Staff Contact Information

Joe Lally 

Joe Lally
jlally@deltadentalmn.org
 

Joseph P. Lally is Vice President Government Relations and Legislative Affairs and Interim Executive Director of the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and Community Benefits. Joe joined Delta Dental of Minnesota in 2001. Lally's background includes over 14 years working on legal issues, government affairs, and regulatory and external relationships. He has more than 25 years of professional experience and practiced law in both the public and private sectors in Washington, D.C., New York and Minnesota.  For six years, he served as a Minnesota Assistant Attorney General specializing in litigation and consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice.
 
Joe volunteers with several community organizations and served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Minnesota Children’s Defense Fund and is a past trustee for the Convent of the Visitation School, former president of the Inn of Court, past Chairman of the Mendota Heights Planning Commission, past board Chairman for the San Miguel Middle School in Minneapolis, and a former board member for the Minnesota Private College Council and Foundation.  Mr. Lally is also a past president of the Alumni Association and trustee emeritus for the University of St. Thomas, and currently serves on the advisory board for St. Thomas’s College of Arts and Science.

 

Sharon Oswald 

Sharon Oswald 
soswald@deltadentalmn.org
612-224-3203 
 

Sharon Oswald is Foundation Program Manager, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and Community Affairs Manager of Delta Dental of Minnesota, working to advance the strategic goals of the Foundation and philanthropic priorities through program initiatives. Sharon also develops and implements a variety of community affairs and communications efforts to improve oral health.

Sharon joined Delta Dental of Minnesota in October 2012. Sharon was most recently an Associate Consultant with Halleland Habicht, where she specialized in helping health-related nonprofit organizations adapt and thrive to meet the challenges of health reform and contemporary community needs. Prior to working in health reform, Sharon worked as a Health Impact Manager at Greater Twin Cities United Way, where she managed a $4 million grant-making portfolio to promote preventive health and wellness among underserved communities. Sharon has been a leader in oral health since 2005, when she helped create the Bright Smiles program to address oral health disparities for young children and pregnant women and was a strong advocate in the development of the dental therapy profession in Minnesota.

Dana Jensen 

Dana Jensen
djensen@deltadentalmn.org
612-224-3291
 


Dana Jensen
is Program Officer and Senior Grants Administrator for Delta Dental of Minnesota and Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. Dana supports Community Affairs and the Foundation with external relations, communications, grant review, grant management, and oral health education and outreach.

Before joining Delta Dental of Minnesota in May of 2011, Dana was Grants Program Manager at The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation for six years, and spent the prior 10 years working in the field of family violence prevention. She currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of Neighborhood HealthSource’s board of directors, and is a member of Fraser School’s Program Committee. Dana earned her master's degree in public affairs from The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and received her bachelor's of arts in political science from the University of Iowa.

Cathy Glover  

Cathy Glover
cglover@deltadentalmn.org
612-224-3209
 

Cathy Glover is Executive Assistant for Delta Dental of Minnesota Community Affairs and Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.

Cathy supports the philanthropy program, oral health education and outreach, communication efforts, and employee involvement.

Before joining Delta Dental of Minnesota in 2008, Cathy spent ten years at Northwest Area Foundation, supporting programs which assist communities throughout an eight-state region in reducing poverty and building sustainable prosperity. Prior to that, she spent 15 plus years at Honeywell, Inc. working in Human Resources in the areas of compensation and benefits. Cathy has studied at the University of Minnesota and at Olympic College on the West Coast. 

Annessa Hicks  

Annessa Hicks
ahicks@deltadentalmn.org
612-224-3321 
 

Annessa Hicks joined Delta Dental in January of 2015 as the Grants Management and Program Associate for Delta Dental of Minnesota Community Affairs and Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. Annessa supports the day-to-day management of the processing of grants and assists in researching and implementing new programs.

Before joining Delta Dental as a full-time employee, Annessa served as the Community Benefits and Foundation Intern at Delta Dental of Minnesota. Annessa graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Communication & Journalism in December of 2014.


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