Board Members

Board President, Thomas Stewart, DDS

Thomas StewartThomas Stewart, DDS, of Bakersfield, has been a dentist in private practice since 1976. He served as a member of the United States Naval Reserve from 1978 to 1997 and as a member of the Dental Corps of the United States Navy from 1972 to 1976. Dr. Stewart earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry. He has been a volunteer with the California Dental Association (CDA) for 30 years where he served as Vice Chair of the CDA Holding Company Board of Directors, and Chair of the CDA delegation to the American Dental Association. He has also served as the Chair of the TDIC/TDIC Insurance Solutions Board of Directors, Chair of the CDA Council on Dental Health and Trustee of the Kern County Dental Society, President of KCDS in 1985 and past President of CDA in 2010. In addition, he is a fellow of the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Stewart is actively involved in the Westchester Kiwanis and is a member of the Teen Challenge of Kern County Advisory Board. (Term expires January 1, 2021)

Board Vice President, Steven Chan, DDS

Steven ChanSteven Chan, DDS., of Fremont has been appointed to the Dental Board of California by Governor Jerry Brown in October, 2016. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1978. He completed a general practice residency followed by a pediatric dental residency at Martin Luther King Jr/Los Angeles County Hospital.He has been in private practice limited to pediatric dentistry in Fremont, CA since 1981.

Dr. Chan is a past President of the California Dental Association and has served as Vice Chair on five of CDA’s for profit subsidiary companies and as a member of its political action committee. He is founder of the California Dental Association Foundation. He served on the policy-making American Dental Association House of Delegates for 18 years. He serves on the Investment Oversight Committee of the American Dental Association Foundation. Dr. Chan further served as President of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He served additional leadership roles on the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry and as a member on Councils of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Chan completed a leadership curriculum at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. He later chaired a subcommittee on the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury investigating government bodies. He also Chaired an appointed Citizen's Committee which oversaw the building of a new campus for Ohlone Community College (Fremont). Dr. Chan completed a tenure on the American College of Dentists, this country's honor society for the profession. He served as President of the College and then President of the ACD Foundation.

Dr. Chan and his wife Suzanne (former Vice Mayor) live in Fremont. They have two sons who are successful entrepreneurs. (Term Expires: January 1, 2020)

Board Secretary, Joanne Pacheco, RDH, MAOB

Joanne PachecoJoanne Pacheco of Fresno, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California by Governor Brown in April, 2018. Ms. Pacheco has been director of the Dental Hygiene Program at Fresno City College since 2017, where she has held several positions since 2000, including academic chair, full-time faculty and allied health chair. She has been a registered dental hygienist in private practice since 1985. Ms. Pacheco was a registered dental assistant in private dental practices from 1979 to 1985. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Educator's Association and the California Dental Hygienists’ Association. Pacheco earned a Master of Arts degree in organizational behavior from Alliant International University. (Term expires January 1, 2021)

Fran Burton, MSW

Fran BurtonFran Burton was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to the Dental Board of California in June of 2009. She served twenty-one years in California in the Legislative and Executive branches of government. She served in a number of capacities in the State Senate and her efforts concluded as a health and human services policy consultant to President pro Tempores Bill Lockyer and John Burton. In the Executive branch, Ms. Burton was Associate Secretary Programs and Legislation for the Health and Human Services Agency; Deputy Director Legislation and Public Affairs for the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; and, Deputy Director for Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Department of Health Services. She currently consults on health policy issues. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento. She lives in Carmichael and has an adult son. (Term Expires: January 1, 2021)

Steven Morrow, DDS, MS

Steven MorrowSteven Morrow, DDS, MS Steven G. Morrow, DDS, MS was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Dental Board in September, 2010. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1960. Following graduation from dental school, Dr. Morrow served two years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Dental Corps. Following military service, he established a private dental practice, limited to endodontics, in Sherman Oaks, California. After sixteen years of endodontic practice, he returned to the field of dental education, completed a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology and accepted a faculty appointment in the Department of Endodontics at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Morrow has lectured at numerous scientific meetings and continuing dental education courses in the United States and other countries. He is a Life Member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists. He is a member of the California State Association of Endodontists, Tri-County Dental Society, Southern California Academy of Endodontics, and the American Dental Education Association. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics. Dr. Morrow has been a previous member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists and is a past President of the Southern California Academy of Endodontics and the California State Association of Endodontists. He is currently a Professor of Endodontics and Director of Patient Care Services and Clinical Quality Assurance at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Morrow was presented the Distinguished Service Award from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in May, 2009. He resides in Yucaipa with his wife Sheila. (Term Expires: January 1, 2022)

