Creating Smiles through Dental Care and Education for Children

 

With a Focus on Serving Children Who Are Under-Privileged, Under-Served, and Under-Insured

Our Mission

Why It's Important

Our Story

Jerome Kersey will always be known as a Portland Trail Blazer, but his generous involvement with local charities left a lasting legacy in the community. His favorite fans were the smallest ones, giving much of his time as a Trail Blazer Alumni Ambassador for the Children’s Cancer Association and the Boys and Girls Club.

 

The inspiration for the foundation comes from Jerome’s wife, Teri Kersey and her sister, Alanna Mandrou. With a background in dentistry, Teri and Alanna wanted to combine their experience with their passion to honor Jerome’s legacy.

 

Loved by the Portland community, both Jerome and Teri consistently gave of their time and resources to benefit others. Jerome’s genuine smile and ability to connect with people on a personal level is a hallmark of his legacy. In fact, the famous Kersey smile was a catalyst behind forming the Foundation to

serve the dental needs of children in our community.

 

 

Despite changes to our nation’s healthcare coverage for children, access to dental care continues to be a significant issue for families in our community, in part, because of cost and accessibility. Dental disease and a lack of dental education affects the children in our community in a number of ways. For example, dental disease is linked to premature births, cardiovascular disease, increased health care costs and an increase in the number of missed school days, just to name a few.

 

The Jerome Kersey Foundation improves the lives of children in our community through dental care and education. To serve this purpose the Foundation is actively working on two major initiatives. The first is

to provide a mobile Interactive learning lab. This gives children a fun environment to learn about oral hygiene and care through innovative stations providing a hands on experience. The result is decreased

dental anxiety and an increase in healthy habits.

 

The second major initiative is to found dental clinics in the Portland area focused on serving children who

are underprivileged, underserved and underinsured.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

 

Teri Kersey EFDA, President

Alanna Mandrou RDH, Vice-president

Krista Evans Attorney at Law,  Secretary

Inessa Vitko Customer Information Manager w/ Trimet, Treasurer

Jennifer Heitz, Marketing Chair

Kyle Valentine DMD, Director

Terry Porter Former NBA Player, Director

Traci Rose Chief Communication / Development Officer of Boys and Girls Club, Director

 

Advisors

 

Brian Grant Former NBA Player

David Lucas Executive director of the Maurice Lucas foundation and Co-Owner and

Director of Operations for All-in-One basketball.

J.R. Harris

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