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.

Kerrie Bunce

Immediate Past President

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Kerrie 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. 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.

Pam Sletten

Board Member

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Pam Sletten

Board Member

Pam Sletten has been in the Dental Practice Transition business for the last eighteen years, helping dentists from all over the United States and Canada plan and implement successful practice transitions.  Pam works directly with the dentists and their teams on all details of the transition to accomplish successful results, whether the transition includes a practice purchase or sale, adding an associate to the practice that will eventually become an owner/partner, or any practice management details that may arise pre and post-closing.  Along with her father Paul Sletten (founder and owner of The Sletten Group, Inc.), she helps facilitate team retreats, workshops and seminars for training purposes.

Prior to joining The Sletten Group in 2001, Pam was a manager for Morton’s Steakhouse restaurants opening different locations throughout the country.  These skills of working with large teams, planning and implementing successful grand openings for the restaurant group, and working to assure an excellent experience for all guests has translated extremely well into her current career helping dentists and their teams create excellent results through successful practice transitions.

Pam graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1990 with a dual degree in Organizational Management Fine Arts and has remained a student at heart since that time. After graduation, Pam moved to the mountains of Colorado and began working in the restaurant industry opening restaurants throughout the Keystone Resort ski area.  Her last job, prior being hired by Morton’s Steakhouse was Food and Beverage Director at the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

Pam is a board member of Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) and volunteers annually for Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM).  She is also a member of the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration (AADPA) and she spends a great deal of her free time volunteering throughout the Denver area for causes that are important to her.  She is former President and currently sits on the board of the Denver Center Alliance (DCA) which is the fundraising arm for the children’s programs at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA).  She is also a current Board Member and the Executive Director of Development for the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center (RMMSC).

Dr. Kevin Patterson

Board Member

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Dr. Kevin Patterson

Board Member

Dr. Patterson is a member of the Colorado Dental Association, American Dental Association, the American Medical Association, the Colorado Medical Association, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the Colorado Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons where is past president.

He received his degree in biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1983 and continued his education at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1989 and a General Practice Residency in 1990. From 1992-1998, he attended the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, completing a six-year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery. While completing his residency, Dr. Patterson received his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1996 from Mayo Medical School.

After completing his residency program, Dr. Patterson returned to Colorado to begin practicing as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon as well as becoming an associate professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in the Department of Surgical Dentistry and the General Practice Residency Program. Dr. Patterson is past-President of the Colorado Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is currently on the executive board of the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society and is a board member of the JP Opioid Interaction Awareness Alliance.

Dr. Patterson has been practicing oral and maxillofacial surgery in Colorado since 1998 and remains dedicated to the well-being and oral health of all his patients. He has a special interest in providing care for individuals who may not have the means to obtain care in regular clinics. He devotes a significant amount of time providing care for children and adults through organizations such as Kids in Need of Dentistry, Colorado Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, The Metropolitan Denver Dental Foundation Smile Again Program and The Metropolitan Denver Domestic Violence Program.

Patrick Chavoustie

Board Member

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Patrick Chavoustie

Board Member

As the CEO of Omni Premier Marketing, Patrick leads the team of graphic design, web development, and digital marketing experts in their tech center based location. Patrick has nearly 15 years’ experience helping clients separate themselves enabling their messaging to be heard in today’s very noisy climate. When not serving clients, employees or his community Patrick enjoys traveling with his wife and three teenage sons.

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