State-Appointed Dental Therapy Task Force Meetings Open to Public

A state-appointed dental therapy task force will hold its first meeting, which is open to the public, on Monday, July 26 from 2-4 PM.

During the 2021 legislative session, the final 2021-23 Operating Budget included a proviso to create a state-appointed task force that will “examine how to bring the current practice of dental therapy on tribal lands to a statewide scale in Washington state as well as determine the practice, supervision, and practice settings needed to maximize the effectiveness of dental therapy.”

The task force, comprised of the individuals listed below, will commence their work on Monday, July 26 from 2-4 PM PST.

Executive Director Bracken Killpack will serve as WSDA’s representative. While there are set representatives for the task force, it was recently decided by the task force facilitators that members of the public will be invited to share their thoughts and ideas with the task force through surveys and to observe all of the task force meetings to stay informed about the progress. A survey will be available at each task force meeting.

Task Force Members

Marcy Bowers
Dr. Miranda Davis
Dr. Lyle McClellan
Dr. Bea Gandara
Colleen Gaylord
Rochelle Ferry
Dr. Rachael Hogan
Dayna Steringer
Dr. Sarah Hill
Bob Marsalli
Darren Greeno
Demas Nesterenko
Rep. Jessica Bateman
Rep. Michelle Caldier
Sen. Emily Randall
Sen. Ann Rivers
Bracken Killpack

During their meeting on Monday, July 26 from 2-4 PM PST, the task force will cover: getting to know members of the task force, framework for their work, interaction agreements, task force member engagement, and final report outline and plan. Zoom information for the meeting is provided below.

Zoom Webinar Information
Meeting ID: 996 1963 4002
Passcode: Dental

One tap mobile: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Dial in Passcode: 740003

WSDA will communicate the agenda and Zoom information for all future meetings as they become available.


Any questions regarding the state-appointed dental therapy task force may be sent to