More Smiles Wisconsin Executive Director announces plans to attend Marquette School of Dentistry.
Madison, July 18, 2017—More Smiles Wisconsin’s Executive Director, Curtis Henderson, has announced his plans to return to school. He has been accepted to Marquette School of Dentistry and will be starting there in late August.
“It is bittersweet, but I am looking forward to this next chapter of my life. I truly believe that I can help serve more people by becoming a dentist and I was delighted to see that Marquette accepts many students who want to give back to their community,” said Henderson.
Henderson has been working with More Smiles Wisconsin, formerly Madison Dental Initiative, since January 2015. The organization has seen a lot of change and growth during his tenure. In 2017, More Smiles Wisconsin staff and volunteer providers will serve over 1,500 patients. That’s up from 655 patients served in 2016. In 2018, that number is projected to grow to 3,000.
“It has been such an honor to lead More Smiles Wisconsin through its growth phase. We came from humble beginnings—in a storage closet with all volunteer providers. Now we have a new clinic opening with dedicated full-time providers, and we are looking at next steps to continue improving our facilities,” said Henderson.
Henderson has a lot to be proud of. Under his leadership, he’s overseen the growth of both the staff and board leadership, secured multiple grant awards including a $160,000 Delta Dental Grant to build a new dental clinic with the Boys and Girls Club, and has led the organization through a rebranding process with the help of wisnet.com.
“This has been an incredible experience. I always tell people that working at More Smiles Wisconsin has changed me more than I have changed it,” Henderson said. “There are so many thousands who go without dental care and other basic needs, so this is no time for us to slow down our growth.”
Henderson plans to continue working for More Smiles Wisconsin as an Associate Executive Director. He will work on grant writing, and consult the new ED, who will be announced at a later date, as needed. “I want to make sure our progress does not slow and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to continue helping. More Smiles Wisconsin is well-positioned to make a big impact in Wisconsin.”