Board Of Directors

Board of Directors

Operation Grace MN is governed by a board of directors, whose backgrounds are essential to the success and integrity of this ministry.  They are responsible for all aspects of our work including programming, provision of dental care, funding, marketing, budget and administration.

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God; 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.

John D. Carlson #89 TE
Arizona Cardinals
John’s passion for football began in his hometown of Litchfield, MN where talent and training helped lead he and the team to excel. A football scholarship at Notre Dame with more
at stake resulted in John’s draft by the Seattle Seahawks. It was in Seattle that teammates introduced John to Medical Teams International (MTI) and a mission and purpose beyond football. John and his wife Danielle co-chaired “Field of Dreams” in 2011 with over $1.7 million raised to support the mission of MTI.

John was traded to the Vikings in 2012 and was introduced to MTI’s dental program in MN. John and Danielle continued their support for MTI’s work overseas and also became involved in helping neighbors much closer to home who lack access to dental treatment. 

David S. Gesko, DDS
Dr. Gesko grew up in Anoka, Minnesota and attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana prior to returning to Minnesota where he completed his dental education at the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry. After receiving his DDS degree, he completed a residency in General Practice at the Veterans Association Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.
Following that, he operated a private dental practice in Bozeman, Montana.

Prior to joining HealthPartners, Dr. Gesko was the Associate Dental Director for Kaiser
Permanente/Permanente Dental Associates (PDA) in Portland, Oregon for 20 years. In the
northwest, PDA (a private, dentist-owned group practice) consisted of 120 dentists and
operating 17 dental offices.

Dr. Gesko is passionate about integrating medical and dental care and applying growing
evidence-based research to care delivery. “There is significant evidence linking oral health and overall health. As an integrated organization, HealthPartners holds a key role in exploring this relationship and managing the members and patients we serve to deliver optimal overall
health.”

Dr. Gesko serves on several national panels looking at oral health quality measurement
including the National Quality Forum (NQF) Expert Panel on Oral Health and the National
Leadership Committee on Oral Health sponsored by the DentaQuest Institute. Both of these
groups are working to build national consensus on guidelines for prevention and disease
management in oral health care and to facilitate implementation of those guidelines into the
care, policy, and financing systems.

Dr. Gesko has 2 children, daughter Tracey resides with her husband and 2 young children in themPacific Northwest and son, Sam, who is attending the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gesko resides with his wife, Leslie, in Excelsior.

Dr. Gesko was appointed for a four year term by Governor Mark Dayton in 2012 as a board
member for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry

Terry Hildebrandt MSW, LSW, CDL
Twin Cities Social Services Director Terry received his undergraduate degree from Minnesota State Mankato in Social Work and Business Administration. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Terry has 25+ years of service with The Salvation Army and more than 29 years in social services.
Terry is currently an adjunct teacher at two different Colleges or Universities. The first is the University of Northwestern St. Paul in the Master of Human Services Cohort – teaching the class Worldview Leadership & Human Services. The second is with the Social Work Field placement class at St. Scholasitica College as part of the undergraduate Social Work program. Terry also has expertise in Disaster services work as well. He has a working knowledge of incident command, operations, logistics, forklift driving, as well as social services for disaster victims. He served in Disaster Services in New Orleans after Katrina, New York City after 911, at the Fargo Floods, and after numerous tornados in Minnesota.

Terry has been a trainer for Emergency Disaster Services since 2005 (Intro to Disaster Services, Food Handling, Disaster Social Services, Forklift training, and Incident Command). He also went through the International Deployment workshop, in 2010, conducted by John Berglund, hosted by the Northern Division of the Central Territory

Dan H Konicek
Dan’s leadership as branch manager of Patterson Dental resulted in donations to OGMN of Eaglesoft and digital x-ray for Lil Flossie as well as many thousands ofdollars of dental equipment we now use multiple times per month to increase our Oral Health and Hygiene clinics. Patterson Dental hosted our first annual board retreat in November 2012.

Jim Ransom
Jim Ransom, age 69 residing in Duluth, MN for past 39 years.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering work at Central Steel &Wire Co. As Sales Representative for 37 years led to retirement in 2007.

