Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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  • Leah Diane Howell, Executive Director (Click to E-Mail)
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  • Ms. Howell has been the Board's Executive Director since July 18, 1994. Additionally, while employed as the Board's Executive Director, she also has served as Executive Director of the Coalition of Independent Testing Agencies (CITA) and as President of the American Association of Dental Administrators (AADA) for 2000-2001 and, again, for 2008-2009. Following her tenure as 2008-2009 AADA President, Ms. Howell served as the 2009-2010 administrator member on the Executive Council of the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB). At the AADB's 2015 annual meeting in Washington, DC, Ms. Howell was selected as AADB Citizen of the Year, being the first dental board executive director in the history of the AADB to have been selected as Citizen of the Year. At this time, Ms. Howell is serving as AADA Treasurer, which is the fourth time she has served in this capacity for the AADA. You may reach Ms. Howell by dialing 601-944-9622, Extension 11.
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  • Brian S. Chalk, Licensing Investigator IV (Click to E-Mail)
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  • Mr. Chalk joined the Board as Licensing Investigator IV on October 1, 2015 and is one of the contacts for all questions regarding complaints, ongoing investigations, and disciplinary actions against dentists, dental hygienists, and radiology permit holders. You may reach Brian by dialing 601-944-9622, Extension 22.
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  • Mary Kathryn Gatewood, Special Projects Officer III (Click to E-Mail)
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  • Ms. Gatewood joined the Board as Special Projects Officer III on December 1, 2010 and is the primary contact person for all questions regarding radiology permit holders. You may reach Kay by dialing 601-944-9622, Extension 12.
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  • Vera G. Holloway, Staff Officer II (Click to E-Mail)
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  • Ms. Holloway joined the Board as Administrative Assistant III on December 16, 1998 and held that position through November 1, 2000, when she moved to Secretary-Administrative Confidential. On July 1, 2001, Vera's position changed to Special Projects Officer III, and on July 1, 2003, she became the Board's Special Projects Officer IV. Vera retired from the Board on December 1, 2006 and returned to full-time employment with the Board as Special Projects Officer IV on May 1, 2007. On July 1, 2008, Vera assumed the position of Staff Officer I for the Board, and as of July 1, 2015, Vera now holds the position of Staff Officer II. Vera is the primary contact person for all questions regarding dentists, their continuing education, and their licensure and certification. You may reach Vera by dialing 601-944-9622, Extension 14.
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  • Lou Randia Sims, Administrative Assistant VI (Click to E-Mail)
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  • Ms. Sims joined the Board as Administrative Assistant VI on January 1, 2008 and is the primary contact person for corporate/trade names and all questions regarding dental hygienists, their continuing education, and their licensure and certification. You may reach Lou by dialing 601-944-9622, Extension 10.
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  • Karen S. Wilson, Deputy Director (Click to E-Mail)
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  • Ms. Wilson joined the Board as Administrative Assistant III on March 1, 1997 and held that position through December 1, 1998, when she moved into the Board's investigative division. Karen now holds the position of Deputy Director and is the primary contact person for all questions regarding complaints, ongoing investigations, and disciplinary actions against dentists, dental hygienists, and radiology permit holders. You may reach Karen by dialing 601-944-9622, Extension 13.
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  • VACANT--Licensing Investigator IV
  • At this time, the Board's second investigator position is vacant. All inquiries regarding disciplinary actions, complaints, etc., should be directed to Ms. Karen S. Wilson or Mr. Brian S. Chalk.
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