The OrOHC team is a small but diverse group of talented individuals.
Tony Finch, Executive Director
Tony Finch has been OrOHC's Executive Director since May 2014. His responsibilities include cultivating contacts and partnerships, organizing OrOHC's spring summits and fall conferences, funding oversight, and working with the OrOHC Board Members. On occasion he has testified regarding different senate bills focused on oral health. Tony is involved with all of OrOHC's projects to some degree, including the development of a pilot project involving dental hygienists and tele-dentisty, Maternity: Teeth for Two, and Oral Health for Seniors.
Karen Hall, Oral Health Educator
Karen Hall received her B.S. in dental hygiene from OHSU in 1985. Since then she has practiced in family practices and community health settings. She has been involved in dental hygiene education as a supervisor for clinical rotations at OHSU and Pacific University. Since 2007, Karen has utilized her expanded practice dental hygiene permit to provide hygiene care to patients with limited access to dental care in many settings. She was employed by Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center from 2007-2015 treating pregnant women and children in the clinics, as well as providing care for children ages 1-21 in school-based health centers. Currently, she provides dental hygiene exams and fluoride varnish in Head Start settings. She is employed by the Oregon Oral Health Coalition as an oral health educator managing the First Tooth program; she trains medical, dental, and childcare providers throughout the state to implement early childhood caries prevention into their practices. Karen is also involved in many of the coalition's other projects, such as training caregivers and seniors for the oral health for the Oral Health for Seniors pilot project and prenatal providers for the Maternity: Teeth for Two pilot project.
Caroline Tydings, Marketing and Communications VISTA
Caroline Tydings joined the OrOHC team in August, 2016 after graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in public relations and a minor in health promotion, education and behavior. She is originally from Maryland but is in Oregon to learn about the Oregon Health Plan and volunteer at OrOHC through Americorps VISTA. Her goals include helping Oregonians gain access to oral health resources, increasing funding in order to build capacity and outreach, and raising awareness of dental disease. Caroline is working on infrastructure building at OrOHC and developing a strategic plan for OrOHC's communications.
Caroline enjoys learning about different cultures, being outdoors, reading and traveling and is passionate about public health. She spent six months living in Khon Kaen, Thailand, as part of a public health research program. Her love of travel has also taken her to Germany, the Czech Republic, and across the United States to be with us here in Portland!