Daniel L Jones, Editor-in-Chief
Daniel L. Jones, DDS, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. Over his almost 40-year dental career, Dr Jones has authored, edited, and reviewed for dozens of manuscripts and journals. He was previously an associate editor for the Texas Dental Journal, serving as the guest editor for the annual oral cancer issue.
Billy Callis, Managing Editor
Billy graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, in 2006 with a bachelor of arts in political science, having taken additional coursework in writing and digital art. After college, Billy lived in Portland, Oregon, where he worked with public schools, providing academic tutoring and social work case management for at-risk youth and families. In 2010, Billy joined the TDA Smiles Foundation, coordinating the Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) program. Billy worked with volunteer dentists and local communities throughout the state to manage charity dental events, serving roughly 3,000 patients and engaging thousands of volunteers per year. In 2014, Billy joined the TDA Membership and Administration Department as the publications coordinator. Billy lives with his wife, Laura, a PhD student and assistant instructor in English at the University of Texas, and their black lab, Maggie.
Paul H. Schlesinger, Publications Consultant
Paul Schlesinger is a fiddler, vocalist, band leader, voice over artist, photographer, and information technology professional who lives in Taylor, TX. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a specialty in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a certification in Microsoft desktop support.
Born in 1970, Paul’s multiple career paths began during his college photojournalism studies when he was introduced to and became immersed in the world of Texas swing and honky-tonk music, documenting many of its legendary performers. His training in publication design landed him a position in 1994 with the Texas Dental Association in Austin. He served 13 years in their publications department, gaining experience in all aspects of magazine production and editing. In 2007 he became the Association’s IT administrator, a position he holds today.
Nicole Scott, Publications Consultant
Nicole graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. While attending school, she reported for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper. Following graduation, Nicole was a news producer for 2 years at KLBK-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lubbock. Her responsibilities included writing the evening newscasts and collaborating with the reporting and anchor teams to deliver an accurate and timely news product. After moving to Austin, Nicole served as an account executive at MQ&C Advertising and Marketing where she worked for 4 years. She managed a number of accounts, serving as the liaison between the agency and clients. Nicole and her husband Adam are proud parents to Luke, Madeline, and Juliette.
Barb Donovan, B.S., M.A., TDA Art Director
Barb has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/communication and a master’s in graphic arts and design. She was an editor and production assistant at LA West magazine and at Ann Fielder’s Creations – designing and producing custom invitations for the stars! In her spare time she plays competitive softball, earning a national championship in 2000, has released several original music CDs, and runs a Texas Hold'em poker club.