Staff Bios

 
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Zachary Brian, DMD

Dr. Zachary Brian joined the Foundation in 2018 as Program Director for the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative. A passionate advocate for oral health equity and access, Dr. Brian recently served as a Dental Director leading initiatives for Fair Haven Community Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center in New Haven, Connecticut in partnership with Yale University. Prior to this role, Dr. Brian served in Indian Health Service as Site Director for the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  

 Dr. Brian has spent both his clinical and administrative career in public health, and is particularly interested in issues surrounding health equity, access, integration, and collaboration. Committed to community outreach and partnerships, Dr. Brian is a sought-after speaker on dental-medical integration, oral health equity and systems change, as well as the oral-systemic connection. In 2018, he re-established the Connecticut Dental Directors Task Force to share best practices and lobby for legislative change. Leveraging these partnerships, Dr. Brian oversaw the expansion of school-based oral health programs, implemented integrative protocols, and secured funding to increase access to diagnostic technologies for underserved population groups. Originally from rural Kentucky, Dr. Brian knows firsthand the challenges to oral health access in the southern United States, and is excited to lead the NCOHC in tackling this critical issue in North Carolina.

 Dr. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Murray State University, and earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville. He is currently a candidate in the Master of Health Administration program at Central Michigan University.

 
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Suzanne Martin, MSW

 

Suzanne Martin joined the NC Oral Health Collaborative as the Director of Outreach and Engagement in May 2017. In her role, Suzanne strives to achieve oral health equity for all North Carolinians through network building and systems change with stakeholder groups statewide.  She will oversee the implementation of a comprehensive communications campaign that will include: broad dissemination of the Portrait of Oral Health, Innovations Bank, NC Oral Health Agenda, and culturally appropriate health messages.

Prior to joining the NC Oral Health Collaborative, Suzanne worked at the American Cancer Society as the Program Manager for the National Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination Roundtable. She has also previously served in various roles for North Carolina State University (NCSU), including being the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator and a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant for the Department of Social Work, and an Education and Training Graduate Assistant for the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED).

Suzanne holds a Master of Social Work degree from North Carolina State University and received her undergraduate degree in Human Services from Peace College (currently known as William Peace University).