John Manahan was appointed by Governor Dayton April 2011 to serve as a public member on the Board. Mr. Manahan is an attorney with the Boyle Law Firm. He has been a member of the Minnesota Bar for over 30 years and has been in private practice of law for 20 years. Mr. Manahan was the assistant director of the Southeastern Minnesota Community Action Council (SEMCAC), and was primarily responsible for obtaining funding and staffing for the Rural Health Project operated by SEMCAC. He also served four years as a public member of the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission for Associate Degree nursing programs.
Mr. Manahan has been reappointed as a public member to by Governor Dayton for another four-year term.
Dr. Wolff was appointed by Governor Dayton in June 2015. Dr. Wolff has been practicing dentistry for 17 years. He obtained his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and received a law degree in 2006 from William Mitchell College of Law. He is a full-time practicing dentist at Park Dental. Dr. Wolff is a member of American Dental Association, American College of Legal Medicine and Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Wolff replaced Dr. Joan Sheppard on the Board.
Ms. Youngdahl, of Elk River, has been reappointed by Governor Dayton for a second term on March 25, 2014. She has been a practicing dental assistant for over 30 years, and earned her dental assistants license and certification in 1980. Ms. Youngdahl is an active life member of the American Dental Assistants Association where she has served as a national delegate for over 20 years, was a member and past president of the Minnesota Dental Assistants Association (MDAA) as well as the North Suburban Dental Assistants Association, and holdsa current Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. CDA certification and CDPMA certification.
Ms Youngdahl replaced Linda Boyum on the Board of Dentistry as a dental assistant member.
Dr. Sperling was appointed by GovernorDayton in March 2014 to the Board. He has been a licensed dentist in Minnesota since 1983 and currently practices general dentistry atNorthwest Dental Groupin Rochester. Dr. Sperling received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
Dr. Sperling is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and the past president of the Minnesota Academy of Restorative Dentistry. In addition to offering lectures on dental implants, Dr. Sperling volunteers his time with Good Samaritan Dental Clinic. He replaced Dr. Candace Mensing on the Board.
Dr. Benjamin was appointed by Governor Pawlenty to the Board April 23, 2009. Dr. Benjamin, of Lino Lakes, is a general dentist who holds the level of master in the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a fellow with the American College of Dentists and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Benjamin earned his doctorate of dental surgery degree and his bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota. He is has been reappointed by Governor Dayton for another four-year term.
Governor Dayton appointed Dr. Carl Ebert to the Board of Dentistry on April 29, 2016. Dr. Ebert graduated from the Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1983 and participated in the Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program between 1989 and 1991. Since then, he has provided care for underserved Minnesotans. Dr. Ebert has also been an outspoken advocate for improved access and quality of care for Minnesotans with oral health disparities.
In the late 1990's, Dr. Ebert formed the Minnesota Association for Community Dentistry and successfully lobbied for passage of a number of crucial dental access policies at the state Capitol. He currently provides clinical care at Community Dental Care for low-access patients and continues his advocacy work serving as Vice President and Advocacy Committee Chair for the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition.
Ms. Kearn was appointed by Governor Pawlenty to the Board April 23, 2009. Ms. Kearn is a registered clinical dental hygienist who practices with Park Dental Edinbrook, in Brooklyn Park.She earned her applied science degree in dental hygiene with honors from Century College and has over 30 years of experience in the industry. She was a Practice Manager for Park Dental before continuing her education in hygiene. She is a member of the ADHA and the Minnesota Dental Hygienist Association. Ms. Kearn is also a licensed dental assistant and holdsa current Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. CDA certification. Ms. Kearn has been reappointed by Governor Dayton for another four-year term.
Mr. Rasmussen was appointed was appointed to the Board as a public member on October 13, 2009. Rasmussen, of International Falls, is president emeritus of Rainy River Community College, where he serves as a part-time education consultant. He held a number of positions at Rainy River Community College over 31 years, culminating as president from 1993 to 2001. Since his retirement in 2001, Rasmussen has also served as interim superintendent of International Falls School District 361, and a consultant with North Star Center for School Violence Prevention. Rasmussen holds a master of arts degree in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and a bachelor of science degree in education from Bemidji State University.
Rasmussen is treasurer of the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, secretary/treasurer and past chairperson of the Northeastern Minnesota Workforce Investment Board, vice chair of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, chair of the Minnesota Lutheran Social Services Foundation Board, and a member of the boards of directors of the Rainy River Community College Foundation, University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Economic Development, Lutheran Social Services, National Scenic Byways and the Koochiching Economic Development Authority Board. Rasmussen has been reappointed by Governor Dayton for another four-year term.
Dr. Walker was appointed to the Board by Governor Dayton in April 2011. Dr. Walker is a board certified pediatric dentist. He is the vice president of Clinical Quality/Development, Kool Smiles of Atlanta, Georgia. He served as the Program Director of the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry and the Director of the Hospital Dental Clinic at the University of Minnesota from 1972-1994. Currently, he is a member of the Pediatric Dentistry Review Committee for the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Dr. Walker retired from full time practice and teaching in 2000, but continues to serve as Clinical Professor for theIndiana University in a part-time capacity and is an independent pediatric dentistry consultant.
Dr. Walker has been reappointed by Governor Dayton for another four year term.