Session 1 - Speaker Bios
Dr. Sinkford is a nationally and internationally renowned dental educator, administrator, researcher and clinician. She finished first in the dental class of 1958 at Howard University before pursuing graduate study at Northwestern University where she received her M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1963). She completed a Pedodontic Residency at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in 1975. Dr. Sinkford became the first woman dean of a dental school in the U.S. in 1975. She served in that capacity from 1975 to 1991.
She has served on numerous committees and advisory councils of national significance including: Council, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences NRC Governing Board, National Advisory Dental Research Council; Directors’ Advisory Council, National Institutes of Health; Governing Board of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry; Advisory Board, Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Program; Committee A, Council on Dental Education and Chair, Appeal Board Council of Dental Education, American Dental Association; Chair, Council of Deans American Association of Dental Schools; Council on Dental Research, American Dental Association; Tuskegee Study Advisory Panel; Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG), Veterans Administration; National Academy of Sciences; Chair, Anatomical Review Board of the District of Columbia and National Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts USA and the Sullivan Alliance Advisory Board.
Dr. Sinkford has more than 100 articles published in refereed journals and has written an instructional manual for Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics. From 1992 to 2011, Dr. Sinkford was responsible for diversity programming and initiatives at the American Dental Education Association (formerly, American Association of Dental Schools). Under her leadership, ADEA created numerous opportunities for the advancement of women and under-represented minorities including the ADEA/Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence Program for Women and the ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conferences (1998, 2003, 2005, 2010).
Dr. Sinkford holds honorary degrees from Howard University, the University of Michigan, Meharry Medical College, Georgetown University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Detroit-Mercy University. She has received Alumni Achievement Awards from Northwestern University and Howard University and numerous other Citations for Exceptional Professional Achievement. Dr. Sinkford was selected as an Outstanding Leader in Dentistry by the International College of Dentists. She is the first AA woman to be so honored. She has received the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award from the Association of American Women Dentists and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Dental Association and the Society of American Indian Dentists.
Dr. Sinkford received the 2007 Trailblazer Award from the National Dental Association (NDA). She was also recognized with the distinguished 2009 Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for her outstanding contribution to promoting justice in medical education and health care. In 2010, Dr. Sinkford received the Pierre Fauchard Academy Gold Medal Award for her outstanding contributions to the progress and standing of the dental profession. In 2015, Dr. Sinkford was presented with American Dental Education Association’s William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement for Outstanding Vision by a Dental Educator and the American Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2017, Dr. Sinkford received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Dentists. She is a life member in the American Dental Association and was elected to Life Membership in the National Dental Association in 2012. Dr. Sinkford has been a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences since 1975.
Dr. Harper is a graduate of Howard University College of Dentistry and the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She maintains a part –time private practice in general dentistry in Washington, DC. She is President and CEO of Hazel J. Harper & Associates, LLC, management consultants and President and Founder of Hear to HEAL, Inc., a non-profit to support inter-professional education, community groups, and student leadership.
She has served her profession in many leadership roles including: a member of President Bill Clinton’s Health Reform Task Force; National Spokesperson for the American Dental Association; Transition Teams of District of Columbia mayors Sharon Pratt Kelly and Marion Barry; and reviewer of the first ever Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in America, under the direction of U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher (2000). She has served on the Board of Directors of Oral Health America, the American Association of Women Dentists, the Ed Shils Entrepreneurial Fund; and the planning committees of the ADEA International Women’s’ Leadership Summits. She was on the Clinical Advisory Boards of Dentsply International, GlaxoSmithKline, Adec and Discus Dental; and the Editorial Board of the Woman Dentist Journal as well as the Editorial Advisory Board of Heart and Soul Magazine.
Dr. Harper is a woman of many firsts- the first woman President of the National Dental Association (1997), Chairman of the NDA Board of Trustees, and President of the Howard University College of Dentistry Alumni Association. She was one of the founders of the Student National Dental Association; longtime editor of National Dental Association (NDA) Journal; and created many NDA programs including: The Women’s’ Health Symposium, NDA-Corporate Roundtable, and the Eddie G. Smith Leadership Institute. She co-founded and directed the Deamonte Driver Dental Project (DDDP), school-based, mobile dental project, in Prince George’s County, MD named in memory of the 12-year old boy who died in 2007 from untreated tooth decay. She is currently the Founding Director of the award-winning NDA-HEALTH NOW® Project and architect of the Inter-Professional Student Leaders Colloquium and Summit. Since Deamonte’s death, Dr. Harper has devoted her energies and creative talents to developing, implementing and supporting inter-professional health education programs and community outreach events in cities across America and the world.
