Dental Aid, Inc. Names New Executive Director

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Ernest Duff joins Dental Aid as the new executive director and takes the helm of the 44-year-old oral health care nonprofit.

Ernest Duff, Executive Director of Dental Aid, Inc.

Ernest Duff, Executive Director of Dental Aid, Inc.

Dental Aid, Inc. is pleased to announce Ernest Duff has been named as its new Executive Director. Duff replaces former Dental Aid CEO, Dennis J. Lewis, who retired September 30, 2018. Dental Aid specializes in providing affordable, high-quality dental care and education to the low-income and uninsured residents of Colorado’s Boulder and Broomfield counties. Its clinics are located in Boulder, Longmont and Louisville, CO.

Duff has over 30 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector as a CEO or senior staff person. His wealth of experience includes serving as the Executive Director of Denver’s Howard Dental Center and the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center. Additionally, he was the Executive Director of the Life After Exoneration Program in Berkeley, CA. Duff has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Divinity.

“Dental Aid's board members all agreed that Ernie has what we are looking for in our new Executive Director; he fits in exceptionally well with this organization’s unique purpose and mission,” said Tanya Karnavy, DDS, Chairman of Dental Aid Board of Directors.

About Dental Aid
Dental Aid provides compassionate, affordable, high-quality dental care and education to low-income and uninsured residents of Colorado’s Boulder and Broomfield counties.

The long-term clinical focus of Dental Aid follows a chronic disease management model directed at prevention, education, and treatment in the early stages of the disease. In addition to direct clinical care, Dental Aid prioritizes education and outreach to high-risk patients including:

  • Families and children of all ages
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS
  • People with physical, mental or emotional disabilities

Dental Aid was one of the first stand-alone, nonprofit, complete-care dental clinics in the U.S. The organization was founded in 1974 as a referral organization and opened its first full-service clinic in 1980. Today, Dental Aid provides dental care to more than 8,000 children and adults annually. It provides services through three clinics (Boulder, Longmont and Louisville, CO) and a satellite clinic at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. In addition, portable dental equipment is used to bring dental care to the homebound or those living in long-term care facilities. For more information, visit http://www.dentalaid.org.

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