Our Board

The Kids In Need of Dentistry Board is a highly leveraged group of people that live and breathe KIND’s mission. Our board consists of individuals from many local professional industries, with a shared goal of keeping KIND’s mission intact and providing the best guidance and support to the staff members and patients. Each board member brings a unique perspective to KIND and is committed to increasing support throughout the local community.

BOARD MEMBERS

Mark Collier

Mark Collier

President

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Mark Collier

Mark Collier

President

Mark Collier is a health care and litigation attorney at Messner Reeves LLP. His practice focuses on litigation counsel, advice, and risk management in health, dental, mental health care, and a variety of corporate matters. Mark represents practitioners and health-related entities in malpractice cases, and assists professionals in front of licensing boards including the Colorado Medical Board, Colorado Dental Board, Board of Nursing, and the mental health boards. In addition, Mark has represented clients with matters involving the Colorado Department of Public Health, Colorado Division of Civil Rights, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HIPAA complaints). Mark also assists clients with business concerns, including corporate formation and dissolution matters and risk management consultation. He has been asked to speak and write on issues regarding health care records, subpoenas, HIPAA, and other risk management topics.

Kerri Bunce

Immediate Past President

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Kerri Bunce

Immediate Past President

Kerrie is a Colorado native, born and raised in Centennial, CO. She became a KIND Board of Trustee member in August 2014. Kerrie has actively participated in many KIND events over the past 5 years as a sponsor and volunteers her time for annual KIND events. Kerrie has worked with hundreds of dental practices in Colorado financing acquisitions, expansions, relocations, and equipment. She has worked in the financial industry for the past 11 years and has always specialized in commercial lending, business banking, and practice finance. She has spent most of her career working with dentists as a trusted advisor and partner.

Paul Jerez

Paul Jerez

Vice President

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Paul Jerez

Paul Jerez

Vice President

With over 14 years of business lending experience in the Colorado market Paul Jerez’s primary focus is strengthening relationships in the dental market with current customers and prospective clients. Paul provides a holistic approach in meeting the needs of businesses, including loans, lines of credit, deposit solutions, and money management. Paul understands that dentists are passionate about helping patients, so his goal is to make that mission as effortless as possible.

Josh Austin

Josh Austin

Treasurer

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Josh Austin

Josh Austin

Treasurer

Mr. Austin joined Mastin Bergstrom LLC in 2012. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College Of Law and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 2011.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Austin worked for over 15 years in the information technology field. This was the critical time frame when computers became such an integral aspect of how work is accomplished. He assisted companies to implement technologies that allowed for increased productivity which resulted in substantial reductions in costs and increased revenues.

Professional Experience
Mastin Bergstrom LLC, Associate, 2012 – Present
Arapahoe District Court, law clerk for the Honorable Charles M. Pratt 2011 – 2012
Colorado Court of Appeals, intern for the Honorable David Furman 2009 – 2009
Independence Institute, intern to Director of Research David Kopel 2008 – 2008
Regis University, Computer Field Technician 2005 – 2008
United Airlines, Computer Field Technician 2003 – 2005
Cub Foods, Retail Technology Field Specialist 1994 – 2003

Community Leadership
Small group leader for Harvest Bible Chapel
Intern with Project 1.27 (agency committed to finding forever homes for foster children)
History Center Colorado Volunteer

Dr. Jim Bieneman

Dr. Jim Bieneman

Board Member

Dr. Jim Bieneman

Dr. Jim Bieneman

Board Member

Dr. Elizabeth Crespi

Board Member

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Dr. Elizabeth Crespi

Board Member

Dr. Elizabeth Crespi is originally from Long Island, NY, but now calls Colorado home. Dr. Crespi recently started her own practice, Sunrise Pediatric Dentistry, here in Denver and enjoys working with children everyday! She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She attended Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her DMD degree in 2009, graduating with high honors and placing third in her graduating class. Dr. Crespi was inducted into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society based upon scholarship and character in the dental profession. Dr. Crespi went on to complete her residency at Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY, and is board certified in pediatric dentistry. As a board member for KIND, Dr. Crespi brings with her a passion for helping underserved children and helping them find a dental home.

