Our People

The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future was established in collaboration with a worldwide panel of experts in dentistry, policy and public health. Our global exert panel represents leaders in the field of oral health who together strive to promote collaborative action towards delivering comprehensive caries prevention and management that can positively influence the continuing problem of caries.

United States Co-Chair – Dr. Margherita Fontana

Margherita Fontana grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and is a 1990 graduate of the Universidad Central de Venezuela School of Dentistry. She later received her PhD from Indiana University (IU) in 1996, were she remained as a member of the full time faculty until joining the faculty at the University of Michigan (UoM) School of Dentistry in the fall of 2009. 

She holds the position of Professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at UoM, and also serves as cariology discipline co-coordinator at the UoM School of Dentistry.  As a principal investigator, she has received research grants from the National Institute of Health, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, the Delta Dental Fund, and private industry. She was the first president for the Indiana Chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association, the 2007-2008 President of the Cariology group of the International Association for Dental Research,the 2010-2011 Chair of the Cariology Section of the American Dental Education Association, and a Fellow in the 2011-2012 class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

In 2012 she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for her work on caries risk assessment in children. Margherita loves children, and she and her husband Carlos have 4 children between the ages of 13 and 19, which keep her busy.

Canada Co-Chair - Dr. Alyssa Hayes

Alyssa Hayes, BDENT (HONS), MSC, FRCD(C) completed her dental training at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2006. She then accepted a position with the New South Wales (NSW) government as a Dental Officer working in rural NSW. During this Alyssa worked closely with dental therapists, dental assistants and students (both locally and foreign-trained) to deliver care to marginalized populations. After several years working in Australia she returned home to Canada to complete her Dental Public Health specialty training at the University of Toronto. Alyssa’s research focused on the economic impacts of oral health and oral health care.

After graduation Alyssa remained active in the Community Dental Health Services Research Unit (CDHRSU) in Toronto and was the Dental Consultant for the Regional Municipality of York before accepting a position as Assistant Professor in the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan.