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Raised in Bristol Bay, Alaska, Jim Libby is a veteran of “the bush” lifestyle and thrives on adventure anywhere. That’s why the Maasai Mara is so appealing. As newly appointed president of WHDO, Jim plans to continue the growth and development of the Maasai Dental Clinic in Kenya.

Jim graduated from Loma Linda School of Dentistry in 1977. During the past 35+ years, he owned and operated The Libby Group, a practice in Anchorage, Alaska. Receiving many national awards for dentistry during his years of practice, he also led dental service projects with his family and dental team. Nepal, Fiji, Peru, Africa, Dominican Republic are several locations where they served.

Commercial fishing in Bristol Bay is a heritage he won’t give up! He loves the private flying, hard work and family time.

Having fun in the outdoors is his passion. Mountain biking, motorcycle racing, a​​nd backcountry skiing top the list.

Pam Libby loves service adventure! The opportunity to serve on the WHDO board is just what she was looking for. She’s had many years of donating her time and skills both internationally and nationally.

Worthington, Ohio is where Pam grew up. Her parents taught her to be a contribution in her world. After teaching English as a second language in Jakarta, Indonesia for one year, she graduated from Loma Linda University in 1976 as a communications major.

Marrying Jim Libby in 1978, they soon made Anchorage, AK their hometown. It was a great place to raise their two sons, Landon and Justin.

Pam thrives on variety. She’s a licensed family therapist, yoga instructor, commercial fisher, dental administrator, athlete and philanthropist. Alaska and Baja serve as big landscapes for her outdoor physical activities. Running, biking, swimming, cross-country skiing fit into her lifestyle just right!

Kirsten Roggenkamp spent her early years in Ohio, Alaska, California, Illinois, Michigan, and France. She and her husband, Clyde, graduated in the same class from Andrews University in Michigan.

Teaching is her passion, especially English and French.

Although she and Clyde have only been married four years, they have six children and twelve grandchildren.

Maasai Dental Clinic holds a special place in their hearts as they honeymooned there.

Dr. Roggenkamp was born and raised in Washington, DC where his father was a practicing surgical podiatrist and mother a nurse. He studied at Andrews University (B.A., Michigan) and went to California to receive an ‘inbred’ education with M.A. (Biology), D.D.S., and M.P.H. (Nutrition), all from Loma Linda University.

Private practice in New England for 6 years was followed by a 21-year career in the Air Force, which sponsored him for the MSD in Operative Dentistry at Indiana University. Clyde piloted his own private single-engine plane to England and back in connection with an Air Force assignment in 1994-96. Exposure to different people, cultures, rules and languages from the USAF was constructive. He joined the faculty of Loma Linda School of Dentistry and has taught Dental Materials full-time-equivalent, since 1997.

He is immediate past president of the American Board of Operative Dentistry, current vice-president of the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators, and serves on the boards of the World Health Dental Organization and National Association of Seventh-day Adventist Dentists. He served at the Maasai Dental Clinic twice in the past 4 years--the first time inadvertently being the occasion of the honeymoon with wife Kirsten.

Dr. Barrett has participated in many humanitarian efforts. He is active in Rotary and has written various grants for, and has participated in, projects in SE Asia, Africa, South America and Latin America. These efforts include projects for dental care, water, and health/sanitation.

He was instrumental in securing funding for the purchase of dental equipment for the Maasai Dental Clinic by obtaining a Rotary Grant. He was the first official Maasai Dental Clinic volunteer dentist, and was present for the dedication ceremony in January, 2009. He has worked at the clinic three times.

Dr. Barrett is married and has 5 children and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys alpine skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, and fly fishing. He practices dentistry and lives on the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest.

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Dr. Fasano is a retired orthodontist, having had an active, 35 year practice, beginning in Sacramento, CA, and then relocating to Issaquah, WA. He was born in Chicago, IL, and lived there and in the San Francisco Bay area, CA, residing now in Lake Forest Park, WA.

His undergraduate education was at Pacific Union College, San Francisco State College, and University of California Berkeley. He received his DDS degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, in 1960, and his MS degree in Orthodontics at Loma Linda University, in 1964. He earned the rank of Captain in the US Army Dental Corp.

Dr. Fasano holds memberships in the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, as well as civic service clubs. He experienced volunteer dentistry in the State of Chiapas, Mexico. He became a World Health Dental Organization board member in 2012, and spent time at the Maasai Dental Clinic observing the workings of the clinic and the needs of the area.

He is married to Karen Johnson. They enjoy travel and exploring the world. They have one daughter, and one granddaughter.