Ross Lai, DDS

Ross LaiRoss Lai, DDS of San Francisco, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California. Lai has been the owner of Ross Carlton Lai DDS since 1985, director at Lai Enterprises Inc. since 2005 and founder at LAI Dental Group since 2011. He was a prosthetic assistant of implant dentistry at the Highland Hospital Alameda County Medical Center from 2006 to 2008. Lai earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. (Term expires January 1, 2021)

Lilia Larin, DDS

Lilia LarinDr. Lilia Larin is a general dentist in San Diego and has been in private practice since 1992. She is a Past President of the national Hispanic Dental Association and the American Association of Women Dentists. She is a current board member of the AAWD’s “Smiles for Success Foundation” and the San Diego County Dental Society where she works as Continuing Education Chair. She is also a past president of the San Diego Academy of General Dentistry, the San Diego Association of Women Dentists and is founder and Past President of the San Diego Hispanic Dental Association Binational Chapter.

Dr. Larin has served on the California Dental Association’s House of Delegates, CDA’s PAC Council, CDA's Government Affairs Committee and the American Dental Association’s Political Action Team. She has also served as a board member for MANA de San Diego a Women’s Leadership and Mentoring non- profit organization. Dr. Larin is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a graduate of the Harvard Business School Club of San Diego Non-Profit Leadership Development Program.

Dr. Larin earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. Before obtaining her dental license, she worked as a Registered Dental Assistant. She has been married for over 30 years and has three grown children. Her two sons are also dentists. (Term expires January 1, 2021)

Meredith McKenzie, ESQ

Meredith McKenzieMeredith McKenzie of Los Gatos, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California. McKenzie has been vice president and deputy general counsel at Juniper Networks since 2012. She was senior director of intellectual property at Symantec Corporation from 2006 to 2012, director of litigation, licensing and IP for Cypress Semiconductor from 2001 to 2006 and corporate counsel and director of IP at Enuvis Inc. from 2000 to 2001. McKenzie was an associate for Howrey LLP from 1998 to 2000 and patent agent and design engineer at Intel Corporation from 1993 to 1998. McKenzie earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. (Term Expires: January 1, 2020)

Abigail Medina

Abigail MedinaAbigail Medina is a dedicated public servant whose passion for community advancement and educational improvement stems from years of advocacy in San Bernardino and throughout the Inland Empire. Abigail’s mission is to give a voice to underserved and underrepresented communities. Education is at the core of Abigail’s vision. Educational improvement in our schools will ensure better opportunities and brighter futures for our youth and is the driving force behind community advancement. Abigail has carried her mission to San Bernardino City Unified School District as President.

Prior to serving on the school board, Abigail worked with numerous community organizations including the Congregation Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), Health Advocates, the California Association for the Gifted and the District African American Advisory Council. Abigail has been a powerful voice in the community, working tirelessly to improve the lives and expand opportunities of at-risk-youth and families from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Abigail has also worked to increase access to resources for individuals with disabilities, seniors and veterans.

A mother of five and the eldest daughter of working-class, immigrant parents, Abigail brings strong family values to the table and recognizes the importance of quality education. (Term Expires: January 1, 2021)

Rosalinda Olague, RDA, B.A.

Rosalinda OlagueRosalinda Olague, RDA, B.A. was appointed by Governor Brown to the Dental Board of California in April, 2018. Rose has been a registered dental assistant with Pacific Dental Services® (PDS®) since 2008. She started her PDS career as a lead registered dental assistant at Monet Dental Group from 2008 to 2015. In 2015, Rose was promoted to regional back office manager for PDS’ South Inland Empire and San Diego regions, and in 2016, she graduated from La Sierra University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. In April, 2018, Rose joined the Pacific Dental Services National Support team as Senior Specialist for Dental Assistant National Strategy and School Relations. PDS recognized Rose for her exceptional commitment and passion for creating Healthier, Happier Patients® by awarding her the company’s 2017 XP (eXtraordinary Performance) Platinum Award. Rose is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Redlands and is a member of the American Dental Assistant Association. (Term expires January 1, 2021)

James Yu, DDS, MS

James YuJames Yu of Fremont, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California by Governor Brown in April, 2018. Dr. James Yu has been a dentist at James K. Yu DDS since 1984, where he has been an acupuncturist since 2008. He has been a radio talk show host at AM 1450 since 2000 and radio talk show president and owner at the Chinese Today Radio Station since 2015. Yu is Bay Area leader of Medical Services International and President of Northern California Chinese Media Association, and a member of the American Dental Association, California Acupuncture Association, San Francisco Dental Society, Application of Acupuncture in Dental Practices, San Francisco Chinatown Salvation Army, American Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and the American Society of Chinese Medicine. He earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and a Master of Science degree in acupuncture from the University of East-West Medicine. (Term expires January 1, 2021)