Our Leadership

The best minds and the brightest smiles are leading the way at Delta Dental.

Our Senior Leadership Team


Kristin Merlo
President & Chief Executive Officer

Jim Couch, JD
Senior Vice President
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Legal Officer

Jimmy Anthony
Vice President, Operations

Dave Hawsey
Vice President, Marketing

Debi Lowtharp
Vice President, Finance
Chief Financial Officer

Katie Mehdizadegan
Vice President, Legal
General Counsel

Thomas Redd, DDS, MS
Vice President, Professional Relations

Our Corporate Board of Directors


Ned Alley, DDS


Paul Beahm


Wayne Callahan

Chairman of the Board


Sarah Clark

Vice Chairman


Arnoud Krijt, MBA



Cindy Boyle, CPA, CIA, CITP, CISA



Mark Bailey, DDS


Troy Bartels, DDS

Mel Collazo, DDS, MS


Phil Cox, CPA

Tamika Edwards, JD


Mark Langston


Joseph Thompson, MD

Our Leadership