Her reputation for innovation and success has merited awards from several foundations including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Coca Cola Foundation, Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Aetna Foundation, GE’s African American Forum, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the DentaQuest Foundation and many others. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Medgar Evans College in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Harper lectures and writes extensively on eliminating health disparities; and in 2019, she was lead author of book chapters in Oral Health in America: Removing the Stain of Disparities, published by the American Public Health Association. She was also selected to be a contributing author for the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.
She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Links, Incorporated; and enjoys traveling with her husband, Robert S. Johns. They have one daughter and three grandsons.
Dr. Marsha Butler, DDS is currently Vice President, Global Oral Health and Professional Relations, Colgate-Palmolive Company, responsible for global strategies, programs and policies that support Colgate’s professional and oral health initiatives around the world. Dr. Butler interfaces with numerous international governments, dental and health organizations, academia and NGO groups to promote programs aimed at the prevention of oral disease and the improvement of general and oral health.
In 1990, Dr. Butler conceptualized, designed and implemented a comprehensive oral health education program called “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures.” This initiative is directed towards high risk youth populations and utilizes public-private partnerships, community-based outreach, and parent-involvement to improve the oral health of underserved youth in the U.S. Under Dr. Butler’s leadership, Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has been implemented in over 80 countries around the world reaching over one billion children in 30 languages. Dr. Butler has authored and presented results from several publications that study the oral health habits, knowledge and clinical status of young children in the U.S. and other regions around the world.
She has outlined a global public health strategy that has fostered several school-based oral health initiatives working with Colgate subsidiaries and multiple stakeholders to significantly reduce caries among school-aged children. An example of such strategy is the Mexican Mandatory Tooth-brushing program/ Law that now requires in-school tooth-brushing for school age children in Mexico City by the Mexico City Legislative Congress.
Dr. Butler has been an advocate globally of leadership development and scholarship programs working with numerous dental, health and NGO groups to provide aspiring students and rising dental leaders an opportunity to advance their careers through innovative leadership programs and scholarship awards. Most notably, she has worked diligently with the National Dental Association Foundation to provide more than 3,000 Colgate scholarships for African-American dental and dental hygiene students since 1990.
A graduate of the Howard University College of Dentistry, Dr. Butler is a member of the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, the International Association of Dental Researchers, American Association of Dental Researchers and the American College of Dentists. She has received numerous awards for her oral health improvement activities including the Howard University College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumni of the Year award, an Advocacy award from the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, a Silver Screen Award from the US International Film Festival, a 2013 Telly Award, Ebony Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications Award, a Council Choice award from the American Dental Association and other awards.
Session 2 - Speaker Bios
Kim Butler Perry, DDS, MSCS, FACD, from Newark, NJ, is an associate professor and the associate vice president of University Strategic Partnerships for A.T. Still University. She served a dual role as the inaugural associate dean, of clinical operations, for A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s (MOSDOH) St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic and dental director and vice president for Affinia Healthcare, the community health center partner. Dr. Perry has served as associate dean of clinical affairs and associate professor for the Department of Restorative Sciences at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. During her tenure at Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center, she was an associate professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences and course director for Dental Materials. She completed her Master of Science in Clinical Science Research from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. A Distinguished NIH Clinical & Translational Research Scholar, Dr. Perry’s research includes health disparities, health promotion, community participatory research, disease prevention, untreated dental caries within vulnerable populations, and cultural proficiency. She completed a one-year General Practice Residency at Meharry Hubbard Hospital and later served 4 years in the US Army Dental Corps, receiving numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, including several Army commendation and achievement medals, along with the Faculty National Dental Association (NDA) Foundation/Colgate award for Teaching, while at Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas. She has opened and operated three dental health center clinics in underserved communities. Dr. Perry received her DDS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, N.C. She is the 93rd Past-President of the NDA, and recently awarded in 2018 a fellowship in the American College of Dentists, the Faculty NDAF/Colgate Palmolive award for Administration and Service along with the NDA Award for Outstanding Leadership. In 2019, Dr. Perry was asked and contributed to the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in the area of oral health and addiction on the Columbia College of Dental Medicine Team. She was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Training and Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). She is married and has two sons.
