The Minnesota Oral Health Project

Leadership Team

Dr. Amos Deinard

Amos Deinard Jr, MD, MPH

Medical Director and Founder

Dr. Deinard is an 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. For the past 15 years he 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. More recently, she has devoted her time to oral health strategies for underserved children, working with the Minnesota Oral Health Project, Early Childhood Dental Network, and the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition.

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.

Christine Andres

Beth Anderson, RN, PHN


Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing, Bethel University - St. Paul. She has over 25-years of experience serving persons in greater Minnesota as a public health nurse. During her time in public health she worked in maternal-child health, school health, disease prevention/control, health education/promotion, case management, resource development, and leadership. She currently enjoys working with undergraduate nursing students and preparing them for clinical practice. Beth is dedicated to coming alongside individuals, groups, communities, and populations to help them increase control over, and to improve, their health.

Christine Andres

Christine Andres, DNP, RN, PHN, CLC


Dr. Christine Andres is a nursing faculty member at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Cambridge, Minnesota. She has a passion for supporting the development of the rural nursing workforce. With leadership experience in public health and maternal-child health nursing, she serves on state and community boards as an advocate for the promotion of health and wellness for children and families. She has historically worked on increasing access of oral health services to rural children and is excited to be part of the mission of Crush Cavities, the public outreach campaign of the Minnesota Oral Health Project. Dr. Andres earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Minnesota-Twins Cities with a focus in Public Health Nursing.

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).

Carlene Lange

Carlene Lange, RN, BSN, PHN

Northern Minnesota

Her 35 plus years in nursing has included direct care and leadership positions in Northern Minnesota. Her work included working in acute care and mental health. She is soon too retired and excited to be working with the Crush Cavities team. She is passionate that young children and their parents receive education on oral health.

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 and WordPress developer. She is an adjunct instructor in the 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.

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.

Jillian Toppari-Moench

Jillian Toppari-Moench


Jillian graduated with her Associate of Science in Nursing May of 2015, and completed her Baccalaureate degree at Minnesota State University, Moorhead in May of 2018. While attending MSUM, she also obtained her Public Health certification. She is certified by the Minnesota Department of Health to teach nursing assistant classes and sits on the board of a volunteer organization that raises money to promote suicide awareness education in her local area schools. She is passionate about caring for the members of her community and the underserved populations in rural north-central Minnesota