Board President, Joanne Pacheco, RDH, MAOB
Joanne Pacheco of Fresno, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California by Governor Brown in April, 2018. Ms. Pacheco has been director of the Dental Hygiene Program at Fresno City College since 2017, where she has held several positions since 2000, including academic chair, full-time faculty and allied health chair. She has been a registered dental hygienist in private practice since 1985. Ms. Pacheco was a registered dental assistant in private dental practices from 1979 to 1985. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Educator's Association and the California Dental Hygienists’ Association. Pacheco earned a Master of Arts degree in organizational behavior from Alliant International University. (Term expires January 1, 2025)
Board Vice President, Rosalinda Olague, RDA, B.A.
Rosalinda Olague, RDA, B.A. was appointed by Governor Brown to the Dental Board of California in April, 2018. Rose has been a registered dental assistant with Pacific Dental Services® (PDS®) since 2008. She started her PDS career as a lead registered dental assistant at Monet Dental Group from 2008 to 2015. In 2015, Rose was promoted to regional back office manager for PDS’ South Inland Empire and San Diego regions, and in 2016, she graduated from La Sierra University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. In April, 2018, Rose joined the Pacific Dental Services National Support team as Senior Specialist for Dental Assistant National Strategy and School Relations. PDS recognized Rose for her exceptional commitment and passion for creating Healthier, Happier Patients® by awarding her the company’s 2017 XP (eXtraordinary Performance) Platinum Award. Rose is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Redlands and is a member of the American Dental Assistant Association. (Term expires January 1, 2025)
Board Secretary, Alan Felsenfeld, MA, DDS
Alan Felsenfeld, MA, DDS, of Marina del Rey, was appointed to the Dental Board of California on February, 2020. Dr. Felsenfeld is a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon who has been in practice since 1977. He was a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry from 1995 to 2020. Dr. Felsenfeld is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American and International College of Dentists, American Dental Association, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, American Institute of Parliamentarians, Apollonian UCLA Dental Alumni, California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, California Dental Association, Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, Southern California Academy of Oral Pathology, Western Los Angeles Dental Society and the Western Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He earned a Master’s degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa, a Doctor of Dentistry degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery from Cook County Hospital. (Term Expires: January 1, 2023)
Fran Burton, MSW
Fran Burton was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to the Dental Board of California in June of 2009. She served twenty-one years in California in the Legislative and Executive branches of government. She served in a number of capacities in the State Senate and her efforts concluded as a health and human services policy consultant to President pro Tempores Bill Lockyer and John Burton. In the Executive branch, Ms. Burton was Associate Secretary Programs and Legislation for the Health and Human Services Agency; Deputy Director Legislation and Public Affairs for the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; and, Deputy Director for Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Department of Health Services. She currently consults on health policy issues. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento. She lives in Carmichael and has an adult son. (Term Expires: January 1, 2021)
Steven Chan, DDS
Steven D. Chan, DDS, of Fremont, was appointed to the Dental Board in April 2021. After earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown Dental School in 1978, he continued residencies in hospital dentistry and pediatric dentistry. He has been in private practice limited to pediatric dentistry since 1981. Dr. Chan served as President of the California Dental Association, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, this nation’s honor society for dentistry, and founder of the California Dental Association Foundation. He holds Fellowships in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international honor society. He is a life member of the American Dental Association, the three dental honor societies, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He was a member of a Leadership Institute at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Dr. Chan is on the Medical Staff at a regional hospital and serves on the governing board overseeing the off-campus subsidiary companies. (Term expires January 1, 2025)
Lilia Larin, DDS
Dr. Lilia Larin is a general dentist in San Diego and has been in private practice since 1992. She is a Past President of the national Hispanic Dental Association and the American Association of Women Dentists. She is a current board member of the AAWD’s “Smiles for Success Foundation” and the San Diego County Dental Society where she works as Continuing Education Chair. She is also a past president of the San Diego Academy of General Dentistry, the San Diego Association of Women Dentists and is founder and Past President of the San Diego Hispanic Dental Association Binational Chapter.
Dr. Larin has served on the California Dental Association’s House of Delegates, CDA’s PAC Council, CDA's Government Affairs Committee and the American Dental Association’s Political Action Team. She has also served as a board member for MANA de San Diego a Women’s Leadership and Mentoring non- profit organization. Dr. Larin is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a graduate of the Harvard Business School Club of San Diego Non-Profit Leadership Development Program.
