Meet the Team
Board of Directors
Stephen E. Thorne IV
Dr. Jack Dillenberg
Dr. Carolyn Ghazal
Regional Partner of Pacific Dental Services® - Gulf Coast Region
As Regional Partner, Michael Hurley is directly responsible for the results in the Gulf Coast Region with offices in Texas and Louisiana. Michael has had the Mobile Dental Clinic come to his region multiple times partnering with Dress for Success.
Dr. Eric Ellis
PDS-supported owner dentist
Dr. Eric Ellis is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist and member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the ADA. He owns two practices in Arizona and has participated in multiple MDC events and has traveled to Ethiopia twice with the PDS Foundation.
Dr. Richard Mungo
USC Faculty, CHOC Pediatric Doc
Dr. Mungo’s philosophy of care is to strive to offer the highest quality of oral health care to children in a caring atmosphere. Dr. Mungo serves as a clinical director for the Special Smiles program of the Special Olympics.
Director, Government & Industry Affairs, PDS
Since 2001, Gary has contributed to the growth and reputation of PDS, one of the largest and most respected DSO’s in the world. From helping to develop an industry leading insurance contracts department to establishing and building strong relationships with key opinion leaders and collaborating with various entities to advance our model.
Dr. William Sands
AEGD Director of Operations
Dr. William Sands received his BS at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He worked in Africa for a few years and set up small clinics within different villages in Africa, helping with many humanitarian projects throughout his life.
Regional Partner of Pacific Dental Services - Rocky Mountain Region
As Regional Partner, Joe Saporito is directly responsible for the results of the Rocky Mountain Region which is comprised of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Idaho. He has been with Pacific Dental Services since February 2008. Joe continues to be a huge supporter of the Mobile Dental Clinic hosting events partnering with Special Olympics, Stand Down Veterans, and local rescue missions.
Gary Van Arnam
Sr. VP, Private Client Advisory, Northern Trust
Gary, as an active community member, serves as a Board Member and the Chair of the Grants Committee of the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Foundation along with many others. He was also honored as a Visionary Leader for helping bring accessible oral health care services to underserved children in Orange County.
Influencer Business Development Manager, P&G
As a graduate from the University of Kansas Graduate School of Business, Dave has been on the advisory board of the PDS Foundation since 2016. As the Associate Director of P&G, one of our strategic partners, Dave has aided the Foundation by providing patient kits and financial support to our Medicare initiative.
PDS Foundation Team
Kyle has been the Executive Director since 2018, but has worked with the Foundation, a public charity, whose mission is to create opportunities to serve through improving oral healthcare locally, nationally and internationally since its inception in 2013. He has been to numerous Mobile Dental Clinics and leads international service trips to Fiji, Guatemala and Ethiopia. He holds a BS in marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA from Vanguard University of Southern California.
Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
Taylor has been working with the PDS Foundation since 2018. She coordinates marketing and communication efforts for the PDS Foundation regarding the four key programs: The Mobile Dental Clinic, International Service Trips, The Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship, and Special Needs Advocacy and Training. She received her BS in Business Administration and minor in Public Relations from Chapman University.
Carisa has volunteered with the Mobile Dental Clinic since 2016 and is an ambassador for service in her community. She joined the PDS Foundation team in 2019. Carisa coordinates Mobile Dental Clinic events around the country, supports the PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic in Phoenix, Arizona and leads fundraising efforts. Carisa received her BS in public relations from Northern Arizona University.
Carli has been supporting the PDS Foundation since 2016. She has worked with the Mobile Dental Clinic and leads international service trips to Guatemala and Fiji. She also supports the PDS Foundation Dental Clinic in Xenacoj, Guatemala and its parternships with Mission Impact, the University of San Carlos Dental School, and those who visit. Carli received her BA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Wichita State University.
Rachel has been working with the PDS Foundation since 2018. She provides administrative, analytic, and donor relations support for fundraising campaigns and other programs, including international service trips and the Mobile Dental Clinic. Rachel attended California State University, Fullerton where she earned her BA in Business Administration/ Marketing.
PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs Team
Dr. Benjamin Wachter
Dr. Wachter joined the PDS Foundation in 2019 as the practicing dentist at the PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds memberships with Special Care Dentistry Association as well as American Academy of Developmental Dentistry and Medicine. He has been providing dental care for the special needs community since 2013. Dr. Wachter is a graduate of Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.
Michelle has been working with the PDS Foundation since 2019. She received her AS in Social Sciences from Chaffey College. She serves as the operations manager at the PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. She has volunteered with Special Olympics Special Smiles events as well as Smile Generation Serve Day.
Aida joined the PDS Foundation team in 2019 as a dental assiatant at the PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Aida is a certified dental assistant in both Arizona and California where she grew up. Aida often volunteers with shelters in Mexico to provide food and services around the holidays.