MEET OUR OFFICERS

BETTY NGO – PRESIDENT

Betty is a senior pursuing a BS in Psychology and a BA in Biology at the University of Louisville. She is committed to research and was a research assistant at the Eating Anxiety Treatment Lab, received a grant to conduct medical education research at UofL School of Medicine exploring LGBTQ+ microaggressions in standardized patient encounters, and founded The Cardinal Edge, UofL’s sole faculty/peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal sponsored under the Provost’s Designee for Undergraduate Research. These experiences garnered her enthusiasm in dentistry as she realized the importance of oral health supplementing general and overall well-being. She was a dental and orthodontic assistant for the past year, and currently is the Administrative Assistant at Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, a non-profit medical and dental clinic in the West End of Louisville.

JEAN GRAY – VICE PRESIDENT

Jean is a freshman pursuing a BS in Dental Hygiene at the University of Louisville. She is hoping to first serve as a dental hygienist and eventually become a pediatric dentist and serve in her mother’s hometown in the Philippines. Besides her position in PDS, she is a member of the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, a mentor of College Mentors for Kids, and teaches Taekwondo classes on the side. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, working out, and traveling! Jean is looking forward to participating in her first RAM clinic this semester and learning from all PDS members!


EMILY DO – SECRETARY

Emily is junior Biology major at the University of Louisville. She is from Flatwoods, KY. She plans to pursue a DMD/DDS with hopes to provide affordable dental care and education to disadvantaged populations. In addition to PDS, Emily is the Historian of TriBeta Biological Honor Society, a Peer Advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences, an undergraduate researcher at ULSD in the department of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and part of the University Honors Scholars program. In her free time, she enjoys attending spin class, binge-watching TV shows, playing the Sims, and taking care of her house plants. She is excited to be more involved with PDS and to work with the executive board!


NATHAN SHOCKLEY – TREASURER


KELSEY FRANCISCO – OUTREACH CHAIR

Kelsey is a sophomore at UofL and transferred here from Lansing Community College in Michigan. She is pursuing a Bachelors in Dental Hygiene and is also in OperationSmile at UofL. Kelsey is a pharmacy technician at Norton Downtown Hospital and interns at a dentist’s office, learning how to assist the dentist and hygienists. Her favorite PDS memory is serving at the Rutledge, TN RAM clinic with Dr. Joe. Kelsey’s boyfriend and her bought a house in 2020 and she is excited to finally be able to have a garden! She is happy to be more involved with PDS because she is meeting tons of new people on campus and making new friends.


DILARAM TEMIROVA – DENTAL HYGIENE CHAIR

BRANDY BROOKS – DENTAL HYGIENE CHAIR


ADDIE HOLDER – APPAREL CHAIR

Addie is a sophomore at the University of Louisville, majoring in chemistry and minoring in biology and studio art. She is also a member of the ULEAD program, the pre-acceptance program to the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Addie chose UofL because of the amazing support that pre-dental students have here. In addition to serving on the Pre-Dental Society Executive board, Addie is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta and the UofL Honor College. She loves PDS for the volunteer opportunities that it provides, as her dream is to one day open a no-to-low-cost dental clinic.

AISHA ASAD – SERVICE CHAIR

Dr. Joe Jacobi – Louisville Dental Society Liaison

For the past year he has been working with the UofL PDS as the Liaison to the Louisville Dental Society’s Free Dental Clinic to give PDS students opportunities to learn dental assisting, x ray certification and networking with the dental community. He emphatically believes that PDS students are important members of the dental community and that opportunities and experiences should be made available to them whenever possible. He works closely with the leadership of the PDS, the dental school and the Louisville Dental Society to bring informative topics, speakers and experiences to the group.

Dr. Jacobi is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry. He greatly enjoyed private general practice for 36 years in Jeffersonville, Indiana. His special interest is in esthetics and complex restorative cases frequently involving dental implant prosthetics. He has taken several thousand hours of dental continuing education and awarded status as a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Jacobi is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

He has also been involved in the American Dental Association on the local, state and national level. Dr. Jacobi helped establish a volunteer based dental clinic under the Clark County Board of health for the working poor and has served on many community organizations boards and has been Board Chair of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.

After leaving full time clinical practice, he has been deeply committed to the nonprofit, WaterStep, developing and supervising the building of water treatment equipment for the underdeveloped world. He has been on water and dental missions to the Caribbean, Central and South America, India, Africa and the Amazon rainforest.