Linda Nilsen, MPA
Interim Executive Director
Linda Nilsen joined Dental3 as the Interim Executive Director in June 2020. She has more than 25 years of experience in the Portland Metro Area in non-profit, local government, community health and social services. She has worked with a number of communities in Latin America (and became fluent in Spanish) and has received training in Participatory Human Development in the Philippines. Linda is firm believer that collaborative action is what brings about sustainable and empowering changes in individuals, organizations and systems. She is the proud mother of two amazing young women and a cat.
Liz Wyles, MSEd
Director of Operations
Liz Wyles is the Director of Operations for Dental3. She attended The Ohio State University and the University of Dayton for undergraduate and graduate studies. Her professional career includes various management and supervisory roles in business and project management. She also worked in higher education for over twenty years. Liz enjoys discovering new places to hike in Oregon, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Administrative & Care Coordinator
Ashley is a Portland native. She has a degree in sociology from Portland State University. When she is not manging the claims process and coordinating care referrals, she helps out as a dental assistant in Dental3’s school-based sealant program. Ashley is passionate about public health and access to care. Ashley loves spending time being active outdoors with her two daughters, husband, and rescue pup, Mason.
Marilyn graduated from Portland Community College in 2005 and began her career in private practice. Soon after the School Dental Sealant Program began, she worked as a contract hygienist on her days off from private practice. This was a perfect fit for Marilyn, as she served many years volunteering at both her children’s elementary schools and really loves working with children. In 2012, she became a hygienist for the Oregon Health Authority where she provided services for Washington County as well as the entire north coast of Oregon. Marilyn started working with Dental3 in 2015 as a hygienist with our School Dental Sealant program. As she is a native Oregonian, you can find Marilyn spending her free time exploring the beautiful Pacific North West and enjoys taking long walks on the beach. On rainy days you can find her inside cooking and scrapbooking.
Laura Geelan spent two years working in Arizona at a private practice before moving back to Oregon. Laura has been with D3 since September of 2016 and works in both the Pre-K screening and fluoride varnish program as well as the School-Based Dental Sealant program. Laura has been married to her husband, Kyle, since 2014. In her free time, Laura and Kyle enjoy being outside doing activities such as hiking, running, camping and golfing. Laura and Kyle love spending time with their animals. They have a boxer named Charlie and two cats.
Lalit graduated from the University Of Alabama School Of Dentistry with honors in 1996 and holds an EPDH license in Oregon and an RDH license in California. Lalit has worked in many different capacities in the dental field including working in a dental office at the front desk, as a dental assistant, a hygienist in private general practice, pediatric dental private practice and has been with the state Dental Sealant Program since its second year. Lalit has been a hygienist for our School Dental Sealant Program since the founding of Dental3. Lalit says the most meaningful part of her job is the impact on the health of some of the most vulnerable kids. She comes to Oregon by way of San Francisco, California. When not working you can find Lalit spending time with her two daughters, their one cat and dog. She loves spending time with her girls supporting their activities. She also enjoys doing CrossFit and traveling and she has worked as an extra in movies, television shows and commercials.
Becca Dugan recently graduated high school through the early college program at PCC. Currently she is working towards her associates degree with hopes of one day going into hygiene school. Her passion for dental was rooted at a young age from working with her dad and grandpa in the family dental equipment business. She is a born and raised Oregonian with a love for the outdoors. In her free time, you can find her exploring all that the wonderful outdoors of the Pacific North West has to offer.
Jolene started working as a dental assistant in 1998 in private practice. This year will have been Jolene’s fifth year in the School Based Dental Sealant Program. She absolutely loves the dental field and really enjoys working with kids, so this program is a perfect fit for her. Jolene has been married for 19 years and has two middle school boys. In her spare time she is a part time chauffeur for her two boys to get to their various activities. Because of this, Jolene spends an unusual amount of time at soccer fields. She loves the sun, being outside and spending time with her two cats.
Mojo the monkey is a very important member of the Dental3 team. Mojo is our dental health teaching puppet. He assists students in learning about our School-Based Dental Screening & Sealant Program along with how to keep a healthy smile. Mojo visits students in their classrooms, which will help decrease anxiety regarding the sealant procedure, and helps to educate both students and parents about what will happen during the day of service.