Public Policy Advocates Initiative

In 2012 the AAPD through the Council on Government Affairs developed a state Public Policy Advocate initiative in order to strengthen and coordinate advocacy efforts by our state chapters. The Public Policy Advocate (PPA) position is designed to serve as the state pediatric dentistry association’s advocate for the oral health issues of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care and developmental needs. The PPA will help represent the state pediatric dentistry association in promoting children’s oral health issues with the state legislature and other elected bodies, state regulatory agencies (including Medicaid and health departments), licensing bureaus, professional health and child welfare organizations, oral health coalitions, foundations, institutions of dental education, publicly-funded safety net programs, and the private sector benefits industry. The PPA will also closely coordinate their activities with those of the state dental association. PPAs will serve as an advocacy liaison between the state pediatric dentistry association and the state dental association.

The PPA program is modeled on the successful efforts by Dr. Paul Reggiardo (past AAPD president and chair of the Council on Dental Benefit Programs) in serving as PPA for the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry over the past decade.

AAPD members interested in public policy issues in their state as well as policymakers and advocates for children’s oral health at the state level should feel free to contact the PPA in your state. Click here for the current list of state PPAs. For further information about the program please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch


 State Public Policy Advocates (as of April 2015)


Public Policy Advocate

Email Address


Alabama Dr. Stephen C. Mitchell (205) 934-1136
Arkansas Dr. David A. Ciesla (479) 783-4182
Arizona To be named
California Dr. Paul A. Reggiardo (714) 848-0234
Colorado Dr. Jeffrey A. Kahl (719) 522-0123
Connecticut Dr. Douglas B. Keck (203) 245-1454
District of Columbia Dr. Anupama R. Tate (202) 476-3559
Florida Dr. Eli E. White, Jr. (321) 242-8109
Georgia Dr. James B. Hall, III (478) 743-0901
Hawaii Dr. Lynn K. Fujimoto (808) 741-4486
Idaho To be named
Illinois Dr. Charles S. Czerepak (773) 880-5455
Indiana Dr. Charles Poland, III  (317) 849-2606
Iowa Dr. Matthew K. Geneser (319) 335-7483
Kentucky To be named    
Louisiana Dr. Suzanne E. Fournier  (504) 410-3051
Maine Dr. Stephen C. Mills (207) 883-4203
Maryland Dr. Stuart D. Blumenthal (410) 321-0200
Massachusetts Dr. Anubha S. Sacheti  
Michigan Dr. John H. Deppen (269) 323-8016
Minnesota Dr. James D. Nickman (651) 484-8611
Missouri Dr. Lori Henderson (573) 446-6868
Nevada Dr. Cody C. Hughes (888) 963-9601
North Carolina Dr. Kerry A Dove (919) 220-1416
North Dakota Dr. D. Michael Goebel (701) 355-1142
Nebraska Dr. Holly A. Portwood  (402) 462-6557
New Jersey Dr. Irvin B. Sherman (732) 775-1492
New York Dr. Courtney H. Chinn  
Ohio Dr. Homa Amini (614) 722-5651
Oregon To be named
Pennsylvania Dr. Ross M. Wezmar (570) 346-7760
Rhode Island
Dr. Daniel J. Kane (615) 494-5437
Tennessee Dr. Joseph A. Faiz (615) 494-5437
Texas Dr. William D. Steinhauer (210) 432-1510


Dr. Brian D. Collins

(802) 388-3553

Virginia Dr. Patrice B. Wunsch (804) 827-2698
Washington Dr. John L. Gibbons (253) 627-6023
Wisconsin Dr. Nicolet DeRose (262) 634-8662