Board of Directors

Bertram J. Hughes

Bertram J. Hughes, DMD

President

Dr. Hughes has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. He has based his practice on treating families and children with a special emphasis of treating those patients with a limited access to quality health care. He has dedicated his life to this mission. He is also heavily involved in the Gainesville / Alachua County communities.

Dr. Hughes serves on the board of STOP! Children’s Cancer, the African American Accountability Alliance and is a partner with the Harn Museum of Art. He is also a member of the Pierre Fauchard International Dental Honor Society.

Dr. Hughes was born in Brooklyn, NY, though he grew up in Los Angeles and Jacksonville. He attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate studies and for Dental School.

Roosevelt Brown

Roosevelt Brown, DDS

President Emeritus

Dr. Brown is a graduate of Howard College of Dentistry. He served as President of the National Dental Association from 1985-1986, and became President of the NDA Foundation in 1990, where he served with distinction for twenty years.

He is the first President Emeritus of the NDA Foundation and the first Chief Administrative Officer, the role he holds today.

In 1995, he spearheaded the fundraising to purchase a headquarters for the NDA and created the Gold Leaf Society for donors who contributed $1,000 or more to encourage donations.

In 2011, the building he labored for was named the “Dr. Roosevelt Brown Building” in his honor.

Mildred L. Taylor

Mildred L. Taylor, RDH, MA

Secretary/NDHA Representative

Mildred Lee Taylor is a retired biology teacher, and dental hygienist. She is advocates for children public education and public health. She earned degrees from Lane College, Tennessee State University, MeHarry Medical College and The University of Memphis. Mildred volunteers for the United Way of the Mid-South, tnAchieve, Stork’s Nest Prenatal Program and mentor former student s who are teachers. She has formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Memphis-Shelby County Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, Facing History and Ourselves Educator. Mildred is a member of the Memphis & Shelby County Retired Teachers’ Association, Meharry Medical College Alumni Association, Lane College Alumni Association, Dunbar-Haywood County Training Carver High School Reunion, March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Committee, National Dental Hygienists’ Association (Past President & Board Chair), and the National Dental Association Foundation, Secretary. Mildred is a Lane College Upward Bound student graduate.

Brandon Gordon

Brandon Gordon, DDS

Board Member

Dr. Brandon A. Gordon graduated from Morehouse College in 2002 and later attended the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor. He graduated in 2007 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
While in dental school, Dr. Gordon also grew spiritually. He joined Second Baptist Church of Ann Arbor in 2004 and has been working in various ministries at the church since then. In April 2009, Dr. Gordon was ordained as a deacon. Dr. Gordon’s faith in God and participation in church ministries helped to form his perspective of dental care. He believes that providing optimal dental care to those in need is the primary ministry to which God has called him.

Angela Bowens

Angela Bowens, BA, MPA

NDAA President & Representative

Angela Denise Turner-Bowens is a Georgia native, who graduated from Albany State University with her first Bachelors Degree in Political Science. She moved on to receive her second Bachelors Degree in English from Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana, and her Masters Degree in Public Affairs from Walden University. She is presently the Practice Administer for Michael A. Davis, D.D.S., and the Owner/President of ATB Vacation. Angela is a member of Jack and Jill Indianapolis Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa and Golden Key Honor Society. She has been a member of the National Dental Assistants Association since 1999; where she is currently the NDAA President promoting dental health.

Jerel Owens

Jerel Owens, DDS

House of Delegates Representative

Dr. Jerel N. Owens, has practiced dentistry for 31 years. Following graduation from the University of Pittsburgh Dental School, he completed general practice residency and an oral-maxillofacial residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

Committed to serving the oral health needs of the underserved, he returned to his old neighborhood in Detroit and set up his dental practice five miles from where he grew up to fulfil his dream of giving back to his community.

He has been a member of the NDA for twenty-five years and has served in a number of capacities.