Network Leadership

Staff and Faculty

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Dr. Rahma Mungia, BDS, MSc, DDPHRCS


Rahma Mungia, is co-director of the South Texas Oral Health Network, as well as Clinical Coordinator for the South Central Area Health Education Center and Assistant Professor in the UTHSCSA Department of Pediatric Dentistry. She oversees all STOHN research and infrastructure activities. Her primary interests are in dental public health, especially tobacco cessation. She has also completed research on the effects of lead exposure in young children. Rahma is married with two children and enjoys living in the country.

Dr. Mungia can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 562-5685


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Melanie Taverna, MS, RDH

Assistant Director 

Ms. Taverna is an Assistant Professor/Clinical Faculty in the Division of Dental Hygiene, Dept. of Periodontics, School of Dentistry; as well as Program Director of the Dental Hygiene Online Graduate Programs. Melanie Taverna has been in practice since 1999 and at UTHSCSA since 2010. She teaches all three levels of the  Division of Dental Hygiene Program. Her goal is to increase the quantity and variety of dental hygiene research opportunities for graduate dental hygiene students. Currently, she serves as the Secretary of the Community Liaison Committee which brings State and local public health partners together with the Division of Dental Hygiene to better serve the public and students.

Ms. Taverna can be reached by E-mail

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Elisabeth De La Rosa, MS

Elisabeth is  the Community Enagement Coordinator for the IIMS. She is responsible for pursuing and maintaining relationships with community partners in the South Texas. In addition, she provides administrative and technical support to the Community Engagement team.  Ms. De la Rosa has worked alongside various IIMS community partners to help develop, implement, and evaluate various research projects which addressed community health concerns such as diabetes, environmental health, teen pregnancy, and suicide. 

Elisabeth can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 562-5651

Board of Directors

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Dr. Peggy Alexander, DDS
Clinical Professor, Periodontics

Dr.Peggy Alexander can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 567-3361

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Dr. James Bone, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Comprehensive Dentistry

Dr.James Bone can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 393-3237


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Dr. Cheryl Davis, MS, DMD

Dr. Cheryl Davis, MS, DMD is  the owner of Cheryl E. Davis, DMD, Family Dentistry located in historic Ellis Alley Enclave. She received her MS in Environmental Toxicology at Prairie View A&M University and her DMD at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL. She has served as a General Dental Officer in the USAF, Associate Dentist in private practice, Adjunct Professor of General Biology at Northwest Vista Community College and a Contract Dentist for the Correctional Health Care Services/Bexar County Jail. She has a diverse background in research involving HIV, Strep Mutans and Environmental Toxicology which has taught her to think outside of the box when faced with challenging dental treatment. Her current research interests include the effects of diabetes and HIV/AIDs in the oral dentition.

Dr. Davis can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 212-8707

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Dr. Kevin Donly DDS, MS

Dr. Kevin Donly currently serves as Professor, Chair and Postdoctoral Director in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He received his DDS in 1984, Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 1986 and MS in 1986 from the University of Iowa. He has published over 250 chapters, manuscripts and abstracts associated with pediatric dentistry and dental restorative materials research and clinical utilization. Presently, he is a principal investigator on a program project sponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Dr. Davis can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 567-3538

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Jo Ann Jordan, RDH

Jo Ann Diaz Jordan holds the position of Assistant professor/Clinical and program director in the Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She teachers dental hygiene courses at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. She received her certificate in dental hegiene from UTHSCSA in 1995 and her Bachelor's completion degree from UTHSCSA in 2001. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Adminitration with a Healthcare Administration concentration from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2010. Her twenty-one years of experiance as a hygienist includes private practice, being an educator, research, CE speaking and publishing articles on oral piercing. For eight of her eighteen years at the Health Science Center she worked as a research coordinator for the Department of Periodontics coordinating studies involving dental implants, pregnant women, and preterm low-birthweight babies, diabetes and periodontal disease, and gingivitis. Jo Ann enjoys working at the university where she is able to combine her love of teaching and passion for research.

Ms. Jordan can be reached by E-Mail