From 2007 through present volunteer work at Duluth Salvation Army as Advisory Board Member and at Duluth Animal Allies in public relations and development/ Fund raising along with recreational sports and babysitting three grandchildren are some of my passions. I hope to continue
doing these for ten more years.

Jan Heath Ransom is my wife of 43 years. Son Jim and wife Erin along with Two young children reside in Hood River, Oregon and Lincoln City Oregon where Jim is a dentist. Our Son Walter and his wife Bethany, along with young child Will Reside in Pittsburgh, Pa. Where Walter is a Pittsburgh Air Guard pilot.

James Spitzmueller DDS, MSD. 
Endodontist. Practiced the specialty of Endodontics for 40 years in Minneapolis. Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota, teaching Clinical Endodontics, on staff at the University of Minnesota for 42 years. Also on staff at the VA Medical Center and HCMC in Minneapolis teaching Endodontics to General Practice Residents in their first year of treating patients after finishing dental school.

Called by Jesus to help in any way I can, using skills taught to me for the good of others, and loving it. This is my mission while I can still help others. I spend some of my time helping at the Union Gospel Mission in St Paul and in the Mobile Dental Van as well as my continuing teaching.

Paul S. Stone, DDS
Dr. Stone was born and raised in Golden Valley, MN. Ever since Jr. High School he wanted to be a dentist. After graduating from the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry in 1976 he has continued to enjoy the challenge of providing high quality gentle dentistry along with exceptional customer service in the Bloomington and Edina areas. After over 38 years of practicing, he still enjoys the variety of services and keeping up with the latest technologies in the ever-changing field of dentistry.

Dr. Stone’s interests include running, photography, woodworking, and spending time with his wife, family and grandchildren. In the past Dr. Stone has participated in short term mission trips in Africa, Siberia, Russia, Moldova and Romania. Currently he is involved with Operation Grace MN Mobile Dental Van, providing dental care to people from local church and service ministries.

Educational Background: Dr. Stone earned his undergraduate degree (B.S.) and his dental degree (D.D.S.) from the University of Minnesota. In 1984 he earned a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. (F.A.G.D.)

Dr. Gary Williams
Dr. Gary Williams graduated from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1984 and Gustavus Adolphus College in 1980. Following graduation, he was active in providing mobile care dentistry for elderly residents. He and Dr. Wimmer have been practicing as Drs. Williams and Wimmer, DDS, PA, since 1985. 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.

Both he and Dr. Wimmer have strong commitments to serving those less fortunate in society, having participated in numerous local volunteer efforts, as well as several mission trips to Central America. Dr. Williams lives in Minnetonka with his wife Jayne, and has three children. HIs hobbies include bicycling, baseball and cooking!

Nadine Yacoub
Nadine Yacoub is a student at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry working towards her degrees in Dentistry and Public health. She was born and raised in Minnesota but has a heart that longs to explore the world. Nadine has passion for teeth, baking, and global health. As a member of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Nadine is involved with several ministries; children's services, youth group meetings, and local outreach. She has had the opportunity to travel to Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt to serve with others who have
the same vision as her. As she begins her path to a career in dentistry, she is excited to serve on a board with the same goal as her own; being God's hands and feet in today's thirsty world.

John Braddock
John serves the OGMN board as Executive Director but is not a member. Trusting and believing God will provide, John made a pledge to the OGMN board on 5/23/14 to take salary only as it is financially feasible. This is also a safeguard to keep me making calls to engage others.

Prior to his new role with OGMN he served five years as Program Director for Medical Teams International (MTI) in MN. Through God’s grace and John’s involvement all of the above team members became involved as volunteers in the dental ministry of MTI. John has a passion for designing and developing funding for transformational programs to serve people in need and bring glory to God in the process. Thirty-six years of service with The Salvation Army and other faith based not for profit ministries have primarily been focused on building sustainable programs involving volunteers offering their gifts and talents to serve others; and engaging individuals, corporations, foundations, and the health care system to fund those programs.
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