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ST. LOUIS, MO (Dec. 19, 2019) – Delta Dental of Missouri, the state’s dental benefits leader and a non-profit organization, has named James W. Rhea, DDS, as chairman of its Board of Directors. Steven L. Harris, CPA and partner at RubinBrown, LLP; John R. Landgraf, Jr., DMD; and Kate E. Tucker, attorney and director of human resources at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, were elected as new board members. Each will serve a three-year term. 

Dr. Rhea is a practicing dentist at Brentwood Family Dentistry with more than three decades of experience. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri–Columbia, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. He has served as a Delta Dental of Missouri board member since 2015, most recently as first vice chairman. He resides in Warson Woods, Mo. 

Harris is a certified public accountant with more than 20 years of industry experience. He currently serves as partner-in-charge of the Entrepreneurial Services Group at RubinBrown LLP. Harris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He resides in Florissant, Mo. 

Dr. Landgraf is a practicing dentist with more than four decades of experience, currently employed at STL Mid-County Dental. He is also a volunteer staff dentist at the Community Health in Partnership Services (CHIPS) Clinic. He earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, where he resides. 

Tucker is a licensed attorney with extensive experience in human resources and employment law. She currently serves as the director of human resources at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. She resides in Clayton, Mo.

 “We’re extremely fortunate to have Dr. Rhea at the helm of our board and to welcome Mr. Harris, Dr. Landgraf and Ms.Tucker to our diverse team of directors,” said Rob Goren, fellow board director and president and chief executive officer at Delta Dental of Missouri. “Dr. Rhea has made significant contributions during his tenure and will continue to help us advance our mission to improve oral health for everyone we serve. Our new members bring unique perspectives and expertise that will help us meet the evolving needs of all of our stakeholders.”

Delta Dental of Missouri is the state’s leading dental benefits provider and a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. It provides 1.9 million members with access to affordable, high-quality dental care through group plans tailored to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes, from large corporations to small businesses with two or more employees. Delta Dental also offers dental benefit plans directly to individuals and families. The company proudly supports oral health initiatives, educational programs and charitable causes that help educate people about the importance of dental health and provide free dental care to those in need. To learn more, visit