Dr. Roger Adams, CEO/President
The pursuit and application of knowledge is a driving force in Dr. Adams life. Following graduation from dental school, Dr. Adams completed two separate dental specialty training programs, Oral Pathology (MS - Washington University) and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (Mayo Clinic) as well as a fellowship in Radiology at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. Dr. Adams added business to his professional foundation by completing an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Adams maintained a private maxillofacial surgery practice and oral pathology laboratory for 15 years in Salt Lake City, was the VP of Professional Relations & Business Development for Anthem BCBS Dental & Vision Specialty Company from 1997-2003 and the VP of Business Development for Dental Select from 2003 to present.
The National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) awarded Dr. Adams with the 2004 Gabryl Award, its highest honor, for the lifetime achievements of NADP volunteers whose service involves years of outstanding work. As Chairman of the NADP Board of Directors, Dr. Adams is credited with opening the doors of communication between NADP and the American Dental Association (ADA).
Dr. Adams is Co-Founder and CEO/President of Sealants for Smiles, a Utah nonprofit corporation providing oral health education and dental sealants to low-income children in Title I elementary schools. As a result of Dr. Adams' vision and leadership, Sealants for Smiles was awarded 501(c)(3) public charity status in January, 2008 and increased the services provided to low-income children by more than 300% from the previous year with only a 10% increase in cash budget.
Lisa Cannon, Director of Operations
Growing up in a family involved in dentistry, Lisa has always been interested and passionate about oral health. She has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2006 and attended Dixie State College of Utah where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. While working in private practice has been a satisfying challenge for Lisa, she discovered a greater satisfaction working in a public health atmosphere and in serving the community as a whole. She has been involved with Sealants for Smiles since 2007, which has driven her passion for reaching out and helping underserved populations.
In 2009 she began working as a coordinator for Sealants for Smiles and currently leads one of our teams. She also has enjoyed volunteering and has been involved in serving in programs such as Utah Give Kids A Smile and the Junior League C.A.R.E. Fair events. She also serves on the advisory board committee for the dental hygiene program at Fortis College. Lisa is currently working on furthering her education and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Utah.