R. Ivan Lugo, DMD, MBA, FICD, FACD CEO
Dr. 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 CEO/ED of the Hispanic Dental Association.
Jen Blake Director
Jen 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 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.
Paola Romero Munoz RDH
Paola Romero Munoz, RDH born and raised in El Paso, TX moved to San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Business Administration and Marketing degree. She then attended Concorde College to become a Registered Dental Hygienist.
Paola has been an active member of HDA and since 2010, held the President position of the Greater San Antonio Hispanic Dental Association in 2014. During her year as President of the Greater San Antonio Hispanic Dental Association she actively organized over 53 activities, all in effort to serve the Hispanic community and help promote oral health education. Paola then received the HDA’s National Service Award and her chapter the Chapter of the year award.
Paola is a huge advocate for oral health awareness, she has appeared numerous times on local TV stations and served as the Dental Advisor to the Hispanic Community. Paola has also chaired multiple health fairs and free dental clinic events to contribute to our goal to cease oral health disparities. Paola presently owns a Dental Consultant company called GUIA Practice Management, where she collaborates with numerous dentists in the San Antonio and South Texas region, in dental brokerage and strategic business planning. Paola became part of the HDA staff as a strategic partner. Alongside with Dr. Lugo and Jen Blake, they’ve created Healthcare Executive Development Academy (HEDA) our initiative to communicate, lead, teach and promote oral health awareness throughout the United States.
Leslie Cox, Bookkeeper
Leslie 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.