About Us

Our Mission

We exist to improve dental health and quality of life for all North Dakotans.

As an organization we have dedicated ourselves to the the following core principles:

Giving Back

We are passionate about leveraging our dental and health expertise for the good of all North Dakotans. We will carry out all functions of the Foundation with passion that embodies our commitment and excitement to improve oral health for all North Dakotans

Impact Driven

We discipline ourselves to focus resources where we can have the greatest impact on dental health.

Bold Investors

We make investments in effective leaders and promising strategies to significantly improve health and quality of life.

Accountable for Results

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of measurement and evaluation of effectiveness with a continued focus on improving results over time.

Compassionate

We look to solve oral health problems with compassion and concern for human needs to prevent pain and suffering, particularly for patients that face barriers to care.

Innovation

We seek ways to improve oral health that are innovative, but evidence-based, to solve problems in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Professionalism

We carry out our mission with disciplined, consistent systems that reflect its dedication to excellence in everything it does.

Philanthropy

We are dedicated to using its resources to improve oral health through grant processes that benefit a variety of oral health projects.

Who We Are

The North Dakota Dental Foundation is a Section 501 c 3 organization established September 22nd, 1986 to foster and promote dental health. The Foundation board is comprised of dental health professionals as well as members from outside the profession that have a passion for dental health. The North Dakota Dental Foundation offers grant and scholarship opportunities and in-kind services for programs that meet the core purpose of the NDDF. We do this by providing dental services to underserved populations, by promoting dental health initiatives, and by supporting dental profession careers within North Dakota educational institutions to enhance dental education and research. The focus is on supporting initiatives that create lasting improvement in the dental health and quality of life for all North Dakotans. Organization and initiatives that share our cultural standards will receive priority.

Board Members

Robert Lauf, DDS
Robert Lauf, DDS
Board Chair

Dentist at Goose River Dental Associates

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Kristin Kenner, DDS
Kristin Kenner, DDS
Board Vice Chair

Dentist at Kristin Kenner Dentistry, Devils Lake ND

John Clayburgh, DDS
John Clayburgh, DDS
Board Treasurer

DDS at Great Northern Dental Care, Grand Forks, ND

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Greg Johnson, DDS
Greg Johnson, DDS
Past President

DDS at Richardton Dental Clinic, Richardton, ND

Mike Kudrna
Mike Kudrna
Board Member

President of New Vision Dental creations, Inc. Jamestown, ND

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Carla Schneider, RDA
Carla Schneider, RDA
Secretary

RDA at Nelson DDS, Hettinger ND

Heidi Nichols-Johnson, DDS
Heidi Nichols-Johnson, DDS
Board Member

DDS at Modern Smiles Dentistry, Bismarck ND

Dawn Williams
Dawn Williams
Board Member

Executive Director North Dakota Head Start Association

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Luke Trapp
Luke Trapp
Board Member

Territory Sales Representative Patterson Dental Fargo ND

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Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson
Board Member

President of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association Bismarck ND

Chanel Malone, RDA
Chanel Malone, RDA
Board Member

Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator, NDSCS Whapeton, ND

 Brent Holman, DDS
Brent Holman, DDS
Advisor

Executive Director, North Dakota Dental Association Bismarck ND

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Kimberly Yineman
Kimberly Yineman
Advisor

Director, North Dakota Oral Health Program

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Mike Little, MBA
Mike Little, MBA
Ex-Officio Board Member

As Executive Director, Mike runs the day-to-day operations of the foundation.

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Our Partners

NDDF Partner
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