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:
Michael Jones is the president and CEO of Delta Dental of Arizona, the leading dental benefits insurance company in the state. Jones 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. Jones works closely with the board of directors and Delta Dental’s executive leadership team to create and leverage partnerships that strengthen the organization’s ability to meet current and evolving market demands while remaining true to its mission of improving lives by promoting optimal oral health.
Prior to joining Delta Dental of Arizona in 2021, Jones served as managing director and Midwest region healthcare provider lead for Accenture, a global professional services company providing strategy, consulting, digital and technology solutions. Since 2016, Jones specialized in identifying strategic solutions for various health care organizations and led business development activities to grow the consultancy while managing executive-level client relationships. Jones also founded professional consulting firm M. Jones & Associates, LLC in 2005, which he ran as managing partner until 2016, focusing on delivering strategic business and technology solutions to organizations across the country. He brings a wealth of experience from his various c-suite roles at companies like BeTheMatch and CIGNA Behavioral Health. In 2014, Jones was named by Fast Company Magazine as among the “Most Creative People in Business 100” and in 2011, Jones was named by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal “CIO of the Year.”
Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University and a master’s in business administration degree from the University of Texas - Austin, where he was a Consortium Fellowship Recipient. Michael is married and has two children.
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.
Dr. Shaharyar Ashraf earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2012 and has been practicing in Tucson, Arizona ever since. Ashraf is a Tucson native and completed dual undergraduate degrees with honors from the University of Arizona. Since 2014, Dr. Ashraf has been the owner dentist of Tangerine Dental Group, a multi-provider dental office supported by Pacific Dental Services.
Dr. Ashraf is a teaching faculty member and a subject matter expert in CAD/CAM dentistry. He has been affiliated with multiple national and local dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, Southern Arizona Dental Association, Southern Arizona New Dentists, Pima Dental Study Club, We Serve Foundation, Free Dentistry Day and Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy.
Dr. Laila Hishaw is a change agent for children’s oral health and diversity in dentistry. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and International College of Dentists.
Dr. Hishaw is a private-practice owner and author of the Amazon bestseller, Cavity Free Kids. She’s been featured on Discovery Health Channel for her role in diagnosing a rare disorder in her patient, and in multiple podcasts and publications. She currently serves on the ADA Presidential Task Force to Eliminate Barriers for Underrepresented Minorities into the Dental Profession and as a Delegate for the Southern Arizona Dental Society. She is an alumni of the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership.
In 2018, she founded Diversity in Dentistry Mentorships Inc. a nonprofit committed to strengthening the diversity pathway from middle school to dental school through mentoring, educational and hands-on programming, and scholarships to youth and pre-dental students from African-American/Black, Latinx, and Native American backgrounds. The organization has been featured in Yahoo! Finance, Black Enterprise, and ADA News.
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.
Julia Wacloff works with ADHS leadership and management on a variety of public health functions as related to oral health and has been in her current position for ten years. She was responsible for developing the first comprehensive state oral health plan for Arizona. Prior to joining the Department, she served as an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health. There she participated as the lead epidemiologist for the Surveillance, Investigations and Research Team providing technical assistance and support to States with surveillance and research related to preventing oral diseases.
She has over 20 years of experience in various public health settings providing needs assessment, policy development and quality assurance at local, state and national levels. Ms. Wacloff has held various faculty positions in dental and dental hygiene institutions. She earned her master’s degree in Dental Public Health from Boston University; a Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Minnesota and holds certificates in epidemiology and dental hygiene..