Board of Directors
Secretary Ash Carter, PhD
Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School
Secretary Carter has spent more than three decades leveraging his knowledge of science and technology, global strategy and policy as well as his deep dedication to the men and women of the Department of Defense to make our nation and the world a safer place. He has served many roles outside of his government service including distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, lecturer at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Senior Executive at the Markle Foundation, Senior Partner of Global Technology Partners, and an advisor on global affairs to Goldman Sachs. He served on the boards of the MITRE Corporation, Mitretek Systems, and Lincoln Laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and as a member of the Draper Laboratory Corporation. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.
For his government service, Secretary Carter has been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, DoD’s highest, on five separate occasions. He received the Defense Intelligence Medal for his contributions to intelligence and the Joint Distinguished Service Medal from the Chairman and Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Secretary Carter is author or co-author of 11 books and more than 100 articles on physics, technology, national security, and management.
Secretary Carter is serving as an Honorary Chair on our Board of Directors.
Dr. Gerard Kugel, DMD, MS, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Comprehensive Care at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
With an expertise in Clinical Research and Esthetic Dentistry, Dr. Kugel is a reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine, JADA, The Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, and the Clinicians Report. He is on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Compendium and Inside Dentistry, where his is Editor Emeritus. He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Dental Materials. Dr. Kugel is on the Board of Directors of a number of nonprofit foundations and has his PhD in Dental Materials and his Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Dr. Kugel has published over 200 articles and over 300 abstracts in the field of restorative materials and techniques. He has given over 400 lectures both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kugel is part of a group practice, the Trinity Dental Center in Boston, MA.
Dr. Kathleen O'Loughlin, DMD, MPH
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Dental Association
Dr. O’Loughlin is the executive director of the American Dental Association, the nation’s leading advocate for oral health. She is a nationally recognized leader in the health care, nonprofit and education sectors, and she speaks around the country about the profession of dentistry, oral health care delivery, public health policy, dental practitioner mental health and wellness, interprofessional collaboration within health care delivery, and on the need for diversity within the dental profession. She was the first female dental school class president and valedictorian of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is the first female executive director of the American Dental Association, which was founded in 1859.
Prior to joining the ADA, Dr. O’Loughlin served as the Chief Dental Officer for United Health Group, and President and CEO of Delta Dental of MA.
Dr. O’Loughlin practiced dentistry for over 20 years in Medford and Winchester, MA, while serving as an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in the Department of General Dentistry as a course director. She received her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Boston University in 1974 and her doctorate from Tufts University summa cum laude in 1981. In 1998, Dr. O’Loughlin received a master’s degree in Public Health and Health Care Management from Harvard University. She became Trustee of Tufts University in 2006 and is the Chair of the Board of Advisors for Tufts Dental School.
Dr. O’Loughlin is a member of several dental organizations and has received numerous awards.
Lieutenant Jimmy Santos
Jimmy Santos has worked in public service at the local, state, and federal levels advising elected officials on veterans’ issues, national security, and foreign policy.
He served in the United States Air Force as a lead tactics instructor flying over 180 combat missions in Afghanistan, being named a Top 40 Under 40 Veteran in 2014. Jimmy is a Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project and a Leader with Veterans for American Ideals.
Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Martin, DDS
Chief of Dental Service, 102d MDG/102d IW, Otis ANGB, JBCC
Dr. Raymond Martin graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with his DDS degree in 1983. He completed a General Practice Residency in 1984 at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has been in private practice since then. He has served as President of the Massachusetts Dental Society and as a Trustee of the Academy of General Dentistry representing the New England Region. He currently serves with the Massachusetts Air National Guard as Chief of Dental Service at Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod. Dr. Martin has recently been deployed twice for the COVID-19 pandemic commanding a vaccine team and a hospital support team.
Dr. Charles Rankin, DMD
Professor Emeritus at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Charles Rankin entered the dental field in 1968 when he was assigned as a dental technician in the U.S. Air Force. He received his B.A. in Biology from Salem State College in 1976 and his D.M.D. from Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine in 1979. He practiced five years as an Air Force general dentist and returned to Tufts to earn his endodontic certificate in 1986. He practiced endodontics at Andrews AFB in Maryland and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado before retiring from the Air Force in 1995. Dr. Rankin joined TUSDM in 1996 and served as the Director of Predoctoral Endodontics for fifteen years, until he was appointed as the Interim Chair of the Department of Oral Diagnostics and Health Promotion (Department of Comprehensive Care), which he held for 6 years until 2018. Dr. Rankin has lectured locally, nationally and internationally as well as published several articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Aram Donigian, MBA
Adjunct Professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and Lecturer at Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Planning
Aram Donigian served in the U.S. Army for 21-years as an Infantry and Public Affairs officer, deploying three times to Afghanistan. He taught management and leadership courses at West Point and the Air Force Academy. He co-founded the West Point Negotiation Project and is the co-author of several articles on negotiation within the military context. He is a Senior Trainer with Vantage Partners specializing in leadership, relationship management, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. In addition to his work with corporate clients, Aram delivers training on strategic influence and negotiations for Navy SEAL Platoon Leaders.
Aram received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and his BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He currently teaches the Negotiations course at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and Tufts University.
Kathryn Dolan RDH, MEd
Dr. Brent Mullen, DMD
Dr. Keith Nguyen, DMD
Dr. Thomas Whitmer, DMD
Yoon Na Choi
Olivia graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. While at UVA, she published her first abstract that was presented at the International Liver Transplant Society Annual Congress in Lisbon, Portugal. Olivia participated in dental fellowship programs in Mallorca, Spain, as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she observed dental professionals and volunteered in the communities. She plans to continue giving back to the community through Service with a Smile.