2022 HDA Board of Trustees

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President – Mercedes Mota Martinez, DDS – Corona, NY

Dr. Mota-Martinez completed her undergraduate education and received her dental degree in her native Dominican Republic, at the Universidad Central del Este in San Pedro de Macoris. Upon her arrival in the United States, Dr. Mota-Martinez received her Doctor of Dental Surgery certification from the New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Mota-Martinez continued her post-graduate training in Periodontics, Orthodontics, and Implant Dentistry and has received post-graduate certification in all of these branches of dentistry.
Upon completing her training, Dr. Mota-Martinez established her private practice in Corona, where she has provided quality dental care and cultivated deep community bonds for more than 20 years. Dr. Mota-Martinez’s involvement in organized dentistry spreads well beyond the office in Corona having served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state and national level. Dr. Mota-Martinez is an active member of the New York City Chapter of the HDA.


President-Elect - Christina Meiners, DDS, FICD - San Antonio, TX

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Dr. Christina Meiners was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She was a participant in the Dental Early Acceptance Program  (DEAP) and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
After graduation, Dr. Meiners worked part-time as an associate clinical professor at UTHSCSA. She now serves as an adjunct faculty member overseeing dental students during their clinical rotations at Communicare Health Centers, the non-profit community clinic she once rotated through as a student and now provides patient care as a staff dentist. She has participated in the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership and serves on multiple committees at the local, state, and national level of various organizations. Dr. Meiners currently serves as the President-Elect for the Hispanic Dental Association and serves as the Service & Outreach Committee chair.  She actively served on the boards of the Texas Academy of General Dentistry and the San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic and is Past-President of the San Antonio District Dental Society (SADDS), Past President of the San Antonio Academy of General Dentistry (SAAGD), and Past President of the Greater San Antonio Hispanic Dental Association (GSAHDA). She helped found the Building our Leaders in Dentistry (BOLD) program to provide mentorship to underrepresented minority pre-dental students. The award winning BOLD program presents hand-on activities and lectures to inspire a career in dentistry to high school and college students throughout South Texas, and has recently been adopted nationally by the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA).

In 2018 Dr. Meiners was one of the first 10 under 10 Awardees of the ADA honoring the top 10 dentists in practice 10 years or less who are making a mark on the profession. Her leadership and dedication to the community has helped her become the recipient of HDA’s National Service Award and receive nominations for the Texas New Dentist of the Year Award. Dr. Meiners is a fellow in the Academy of Dentistry International and the International College of Dentists.

 

Treasurer – Ana M. Zea, DDS, DPH – Boston, MA

Dr. Zea is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of General Dentistry and Health Policy & Health Services Research at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. In her Role as Director of Community Health Education, Dr. Zea coordinates all curricular Community-Based and Service Learning rotations and externships for DMD students at GSDM. Dr. Zea joined GSDM in 2007, and is Director of the Applied Professional Experience (APEX) and Externship Programs, Co-Director of the Comprehensive Pre-Clinical Dentistry Course and member of the Dean’s Council on Ethics and Professionalism, Promotions and Admission’s Committees at GSDM.
Dr. Zea is inspired by students’ engagement and commitment to reducing oral health disparities through research, promotion and participation in community-based and outreach activities. She has been Faculty Advisor for the school’s chapter of HSDA since 2013, and joins the HDA Board of Trustees in contribution to the organization’s efforts to provide leadership support and opportunities for students to be successful and engaged in carrying out the organization’s mission for the Hispanic Community during and beyond their dental education.
Dr. Zea is native from Colombia, and graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 1996. She completed a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) at the Boston University School of Public Health.


Secretary – Martha J. Mutis, DDS, MPH, FICD – New York, NY

 Martha Mutis

Dr. Mutis has been working in organized dentistry for almost thirty years, since she was a freshman dental student. Since 2018  she has been a member of the Board of Trustees in the Hispanic Dental Association.  She also serves as Vice-Regent of Section XX at the International College of Dentists, where she was one of the founding leaders of the International Task Forces in 2013. Her last leadership positions were as founding advisor in the Regional Health Workforce Observatory linked to the Panamerican Health Association (PAHO), Strategic Advisor for the Latin American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (ALOP), National Board of Trustees at the Colombian Dental Federation (FOC), and Guest Advisor of the Government Committees of Fluoridation Experts, among others.
Dr. Mutis obtained her MPH from Nova Southeastern University, her postgraduate certificate in Climate Change and Health from Yale University, International Human Rights Law from Santander University, and her Postdoctoral Dental Certificate in Dental Public Health at NYU University. She is currently a candidate for the Doctorate in Health Education at Columbia University, and has been an assistant community professor at NSU since 2013. 


