Connecticut Oral Health Initiative, Inc.

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Our Board

Kim Radda 



Kim Radda is 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."



Jesse White-Frese, MA, LPC 


Jesse is an experienced leader with skills in program development and management,  budget management, public policy advocacy experience and supervisory skills.  Most recently, Jesse was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers, representing more than 100 school based health centers throughout the state.  Jesse currently serves on the Board of the Directors of the School Based Health Alliance in Washington, DC, and has been a passionate advocate for access to care for children and adolescents for more than 20 years.




Sofia Dumansky


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."



Howard I. Mark, DMD 

Founding President


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.

Keri Discepolo, DDS, MPH


Dr. Keri Discepolo is a pediatric dental specialist and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She completed a pediatric dentistry residency at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, where she remained as a clinical instructor for nearly seven years. Discepolo has since served as an assistant professor and clinical educator at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, as well as being the Dental Director of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Her interests are in infant and adolescent oral health interventions, with a focus in hospital dentistry. She holds a D.D.S. (doctor of dental surgery) from the New York University College of Dentistry and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University.


Geralynn McGee, J.D.

Geralynn McGee is the Policy Advocate at Greater Hartford Legal Aid. She represents the interests of people with low income at the state legislature, with administrative agencies and in community and advocacy coalitions, task forces, councils and other arenas. Geralynn started her career with Greater Hartford Legal Aid as a Oral Health Policy fellow; an opportunity designed to create a leader in oral health policy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2006 and earned her J.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Law.