Dr. Stuart Rich received his DDS degree at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1987.  Since that time, he has been in private practice; the first nine years in the Silicon Valley city of Campbell, California.  In 1996 he moved his family to the Pacific Northwest, and continues his large private practice in Auburn, Washington with an associate and a team of twelve.  In the last few years, he has focused more and more of his clinical time on collaborative care with area sleep medicine physicians in treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea with mandibular advancement devices.

Over the years, he has been involved in volunteer dental care through the Smile Mobile and various health fair screenings.  He assisted in getting a sliding scale dental clinic set up in his city that is staffed with volunteers.  As one of the Rotarians from several local clubs who assisted John Barrett in obtaining a Rotary Grant to help get the Maasai Dental Clinic equipped initially, he and his family then served at the clinic shortly after its opening.

The Maasai Clinic experience left a profound impact on him and his family.  Nature and landscape photography are a serious hobby, and many photos of their time at the clinic hang in his office and home as a constant reminder of their time there.

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Dr. Libby was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and now resides in San Diego, CA. Having grown up in a unique environment of responsibility and the extremes, Dr. Libby loves the art of life and what it can offer. He received his DDS degree and education at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Libby is the current president of NASDAD, (National Association of Seventh Day Adventist Dentists) and sits on the board for WHDO. with lots of excitement for Missions and dentistry. Dr. Libby’s background is full of mission minded dental trips to places like Kenya, Fiji, Nicaragua, Peru, and Mexico. He spent 1 month as a senior dental student at the Maasai Dental Clinic and it was the best experience of his education. Using his talents, personable nature, and passion of spreading goodwill through dentistry is something that has been, and will continue to be a driving focus into the future.

In his spare time, Dr. Libby is the captain of a commercial salmon gillnetting boat in Bristol Bay Alaska and spends several weeks every summer harvesting gorgeous salmon from the ocean. Seeing the beauty of natural creation in nature inspires Dr. Libby to apply the same characteristics to the art of dentistry. He also enjoys flying, racing bikes, skiing, kite-surfing, and camping.

Home-state Missouri, attended Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and Saint Louis University School of Dentistry.

He served two years in the Army as a dentist and directed a dental assistant training program. He returned to his home town, Columbia, Missouri, where he practiced general dentistry for 41 years. He was very active in the local dental society, serving as president and promoting excellence in dentistry within the dental community. He is a lifetime member of the American Dental Association and the Missouri Dental Association. In 2009 he retired from dental practice.

Since retirement he has been on mission trips to Honduras, Haiti, and Kenya where he spent 5 weeks at the Maasai Dental Clinic. He plans to continue contributing time and money to the clinic.

He is married to Sandra (Blank), a nurse. They both feel very blessed by the Maasai Dental Clinic experience.

Dr. Evans joined the World Health Dental Organization board in 2013 after spending 5 weeks at the Maasai Dental Clinic with his family.  Dr. Evans is in private practice as a general dentist in Reno, NV.

He graduated from Pacific Union College in 1999 with a degree in accounting and worked in public accounting as a C.P.A. for 6 years before going to Loma Linda University to become a dentist.

Along with several affiliations with local and national dental associations he is also a member of the Monterey Bay Academy alumni endowment board.

While not at work he enjoys downhill skiing, 4-wheeling, mountain biking and spending as much time as he can with his wife and two children.

After being at the Maasai Dental Clinic and seeing the potential the clinic has to serve the people, he is very excited about the future of this organization.

Patricia Benca, a native of Illinois, attended University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University Dental School; then completed her Oral Pathology Fellowship and General Practice Residency at the Zoller Dental Clinic at University of Chicago.  Her husband's career took the family to Seattle, Washington and there, Benca continued with her love of teaching and hospital dentistry at Harborview Medical Center.

Eventually, she moved into private practice, and for the past 20 years, she has practiced out of her office in the Southcenter area of Seattle.  Just recently her daughter graduated from the U of Washington Dental School and plans to join the practice when she finishes her residency training.  Dr. Benca's first trip to the Maasai Dental Clinic was in November of 2013.  Having been long time family friends with the founders, Dr. Ray and Gail Damazo, it had always been her dream to participate in this worthwhile dental experience. After raising her 3 children she was now free to pursue her own passions and interests.

Dr. Benca and her hygienist, Nancy Davis, travelled to Nairobi, through Narok and then arrived at the Maasai Dental Clinic, where they spent two weeks treating the Maasai people, the safari lodge workers and any local visitors that needed assistance. She is now a member of the WHDO board and looks forward to her next trip to the clinic in September of 2016 when she and her daughter will be the volunteer dentists for the entire month!

