Board of Directors


Jason%20Doten.jpg(President) After graduating from the University of Washington Dental School in 2001, Jason Doten went to work at the American Embassy Dental Clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal.  During this time, he also volunteered at Sechen Monastery, treating Tibetan monks and the city's poor. After leaving Kathmandu, he continued his volunteer efforts by spending the next three months in Namche Bazaar, Nepal, delivering primary dental care.  Since then, Jason has worked primarily in rural (bush) Alaska with the Yup'ik Eskimo and Athabascan.  In addition to delivering primary dental care in temporary mobile dental clinics, he facilitates community oral health education, and mentors health care providers in delivering dental care.  Jason has also integrated volunteer work into his travels in Vietnam with the East Meets West Foundation, and Cambodia at the Angkor Children's Hospital.  These experiences, combined with his ongoing commitment to training dental workers in Nepal, have solidified his drive to facilitate oral health care delivery education in remote international clinics. 

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(Vice President) Gaston To'olo, originally from Cameroon, is now in his pedodontic residency at the University of Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and son. Fluent in seven languages, he communicates his passion for oral health issues to many audiences. He ultimately hopes to return to Cameroon in order to establish its first dental school.

 

 

1743066-1209857-thumbnail.jpg(Treasurer) Jonathan Hearn is a life long resident of Washington State and entrepreneur. He and his wife, Julie, run their own business facilitating online retail for independent retailers in the outdoor industry. Jon brings to the board his vast technical and business knowledge in addition to his global perspective from years of international travel. He and Julie are instrumental in offering guidance and expertise regarding many of the technical aspects of the organization.

(Secretary) Melissa Moffett brings to the Board administrative and organizational expertise. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Melissa graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1993 with a major in English, and minor in Asian Studies which she then utilized for the next three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. Her initial post with the Peace Corps was in a remote village teaching English as a second language and training local teachers. Later, she worked at the National Center for Educational Development in Kathmandu as a trainer of teacher trainers where she helped establish curriculum for teacher education programs, national exam questions, and programs used by all Peace Corps teachers in Nepal. Upon returning to the United States, she obtained her teaching credentials and has taught in various capacities in the Tacoma School District. Currently, she is the Community Developer for Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA), handling all community partnerships, grand writing, and overseeing the adjunct artist program. In addition to her already demanding job, Melissa is enrolled in the University of Washington Tacoma’s Masters of Education Program in multicultural education. When she is not stealing limited free time to compete in cyclocross or mountain bike racing with her husband, she continues to offer administrative and organizational guidance to Wisdomtooth.
 

Libby.jpg(Legal Counsel) Libby Bakalar, a native New Yorker, currently resides in Juneau, Alaska.  She graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2005, and is licensed to practice law in New York and Alaska.  She has twice been published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and has worked in a wide variety of legal settings throughout her short career, including a small legal aid office in rural Alaska.  Her current practice focuses on health issues.

 

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