Dr. Southerland is Vice President of Interprofessional Education, Institutional Effectiveness, and the Health Education Center, a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Metabolism, and Clinical Assistant Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving her DDS at the UNC School of Dentistry in 1989, Dr. Southerland completed a two year General Practice Residency Program where she spent a third year as a fellow and completed a MPH with a focus on Health Policy and Administration, and completed a PhD in Oral Biology, all at UNC. Previously she served as Dean of the Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry, Chief Academic Officer for the school, and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Prior to her time at Meharry, Dr. Southerland served as the Chair of the Department of Hospital Dentistry, Chief of the Oral Medicine Service, and Director of the Hospital Dental Clinic at UNC School of Dentistry and UNC Hospitals.
Dr. Southerland is actively involved in research that focuses on the relationship between oral disease and systemic health and patient–centered outcomes. Specifically, her studies have focused on the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease, early detection and interventions for oral cancer, and management of oral complications associated with HIV disease and the impact of improved oral health on HIV health outcomes. Additionally, she has studied health disparities related to xerostomia in individuals suffering with diabetes, intimate partner violence/elder abuse, cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease and the use of salivary proteomics in evaluating overall health and well-being. Dr. Southerland is currently focused on creating an educational environment that focuses on Interprofessional Education and team-based learning leveraging technology to provide increased opportunities for knowledge and skill development.
Dr. Southerland holds memberships in a number of professional organizations such as the National Dental Association, the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, the American/International Association Dental Research (AADR/IADR) and has held membership in the American and International Colleges of Dentists. Dr. Southerland holds or has held a number of leadership positions that include Chair of the National Dental Association’s Committee on Minority Faculty Education, Research and Development, National Advisory Committee Member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Second Vice Chair of the UNC General Alumni Association’s Board and Chair of its Enrichment Committee, Chair of the UNC Light on the Hill Scholarship Committee, Chair of Meharry Institutional Review Board, and co-leader for the Meharry Translational Research Grant Collaborations and Partnership and Pilot Projects Cores funded by NIMHD.
Dr. Southerland has four adult children and is married to Dr. Charles P. Mouton.
Dr. Judy Greenlea Taylor, a native of Atlanta, GA has practiced dentistry in the private sector for 28 years and operates a private practice in Union City, southwest of Atlanta. In addition to her ongoing role as practitioner and CEO of Greenlea Dental Center, PC, she previously served many years in the public sector concomitantly as a public health practitioner with the DeKalb County Board of Health (a District Health Region of Georgia) and as a Consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other organizations. Dr. Greenlea Taylor’s public health career has continued as founder and CEO of Greenlea Health Solutions, LLC, a public health consulting company that partners with organizations and agencies to advance health equity, improve oral health and overall health. She additionally serves as part of Senior Management as Dental Director for CareSource, a nationally recognized non-profit managed care plan, serving Medicaid and other government programs in several state markets.
Dr. Greenlea Taylor’s extensive career includes key leadership positons and roles. These include serving as the 92nd President of the National Dental Association (NDA) as well as President of the North Georgia Dental Society (NDA local constituent). Additionally, she has served on advisory committees with (HHS), the Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL), a health and higher education firm. and a state board official appointed to the Georgia Department of Public Health by Governor Nathan Deal, where she served two terms and served as an Officer. As the only dentist on the Board, she advised the Commissioner and department on issues related to oral health, policy and programs to improve oral and overall health in Georgia. She has served on numerous other boards and committees, is a nationally recognized health leader and contributor to several state and national health projects, policy papers, and forthcoming commissioned report. She is a member of several professional, civic and social organizations.
Dr. Greenlea Taylor has received numerous honors and awards for both her professional and community service accomplishments. Some honors include esteemed fellowship into both the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists. Atlanta’s Community Service Award; an Outstanding Citizen Award from Secretary of State Brian Kemp (2015), affording her every courtesy as a Goodwill Ambassador from Georgia; esteemed proclamations and commendations from the State of Georgia, the City of Atlanta, City of Union City and the Georgia Department of Public Health. She has received numerous other awards from community and professional organizations.
