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OSAP Foundation Board of Directors

 Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP

Co-Chair
Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP

Ms. Eklund is the Director of Occupational Health and Safety, and the Forsyth Research Subject & Patient Safety Advocate at The Forsyth Institute. She is adjunct faculty at Regis College, Dental Hygiene Program, where she teaches a senior-level course, Evidence-Based Decision Making. She was the 2017-2019 Chair of the OSAP Board of Directors and a consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Practice. She serves as faculty for the New England AIDS Education and Training Centers and HIVdent.org. Over the past 35 years, Kathy has published papers and contributed to several texts on infection control and safety. She is an author of the 2003 CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings and has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics.

 Mike Smurr

Co-Chair
Mike Smurr

Mr. Smurr is a veteran of the dental industry with over 38 years in the market with time on both the manufacturing and distribution sides of the business. He is retired from Patterson Dental (PDCO) where he was the Director of Marketing, Merchandise, responsible for manufacturer relations and the sales and marketing of all merchandise. Mr. Smurr is the Founder and Principal of MTS Partners, LLC, consulting on business development, sales, marketing, and acquisitions in the dental industry.

Matthew R. Ellis, MPH, CIC, REHS

Treasurer
Matthew R. Ellis, MPH, CIC, REHS

LCDR Ellis serves as the U.S./DHHS- Indian Health Service (IHS) Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator, assigned to the IHS HQs Office of Quality. LCDR Ellis served as the Portland Area Institutional Environmental Health Officer Health, from 2010 to 2018, as the sole provider of infection control and environment of patient care support to 43 federally recognized Tribes in the region. LCDR Ellis is Co-Lead and an architect of the regional healthcare accreditation readiness team and served collaterally as the Public Health Emergency Management Coordinator. He has provided Agency-wide support on infection control issues and led multiple infection prevention training initiatives across the IHS. LCDR Ellis is CBIC Board Certified in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC), a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), and an authorized OSHA General Industry Trainer. LCDR Ellis is a United States Army infantry veteran and has completed healthcare infection control and safety position tenures with a private healthcare consulting firm, University of Kentucky Medical Center, and the Veteran’s Healthcare Administration. 

 Steve Geiermann, DDS

Secretary
Steve Geiermann, DDS

Dr. Geiermann, a retired Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, serves as the Senior Manager addressing access, community oral health infrastructure, and capacity within the American Dental Association (ADA). He served as a dental director in the Indian Health Service and Federally Qualified Health Centers as well as being an HRSA regional dental consultant and project officer within the National Health Service Corps and the HIV/AIDS Bureau. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) and was an expert advisor for Safety Net Solutions seeking to improve the financial stability and productivity of health centers. He currently serves on the advisory committee for the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN) and the board of the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH).

Margaret (Peggy) Cottrell

Director
Margaret (Peggy) Cottrell

Margaret (Peggy) Cottrell is the former President of ProEdge Dental and ConFirm Monitoring Systems. She was also co-founder of Cottrell Ltd in 1979. She has more than 27 years of successful business ownership, executive management, and strategic leadership experience along with consulting expertise for successful venues in diverse healthcare products manufacturing, distribution, and related support services.

She co-founded OSAP in 1984, recognizing a need for collaborative efforts on the part of healthcare professionals, academicians, clinicians, manufacturers, distributors, and government agencies to engage not only in dialogue but to establish uniform standards and procedures for infection control and disease prevention for the dental industry.

She is a member of the Dental Trade Alliance and is a First Responder with the Denver Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Donald (Don) Cohen, DMD

Director
Donald (Don) Cohen, DMD

Donald Cohen, DMD, is a licensed dentist in New York State for over thirty years with over 20 years of teaching experience at Columbia University SDOS and over 20 years as an Attending Dentist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He is past president of the New York State Society of Dentistry for Children and is currently Director of Compliance for Health Compliance Team Inc., a national compliance company delivering total on-site compliance solutions to dental facilities.  Dr. Cohen is also a member of the Board of Directors of the OSAP Foundation. Dr. Cohen is also the Chief Compliance Officer of HealthFirst, the emergency medical kit company. Additionally, Dr. Cohen lectures and consults nationally on emergency medicine in the dental office and dental facility compliance.

David Reznik, DDS

Director
David Reznik, DDS

Dr. Reznik is the Director of the Oral Health Center of Grady Health System’s Infectious Disease Program, a program he founded thirty years ago and serves as Chief of the Dental Medicine Service for the health system.  Dr. Reznik is president and founder of the HIV Dental Alliance (HIVdent), a not-for-profit organization of concerned healthcare providers committed to assuring access to high-quality oral health care services for people with HIV disease. During the last year, he has focused on ensuring that both providers and consumers of dental care have the safest possible visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Reznik has provided technical assistance to oral health programs throughout the United States for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) grantees and serves as a clinical site visitor for HAB grantees. Dr. Reznik was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) from 2002 – 2007 and during this time chaired the Treatment/Care sub-committee and Domestic sub-committees. Dr. Reznik is a 2016-2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar alumni working with multidisciplinary teams to increase access to oral health care for adults and children throughout the U.S. In 2020, Dr. Reznik was awarded the Atlanta Business Chronicles Healthcare Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021, Dr. Reznik was awarded the Dr. James J. Crawford Award Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Marguerite Walsh

Director
Marguerite Walsh

Ms. Walsh is Vice President, Product Merchandising for Henry Schein Dental. She is responsible for ensuring, maintaining, and surpassing Henry Schein Dental’s position as the market leader in merchandise product offerings and category market share, while meeting internal expectations relating to gross profit, inventory management, and marketing expenses. Ms. Walsh is also responsible for further developing Henry Schein Dental’s expertise in selected product categories and developing plans that will result in increased market share and/or profitability. In addition, Ms. Walsh is responsible for specialty sales programs and new and existing supplier relations. Ms. Walsh joined the Henry Schein team in 1991 and has been in the dental industry for more than 35 years.

Michelle Lee, CPC

Executive Director 
OSAP Foundation Board Ex-Officio
Michelle Lee, CPC

Michelle Lee, CPC, began her tenure as Executive Director of OSAP in 2018. She has more than 30 years of experience in the dental and healthcare industries. In 2020, she was recognized as one of Incisal Edge’s 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry. Her experience includes leading the Southeast’s largest dental and medical staffing firm, as well as consulting with dental practices, and providing leadership and team development training. Michelle is passionate about OSAP’s mission to be the leading provider of infection prevention and control education, training, and credentialing that supports safe dental visits.