Look for our county-level oral health data book, Kansas Oral Health Snapshot.
Tanya Dorf Brunner most recently served as executive director of Independence, Inc. in Lawrence. Previously, Dorf Brunner worked at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in various positions, including Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative Affairs. She also served as the Director of Training and Communications for InterHab, the resource network for Kansans with disabilities. Tanya earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College and a master’s degree in management from Baker University. Tanya lives in Topeka with her husband Scott and her stepsons; Ryan, Evan, and Leyton.
Contact Tanya regarding:
Oral Health Kansas Board of Directors
Overall grants and budget management
Dental Champions Leadership Program
DentaQuest Regional and National Oral Health Connection Teams
American Network of Oral Health Coalitions
Community Development Specialist
Marcia’s role with Oral Health Kansas emphases public awareness and education. Her current focus addresses oral health services for individuals with special needs and older adults. Tapping into her state, regional and national partnerships, she provides consultation, presentations and workshops that address oral health topics for all ages. She currently serves as Chair of the Oral Health Home Visiting Committee for Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and is a founding member of the National Oral Health Head Start Workgroup in Washington, DC. A native of Chicago, Marcia graduated from Wittenberg University in Ohio and received her Master of Arts from the University of Illinois in communication. She completed extensive post-graduate work in organizational and community development.
Contact Marcia regarding:
Dental care for individuals with special needs
Dental care for older adults living independently or in community settings
Research and educational resources on oral health inequities
Oral health articles for community agency newsletters
Oral health presentations or workshops on special needs and elder care
Dental Program Director
A clinical dental hygienist for 33 years, Kathy Hunt began her work in public health in 2004 when she took advantage of a new expanded dental practice act to design the first system in Kansas that provided preventive dental care in schools, Head Starts, and health departments. She was also instrumental in developing, implementing, and directing a dental safety net clinic in her local community of Wamego. Hunt served as the full time Project Director for Kansas Cavity Free Kids, a Kansas Head Start Association oral health project, since its inception in 2007. She is co-author of several oral health resource materials focused on families with young children and works as a tireless advocate for the oral health needs of pregnant women and children birth to five.
Contact Kathy regarding:
Oral Health and Head Start
Access to care for pregnant women and children birth to five
Oral Health presentations
Teeth for Tots© and Teeth for Two© workshops
All Aboard the Cavity Free Express© family oral health events
Extended Care Permit (ECP) legislation
Community Coalitions Coordinator
Doug Bowman worked for the State of Kansas for over 28 years. During most of that time, he was with the Coordinating Council on Early Childhood. This work involved young persons with (or at risk of) a developmental delay or disability. Much of Doug’s efforts were with parents, policy-makers at all levels, and with local community interagency councils. In March 2015, Doug retired from the State of Kansas. In April, he began work with Oral Health Kansas as the organization’s Community Coalitions Coordinator. He and his wife Sandy are the proud parents of two grown sons: Benjamin and Andrew.
Contact Doug regarding:
Initiating, building and sustaining local oral health coalitions
Collaboration with the Michigan/Wisconsin/Kansas partnership through the DentaQuest Foundation
Further partnership with Kansas Leadership Center to provide training to local partners
Water Access Manager
Kelly Rippel joined Oral Health Kansas in January of 2016. He is a Topeka native who came to the organization after working nearly 6 years with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. There he served in a variety of capacities including an intern in the corporate communications division, customer service representative, and institutional relations system specialist. Kelly graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and a minor in sociology. Other projects and organizations he is passionate about are the National Teachers Hall of Fame, the Jayhawk State Theatre of Kansas and Topeka Civic Theatre Academy.
Contact Kelly regarding:
Thirsty for Health Grant
Questions regarding Water Access Project
School districts interested in encouraging healthy drinking behaviors
Operations and Communications Manager
Sonia Olmos is the Operations and Communications Manager for Oral Health Kansas (OHK). Prior to joining OHK, she was the Director of Administrative Operations with the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition where she managed day to day operations, finances and human resources. Sonia’s background entails working with diverse families to help them access and navigate the health care system. She understands first-hand the barriers families face when they don’t have access to proper health care.
Sonia speaks Spanish and English. She holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Social Work, both from Washburn University.
Contact Sonia regarding:
Managing social media and public awareness activities
Assisting with website management
Production of Weekly Wednesday Update
Sugary Drink Display reservations