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NYSOHC Steering Committee

January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018

Steering Committee 2019

Paula Fischer, RDH, C0-Chair

Project Coordinator



Fred Ferguson, DDS
Director, Advance Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Stony Brook University


Dionne Richardson

State Dental Director, New York State

Richardson, Dionne (HEALTH) <>

Lisa Janis


Courtney Chinn


Kara Connelly, MS

Assistant Director

New York State Department of Health

Bureau of Child Health

Empire State Plaza

Corning Tower, Rm. 878

Albany, NY 12237

Steven Russell, MEEM, MSHA, CPHIT, DSHS, Co-Chair
Healthcare IT and Operational Excellence Executive
Rochester, NY


Ramneet Kalra


Nicholas Tucci, DMD, Treasurer

General Dentistry, Private Practice
Manhasset, N.Y.

Bridget Walsh, Secretary

Senior Policy Associate

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Albany, NY

Sangeeta Gajendra, DDS, MPH, MS

Associate Professor, Clinical Chief 

Eastman Institute for Oral Health

Dept. of Community Dentistry 

Box 683, 625 Elmwood Avenue

Rochester, NY 14620.


Rucha Kavathe, PhD

Associate Director

Community Education & Empowerment Directorate (CEED)

New York, NY 10116

Noreen Myers-Wright  RDH EdD

Health Policy & Management

Columbia University

Mailman School of Public Health

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