Immediate Past President – Rosa Chaviano Moran, DMD, FICD - Newark, NJ

Dr. Chaviano-Moran graduated from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. She is RSDM Associate Dean for Admissions and serves as faculty, recruiter, advocate and mentor, encouraging and supporting prospective and current students.
She is the principal investigator for the ADEA GIES Foundation grant, “Creating Awareness in Academic Dentistry”. The goal of this project is enhance exposure and excitement about careers in academia for dental and hygiene students especially those from diverse backgrounds and marginalized groups. She is the Co-PI and dental director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Summer Health Professions Educational Program” and all RSDM educational pipeline programs, promoting dentistry and achievement for ALL students. She is the faculty advisor for the RSDM- Hispanic Student Dental Association and the Dental Association for Equality, a platform for student advocacy in the LGBTQ community.
She has been recognized with the “Chair of the ADEA Board Citation” and the Rutgers University “Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award” for her national leadership roles in the holistic admissions process and advocacy for student diversity. She is a member of ADA, Fellow of the International College of Dentists, ADEA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Chair of the ADEA-Gay Straight Alliance, Consultant Holistic Admissions in Academic Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Association of Medical Minority Educators, and National Association of Advisors to the Health Professions. 


 National Professional Trustees

 Yanina Jouzy, DDS – San Dimas, CA

 

As the owner of Sunshine Smile Dental and Orthodontics, Dr. Jouzy sought to create a family owned dental practice which distinguished itself by providing exemplary patient care while at the same time greeting each patient by their first name and treating them as a member of the family.
Dr. Jouzy is a Latina dentist who received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico before returning to California and completing the rigorous California License requirements at Loma Linda University. She is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) Diversity and Leadership Class of 2019-2020.
Dr. Jouzy loves children of all ages, and being a mother further inspires and motivates her practice of family dentistry. Dr. Jouzy prides herself on her ability to easily communicate the most complicated dental procedures in a fun, accessible and easily understood manner. Being bi-lingual in both English and Spanish allows her to do so effortlessly in both.

 Ana N. Lopez Fuentes, DMD, MPH, FACD, FICD – San Juan, PR

Ana N. López Fuentes, D.M.D., M.P.H., FACD, FICD; is a tenured Professor, at the UPR School of Dental Medicine at the Community Dentistry Section. Served as Dean of the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine (UPR SDM) from 2014-2018. Works at UPR SDM since 1988 and has also served as the Curriculum Director, Community Dentistry Section Chief, and Executive Associate Dean of the dental school. At the university level, she has been a member of the Academic Senate, and represented the Medical Sciences Campus at the President’s Board, participating in various committees. She was also the Executive Secretary of the President’s Board.
Dr. López Fuentes implemented and directed the first dental assisting program at the University of Granada, Spain in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico. Graduated from many leadership institutes including the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Summer Program; ELAM, and the Bell’s Leadership Institute. Currently serves as Faculty Advisor for the ELAM leadership program. Dr. López started the local celebration of Give Kids A Smile Day, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2020. She is the mentor of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), and elected to the HDA Board of Trustees. She also serves as mentor of the American Association of Women Dentists student chapter, which celebrates the Smiles for Success activity empowering victims of gender violence and drug abuse among other activities for the association.
Dr. Ana López has been a Women Liaison Officer (WLO) to ADEA since 2006, and as Dean of the dental school was instrumental in the amendments of the local dental law, the implementation of electronic health record at the dental school, and the recent approval of the Periodontics Graduate program, among other landmark achievements.  She was the first Dean of the dental school to be part of ADEA’s Administrative Board of the Council of Deans. Dr. López is Co-Chair of the ADEA’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and member of ADEA’s Annual Session Planning Committee (ASPC). She is Chair-elect of the Women in Leadership special interest group and candidate for the 2020 Chair-elect position to ADEA's Board of Directors.  Recipient of the Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Citation for significant contributions to dental education and ADEA at the 2018 Annual Session. She was recognized for her outstanding leadership while Dean of the dental school during and after Hurricane Maria; maintaining the school’s accreditation, keeping it open, and giving support to students, faculty, staff and the communities affected by the event.
Dr. López-Fuentes created the UPR SDM Infection Control and Quality Assurance Protocols and currently acts as a consultant in Infection Control and Risk Management. She is also the continuing education speaker in Infection Control for Puerto Rico and abroad.

