Da-Nell Pedersen serves as Manager, Communication & Strategy and is part of the team responsible for positioning the DentaQuest Partnership as the “leading voice” in oral health by articulating the impact and value of the DentaQuest Partnership’s programs and grantmaking initiatives with internal and external stakeholders. In this role Da-Nell delivers presentations and participates in activities around the country to increase awareness of the importance of oral health and share key findings from DentaQuest Partnership initiatives.
Da-Nell joined DentaQuest in 2014 and worked under the Safety Net Solutions (SNS) program until December of 2018. During her tenure with SNS, she helped improve systems and processes that led to increased client engagement and satisfaction. Prior to joining DentaQuest, Da-Nell served as Oral Health Coordinator for the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC), Arizona’s Primary Care Association, where she coordinated their Advancing Optimal Oral Health in Arizona project. This role involved the provision of training and support to Community Health Center dental program staff and the facilitation of stakeholder meetings in an effort to advance statewide oral health coalition efforts.
Da-Nell received a Bachelor's Degree in Strategic Communications from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma in 2010 and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona in 2017.