Joseph E. Pierle, CEO

As Chief Executive Officer of the Missouri Primary Care Association, Joe leads the strategic planning and health center support activities of the Oral Health Network. Joe also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Community Health Centers, the MO Dept. of Health's Rural Advisory Committee, and the National Advisory Council to the National Health Service Corps. Joe is also a member of the National Rural Health Association, and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Joe was previously the Chief Health Advisor for a US Senator.

Karen Dent, Director of the Oral Health Network

Karen Dent joined the Oral Health Network of Missouri as Program Coordinator in December 2003 and became the Network Director in December of 2006. Karen's responsibilities include development and coordination of the Oral Health Network of Missouri's education and outreach activities. Karen also collaborates with the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Network's Clinical Committee, and other organizations to promote and fulfill the goals of the Oral Health Network. Karen has served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health and served on an oral health workforce ad hoc committee for the Missouri Dental Board.

Prior to accepting the position of Oral Health Network Program Coordinator, Karen was a dental assisting educator from 1984 until November, 2003. In addition, Karen co-authored Dental Aide training Modules for the University of Missouri Instructional Materials Laboratory and taught Expanded Function Dental Assistant Training from 1995 to 2003