Our Officers, Board of Directors &
Robert Chakarian, CPA [President]
Mr. Chakarian is a founder and president of Chakarian & Associates, CPA’s Inc. a California corporation. Chakarian & Associates provides Individual, Partnership and Corporation tax planning and preparation, accounting services, management advisory and consulting services and retirement planning. Mr. Chakarian has over 20 years of experience in the public accounting field. Mr. Chakarian is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also currently servers on the Board of Directors as treasurer for Mountain Shadows Support Group, a 117 bed facility for the developmentally disabled located in Escondido and a 78 bed facility for children
Rosemary Jaworski [Vice President]
located in Riverside.
Brian Kintz [Secretary]
Mr. Kintz is a partner in the San Diego office of the law firm of Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP. His legal practice focuses on transactional real estate matters. Mr. Kintz has over 14 years of experience in the legal field. He is a member of The State Bar of California and the San Diego County Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his legal degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Kintz was previously a member of CDHA's Board of Directors from 2003-2005 and has been on CDHA's Advisory Council since 2005.
Mary O’Connor, D.D.S. [Immediate Past President]
Dr. O'Connor joined the board in November 2004. A practicing pediatric dentist in San Diego, she enjoys serving on the Executive Committee and the Operations Committee. She received her B.A. from the University of San Diego and her D.D.S. degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago. She received her Specialty certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Loyola University and trained in both Chicago and Flint, Michigan. She is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is on staff at Scripps Mercy and Children's Hospital of San Diego and is on the Cleft Lip and Palate Team at Children's. When not doing dental-related things, Dr. O'Connor loves to garden, read and travel with her husband and 3 children. She is an active volunteer at her children's grade school.
Darshan Dabir, DDS, MS [Board Member]
Dr. Dabir was born and raised in India. He completed his dental schooling there and came to New Orleans for his residency in pediatric dentistry. He graduated in 2000 and taught at LSU for two years prior to making his home in San Diego. He maintains a full time pediatric dentistry practice. Dr. Dabir has joined the Board of Directors at CDHA and is currently heading the Operations Committee for Children's Dental Health Center.
Diana Corley, RDH, BS [Board Member]
Diana has served as an Advisory Board member since 2002 and welcomes the opportunity to serve and assist the growth of CDHA. A graduate of Wichita State University, she has been actively practicing dental hygiene for over 25 years. She was also employed by Trammell Crow Residential as a Project Manager for apartment planning, construction and management. She is a Past President of the San Diego County Dental Hygienists’ Society, Trustee to the California Dental Hygienists’ Association and is currently serving as the Membership Council Chair for the state association. As a mother, Diana volunteered considerable time to schools, soccer clubs and youth programs.
Jennifer Campbell, RDA (Treasurer)
Jennifer is a Registered Dental Assistant who has lived in San Diego since 1968. Specializing in Pediatric Dentistry for over 24 years. Jennifer has worked in a private pediatric dental practice in South Bay for 18 years, Rady Children's Hospital Dental Residency Program / San Diego Children's Dental Health Center and now for Dr. Mary M. O'Connor. Her passion is quality dental care for children and those with special needs. She enjoys family, gardening, and designing and fabricating stained glass windows along with jewelry.
Beverly Hom, RDH [Board Member]
Beverly has provided thousands of children in San Diego with quality dental care: As a dental hygienist consultant, she started the fluoride treatments in the city schools in the 80’s and in 1990 started a pilot sealant program for underserved children at Children’s Dental Health Center. Beverly has also spent many volunteer hours in classroom dental health education instruction. And, along the way, she’s had time for the Children’s Dental Health Association serving as its president three times, the Charity Ball Committee 2007, the board of the United Way, and the San Diego Chinese Center serving as president, secretary and treasure. Beverly’s been involved with the PTA’s of her children’s schools, the Camp Fire Girls and the AAUW. Honors bestowed upon her include an Appreciation Award from the California Department of Health Services, Office of Oral Health – 2001. Beverly and her husband of over 50 years, Ed, are native San Diegans. They have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and reside in Point Loma.
Katie Judd, MPA [Board Member]
Katie Judd is the Health Promotion Specialist for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency in East Region. She received her Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from National University and her BS in Health Education, with a certificate in Gerontology from Chico State. Current projects include: working with east county school districts on implementation of their wellness policies, working with county and city governments on community design for healthier communities, and lead of the dental education subcommittee for the San Diego Dental Society Coalition.
Previously Katie worked in Health Promotion for the County of San Diego’s Aging and Independence Services. She facilitated a Health Promotion Committee consisting of eighty-five aging networks and health care providers. She is a certified older adult functional fitness instructor and served as the coordinator for over twenty Feeling Fit Club sites located at Senior Nutrition facilities. She has experience in conference planning and intergenerational programming. She assisted with the coordination of four Vital Aging Conferences and helped create the Intergenerational Games.
Bill Lozier [Board Member]
Paul Morley, Esq. [Board Member]
Lisa Garcia-Ruiz (Director of Development)*
Lisa Garcia-Ruiz has served as Director of Development for Children’s Dental Health Association of San Diego since January, 2009. She comes to the organization with more than 13 years fundraising experience, gained while working with such organizations as Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council, Inc. and Child Abuse Prevention Foundation (now Promises2Kids). She enjoys having the opportunity to support CDHA’s mission by securing successful grant funding for its programs and services. She and her husband Marc have two children and reside in San Marcos, CA.
Leslie Sennett (Executive Secretary)*
Leslie has worked for the City of San Diego for over sixteen years. She is pleased to also work with the Children's Dental Health Association to raise awareness and reduce disparities in the dental health status of families. In her spare time, Leslie is a wife, mother and an avid reader.
Barbara Darling [Chief Financial Officer]*
Now the CFO, as a seasoned bookkeeper, Barbara Darling originally joined the board in 1984 as Secretary-Treasurer, following in the footsteps of her mother-in-law who had the role since 1968. She has improved and streamlined a much more efficient accounting system for CDHA. Additionally, Barb has assisted the Dental Director, Executive Director and President in coordinating efforts through fund raising campaigns, correspondence, annual report, newsletter, open house, and continuing education lectures.
(*) Indicates current staff member