2019 HDA Staff

Manuel A. Cordero, DDS, CPH, MAGD Executive Director & CEO

Manuel A. Cordero, DDS left his native Puerto Rico the summer of 1972 to study at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors in June 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Certificate in Secondary Education.

The summer following graduation he taught at Northfield Mount Herman School, having been awarded a summer fellowship in Photography. Dr. Cordero then began an internship at Southeast National Bank. Within two years he was the Assistant Manager to one of the most successful branches of Southeast National Bank. He left that position with a wealth of financial knowledge as well as management skills that continue benefitting him to this day. Within a year of graduation, Dr. Cordero enrolled in post baccalaureate classes with the intention of enrolling in Dental School. In the fall of 1979, Dr. Cordero began his dental training at Temple University School of Dental Medicine and graduated in May 1983.

Dr. Cordero opened his primary practice in Sewell, NJ in 1983. He never forgot his roots and desire to serve the Hispanic community. By the fall of 1984, he purchased a second practice in Vineland New Jersey, a community with a large Hispanic, primarily Puerto Rican and Mexican, population. In 1984, he was the only Spanish speaking dentist in the community. It is with great pride that Dr. Cordero serves this Hispanic and diverse, eclectic community of patients in Vineland.

Immediately graduating from dental school, Dr. Cordero recognized the need to pursue continuing education. In 1984 he began taking continuing education classes and seminars, and by 1987, Dr. Cordero joined the Academy of General Dentistry. In 1997 he completed over 1000 hours of continuing education and after passing the Fellowship Exam, he receives his Fellowship. In 2000, he was recognized as a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Over the years, Dr. Cordero has been a member of numerous boards and organizations.  He received Fellowships from the American College of Dentists, the College of Dentistry International, and the Pierre Fauchard Society. He was awarded Diplomate status in the American Board of Forensic Dentistry and has been honored as one of 29 mentors of the Academy of Richard V. Tucker Study Clubs. He has been an active participant in numerous community activities, Give Kids a Smile, local cancer society screenings and mentoring of college students interested in the medical/dental field.

He is a member of the ADA and served as President of the AGD in 2018. While working as a Trustee at the AGD, he continued the work of previous leaders and laid down the groundwork to allow International membership to become a reality for the selective and prestigious Academy of General Dentistry. He has also been an integral part of the leadership which is responsible for the diversification and integration of all genders and ethnic groups into the AGD. His visits to Washington DC have resulted in the Oral Health Literacy campaign of the AGD being adopted by HRSA and has secured funding for this life changing endeavor. Public Health and his pursuit to serve others have been the fuel that has driven his education and professional activities.

As the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Hispanic Dental Association the knowledge and experience that he has gained over the years will help him focus the organization into becoming a beacon of hope and a roadway to success for all those that are engaged in providing and contributing to the improvement of both oral health and overall health to Hispanics as well as other underserved communities.

Jen Blake, CDA, EFDA, MADAA Managing Director

Jen Blake DirectorJen has been involved in the dental profession for over 40 years. As a certified dental assistant her career included private practice, teaching and a guest lecturer at dental assisting continuing education programs. She is a past president of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and served as the ADAA’s Director of Education and Professional Relations for over fifteen years. During this time, some of her responsibilities included the home study continuing education library of the ADAA and lecturing and coordinating speakers and education programs around the country. She was instrumental in fund raising for the American Dental Assistants Association Foundation (ADAAF) and later became the Vice President of Corporate Relations for the Dental Assistants Foundation. She is a recipient of the Kay Mosley Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the ADAAF. She is a Master in the ADAA and continues to volunteer chairside in Indianapolis.

Jen is the owner of Detail Management Solutions and a member of Procter and Gamble’s dentalcare.com advisory board. She serves as the Development Officer for the Hispanic Dental Association Foundation and the Managing Director of the Hispanic Dental Association. She is inspired by the enthusiasm and passion of the HDA community and looks forward to a bright future for the oral health care needs of the Hispanic Community.

R. Ivan Lugo, DMD, MBA, FICD, FACD CLO

R. Ivan Lugo, CEODr. Ivan Lugo is a purpose-driven published researcher, author and academic entrepreneur focusing on the integration of healthcare services, education, leadership and advocacy for equality in health and education. He holds executive leadership positions in the public and private sector and lectures globally on innovation in healthcare, oral health access and delivery methods and policy matters. In 2010, after a successful academic and social entrepreneurial career, he was recruited by The Procter & Gamble Company to lead the North America Professional and Scientific Relations group in the global R&D division. After a successful tenure with P & G, he started his own venture and became the creator of the Reading Innovation Lab in Pennsylvania to focus on strategy and social innovation through private and public ventures.

His vision and passion continue to be to transform the US healthcare education and delivery system through policy and public-private partnerships. He received his B.S. from Syracuse University, a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut and a MBA from Temple University. Dr. Lugo has been selected by his peers and inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, oral health professional’s honorary organizations. He has extensive board leadership experience as a past president of the Hispanic Dental Association (1995) and currently serves on the board of Harcum College in Pennsylvania, and was elected in September 2017 by the Pennsylvania Senate to a second six-year term on the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry. He is the national Chief Learning Officer of the Hispanic Dental Association.

Yocasta Guerrero, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Yocasta Guerrero is the newest member of our staff starting in January 2019. Ms. Guerrero has already proven to be a valuable addition to the Hispanic Dental Association family. She holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration Management and is in the process of completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.

Yocasta has extensive customer service experience and will be the voice you hear when calling the HDA. Yocasta is bi-lingual and is excited to be part of the HDA and looks forwards to helping the Association continue to make progress in reaching its Mission.

Leslie Cox, Bookkeeper

000_0113Leslie Cox, has had her own bookkeeping business for over 15 years, and has worked with a variety of companies, including law firms, engineering and architectural companies, financial advisors, and several non-profits. Leslie worked in museums for a number of years, both in the Austin and Chicago area. She runs a non-profit foundation in memory of her brother (The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists, wwww.jamesalancoxfoundation.org), and has developed and teaches an elementary school program called “Globetrotter Kids”. Leslie is originally from New York, and has a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin.