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Bob Schreibman, DMD Robert M. Schreibman, DMD
Chairman & Founder

Robert M. Schreibman, DMD, a retired pediatric dentist, provided oral health care services to the Glastonbury community for over 45 years. He is one of the Co-Founders of the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach and the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic. In addition to serving as President, he is a consultant for the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic. Dr. Schriebman serves as a board member of the Connecticut Health Foundation and Vice-Chair of the Governance Committee. He also serves on the Community Advisory Committee for AmeriCares. Dr. Schreibman is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Fellow of the International College of Dentistry, and Fellow of the American College of Dentistry.

Previously, Dr. Schreibman was President of the Connecticut State Dental Association, Hartford Dental Society and the Hartford Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. He was the founder of the Hartford Dental Society Smile Mobile. Dr. Schreibman served on the board of the America’s Dentists Care Foundation for 6 years. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and consulted in practice management and leadership development.

 

Ernie Spira, DDS Ernest Spira, DDS
Vice Chairman

Ernest Spira, DDS, has been a periodontist for the past 40 years. Dr. Spira has served as Vice-President of the board since its inception. He serves on both the Finance and Development Committees. Dr. Spira is Co-chair of the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic and Facilities Lead. He has served as President of the Manchester Dental Society and has served on the board of the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA), as well as the America’s Dentists Care Foundation. Dr. Spira has held teaching positions at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Saint Francis Hospital and presently teaches at Hartford Hospital. He is a member of Pierre Fauchard Academy, CSDA, American Academy of Periodontology and Fellow in the American College of Dentists.

 

Michael Perl, DDS Michael Perl, DDS
Secretary/Treasurer/Founder

Michael Perl, DDS, MScD, a retired dentist, taught at the UConn School of Dental Medicine and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and practiced dentistry in West Hartford for over 40 years. He is one of the Co-Founders of the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach and the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic. He currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic. Dr. Perl is Chair of the Finance Committee and Co-Chair of the Development Committee.

Dr. Perl serves on the boards of Connecticut Appleseed and the Kate Cultural Arts Center.

 

Jennifer Dixon Jennifer L. Dixon

Jennifer L. Dixon is a partner at the law firm of Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C. where she represents management in labor and employment matters. Ms. Dixon is a member of the American Bar Association; Connecticut Bar Association; and Connecticut Asian-Pacific American Bar Association. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Dixon was associate counsel at Shawmut Bank, N.A.

Ms. Dixon was appointed to the board in 2009 and is Chair of the Governance Committee.

 

Brian Duchan, DMD Brian S. Duchan, DMD

Brian S. Duchan, DMD, has served on the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach Board since its founding and has served as lead of the Radiology section of the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic every year. As Past President of the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA), he has held every officer’s position including three years as the Treasurer. Dr. Duchan served as Exhibits Chairman of the CSDA’s annual meeting for ten years, as well as numerous years as its delegate to the American Dental Association. He is chairman of the CSDA Finance Committee, responsible for yearly budgeting and long-term investments. Dr. Duchan is a member of the CSDA Council on Constitution and Bylaws.

Dr. Duchan is also a member of the Connecticut Disaster Identification Response Team, as well as an emergency professional volunteer with the Westport Weston Health District. He has practiced general dentistry in Westport for thirty-seven years.

 

Gabriel Izraelevitz

Gabriel Izraelevitz is the Co-Owner, along with his wife LuAnn Izraelevitz, of Dental Works, LLC, a staffing agency specializing in the dental field. Mr. Izraelevitz is also a Lead Software Developer for Verizon Wireless. Prior to joining Verizon, Mr. Izraelevitz was a Principal Consultant for CA Technologies, previously known as Computer Associates. In his role at CA, Mr. Izraelevitz specialized in process management and optimization for Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Izraelevitz has also worked for several software companies developing CAD-CAM software.

Mr. Izraelevitz currently serves as Post-Op Co-Lead for the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic. He has been involved in the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic since 2010.

Mr. Izraelevitz joined the board in 2017.

 

 

Brenda M. Jewell Brenda M. Jewell

Brenda M. Jewell is president of Jewell Professional Insurance. She has been been involved with the Connecticut State Dental Association, as their endorsed insurance agent since 1999. Ms. Jewell is a member of The Fortress Insurance Company Agent Advisory Council.

Ms. Jewell was appointed to the board in 2010. She serves as a volunteer each year at the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic.

Previously, Ms. Jewell was an executive at the Wisconsin Hospital and Health Association and The Medical Protective Company, where she developed, evaluated and managed professional liability & property/casualty insurance programs. She also served as a member of the Wisconsin Risk Management Steering Committee (a division of the department of insurance).

