Tanya Dorf Brunner
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.
Community Development Specialist
Marcia has been working in the area of oral health for 20 years, so she brings with her a wealth of experience. In 1987, Head Start asked Marcia to find ways to halt dental decay in young children. Her work launched several demonstration projects to teach parents and early childhood teachers to care for young children’s teeth and keep them cavity free.
She is truly passionate about the importance of oral health and has continued to work over the course of her career with Head Start, Missouri Coalition for Oral Health and Oral Health Kansas. Her project management roles for OHK include developing community-based prevention programs that utilize Extended Care Permit (ECP) hygienists; creating resources for schools that promote a comprehensive approach to oral health programming; coordinating projects that expand access to care for individuals with special needs, including the developmentally disabled, the elderly and children with special health care needs; attending statewide conferences to promote oral health and coordinating the 5th Annual Oral Health Conference.
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 also has extensive post-graduate work in organizational and community development.