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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.

Steve Wright, MBA

Treasurer
Steve Wright, MBA

Mr. Wright is the Vice President of Global Marketing for Young Innovations, a 100+-year-old dental manufacturing company making some of the industry’s leading brands in the preventive, restorative, and infection control categories. In this role, he provides strategic leadership and creative direction for all marketing activities across the business including brand management, lead generation, new product launches, digital marketing, and e-commerce. Mr. Wright has participated with OSAP as a Corporate Sponsor for over 10 years and has a passion for improving the infection control practices in the dental office while spreading the OSAP message across the dental industry. Mr. Wright holds an MBA from the Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School and a BA in Journalism from Oswego University. Mr. Wright has been in the dental market for over 20 years. Prior to joining Young in 2004, Steve worked for Lanmark360, a healthcare marketing agency predominately focused on the dental industry.

Ramneek Rai, DDS

Secretary
Ramneek Rai, DDS

Dr. Rai is the Director of Health and Safety and HS Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at UCSF School of Dentistry. She is an alumna of UCSF School of Dentistry where she earned her DDS Degree in 2009. Dr. Rai has been active in private practice and academia after finishing her Advanced Education in General Dentistry at UT Dental Branch, Houston, in 2010.

Dr. Rai has served as the Director of Health and Safety at UCSF School of Dentistry since 2018 where she has successfully led the school through the last Commission On Dental Accreditation (CODA) site visit and ensured safe operations at UCSF Dental Center through the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been instrumental in the implementation of various evidence-based measures safeguarding the frontline dental workers and patients during the pandemic. In her day-to-day role, she manages a successful Infection Prevention Program at the 17 dental clinics that fall under UCSF Dental Center, many of which student learners receive their clinical education.

Donald (Don) Cohen, DMD

Director
Donald (Don) Cohen, DMD

Dr. Cohen 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.

Michael Monopoli, DMD, MPH, MS, FACD, FICD

Director
Michael Monopoli, DMD, MPH, MS, FACD, FICD

Dr. Monopoli serves as vice president of grant strategy for CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. In this role, Michael leads the organization’s strategic philanthropic grantmaking activities to promote healthy communities and improve the overall system to create better oral health for all. 

Michael leverages his expertise to collaborate with grantees and partners on a systems change approach to local, state, and national investment to strengthen communities and promote health equity. Prior to joining CareQuest Institute, Michael held a number of senior roles with the DentaQuest Partnership and Delta Dental of Massachusetts, an affiliate of CareQuest Institute. He also previously served as dental director at the Office of Oral Health for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Michael is a past President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He was inducted into the International College of Dentists in 2021. Michael also serves on the boards of directors of the Forsyth Institute and the Shils Fund. Michael serves on advisory councils of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Michael earned his doctor of dental medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and two master’s degrees from Harvard University School of Public Health. He also completed a fellowship in geriatric dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

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.

Doug Risk, DDS

Director
Doug Risk, DDS

Dr. Risk is currently in private practice and is the Compliance Manager for Tidewater Dental in southern Maryland. His current position includes compliance assurance and accreditation preparation for a 6-Office Dental Group Practice. After graduating from Georgetown University Dental School in 1987, Dr. Risk joined the US Air Force where he served in several clinical assignments before being selected to attend the 2-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Following residency, he had clinical and command assignments as well as an assignment on staff with the Air Force Surgeon General, culminating as the Director of the Air Force Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service. He deployed to the Middle East and Central America. He retired in 2017 after 30 years of distinguished service. Dr. Risk currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for OSAP, is a Diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry, and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

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 and 2021, 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.