Dr. Greenlea Taylor earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Prairie View A&M University (Texas A & M University System) and historically was the first graduate of the Benjamin Banneker Honors College. She earned her D.D.S dental degree from University of Iowa, completed a General Practice/Oral Surgery Fellowship Residency at Emory University and a Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She received course certification in health disparities research from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Additionally, has received certification by HHS as a Program Facilitator for the Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals (CCPOHP), certification in Mental Health First Aid by the MHFA/National Council for Behavioral Health and certification as a Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Green Belt.
Session 3 - Speaker Bios
Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque is a Professor in the Divisions of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and of Surgical and Craniofacial Care, University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry and Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She serves as the Director of the Viral Oral Infections in Immunosupression and Cancer (VOIICe) program. Dr. Webster-Cyriaque received her D.D.S. from State University of New York at Buffalo and her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She has continued oral disease pathogenesis studies in the broader context of infectious diseases and medicine and working closely with the HIV population. Over the past two decades she has maintained clinical activity primarily focused in medically complex populations including HIV and cancer. She is passionate about the care and volunteers to attend regularly in a free SNDA Care clinic for the underserved. Her translational research involves NIH/HRSA-supported HIV clinical trials, which she has chaired or co-chaired. As vice chair and chair of the Oral HIV AIDS Research Alliance, she has characterized HIV oral viral infections domestically and globally. She has a demonstrated a record of accomplished and productive research projects with a focus on oral opportunistic viral infection. Much of her past work has characterized the molecular pathogenesis of viruses in oral fluids and lesions. Her group has developed in vitro models of oral viral pathogenesis for KSHV, EBV, BK virus (BKV), and HPV. From this work, important clinical correlates have been determined, in vivo. Importantly, observations related to this body of work may be critical to therapeutic inhibition of oral viral transmission and to oral diseases associated with these pathogens. She is passionate about training and mentoring and views these two career skills as critical to creating and informing the next generation of translational scientists. She has provided science mentorship to over 50 trainees, several of whom are now working in academia. She is attuned to the importance of a research workforce that reflects our diverse society and was the 2019 Chair of the AADR Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She has mentored students from high school to postdoctoral and junior faculty levels including several Schweitzer Award fellows, and multiple F and K awardee. A testament to her passion for training is reflected in receipt of the 2012 Mentor of the Year Award, a Dental Educator Award (2014), Old North State Outstanding Overall Achievement Award (2015), the UNC McClinton Outstanding Faculty Award (2017), and the inaugural recipient of the UNC Distinguished Woman in Science Award (2020). She serves as advisor for a dental school pipeline program, UNC Undergraduate Student National Dental Association and has been involved in multiple training grant activities as both mentor and training program Preceptor/Co-Investigator, and have served on numerous national and local panels on training, diversity and translational research. She is the current PI of the UNC NCATS CTSA Post-doctoral program, Co-Principal Investigator for the UNC Molecular Virology Training Grant, Co-Investigator on the research leadership team for the UNC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health. As evidenced by the above activities, she is committed to training and to translational efforts that decrease the impact of oral disease.
André Farquharson, DDS grew up in New York City and attended Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C. After completing his dental school training , He entered a General Practice Residency at Harlem Hospital Center in New York, N.Y., then completed a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in The Bronx, N.Y. Dr. Farquharson specialized in Oral, Head and Neck Pathology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He taught Oral, Head and Neck Pathology at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and was Director of the General Practice Residency Program.
Dr. Farquharson is an Associate Professor in Washington, DC at Howard University College of Dentistry. He was the former Dental Director for the National Minority AIDS Education Training Center and Clinic Coordinator for Ryan White Care Act HIV/AIDS patients at the Howard University. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate in the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. He is a member of the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society was chair of the Scientific Committee, National Dental Association and was chair of the Dental Education, Research and Professional Development committee. Dr. Farquharson is actively involved with research and community outreach. He has lectured nationally and has many publications.
Dr. Karl Self is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the Director of the Division of Dental Therapy. In addition to managing all aspects of the implementation of this program, he is engaged in teaching dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students. His current research efforts are focused on the implementation of dental therapy in Minnesota; general research interests include team based care, access to care, and global health.
Dr. Self earned his DDS degree from the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, and a MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. During his professional career, he has been engaged in a variety of dental practice types including private practice and large group practice, yet he has spent much of his professional life in a community clinic. Other professional roles include a consultant for the Department of Human Services’ Medical Assistance program, the director of Diversity and Inclusivity for the School of Nursing, and executive director of a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Self serves on the boards of a number of non-profit dental focused organizations and has been involved in improving oral healthcare in Africa.