Dr. Larin earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. Before obtaining her dental license, she worked as a Registered Dental Assistant. She has been married for over 30 years and has three grown children. Her two sons are also dentists. (Term expires January 1, 2025)
Meredith McKenzie, ESQ
Meredith McKenzie of Los Gatos, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California. McKenzie has been vice president and deputy general counsel at Juniper Networks since 2012. She was senior director of intellectual property at Symantec Corporation from 2006 to 2012, director of litigation, licensing and IP for Cypress Semiconductor from 2001 to 2006 and corporate counsel and director of IP at Enuvis Inc. from 2000 to 2001. McKenzie was an associate for Howrey LLP from 1998 to 2000 and patent agent and design engineer at Intel Corporation from 1993 to 1998. McKenzie earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. (Term Expires: January 1, 2024)
Mark Mendoza Jr., of Carson, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California in October, 2020. Mendoza has been the U.S. State and Local Government Affairs Manager at Cisco since 2020. He was a Government Relations Advocate at SEIU California State Council from 2017 to 2020. Mendoza held multiple positions at the California State Senate, including Consultant from 2015 to 2017 and Senate Fellow/Legislative Consultant from 2013 to 2015. He was a Law Clerk at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Mendoza was an Intern at the United States Department of State in 2012. He was a Congressional Intern at the United States House of Representatives from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Mendoza was Chairperson at the City of Carson Youth Commission from 2005 to 2009. He is a member of the California Latino Capitol Association and Equality California – Equality Awards Fundraising Committee and a Fellow at Coca Cola Next Generation LGBTQ Leaders’ Initiative. (Term Expires: January 1, 2024)
Sonia Molina, DMD, MPH
Sonia Molina, DMD, MPH, of Los Angeles, was appointed to the Dental Board of California by Governor Gavin Newsom in October, 2020. Dr. Molina has been a Dentist and President at Molina Endodontics since 1992. She is a member of the California Dental Association, Clinica Romero and the Harvard Club of Southern California. She earned a postdoctoral degree in endodontics from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. (Term Expires: January 1, 2024).
Alicia Montell, DDS
Alicia Montell, DDS, of San Ramon, was appointed to the Dental Board of California in July 2020. Dr. Montell has been Director of Dental Services at the San Francisco Department of Public Health since 2019. She was Dental Director at Santa Rosa Community Health from 2013 to 2019 and Associate Dental Director at Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center from 2010 to 2013, where she was a staff dentist from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Montell was a staff dentist at La Clinica de La Raza in 2006. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and the San Francisco Dental Society. She earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. (Term expires January 1, 2023)
Steven Morrow, DDS, MS
Steven Morrow, DDS, MS Steven G. Morrow, DDS, MS was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Dental Board in September, 2010. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1960. Following graduation from dental school, Dr. Morrow served two years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Dental Corps. Following military service, he established a private dental practice, limited to endodontics, in Sherman Oaks, California. After sixteen years of endodontic practice, he returned to the field of dental education, completed a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology and accepted a faculty appointment in the Department of Endodontics at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Morrow has lectured at numerous scientific meetings and continuing dental education courses in the United States and other countries. He is a Life Member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists. He is a member of the California State Association of Endodontists, Tri-County Dental Society, Southern California Academy of Endodontics, and the American Dental Education Association. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics. Dr. Morrow has been a previous member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists and is a past President of the Southern California Academy of Endodontics and the California State Association of Endodontists. He is currently a Professor of Endodontics and Director of Patient Care Services and Clinical Quality Assurance at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Morrow was presented the Distinguished Service Award from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in May, 2009. He resides in Yucaipa with his wife Sheila. (Term Expires: January 1, 2022)
Thomas Stewart, DDS
Thomas Stewart, DDS, of Bakersfield, has been a dentist in private practice since 1976. He served as a member of the United States Naval Reserve from 1978 to 1997 and as a member of the Dental Corps of the United States Navy from 1972 to 1976. Dr. Stewart earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry. He has been a volunteer with the California Dental Association (CDA) for 30 years where he served as Vice Chair of the CDA Holding Company Board of Directors, and Chair of the CDA delegation to the American Dental Association. He has also served as the Chair of the TDIC/TDIC Insurance Solutions Board of Directors, Chair of the CDA Council on Dental Health and Trustee of the Kern County Dental Society, President of KCDS in 1985 and past President of CDA in 2010. In addition, he is a fellow of the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Stewart is actively involved in the Westchester Kiwanis and is a member of the Teen Challenge of Kern County Advisory Board. (Term expires January 1, 2021)
James Yu, DDS, MS
James Yu of Fremont, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California by Governor Brown in April, 2018. Dr. James Yu has been a dentist at James K. Yu DDS since 1984, where he has been an acupuncturist since 2008. He has been a radio talk show host at AM 1450 since 2000 and radio talk show president and owner at the Chinese Today Radio Station since 2015. Yu is Bay Area leader of Medical Services International and President of Northern California Chinese Media Association, and a member of the American Dental Association, California Acupuncture Association, San Francisco Dental Society, Application of Acupuncture in Dental Practices, San Francisco Chinatown Salvation Army, American Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and the American Society of Chinese Medicine. He earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and a Master of Science degree in acupuncture from the University of East-West Medicine. (Term expires January 1, 2024)