Our Board of Directors

With the support of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board, we are working together as diverse network of partners and and advocates to enhance community health by offering access to quality dental care for all.

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Steven Hall, MS

Chair and Community Director

Steve joined the board in 2016.   He is currently  the Health Officer for the Central Michigan District Health Department. Previous to this, he served as the Interim Health Officer and Environmental Health Director for the Jackson County District Health Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University and his master’s degree from Independence University, California College of Health Sciences. He resides in the central Michigan area with his wife and two daughters.

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Linda VanGills, MA

Vice-Chair

Linda joined the board in 2012.  Her 37 year public health career included Health Officer for District Health Department #10. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Public Health Education and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.

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Gerald Messana, MPA

Secretary/Treasurer and Community Director

Jerry joined the board in 2017. He is the Administrative Health Officer for the Marquette County Health Department. Jerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration-Accounting from Michigan Technological University and a Masters of Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. He received a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from Michigan State University in May 2017.

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Denise Holmes, MS

Director

Denise joined the board in 2013. She served as Associate Dean for Government Relations and Outreach at Michigan State University. She also  served as Director of the Plan Administration and Customer Services Bureau for the Medical Services Administration within the Michigan Department of Community Health. Denise is retired and resides in Boyne City with her husband, Steve.

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Phyllis Meadows, PhD, MSN, RN

Director

Phyllis joined the board in 2016.  She is the Senior Fellow and Advisor for The Kresge Foundation’s Health Team. Her professional experience includes serving as the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Clinical Professor—Health Management and Policy for the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She holds both a bachelor and master of science degree in nursing and a PhD in sociology from Wayne State University.

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Ronald G. Khoury

Director

Ron joined the board in 2016.  He has extensive experience in the areas of legislative and political/fundraising strategy. Ron also spent several years as the Director of Marketing & New Business with a Michigan-based, nationally recognized real estate operating company before going back to Lansing where he joined a multi-client lobbying firm. Today, he is owner of the lobbying and public affairs firm Khoury Johnson Leavitt.

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Jason Jorkasky, MPA
Director

Jason joined the board in early 2019. He is Vice President of Health Finance at Michigan Health & Hospital Association and a demonstrated leader with nearly 20 years of healthcare expertise. Jason has focused on research, program evaluation, data analysis, financial modeling, strategic planning, policy development, and program implementation. His experience spans public programs and commercial insurance.

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Susan Moran, RN, MPH

Director

Sue joined the board in 2019.  She has over thirty years of experience in health policy and program administration in both the public and private sectors. She retired from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in September 2018, where she served as the Director of the Population Health Administration. Sue also was the Director of the Medicaid Program Operations Bureau at the Michigan Department of Community Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health. She resides in Williamston Michigan with her husband.

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William Ridella, MBA
Director

Bill joined the board in 2019.  He is the Director/Health Officer of the Health Department of Macomb County. For over 30 years, Bill has devoted his career to the service of public health. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Michigan.

Advisory Council and Partners

Our nonprofit dental centers partner with local health departments to offer the best in patient-centered, full-service care – from regular checkups and cleanings to ongoing treatments. These valued partnerships allow MCDC to serve nearly 88,000 patients at 34 dental centers throughout Michigan annually.

Angelique Joynes
Allegan County
Health Department

Colette Scrimger
Barry-Eaton District
Health Department

Joel Strasz
Bay County Health Department

Rebecca Burns
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency

Eric Pessell
Calhoun County Public
Health Department

Steve Hall
Central Michigan District
Health Department

Denise Fair
City of Detroit

Mike Snyder
Delta and Menominee County
Public Health Department

Kevin Hughes
District Health Department #10

John McKellar
Genesee County Health Department

Ken Bowen
Ionia County Health Department

Adam London
Kent County Health Department

Dianne McCormick
Livingston County Health Department

Nick Derusha
Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft District Health Department

William Ridella
Macomb County Health Department

Jerry Messana
Marquette County Health Department

Marcus Cheatham
Mid-Michigan District Health Department

Kim Comerzan
Monroe County Health Department

Lisa Stefanovsky
Ottawa County Health Department

Christina Harrington
Saginaw County Health Department

Bryant Wilke
Sanilac County Health Department

Annette Mercatante
St. Clair County Health Department

Jimena Loveluck
Washtenaw County Public Health Department