Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Dental Examiners, Texas State Board of*

11 Board Members - 6 Years: 6 Dentists, 3 Dental Hygienists and 2 Public Members

General Information

Agency #: 504 333 Guadalupe Street, Tower 3, Suite 800Austin 78701-3942

Members

Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Chair David H. Yu, D.D.S. Austin, 02-01-2025
Secretary Jorge E. Quirch, D.D.S. Missouri City, 02-01-2023
Dentist Member(s) Linda Burke, D.D.S. Harlingen, 02-01-2025
Bryan N. Henderson II, D.D.S. Dallas, 02-01-2023
Yvonne E. Maldonado, D.D.S. El Paso, 02-01-2027
Robert G. McNeill, D.D.S., M.D. Dallas, 02-01-2027
Hygienist Member(s) Lorie L. Jones, R.D.H., B.S.D.H. Magnolia, 02-01-2023
Margo Y. Melchor, MEd., Ed.D. Houston, 02-01-2027
Lois M. Palermo, R.D.H., B.S. League City, 02-01-2025
Public Member(s) Marquita Pride, M.A., B.A. Little Elm, 02-01-2027
Kathryn "Kaci" Sisk, M.A., B.A. Spring Branch, 02-01-2023

Staff

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Executive Director Casey Nichols, JD (512) 463-6400 / (512) 649-0797
Deputy Executive Director Leticia Kappel, SHRM-CP (512) 305-7378 / (512) 649-0797
General Counsel Lauren Studdard, JD (512) 463-6400 / (512) 305-9364
Director of Dental Practice Brooke Bell, D.D.S. (512) 463-6400 / (512) 649-0797
Director of Information Technology Christopher Gregory (512) 305-9357 / (512) 649-0797
Director of Investigations Melinda Heiber (512) 202-1213 / (512) 649-0797
Director of Licensing Christine Mendez (512) 463-6400 / (512) 649-4658

Notes

The board oversees licensing and regulation of dental care providers in Texas, and enforces Texas laws regulating the practice of dentistry to protect the public health and safety and promote high quality and safe dental care.

* Subject to the Texas Sunset Act; will be reviewed in 2029.