Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation Appoints Sharon Oswald as New Manager

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Sharon Oswald will manage and implement all aspects of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundations’ Programming. In addition, Ms. Oswald will be responsible for a variety of philanthropic, community affairs, external relations and communications for Delta Dental of Minnesota.

Sharon Oswald, Foundation and Community Affairs Program Manager for Delta Dental of Minnesota

"We are excited to be expanding our team, and bring on someone like Sharon to help us shape our Foundation and execute against our new strategic goals and priorities," said Ann Johnson.

Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation has hired a new employee, Sharon Oswald, to manage and implement its programming. Sharon will also be managing philanthropic and community affairs related activities for Delta Dental of Minnesota.

Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is designed to support Delta Dental of Minnesota's mission of improving the oral health of the people in Minnesota. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation was formed out of the proceeds of the 2009 sale of the dental benefit management company, DeCare Dental. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation had assets of approximately $92 million and granted about $2 million in 2012.

“We are excited to be expanding our team, and bring on someone like Sharon to help us shape our Foundation and execute against our new strategic goals and priorities,” says Ann Johnson, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and Community Affairs Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota, “our team is well positioned to improve access to oral health services.”

Sharon Oswald has been involved in oral health issues in Minnesota since 2004, when at Greater Twin Cities United Way she was a leader in developing their Bright Smiles initiative to address oral health disease among young children and pregnant women. Through Bright Smiles Sharon helped advocate for and organize the Minnesota effort that led to the passing of legislation enabling dental therapy – the first state to allow for this new type of provider – to expand the availability of dental care in underserved areas. Sharon brings skills and a passion for designing programs and improving policies and systems to meet contemporary needs.

Sharon’s title is Foundation and Community Affairs Program Manager. Her role will be to manage all aspects of our programming to improve access to oral health for people living in Minnesota. Programs will be dedicated to increasing access among underserved persons, groups and communities as well as ideas and programs that provide innovative, long-term, sustainable solutions.

About Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation –
Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Delta Dental is a registered mark of Delta Dental Plans Association. Delta Dental of Minnesota is an independent nonprofit dental services company and is an authorized licensee of the Delta Dental Plans Association of Oak Brook, Illinois. For more information, visit http://www.deltadentalmn.org

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