Ana Keohane, DDS, DMD, FICD – Boston, MA

Dr. Keohane received her DDS with academic distinction from Universidad Metropolitana, Barranquilla, Colombia in 2000. Before receiving her DMD, Dr. Keohane was a Dental Research Assistant at the Office of Murad Padamsee, DMD in Wellesley. In 2011, Dr. Keohane was appointed as a Clinical Instructor at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. In 2016 Dr. Keohane received her DMD as part of the Advanced Standing program with Honors at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Upon completing her DMD, Dr. Keohane was appointed as a Group Practice Leader at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Keohane serves as the President of the Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association, a Guest Board of the Massachusetts Dental Society, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, member of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, the American Dental Education Association, and of the American Dental Association. She is also part of Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine DMD Admissions Committee, and the Secretary of the Boston District Dental Society Executive committee.

Dr. Keohane received the 2021 HDA/Colgate Faculty Award, the "10 under Ten Award" by MDS, the "Top Dentist" in Boston Magazine August Issue. She received the awards of America's Best Dentists by the National Consumer Advisory Board and a Certificate of Appreciation for valuable contribution to the Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association.

Michelle Aguilos Thompson, DDS – Houston, TX

Dr. Michelle Aguilos Thompson is a full-time Assistant Professor and Director of Digital Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD). She graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry and completed a 2-year General Practice Residency at UTSD Houston. Dr. Thompson served in many dental organization leadership roles locally, regionally, and nationally including the HDA’s Communications Committee for the past three years (Co-chair for two years) and is currently serving in the American Dental Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  She is married to Dr. Jason Thompson, an Endodontist and has a 4 year old son, Jason Jr and 1 year old daughter, Nora. 

Genaro Romo, Jr, DDS – Chicago, IL

Dr. Genaro Romo Jr. was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He is currently the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association.
He's a member of the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society and the ADA. He is the General Chair for the 2021 Midwinter Meeting.
He is a Board of Director member for Delta Dental of Illinois and is also a member of the ADA council on Dental Practice. He served as President of the North Side branch of the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) as well as chair of the CDS Communications Committee. He has served as a trustee for the Illinois State Dental Society.
He currently owns two dental practices in Chicago and loves to spend time with his wife, Sandy, and their four children: Alyssa, Nicholas, Evan, and Isaac. In his spare time he DJs at numerous events. 

 

Iván Vázquez Santiago, DDS - Hauppauge, NY

Dr. Vázquez is a Pediatric Dentist. Dr. Vázquez is a graduate of NYU College of Dentistry, and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Vázquez has been active in organized dentistry for decades.  He is currently a member of the ADA House of Delegates for the NY State Dental Association (NYSDA). He is a founder and past president of the Puerto Rico Dental Association-USA, past president of the Suffolk County Dental Society (NYSDA).  He served as vice-president of the NYHDA.

  Irubiel A. Barbosa, DDS – Los Angeles, CA

 

Dr. Barbosa completed his degree at the Universidad Autonoma Nacional de Mexico and obtained a Postgraduate in Prosthodontics from Tokushima University in Tokushima, Japan.
He is an active member of various professional organizations such as the Americal Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Los Angeles Dental Society among others. Dr. Barbosa was the Founder and former President of the Hispanic Dental Association Los Angeles Professional Chapter. He served as the Dental Director for Proyecto del Barrio Community Dental Clinic in Los Angeles, California. 
 

National Student Trustee

Gabriel Pérez, D3 – Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Gabriel Pérez is currently a second year dental student pursuing his DMD degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He is originally from a rural town in Oaxaca, Mexico called Teococuilco. Gabriel and his family migrated to Landisville, New Jersey when he was 11 years old. He attended Stockton University in Galloway, NJ for his Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Gabriel new from an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in dentistry due to the positive impact of the treatments he received to correct his cleft palate.
Culture and community are essential for Gabriel; that is why he devoted many hours volunteering in underserved communities as an advocate, translator, and coordinator connecting underserved community members in his area with professional providers who donated their services. With Dr. Manuel Cordero, DDS, he organized and completed outreach events for agricultural workers and members of the homeless popultation in Vineland, NJ where he delivered oral health care supplies and information. 
He was the second inductee into The Faces of HDA recognition program in October of 2020. Gabriel is excited to serve as the National Student Trustee of the Hispanic Dental Association and looks forward to contributing towards HDA's mission.