2020 HDA Board of Trustees

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President – Edwin A. del Valle-Sepulveda, DMD, JD – San Juan, PR

Dr. del Valle-Sepulveda is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon with over 30 years of clinical experience.  After completing a Bachelor of Science Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, he entered the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine earning his D.M.D. in 1986.  He continued his studies and completed a Postgraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate in the University of Puerto Rico Hospitals in San Juan, PR.  He also has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

For decades he has been an active member of the medical and dental community by participating in several professional organizations.  He has been multi-term president of the Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Puerto Rico (CCDPR) and the Puerto Rico Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (PRSOMS).  For more than 15 years he has been a delegate in the American Dental Association (ADA) House of Delegates.  He has served as delegate in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons House of Delegates (AAOMS).    Nationally, he has served in the ADA Council on Membership and in the AAOMS Constitution & By Laws Committee; and as chairman of the AAOMS Clinical Interest Group on Cosmetic Facial Surgery.   He is a member of the ADA Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (thru 2023). He serves as Chairperson for the American College of Dentists (ACD) in Puerto Rico.

He was an instructor in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine of Ponce Health Sciences University and currently is Attending Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in the G.P.R. Program of the Veterans Administration Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) in San Juan, PR.

Dr. del Valle-Sepulveda was editor of La Nueva Revista Odontológica de Puerto Rico (1995-98, 2000-02).  He has authored multiple poster presentations in scientific meetings and publications in scientific journals.  He has presented lectures in programs in local, national and international scientific meetings.  He is also a regular lecturer in CDE/CME programs.

Dr. del Valle is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.  He is currently a member of the following professional associations:  H.D.A., ADA. C.D.S, AAOMS, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS), American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA), CCDPR and PRSOMS.

Dr. del Valle-Sepúlveda serves veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as the Staff Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in the VACHS in San Juan, PR.  In V.A. Dentistry, Dr. del Valle-Sepulveda is a national champion in Tele-Dentistry.  He maintains a part-time private practice in Ponce and Caguas, PR, in partnership with his brother Marcos.  He is married to Lilian de Laosa DMD and have two sons (Alberto & Alejandro).  He enjoys cross country running, swimming, triathlons, reading and coin collecting.

 

President-Elect – 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. Before elected secretary, Dr. Chaviano-Moran served as a trustee on the HDA Board.

Treasurer – Jose I. Alamo, DMD – Austin, TX

Jose-Alamo

Dr. Jose Alamo is from the borderland city of El Paso, Texas, a majority Latino community rich in Mexican culture. Growing up between El Paso and neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Mexico offered Jose the opportunity to experience the effects language, politics, and culture have on standards of living. Among being a healthcare provider shortage area, Dr. Alamo experienced challenges seeking mentorship opportunities for young Latinos ready to learn, participate, and contribute. Knowing that many people would need dental healthcare in their life he pursued a career in dentistry so he could be a central part of his community both as a healthcare provider and a mentor.

Dr. Alamo completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 2006 from Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas in 2001. He entered post-doctoral residency at King’s County Hospital and New York/Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York completing a two-year General Practice Residency in 2008. For the next 5 years he worked in community health before opening his private practice in 2012 in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Alamo co-founded the Austin HDA chapter in 2014, he actively speaks and mentors University of Texas Latino pre-health students interested in dentistry. Dr. Alamo is part of the HDAF scholarship committee awarding dental students and hygienists funding for their dental education. He volunteers locally with Hispanic Dental Association clinics and Texas Missions of Mercy; and internationally, in Nicaragua and Panama providing dental care. Dr. Alamo is interested in learning better ways to deliver healthcare and increasing access to healthcare, he co-founded VeMiDoc in 2014, building a mobile device platform with his team for dentist and medical professionals to consults with their patients.

Secretary – Mercedes Mota-Martinez, DDS – Corona, NY

 Mercedes Mota-Martinez

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.

Immediate Past President – Ricardo Y. Mendoza, DDS, MS, FICD – Chicago, IL

Dr. Mendoza specializes in Pediatric Dentistry, a call he decided to pursue while finishing dental school at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and working briefly in Caracas as a General Practitioner. After obtaining a Master’s Degree at the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry, he continued with a two-year fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry where he has taught for the last 18 years as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Peds Department.

He wears several hats including Community Outreach Dental Coordinator, UIC Peds Dentistry Faculty member, attending at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and managing partner of CHICAGO SMILE SPECIALISTS and THE ORTHO SUITE formerly known as Just Kids Dental & Orthodontics in Logan Square in Chicago. An HDA member since 1998, Dr. Mendoza was invited to become part of the Board of Trustees where he has served two different terms for seven years. He was also the 2013 President of the HDA Greater Chicago Professional Chapter. His passions include working with Special Needs individuals and he is serving as the Chairman of the Special Olympics, Special Smiles Program in the state of Illinois for the last 15 years.

 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 Autonoma de Gualalajara, 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.

Christina Meiners, DDS, FAGD, FICD – San Antonio, TX

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Dr. Christina Meiners was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. In 2007, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from the Honors College at the University of Texas at San Antonio. At an early age, Dr. Meiners had a desire to pursue dentistry. As a participant in the Dental Early Acceptance Program, she received a conditional letter of acceptance to dental school by the age of 18. In 2010, Dr. Meiners 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 on the board of directors for the Hispanic Dental Association and the Texas Academy of General Dentistry. She also currently holds various officer positions as Secretary of the San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic, President-Elect 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 (B.O.L.D.) program to provide mentorship to 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.

With service at the center of her heart, Dr. Meiners has served on multiple missionary trips both locally and internationally and coordinated multiple local community events to help deliver care through patient education, providing free dental treatment, and distributing donated oral hygiene supplies. 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.

In her spare time Dr. Meiners enjoys traveling, watching movies, and watching the Spurs win with her husband and two dogs.

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. 

Genero 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 Vazquez 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.

 Ana M. Zea, DDS, DPH – Boston, MA

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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.

National Student Trustee

Herta Granado, DMD Candidate Class of 2021 – University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Herta Granado is currently a DMD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. She is originally from Damascus, Maryland and attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland for her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During her undergraduate career, Herta embraced her upbringing as a Latino woman and developed her passions for helping the underserved Hispanic community through various local community efforts, including serving as a volunteer Spanish interpreter at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry. During this time, she also undertook various pursuits in research, becoming published for a paper discussing ways in which oral health practitioners can help reduce disparities that may play into childhood obesity. Herta currently serves as the student trustee on the Hispanic Dental Association Board of Trustees and is motivated to connect HSDA chapters across the nation to maximize the reach our organization has on the Hispanic student and patient population.