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Dr. Robert Leo earned his DDS degree from Loma Linda University in December of 1978 and entered into private practice in Corona, CA. 

In 1996, Dr. Leo joined the California Department of Corrections where he became the Chief Dentist charged with delivering dental services at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, CA, a maximum security facility. 

Dr. Leo retired from active dentistry in December of 2009. His retirement has allowed him increased pursuit of his interest in mission dentistry where he has served in countries such as Fiji, Costa Rica, and Kenya.

He has been privileged to serve two 1-month terms at the Maasai Dental Clinic in Siana Springs, Kenya. Because of this interest, Dr. Leo was asked to join as a Board Member of the World Health Dental Organization where his appointment became official in December of 2014.

Dr. David Rempel was born and raised in Canada. He moved to Loma Linda, California in 1990 to put his wife through the Loma Linda Foreign Graduate program at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. They raised two children and his wife established her dental practice. He returned to school and graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2004.

Dr. Rempel practiced dentistry in private practice from 2004-2012, after which he embarked on a contract in Baghdad, Iraq, as one of two American dentists serving contractors, servicemen and diplomats from various countries, in an austere and hostile environment.

He expects to retire from practicing dentistry for financial remuneration within the next two years. His retirement plan is to spend six months a year doing missionary and humanitarian dentistry.

He worked at the Maasai Dental Clinic for the month of February, 2013, and is scheduled to return there to work the month of June, 2015. He has two grown children, and enjoys fishing and cycling.

Dr. Justin Libby was born and raised in the beautiful state of Alaska. He attended undergraduate school in Washington state (Walla Walla University) than moved back to Alaska to operate a commercial fishing business he and his brother had established. After two years of running the fish business full-time, Dr. Libby was excited to pursue dentistry as a profession. In May of 2011, he graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. “It was during my senior year in dental school that I had the opportunity to serve at the Maasai Dental Clinic. It was a life-changing experience for me to be able to work side-by-side with my family and care for such an amazing group of people!”

Dr. Libby currently resides back home in Anchorage, AK where he is in private practice. When he’s not pursuing his passions in dentistry he is actively seeking them outdoors with his beautiful wife and soul-mate Katie. He loves to ride bikes, fly airplanes, kite board, surf, camp, fish, run, ski, play with his seven-year old chocolate lab “Bentley” and tinker on machines. In addition, Dr. Libby has played the piano for 10 years and has two high school basketball state championship rings!

Associate Professor and Director of the Office of International Affairs, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Graduated from LLUSD in 1978, Prosthodontics Certificate LLUSD 1995, Masters degree in Health Professions Education in 2010 WHDO / LLLUSD liason

Dr. Nick greatly enjoys intercultural interaction, the natural world, and the educational process, especially the learning, growth, and rewards of education in the context of service to others.

Dr. Rouhe attended Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and received his DDS degree in 1966. Following graduation, he continued into a one year associate practice with Dr. Jim Jacobson of Westminster, CA.

Following this associate relationship, he assisted in organizing a group dental practice, The Riverside Dental Group. This group now has 7 locations with 36 dentists, comprised of general dentists and specialists, who are able to provide the range of services needed for full patient care.

He and his wife, Gloria, spent some time at the Maasai Dental Clinic a few years ago, after which he joined the board of the World Health Dental Organization. Being in Kenya again brought back many fond memories for Dr. Rouhe, as he lived in Africa until he was 15 years old. He was able to brush up on his Swahili, which pleasantly, he still remembered.

His hobbies include collecting cars, skiing, tennis, and golf.

Graduating from Loma LInda University School of Dentistry in 1981, Blake makes his home in Cleburne, Texas along with his wife, Paula, and 3 adult children.

He leads by example. His daughter Lori, is a hygienist in his practice, his son, Grant, is a pre-dental student and Joy, his youngest, is a dental hygiene student at Loma Linda University. The entire family will be volunteering at the Maasai Dental Clinic in 2015.

Blake is a fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology.

One of his favorite ways of giving back is championing good news in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX region. He along with two others, sponsor Good News TV, a Christian station.


Dorinda lives in Snoqualmie, Washington with her husband Omar.

She was raised in the Coachella Valley where she attended both College of the Desert, and Muir Technical College.

She received degrees in Accounting and Computer Science, and has spent the last 25 years applying these skills at companies such as Marriott Corporate HQ, T-Mobile and Microsoft.

In her free time she enjoys playing an aggressive game of gin rummy with her husband, while sitting around a camp fire with their 7 furry children.

Dorinda is honored to be a member of the WHDO board.

 

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