Clarisa Hernandez

Board Member

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Clarisa Hernandez

Board Member

Since Clarisa moved to Denver from Phoenix, Arizona in 2012 to start a branch of her financial planning practice, she has been involved in the community and has been dedicated to giving back. She almost immediately became a partner for Social Venture Partners, had her office participate in charity work for Ronald McDonald House, Clothes to Kids, Extreme Community Makeover, etc. and most recently joined the board for Westwood Unidos. Clarisa is motivated by and committed to KIND’s mission of increasing the health and happiness of Colorado’s children because she herself was once a child who benefited from non-profit dental care.

Clarisa graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Business Management as well as a minor in Spanish and a Certificate in International Business. She earned her CFP® designation is 2012 and her CHFC® in 2016.

Well known facts about Clarisa include that Spanish was her first language and she is an avid skier, with the goal of 30 days a year on the mountain. A lesser known fact about Clarisa is that she is a “has been black belt in karate.”

Stephen Strecker

Board Member

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Stephen Strecker

Board Member

Stephen is a Washington state native and moved to Colorado Springs in 2000 where he started a family and lived for 14 years. Stephen, his wife Liz, and their two kids (daughter & son) enjoy skiing, biking, and traveling together whenever they have the opportunity. Since 2014, they have enjoyed living in Lone Tree and their kids attend school in Littleton.

 

Stephen is the managing broker of a local commercial real estate firm that works with dentists and other professionals to achieve their real estate goals. He has worked with hundreds of dental practices along the front range and across the state over the past several years, helping them to develop and execute real estate strategies for their businesses.

 

In addition to his professional career, Stephen is deeply connected to his community and is involved both as a volunteer and as a public service contractor where he worked for the City of Colorado Springs. His volunteer experience is diverse, but for the last 3 years his involvement with KIND has been his focus. Stephen joined the KIND Board in the spring of 2017 where he [is involved with the development committee.

Elliott Carson

Board Member

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Elliott Carson

Board Member

Elliott Carson is the General Manager for the Denver Branch of Patterson Dental.  In this role, he leads a team of 45 local dental professionals including sales, technical service, and inside staff to support dental customers in the Colorado and Southern Wyoming markets.  Elliott started with Patterson in 2005 and has held several roles with the company including CEREC Specialist, Branch Manager, Director of Marketing, and his current role as General Manager.  Patterson Dental is a full service, value-added distributor offering more than 100,000 products and a wide range of innovative equipment, software, technology solutions, and services.

Ellie Burbee

Ex- Officio, KIND Executive Director

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Ellie Burbee

Ex- Officio, KIND Executive Director

Dear Friends of KIND,

In life we often find our paths leading in directions we don’t expect; many times those paths lead us to a better place than we could have imagined.

July of 2017 marked my 4th year volunteering for Kids in Need of Dentistry.  As their new Executive Director, I reflect on the full-circle journey that has brought me here and feel immensely grateful.  While unpredictable, it has uniquely prepared me for the challenge of finding ways to grow a dental-focused organization, while still holding fast to its 100-year-old charitable legacy of serving Colorado’s children in need.

It is both a privilege to work alongside the fiercely passionate KIND staff and board, as well as an honor to be entrusted by them with leading the charge to serve thousands of children.  These children have often never seen a dentist before and may not again, meaning that our opportunity to make an impact may only be the few unfamiliar moments they spend in our dental chairs with us, as strangers. Yet they demonstrate such bravery, as they place their trust in us to help them. These children are often not sure where their next meal might come from, or where they will call home next week, but somehow have found their way into our clinics, and into our hearts. It is our first and most valued responsibility to fulfill our mission’s promise to increase their health and happiness.

To those in our community who continue to volunteer, donate, and support KIND, you are truly heroes to these children.  I take your commitment seriously and look forward to sharing more of our vision for growth with you over the next few months and ask for your advice as we strategize how to get there.

In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me and the rest of the team at KIND. We look forward to seeing you in the community very soon.

With gratitude,

Ellie Burbee

Executive Director

 

 

 

 

Maryann Waugh- Board Secretary

Colorado Access Senior Program Evaluator