Leadership Team

Dr. Amos Deinard

Amos Deinard Jr, MD, MPH

Medical Director and Founder

Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health. His long career has focused on aiding underserved communities in the Twin Cities. The past 15 years has been dedicated to improving oral health of high-risk children in Greater Minnesota through founding the Minnesota Oral Health Project.

Cris Gilb, RN, PHN, MHA

Cris Gilb, RN, PHN, MHA

Executive Director

Her nearly 40 year healthcare career has included direct patient care and administrative positions in acute care and public health in Southwest Minnesota. She has devoted her time in the last three years to oral health strategies for underserved children, working with the Minnesota Oral Health Project, Early Childhood Dental Network, and the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition.

Sally Koski

Sally Koski, PhD, RN, PHN

Northwest Region

Sally’s nursing practice has included being a Licensed School Nurse, public health nurse, and nursing faculty at the bachelor’s master’s and doctoral levels. Currently she is a member of the Ely Community Care Team (co-chair and community representative), a member of the Board of Directors of the Ely Area Food Shelf, and a volunteer with the Ely Community Health Center (free clinic). Her nursing interests are public health and rural health care. Sally has a BA and MA in Nursing and a certificate in Nursing Informatics from The College of St. Scholastica and a PhD in Nursing from Barry University (Miami Shores, FL).

Mariah LaPatka

Mariah, LaPatka, RDH

North Central Region

Mariah LaPatka graduated from Argosy University in Eagan, MN in 2014 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. After graduation she worked in a small clinic in Aitkin, MN for about a year and then in 2015 she transferred to her current office in Park Rapids, Minnesota.

Susan Metoxen, White Buffalo Websites

Susan Metoxen, MBA

Technology and Communications

Susan Metoxen is the owner of White Buffalo LLC and is a PHP/mySQL, iOS, and Android developer. She is an adjunct instructor at Saint Paul College Computer Science Department. Susan also has extensive experience in health care administration, including Medicaid managed care, provider relations, and hospital accounts receivable. She has an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a B.A. from Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Anna Pence, PHN

Anna Pence, PHN

North Central Region

Anna graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Nursing and a license in Public Health Nursing. She started her first RN position at St. Mary's hospital on the Orthopedic and Urology floor in Duluth. She is currently working at MedExpress, an urgent care clinic, in Cloquet. She is very passionate about public health.

Dr. Elise Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH

Elise Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH

Dental Director

Dr. Elise Watson Sarvas is a board-certified pediatric dentist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. She completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. She completed concurrent masters' degrees in Dentistry (Pediatric Dentistry) and Public Health (Health Services) as well as a Certificate in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Washington. Dr. Sarvas earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dan Snobl

Dan Snobl, M.Ed., RPT

Strategic Alliances

Dan Snobl is passionate about serving others. He was the Director of Physical Therapy at SWSU for 37 years and has extensive leadership experience in the Lion's organization. Dan has a master's degree in Education from Mankato State University and a bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota.