Oral Health Forum Staff

Alejandra Valencia, DDS, MPH, MS: Alejandra serves as OHF’s Project Director. She worked as a dentist in public health settings for several years before specializing in dental public health. Her expertise is in community-based research, data analysis and interpretation, and health systems impact. She ensures that our work aligns with national initiatives, our data is accurate, and our model is strong. Phone: 773.491.2632


For more information about Alejandra visit her LinkedIn page.




kimKimberly Bartolomucci: Kim serves as the Program Manager. She comes with over 30 years of non-profit experience, worked in the dental field for several years and is experienced with event projects/event planning. Currently she oversees and manages the oral health education program, and has coordinated two third grade basic screenings in Illinois. Phone: 312.636.3070




Leilah Denise Odeh, MSW: Leilah joined the OHF team in January of 2017, serving as our Manager of Program Development and Case Management Services. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois and completed her internship with Heartland Alliance Health. Leilah returned to Heartland with extensive experience in serving low-income households and communities, specializing in program management, development, and evaluation. Within the forum, she provides oversight to the case management team, develops innovative strategies to enhance and create new OHF programs and increase visibility, and works directly with stakeholders to maintain strong relationships for all invested  in the mission of OHF.


danielaDaniela Sanchez, BS: Daniela serves as the OHF Care Coordinator. Prior experience includes working with unaccompanied minors providing workshops to help make their transition in the United States easier.  At the Forum, she builds relationships with community partners and connects families with oral health services. She also assists The Oral Health Education team by providing oral health education presentations in Spanish for the bilingual classrooms. Phone: 312.718.1663



brendaBrenda Velazquez, BA:  Brenda serves as an OHF Care Coordinator and comes to us with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.  She has an extensive case management background working closely with families and children experiencing domestic violence. As a case manager she links families with the dental services they need. She also assists The Oral Health Education Team by providing oral health education presentations in Spanish for the bilingual classrooms. Phone: 312.515.503o



AliciaAlicia Gonzalez, BA:   Alicia serves as the Program Assistant; she comes to the forum with several years of experience in communications, public service, and education. Alicia studied History, English Literature and, Creative Writing at  Northern Illinois University. Alicia has a wide field of interests, including Women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, military history and contemporary social issues.



Miguel Negrete, BS, BA: Miguel is a Public Health Educator for the Oral Health Forum. He comes to us with a B.S. in Health Science, and B.A. in Spanish from Furman University; Miguel also served students of all ages and cultures through service in the Return Peace Corps. Miguel is  proud of his Mexican-American heritage and his Chicago roots, which is why he’s working on his Masters in Public Health in Community Health Sciences with a focus on Cancer prevention. He hopes to work with minority populations, finding ways to build healthier lives and eliminating health disparities. Miguel describes himself as a developer of young minds, Spanish speaker, health educator, culturally competent, counselor, relationship cultivator, collaborator, and a traveler.





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