Leola Royston

Board Member


Leola Royston holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She has a passion for working with underserved populations and closing health disparity gaps.   

Leola was a United States Naval Surface Warfare Officer for five years. She then worked with the Illinois Primary Healthcare Association as a Student Coordinator, assisting students of various medical professions secure rotations in federally qualified healthcare centers. As well as with the American Cancer Society as a Patient Navigator/Health Educator, helping women obtain screening mammograms. 

In her role as a Project Coordinator for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s (AAPD) Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, she studied ways to improve and streamline oral health implementation and caries screening in the primary care setting.

Additionally, as a Policy Analyst for the AAPD, she assisted in the development of new strategies and policies that modified or improved upon existing policies in ways to lead toward improved health outcomes. As well as, researching and advocating various oral health issues and concepts in an effort to improve the healthcare system.

Leola is currently AAPD’s Education Development and Academic Support Manager and responsible for support, planning, delivery and evaluation of effective continuing education (CE) programs and support of pre- and post-doctoral pediatric dentistry academics. Additionally, she advises the CEO on academic issues and trends and recommends and carries out programs and activities to achieve AAPD goals in this area.

As one of the board members of Maroon Village, she brings years of strong health education and planning to the table to proactively impact the lives of our youth.