Meet the Staff

Kym L. Hodge, MPH                 
Program Manager

Elizabeth Ferris, MPH
Community Health Promotion Specialist II

Kelly Strona
Health Information Specialist II


Howard Taras, MD
UCSD Contracted Principal Investigator


Elaine Pizzola, BA
UCSD Program Manager


Nancy Starr, RDH, MPH
UCSD Health Educator/Dental Hygienist
Sealant/Varnish Event Coordinator


Josie Vargas, RDH
UCSD Health Educator/Dental Hygienist


Joan Vrielink-Capito, RDH
UCSD Health Educator/Dental Hygienist


Baxter the Beaver 
Program Mascot

Baxter is Share the Care’s mascot. Baxter was created by artist Mike Nicholas. In 1998, Baxter granted a special wish by the Tooth Fairy to become “real” so he could go out into the public, meet new friends, and show them how to take care of their smile. He attends events throughout San Diego County promoting the message that a healthy smile is part of a healthy body. If you would like Baxter to visit your community event, please call (619) 692-8858 or email Baxter at: