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Steve Pollock

Steve Pollock
President & Chief Executive Officer, DentaQuest

Believing every American deserves a fair shot at oral health, Steve is a true advocate for transformation and social impact. Under his leadership, DentaQuest developed an approach known as Preventistry, an all-in strategy to make oral health care more affordable, accessible, innovative, and integrated into the broader health care system. Steve has guided the company through a period of significant and sustained growth in pursuit of this mission – DentaQuest now serves 27 million people across 30 states, its national provider footprint is expected to double in the next five years, and it has invested more than $200 million to support funding for research, grants and programs to transform oral health.

During his tenure at DentaQuest, Steve has held a number of senior leadership positions; prior to his appointment as President and CEO in 2015, he served as Chief Operating Officer, and, previously, as Executive Vice President, Vice President of Market Development, and General Counsel.

Steve currently serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement. He is a member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and previously served on the board of Oral Health America. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a certified public accountant in Ohio. Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA
President & CEO, DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Catalyst Institute

Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan oversees the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Impact Group, leading research and grantmaking activities focused on improving oral health, integrating oral health and overall health through medical/dental collaborations, moving toward a value-based payment model, and guiding a growing research and data portfolio.

Myechia joined DentaQuest in 2019 after six years at the Roxbury, Mass.-based Dimock Center, which is considered a national model for comprehensive health and human services. As CEO, Myechia formed partnerships with world-class institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Partners HealthCare to advance person-centered care. Myechia also previously served as Chief Medical Officer, leading transformative efforts such as receiving a $4.9 million federal grant to become a designated primary medical home. Prior to Dimock, Myechia worked for Johns Hopkins Medicine as an attending physician and instructor of medicine. She graduated from Brown University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and received honorary doctorates from Northeastern University and Newbury College.

Myechia serves on several boards and committees including appointed positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Planning Council Advisory Committee, the Boston Public Health Commission, and RIZE Massachusetts focused on combating the opioid epidemic.

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Kirill ZaydenmanKirill Zaydenman
Vice President of Innovation, DentaQuest

Kirill Zaydenman heads up innovation at DentaQuest, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to improving the oral health of all.

He leads DentaQuest’s innovation work centered on growth, transformation, cost optimization and culture change. To do this, he focuses on strategic partnerships with startups and tech innovators, research and development, and impact investing to redefine care and prevention, make care more connected and equitable, and reimagine the consumer experience. Supporting an all-in DentaQuest strategy known as Preventistry, Kirill and his team are focused on improving community care, advancing medical-dental integration, and reimagining business models for consumer directed health.

Kirill has held several leadership roles since joining DentaQuest from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in 2013, directing market research, product management, and product development. He is deeply passionate about making our health care system better; collaborating with diverse stakeholders and partners to find new ways to improve health equity, experience, and outcomes; and coaching individuals and teams to achieve business results by being open to change and building meaningful stories and ideas with the help of powerful data.

DentaQuest now serves 27 million people across 30 states, and its national provider footprint is expected to double in the next five years. Under Kirill’s leadership, that growth will be driven by innovative, data-intensive approaches to elevate the patient experience and improve care overall.

Kirill received his Master of Science from Georgetown University and his Bachelor of Arts from Boston University.

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Sean Boynes, DMD
Executive Director of Person Centered Care, DentaQuest

Dr. Sean G. Boynes is a Dentist Anesthesiologist who received his D.M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a three year residency in anesthesiology from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He currently leads the person centered care work within DentaQuest and is Senior Dental Advisor for CareSouth Carolina. Prior to taking his current position, Dr. Boynes was Director of Interprofessional Practice for DentaQuest and Director of Dental Medicine at CareSouth Carolina, a federally qualified health center in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina. He has authored or co-authored over 60 publications relating to dentistry, public health, pharmacology, or anesthesiology. He is owner and Chief Consultant of Dental Medicine Consulting, a consulting firm that assists organizations and programs with quality evaluations, chart auditing, and integrating dental and medical disciplines. Dr. Boynes has been recognized by many organizations and the National Health Service Corp recently featured him as one of the 40 top clinicians for their 40th Anniversary Celebration and the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation lists him as a Dentist of Distinction. In addition, he remains an active clinician providing services to special needs populations in South Carolina.

Michael Monopoli, DMD

Michael Monopoli, DMD, MPH, MS
Executive Director of Grant Strategy, DentaQuest

Dr. Michael Monopoli is a graduate of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He received Master of Public Health and Master of Science degrees from the Harvard University School of Public Health in 1988. Dr. Monopoli also completed a fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Veterans Administration in 1990. From 1995-2001, Dr. Monopoli served as the dental director of the Office of Oral Health for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He is presently the Executive Director of the DentaQuest Foundation in Boston, MA. At the Foundation, Dr. Monopoli leads strategy development and grant making activities for the Foundation. Along with Foundation staff, Dr. Monopoli provides support to the growing Oral Health 2020 network. He also works across the DentaQuest enterprise and with external entities, including federal and state government agencies, academia, other health organizations, and community groups to establish, promote and provide support to partnerships and collaborations that can impact positive oral health policy nationally.

Dr. Monopoli is a past President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD).

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