Board Of Directors

Board of Directors

Operation Grace MN is governed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of highly respected leaders who are dedicated to improve access to oral health services for underserved communities across Minnesota. The board is responsible for all aspects of the organization including collaboration among potential stakeholders, procurement and allocation of financial resources, creation of policy and procedures, development of marketing and program strategies, oversight of administration, and provision of clinical dental care.

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and the only infallible Rule of Faith & Practice.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the eternal Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth; His substitutionary death on Calvary for our sins; His bodily resurrection from the grave.
We believe in salvation by faith through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
We believe all men are lost apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
We believe that the true church are those who have accepted Jesus Christ into their lives and have become His disciples.
We believe in the present working and moving of the Holy Spirit in the lives of men and women.
We believe in the instructions of Jesus Christ to care for the hungry, the sick and homeless.

Nick Abruzzo
Patterson Dental
Nick Abruzzo is the Director of Marketing, Equipment and Technology for Patterson Dental. Though he is one of the newest members of the board, Nick has a passion for helping children who otherwise do not have the means and/or access to dental care. With a history of collaboration among various charitable dental organizations, he brings valuable knowledge and experience to the board. Nick graduated from Indiana University and played football for the Hoosiers for four years. Residing in Eagan, MN, he enjoys spending time with his three daughters who are very active on various sports teams.

John D. Carlson 
Former Professional Football Player
John D. Carlson is a former NFL football player who has played for the Seattle Seahawks, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Arizona Cardinals. Having been born and raised in Minnesota, he has a passion to not only support global missions but to partner with organizations in his home state. He has been integral in raising millions of dollars in support for various programs. Retired from the NFL in 2015, John is currently enjoying taking a break from a once hectic schedule in order to spend time with his wife and family. 

David S. Gesko, DDS
David S. Gesko, DDS is currently Senior Vice President & Dental Director at HealthPartners. With a passion for integrating medical and dental care as well as applying evidence-based research to care delivery, he has played vital roles in private and corporate dental offices across the country. He provides key leadership within the Minnesota Board of Dentistry and serves on several national panels including the National Quality Forum (NQF) Expert Panel on Oral Health and the National Leadership Committee on Oral Health (sponsored by the DentaQuest Institute). These panels work to build consensus on guidelines for prevention and disease management in oral health care and also to facilitate implementation of those guidelines into the care, policy, and financing systems. Dr. Gesko enjoys spending time with his wife and family at his home in Excelsior, MN. 

Terry Hildebrandt, MSW, LSW, CDL
The Salvation Army Northern Division
Terry Hildebrandt, MSW, LSW, CDL is the Social Services Director for The Salvation Army-Twin Cities and has over 25 years of service in The Salvation Army. With a passion for social work and vast experience providing relief and care to victims of natural disasters throughout the country, he is also a professor at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul and The College of St. Scholastica. Born and raised in Minnesota, Terry enjoys spending time with his family as well as educating students about the current trends in psychology, social work, and human services.

Paul S. Stone, DDS, FAGD
Retired from clinical practice
Paul S. Stone, DDS is currently retired from clinical practice and has been a prestigious Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry since 1984. With a strong interest in providing oral health services in underserved areas across Minnesota, he has also donated clinical care to communities in Siberia, Russia, Moldova, and Romania. After 40 years of working within the dental profession, Dr. Stone still enjoys the challenge of providing high quality dentistry as well as keeping up with the latest technologies in the ever-changing field of dentistry.

Gary L. Williams, DDS
Drs. Williams and Wimmer, DDS, PA
Gary L. Williams is an owner of Drs. Williams and Wimmer, DDS, PA which serves residents of Edina and Plymouth, MN. With a strong passion to provide care to underprivileged populations, he is committed to partnering with organizations that provide mobile dental services for the elderly in long-term care facilities, for struggling families in homeless shelters, as well as indigent communities in Central America. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the Minneapolis District Dental Society, and Seattle Study Club's continuing education program. Dr. Williams lives in Minnetonka with his wife and three children.

John Braddock
Operation Grace MN
John Braddock is the Executive Director of Operation Grace MN but is not a voting member of the board. With 40 years of service within The Salvation Army, Medical Teams International, and other faith-based ministries, his current focus includes building partnerships with both private and public stakeholders, engaging individuals and groups to participate in service to others, and expanding the organization's capability as a sustainable, volunteer-based, non-profit entity. Trusting and believing that God will provide, John has committed to take salary only as it is financially feasible.
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