Creating Smiles through Dental Care and Education for Children
With a Focus on Serving Children Who Are Under-Privileged, Under-Served, and Under-Insured
Why It's Important
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
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.