 

Jonathan Knapp, DMD Jonathan B. Knapp, DMD

Jonathan B. Knapp, DMD, is a Danbury native and a family dentist who has been providing oral health care in the Danbury/Bethel area for over 20 years. Dr. Knapp joined the board in 2009. He has served in numerous leadership positions in dentistry and beyond. For many years he has been active at the Capitol in Hartford, advocating for a broad range of oral health related issues and has served as the Co-Chair of the Legislative Council of the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) since 2009. At the national level, he recently completed a four year term on the Council on Dental Practice for the American Dental Association (ADA) serving as Chair in his fourth year. Dr. Knapp is very active in international standards development for dental informatics and currently oversees more than 25 separate work projects as chair of the Subcommittee on Information Exchange of the ADA’s ANSI recognized Standards Committee on Dental Informatics. He has also lectured on the development of quality measurement in oral health. Dr. Knapp is a Past President of the CSDA.

Dr. Knapp leads an a cappella singing group, Men Without Instruments, which has performed at numerous venues throughout Connecticut. He is a vocal advocate for equity for persons with disabilities and inclusive education in Connecticut’s schools.

 

Stanley S. Lee, DMD Stanley S. Lee, DMD

Stanley S. Lee, DMD is a partner at Drs. Padilla & Lee, P.C. in Hartford. He has been in the private practice of general dentistry for over 20 years following his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and has served as both a member and as Exhibit Chairman for the Connecticut State Dental Association’s Annual Scientific Session Council. He participates annually in the Connecticut Mission of Mercy event, providing direct patient care on the clinic floor.

Dr. Lee has been a member of the board since its inception and serves on the Development and Governance Committees.

 

Cheryl Sobieraj Wadhwa, DDS

Cheryl Sobieraj Wadhwa received her DDS degree from Columbia University. She is a general dentist and owner of West Side Dental CT, LLC in Waterbury, CT. Dr. Sobieraj has been active in the dental community for over 20 years and is currently the President of her local society. At the state level she serves on the Governance Review Committee, Continuing Education Council as well as the Leadership Qualifications Committee. Dr. Sobieraj joined the CT Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic when it came to Waterbury. She has served as a Community Volunteers Lead and Follow Up Care Lead ever since.

Dr. Sobieraj has been an avid volunteer in her local community supporting Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement, local schools and her church. She encourages her local community to volunteer on a weekly basis. She feels so strongly that her office is a certified organization authorized to distribute the President's Volunteer Service Awards.

Dr. Cheryl Sobieraj, DDS joined the board in 2017.

 

Bob Schreibman, DMD Jennifer Socha

Jennifer Socha is Vice President, and Healthcare Practice Specialist at TD Bank.  She has over 20 years’ experience in banking and specializes in assisting dentists and other healthcare professionals with meeting the financial goals of their practice.  

Ms. Socha joined TD Bank in 1998, as a Business Development Manager and was promoted to a SBA Relationship Manager prior to her current role.  She served on the board of the CT Women's Alliance and was an active panel member for the University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center.

Ms. Socha is a volunteer in her community and a council member for the Women in Leadership program at TD Bank.   

Ms. Socha was appointed to the Board in 2016.

 

Bruce J. Tandy, DMD Bruce J. Tandy, DMD

Dr. Bruce Tandy received his DMD degree from Washington University in St. Louis following 4 years at the University of Rochester. Having completed a General Practice Residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Hartford, CT, Dr. Tandy began a private group practice in Vernon and Coventry where he continues to practice today.

His academic pursuits include teaching at the UConn School of Dental Medicine and Hartford
Hospital General Practice Residency. An active member of the Connecticut State Dental
Association and American Dental Association, he has served in multiple leadership roles and is Past President of the state organization. Elected as a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists, honorary fellowships in the dental profession, he also served on the board of the Eastman Institute of Oral Health at the University of Rochester. Dr. Tandy is the President of the America’s Dentist Care Foundation and Co-Chair of the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic.

Dr Tandy was appointed to the board in 2010 and serves on the Governance Committee.

Dr. Tandy’s personal interests include travel, golf, wine and organized dentistry. He is married with 2 children.

  

   
Emmett E. Wilson, DDS Carol Dingeldey, CAE
Executive Director

Carol Dingeldey, CAE, serves as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach (CFDO). Ms. Dingeldey also serves as the Executive Director of the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA), a position she has held since May 2006. Prior to joining the CSDA, Ms. Dingeldey called Chicago home for 14 years, where she served in several senior staff roles with the American Academy of Periodontology. Ms. Dingeldey’s career in association administration and management began in 1992 as a national Program Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association “Safe Return” program.

Ms. Dingeldey is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and holds a Master of Public Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Public Health, both from Michigan State University.

 

Josephine Bicknell Josephine Bicknell
Director of Programs

Josephine Bicknell is the Director of Programs for the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach and Director of the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic. Previously, she was the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Connecticut State Dental Association.

Prior to joining the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach and the Connecticut State Dental Association, she was an educator for the East Haven Board of Education in the Special Education Department. Ms. Bicknell began her career in the dental field as a Dental Assistant in 1972.

Ms. Bicknell serves on the Outreach Committee of her church. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Branford. She is involved in many local community outreach programs.  


 

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