Meet the Foundation Board

The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer members who represent a wide variety of communities. Current members of the Foundation Board of Directors are:

Allan Allford, CEO

Allan Allford is the president and CEO of Delta Dental of Arizona, the leading dental benefits insurance company in the state. Allford is also the president of the charitable Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation which provides much needed funding, education, and dental supplies to those in need across the entire state. In addition, Allford serves on boards and professional associations within the community, including the HonorHealth Foundation, the advisory board of US Bank, and Boys and Girls Club of the Valley.

Prior to joining Delta Dental of Arizona in 2011, Allford served as CEO of Via Christi Health Partners, the physician joint venture division of Via Christi Health, an integrated health system throughout Kansas and Oklahoma. Allford has also worked as managing director of Koch Industries, one of the world’s largest privately held companies that owns and operates global consumer product and commodity processing concerns.

Allford earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Public Accountant. He currently lives in Phoenix with his wife and son.

Richard Fefer, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation board member

Dr. Richard J. Fefer has been in practice since 1972, including 2 years of active duty and 4 years of active Reserves in the US Air Force. He attended the University of Wisconsin and went on to receive his dental degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1972. Dr. Fefer specializes in general and geriatric dentistry, including crowns, bridges, fillings, implants, dentures, partials, relines and repairs.

Along with being a Foundation board member, he is a member of professional organizations: the American Prosthodontics Society, the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Arizona State Dental Association, and Central Society. He has been active with the American Academy of Dental Radiology and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Melanie Hull, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation board member

Dr. Melanie Hull was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from Thunderbird High School. She then completed an accelerated six-year program at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, earning a BA in Biology and a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1997.

Dr. Hull was trained in hospital dentistry, with a focus on children's dentistry, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She has attained the prestigious status of Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition award.

Dr. Hull has practiced general dentistry for over 20 years and sees patients of all ages.

Bruce Spigner, Delta Dental of Arizona board member

Dr. Bruce Spigner has been practicing dentistry since 1982. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and a post doctorial certificate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in hospital dentistry. While in his residency at UCLA, he received additional training in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, sedation, endodontics, periodontics, special needs dentistry, and oral surgery.

Spigner is widely recognized for his expertise in hospital and special needs dentistry and has served as founder and director of the Center for Dental Health at Good Samaritan Medical Center, creating the first full service hospital dentistry in the Valley. He opened a private dental practice in Phoenix in 1991 where he specializes in restorative, cosmetic, sedative, special needs and hospital dentistry.

Spigner also is an active member of multiple national, state and local dental organizations including the American Dental Association, Arizona State Dental Association and Central Arizona Dental Association. In addition, he has served as a governor appointee to the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners, Chair of state board Anesthesia Committee, Examiner for the Western Regional Examining Board and Dental Auditor for Professional Background Information Services.