Kim Radda was most recently the Director of Research Administration for the Institute of Community Research, as well as the Co-Chair for the Statewide Older Adult Oral Health Consortium. For the past several years she has been conducting research focused on the oral health of older adults in our communities. She "looks forward to being part of an organization that is passionate about addressing oral health and to assist in advocating for and creating change in this arena."
Geralynn McGee, J.D.
Geralynn McGee is the policy director for the Connecticut Health Foundation. She leads strategies for advocacy and policies that will help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and improve the health of all Connecticut residents. Before joining the foundation, Geralynn worked at Greater Hartford Legal Aid, where she most recently served as the organization’s policy advocate, representing the interests of low-income state residents to legislators, administrative agencies, and in community and advocacy coalitions. She began her career at Greater Hartford Legal Aid as an oral health policy fellow, developing an expertise in oral health issues, health equity, and advocacy through a series of rotations with advocacy, government, and nonprofit organizations. Geralynn is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Sofia Dumansky is the owner of TDG Financial, LLC and President of the Hartford non-profit Maidan United. Sofia has participated in a number of COHI events in the past year. She stated "There's no better feeling in the world than knowing that something you have done will help someone else, or has greatly benefitted them."
As Director of Public Policy at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University and the University of Connecticut from 2007 to 2015, she played a major role in developing strategies, educating policy makers and public health advocates, and enlisting public support for fighting obesity through policies such as taxing sugar-sweetened beverages, improving school nutrition, and curbing the marketing of junk foods to children. Her work included writing policy briefs and toolkits, serving as a technical assistant to legislative staff, providing expert testimony for legislative committees, serving as a member of the Connecticut State Task Force on Childhood Obesity Prevention, and coordinating a major grant on advocacy and policy for healthy beverages.
Roderick Lamont (Monty) MacNeil, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc.
Dr. R. Lamont (Monty) MacNeil is Professor of Dental Medicine and Dean Emeritus at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Dental Medicine. He served as dean at UConn from eleven years, spanning 2007 to 2018. He holds a DDS degree from Dalhousie University, Canada (1980) and a certificate of advanced education in Periodontics and a Master of Dental Science degree from the University of Connecticut, USA (1989). He has held academic positions at Dalhousie University, Indiana University, the University of Michigan and UConn. He has published in the research literature on the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating tooth development, periodontal wound healing and tissue regeneration and in education on competency assessment and clinical education models. Dr. MacNeil was a member of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations from 2001-2005 serving as chair of the commission in 2004-05. In March 2018, he was elected Chair of the Board of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), a 20,000 member organization representing US and Canadian institutions with dental education programs. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Coalition for Modernizing Dental Licensure and several other ADEA and national committees. His current academic interests focus on the integration of dental and medical care services and the design of models within academic health centers to promote integrated oral and primary health care.
Brianna Muñoz, DMD, MPH
Dr. Brianna Muñoz is a board-certified pediatric dentist and Public Policy Advocate for the state of Connecticut. Upon graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, she completed residency at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. As a resident, Dr. Muñoz concurrently attained her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Certificate of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies through a UConn-HRSA Dual Degree Training Program with Advanced Standing. For outstanding achievement in the field of applied public health sciences, Dr. Muñoz was awarded the Mulvihill Medal for Academic and Research Excellence.
It has been her personal and professional goal to impact policy in promoting oral health and preventing disease for all children. In advancing this aim, she has completed the Samuel D. Harris Research and Policy Fellowship for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), has served as the Legislative Representative for the Connecticut Society of Pediatric Dentists, and has been appointed to the AAPD Pediatric Dental Medicaid and CHIP Advisory Committee of the Council on Government Affairs. Based on scholastic as well as altruistic endeavors, Dr. Muñoz was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society and was a recipient of the AAPD Resident Recognition Award. She has taken pride in advocating for increased access to care with the Connecticut Oral Health Initiative (COHI) and is eager to continue working with this organization as a Board Member.
Trisha Pitter, MA
Trisha is a co-lead for the Collaborations, Community Engagement & Technical Assistance Core at the UCONN Health Disparities Institute. Trisha has over ten years of experience managing programs with a strong focus in community engagement, health disparities, education, and research. Proficient in project management, auditing programs, organizational oversight, grant and contract administration, and communications.
Trisha volunteers for community events, especially those related to increasing the pipeline of underrepresented minorities in STEM. She is passionate about social justice issues related to Hartford and looks forward to making connections that will lead to solutions.
Jean J. Schensul, PhD
Jean J. Schensul is a medical anthropologist and senior scientist at The Institute for Community Research, in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Schensul is most notable for her research on HIV/AIDS prevention and other health-related research in the United States, as well as her extensive writing on ethnographic research methods. She has made notable contributions to the field of applied anthropology, with her work on structural interventions to health disparities leading to the development of new organizations, community research partnerships, and community/university associations. Schensul’s work has been dedicated to community-based research on topics such as senior health, education, and substance abuse, among others.
Howard I. Mark, DMD
Howie’s leadership in organizing COHI resulted in CT’s first Early Childhood Caries Symposium in 1999. Under his leadership, COHI made major contributions to advocacy efforts that had positive outcomes for oral health for underserved children and families. Howie, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, retired from teaching at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He is a member and has received recognition from the American Dental Association, CT State Dental Association, Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American Assoc. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Yankee Dental Congress for his outstanding service and numerous contributions to oral health.