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Executive Team

Stephen E. Thorne, IV

Founder, President, and CEO

Stephen Thorne, BA, MHA, founded Pacific Dental Services in 1994 when he entered into his first dental practice management contract in Costa Mesa, California. Steve received his BA from UCLA and his Master's in Health Administration from Chapman University. His approach is encapsulated in the Company Belief Statements.

Brady Aase

Chief Financial Officer

Brady Aase joined PDS in 1996 and has served the organization in several capacities including Controller, Director of Accounting Operations and VP of Finance. Brady holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Scott Beck

Vice Chairman

Scott Beck has served as a strategic consultant to PDS Founder, President and CEO Steve Thorne since 2005. In 2012, Scott increased his advisory role, joining the PDS team as Vice Chairman in 2012. With over 35 years of experience in serving and founding high-profile retail and technology companies, Scott assists in developing multi-unit expertise across PDS. In 1988, Scott served as Vice Chairman and COO of Blockbuster Entertainment Corp. Worldwide. In 1992, he was Chairman and CEO of Boston Chicken, Inc., and later was Chairman of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp. In addition, Scott is an investor and board member of Ancestry.com, ServiceMagic.com and other tech companies. Scott is currently the Chairman of the Board for Family Life Ministries. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Dan Burke

Senior Vice President, Platform Strategy & General Counsel

Dan Burke joined PDS in 2011. Prior to joining PDS, Dan held senior management positions at leading global retail, manufacturing and consumer products companies, including oversight of administration, strategy, legal, and human resources, as well as sales and new market-entry leadership positions. His current responsibilities at PDS include oversight of the following departments: Innovation, Information Technology, Alignment & Improvement, Revenue Operations, and Patient Contact Center. Dan also serves as the General Counsel, overseeing the Legal, Legislative Affairs, and Compliance functions for PDS. Dan received his Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Dan has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Innovative In-House Lawyers for 2010” in the state of California by The Daily Journal and “General Counsel of the Year” by the Orange County Business Journal. He has also received the Seven Seals Award from the U.S. Department of Defense for his leadership and support of those serving in America’s National Guard and Reserve.

Joe Feldsien

Sr. Vice President of Professional Partnerships

Joe joined PDS in 2004 and is directly responsible for serving the needs of the clinical professionals in the areas of clinical excellence, development, partnerships, communications, and recruiting. He also is responsible for supporting the PDS brand within the industry. Prior to joining PDS, Joe worked 11 years at 3M Corp in both Sales and Marketing capacities. Joe attended Northwestern College and holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mathematics and Biblical Studies.

Joanna Rodgers

Sr. Vice President of People at National Support

Joanna Rodgers joined Pacific Dental Services in 1994 and has served the organization in all levels of management including Director, VP of Operations and Regional Partner for the Southwest Region which won Region of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Joanna has also received the PDS Career Champion Award in 2014. As the Sr. Vice President of People at National Support, Joanna is a key player in defining and harnessing the culture of PDS in a way that reflects the vision of the company and the skills of the people involved. The following departments are under her direction: People & Learning departments (OTD, People Services, Recruiting, Comp & Benefits, PAL Systems) as well as We Serve, Events, and the Pacific Dental Services Foundation.

Jon Thorne

Sr. Vice President of Operations Support

Jon Thorne has been with Pacific Dental Services since its inception and he has served the organization in various leadership roles throughout Operations. Prior to his current role of Senior VP of Operations Support, Jon held the positions of Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations. His current responsibilities include supporting the regional partners for the operational results in their respective regions. He also oversees national support departments including Commercial Dental Insurance Plans & Patient Relations, DeNovo Offices, Real Estate, Construction, and Patient & Digital Marketing. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.