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It is with great sadness that Delta Dental of Minnesota announces the sudden death of Ann Johnson, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and Director of Community Affairs of Delta Dental of Minnesota. Ms. Johnson, age 49, passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2013 while vacationing in the Pacific Northwest.
Ms. Johnson provided executive leadership for the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation’s relationships and funding investments. She oversaw and coordinated the grantmaking activities of the Board of Directors’ Philanthropy Committee and directed Delta Dental of Minnesota’s Community Affairs Department, including community and external relations, oral health education, advocacy and outreach.
A lifelong advocate for youth health and wellbeing, Ms. Johnson served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Alliance with Youth and was a co-chair of Smiles Across Minnesota. Ms. Johnson also served as a board member of numerous civic, arts and charitable organizations, including the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, Ordway Circle of Stars and Recycling Association of Minnesota. Her passions also led her to serve in an advisory capacity for a variety of health, youth and philanthropy organizations.
In a message to employees, Rodney Young, chief executive officer and president of Delta Dental of Minnesota, called Ms. Johnson, “a true champion for the health, wellbeing and happiness of Minnesota’s youth. She was an incredible asset not only to our Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, but also undoubtedly to the community. While we will miss her unwavering commitment to the betterment of those she served, her impact will remain forever.”
A celebration of Ann Johnson's life was held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Trellis Outdoor Ceremonies in Stillwater, MN. To leave messages for the family or to make a donation in Ann's memory please visit: http://www.forevermissed.com/ann-k-johnson/
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.
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 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.
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