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Foundation Board of Directors

Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Board of Directors

The members of the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Board of Directors represent various oral health stakeholders. The Board meets three times per year and has an annual planning retreat. Board members serve one-year terms and are eligible to be elected for nine terms.

Current Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Board of Directors and Officers include:

Jan Reinicke

Jan Reinicke

Board Chair

Jan Reinicke is currently retired from the Iowa State Education Association, where she served as Executive Director. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall, Ph.D.

Vice Chair

Matt Mendenhall, Ph.D., is the Philanthropy Director for Royal Neighbors of America. Matt is a graduate of Cornell College, has a MSW degree from St. Ambrose University and a Ph.D. from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Jeff Russell

Jeff Russell

Foundation President

Jeff Russell is the President & CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa. Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University.  Jeff has been with Delta Dental of Iowa since 2013.

Suzanne Heckenlaible

Suzanne Heckenlaible

Executive Director

Suzanne Heckenlaible is Vice President Public Affairs of Delta Dental of Iowa. Suzanne has a Bachelor's degree from Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) and Masters in Public Administration from Drake University. She has been with Delta Dental of Iowa since 2006.

Sherry Perkins

Sherry Perkins

Foundation Treasurer / Secretary

Sherry Perkins is Vice President Finance and Controller of Delta Dental of Iowa. Sherry holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant. Sherry joined Delta Dental of Iowa in 2002.

Jeff Chaffin

Jeff Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA

Board Member

Jeff Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA, is the Dental Director at Delta Dental of Iowa. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Nebraska, MPH from the University of Michigan, MBA from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and MHA from Baylor University .

Howard Cowen

Howard Cowen, DDS, MS

Board Member

Howard Cowen, DDS, MS is the Director of the Geriatric & Special Needs Program and Director, Geriatric Fellowship Program at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Cowen received his Doctor of Dental Surgery and his Masters in Public Health Dentistry from the University of Iowa.

Ro Crosbie

Ro Crosbie

Board Member

Ro Crosbie is President of Tero International. Ms. Crosbie graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Certificate in Management.

Lynn Curry

Lynn Curry, DDS

Board Member

Lynn Curry, DDS is a dentist from Carroll, Iowa. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa. He served on the Board of Directors for Delta Dental of Iowa from 1997 to 2009 and as an Advisory Director until 2010.

Nolden Gentry

Nolden Gentry

Board Member

Nolden Gentry is Principal of Brick Gentry, P.C. in West Des Moines. He received his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa. Nolden is past Chair of the Foundation and Delta Dental of Iowa.

David Johnsen

David Johnsen, DDS, MS

Board Member

David Johnsen, DDS, MS, has been the Dean of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry since 1995. Dr. Johnson received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan and his Master of Science degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Iowa.

Ken Jones

Ken Jones, DDS

Board Member

Ken Jones, DDS is the Dental Director for River Hills Community Health Center in Ottumwa, Iowa. He earned his undergraduate degree from Luther College. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa.

Jennifer Lightbody

Jennifer Lightbody

Board Member

Jennifer Lightbody is the Executive Director of People's Community Health Clinic in Waterloo. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master of Arts in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa.

Bob Russell

Bob Russell, DDS, MPH

Board Member

Bob Russell, DDS, MPH, is the Dental Director for the Iowa Department of Public Health in Des Moines. Dr. Russell received his Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University, his Doctor of Dental Surgery at Loyola University (Chicago, IL), and his Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Joel Wulf

Joel Wulf

Board Member

Joel Wulf is the Assistant Director at the Iowa Department on Aging. He holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Iowa. He also serves as adjunct faculty with the University of Iowa School of Social Work.