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Group Smiles Dental names Scott Marshall as CEO | Waukesha Co. Enterprise Information

WAUKESHA — Community Smiles Dental, a nonprofit organization serving the greater Milwaukee area has named Scott Marshall as its chief executive officer. Renee Ramirez, current CEO, recently announced her retirement plans.

“Big News! After 17 years with Community Smiles Dental it’s time for me to step aside and retire as CEO. My role has been overwhelmingly meaningful and I am so proud to have had a role in positively impacting the health of thousands of people in our community. I created not one, but two nonprofit dental clinics for children, pregnant women, and individuals with special needs, who had little or no access to dental care because they had Medicaid insurance or their families just couldn’t afford it. I am so grateful to everyone who helped us serve more than 30,000 patients; my family, the community, donors, board members, and my CSD team. It has been a privilege to have been able to lead a great team, which started with 5 amazing people and now is almost 40,” Ramirez said.

Community Smiles Dental will welcome Marshall in June. Ramirez will support Marshall and the organization in an advisory capacity as she moves towards retirement.

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Karin Kultgen, M.D., Community Smiles Dental’s board chair said, “In January, Community Smiles Dental’s founding chief executive officer, Renee Ramirez, announced that she plans to retire in 2024. In response, late last year, CSD’s board of directors created a transition committee and after a competitive process this spring, identified a talented group of applicants. CSD is grateful for the vision and leadership that Renee has provided over the past 17 years. At this time, CSD’s board of directors is pleased to introduce Scott Marshall as our next CEO. Scott brings experience and a passion for serving our community and most importantly our patients.”

Since opening in 2008, the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic has been a vital resource for low-income families who are state-insured or uninsured and consistently struggle with access to quality and affordable dental care.

In 2018, the organization doubled its footprint with the addition of a second clinic in Menomonee Falls, with help from Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network.

Services now extend to Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties. The Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic rebranded as Community Smiles Dental in 2021.

“Since Community Smiles Dental’s inception in 2007, I am so proud of the work this organization has done. We are one of the only safety net dental clinics in the greater Milwaukee area that is dedicated to providing affordable dental care and a dental home for lowincome youth. Over the last 16 years, CSD has provided more than $35 million in care to 34,000 patients. These are individuals who previously had nowhere to go to receive high-quality dental care. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 17-year tenure with the organization and as I step down as CEO, I am excited to see what the organization will achieve in the future under new leadership,” Ramirez said.

According to Scott Marshall, “Joining Community Smiles Dental is a great honor, and I eagerly anticipate collaborating with our dedicated community partners, donors, staff, and volunteers. Together, we will build upon the groundbreaking work led by Renee Ramirez, furthering our mission to provide compassionate dental care to those in need.”

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