry with Aames Financial Corporation.  Along with the senior management team, Alison was instrumental in growing the retail division of Aames from zero branches to 100 branches nationwide.  Throughout her tenure with Aames Financial, Alison was involved in an acquisition and several changes to the senior management staff. 

 Alison attended Long Beach City College and California State University of Long Beach where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.  Alison graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the Outstanding Graduating Marketing Student award.  In 2008, Alison earned her MBA from Pepperdine University and graduated with honors.  She has served on the Board of 7×24 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Healthy Smiles as well as the MBA Advisory Board for Millikan High School.  Alison also served as an adjunct faculty member of Cerritos College where she taught a marketing course. 

Andrea Hight

Board Member

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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.

Andrea spent 14 years with the Utah State Health Department where she developed and implemented a clinical access program to provide effective dental care to underserved populations. She assisted numerous programs to build and run dental clinics; participated in studies related to fluoride varnish effectiveness and impacts of oral health care on pregnant women and medically compromised patients;  and worked on national issues.  She also served as the chief occupational health officer for the Utah State Health Dept; and helped develop state oral health policy.

Since joining Henry Schein, Andrea has worked as both an equipment and an account manager. In those roles she has done everything from design offices and dental schools, to helping customers solve basic problems that impact their business. She is now the director for Managed Group Practice and Community Health for the Central Area of the country.

Andrea has presented regularly at national and regional oral health conferences on various clinical and management subjects.

Jeff Miller

Board Member

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Jeff Miller serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Western Dental, where he oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, acquisitions, regulatory compliance, litigation, and government affairs.

Jeff’s professional career has focused on supporting health care organizations to deliver the highest quality patient care, including hospitals, dialysis facilities and radiology practices. Prior to joining Western Dental, Jeff spent several years as Vice President-Deputy General Counsel and was named Acting General Counsel at DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care with over 2,000 dialysis centers across the United States. At DaVita, he oversaw legal affairs and managed the company’s 75+ member legal team. More recently, Jeff served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Imaging Advantage, a radiology practice management company.
Before going “in-house,” Jeff was an Associate with Latham & Watkins, where he represented large health insurance companies, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. He also worked at RAND Health where he advised state governments in connection with health care financing initiatives aimed at increasing access to care.

Jeff earned a J.D. from Georgetown University, a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

Marc Lerner, MD

Board Member

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Dr. Marc Lerner is a pediatrician specializing in developmental and behavioral medicine.  He is past president of the Orange County, California Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and chairs the executive committee of national AAP’s Council on School Health. Dr. Lerner has taught and cared for patients at the University of California, Irvine for 35 years.  He is served as consulting pediatrician at UCI’s Child Development Ce­­­nter and the UCI Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Dr. Lerner was recognized as the AAP Chapter 4 Pediatrician of the Year in 2016 and an Orange County Medical Association ‘Physician of Excellence’.   From 2011 until 2016 Dr. Lerner worked as the Medical Officer for the Orange County, California Department of Education.

Dr. Lerner has been a strong supporter and advocate of Healthy Smiles’ programs. He has been a monumental figure creating awareness of Healthy Smiles with community leaders. For several years, Dr. Lerner has assisted Healthy Smiles as we navigate school contracts and identify the resources necessary to serve Title I schools, child care agencies, and low-income children.

Meschgan Popal, DDS

Board Member

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Dr. Meschgan Popal is a Western Regional Board certified general dentist.  Dr. Popal is a 2006 graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. She received Outstanding Achievement in the study of Prosthodontics during her dental education and is published in the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics and the Journal of Prosthodontic Dentistry.   Prior to her U.S. dental degree, she studied the art of dentistry at the University of Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany.  She is experienced with pediatric and geriatric patients and is fluent in English, German, Farsi, Dari, and conversant in basic Urdu.  Dr. Popal is a member of the American Dental Association and has extensive clinical experience as well as practice. Dr. Popal enjoys traveling and learning about public oral health establishments in a variety of different countries and has provided dental care in several non-profit organizations in South America and the Middle East.  Dr. Popal adores her three children and husband, enjoys family time as well as painting, photography, design, crafts and traveling.

Dr. Richard Mungo

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.

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.

Karen Tan

Board Member

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Karen Tan is the Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Edwards Lifesciences, an organization recognized as the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart diseases.  Her responsibilities include long term financial and strategic planning, reducing risks and driving sustainable growth for the organization.

Karen started her career with the Boston Consulting Group in 1992 where she provided strategic advisory to clients on market entry, market expansion and process re-engineering strategies.  Karen then transitioned to working with the World Bank (part of United Nations) where she focused on private sector investments in developing and less developed countries.   After the World Bank, Karen joined STEC where she led their financial and strategic planning efforts.   In 2007, Karen joined Cisco Systems where she served in both its Strategic Planning and Financial Planning groups.

Karen received an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of Business at University of Pennsylvania.   She and her family live in Orange County.   Karen is passionate about contributing to the community and working with children.

John Beaver

Board Member

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John R. Beaver was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BIOLASE on October 1, 2017. John was promoted to Executive Vice President and CFO following his brief role as Interim Chief Executive Officer of BIOLASE ending on August 8, 2018. He brings substantial leadership and technical experience in finance and business management in both public and private companies.

Prior to joining BIOLASE, John served as the Chief Financial Officer of Silicor Materials, Inc., a global leader in the production of solar silicon, from 2009 to 2013 and 2015 to 2017. John also served on Silicor’s Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015. While at Silicor, John led debt and equity fundraising efforts to finance the company’s transition from start-up to commercial production. He also supported revenue growth from zero to nearly $100M (annualized) in less than one year, and he developed and implemented many of the company’s business processes.

From 2013-2015, John was Chief Financial Officer for Modumetal, Inc., a nano-laminated alloy coatings company focused on oil and gas applications. Previously, John was Senior Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Sterling Chemicals, a mid-sized public commodity chemical manufacturer, from 2007 to 2009. He also served as Vice President, Corporate Controller at Sterling Chemicals from 2001 to 2007 and as Financial Reporting Manager and Plant Accountant from 1987 to 1995.

From 1997 to 2000, John served as Vice President, Controller at Pioneer Companies, Inc., where he coordinated two major acquisitions which tripled the size of the company. Previously, John was Controller at Borden Chemicals and Plastics from 1995 to 1997. John started his career in Finance at Monsanto Company.

John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Susan Wongso

Board Member

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Susan Wongso is an accomplished accounting and internal audit professional with extensive global and hands-on experience in technical accounting, risk and controls management, system conversions, business process re-engineering, financial and operational audits (including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance), regulatory audits and SAS 99 reviews.

Susan attended the University of New South Wales where she received her Master of Commerce, Accounting and Taxation as well as her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Management. She is a certified CPA and CFIRS (Certified Fiduciary and Investment Risk Specialist).

Susan has applied her extensive accounting and audit skills at positions with Banc of California, Hyundai Capital America, Citigroup Inc, and JP Morgan in London.

 

John C. (Jack) Shaw

Emeritus

Dottie Andrews

Emeritus