Karen Ociepka Anderson, RN

Founder & CEO


Recognizing a unique opportunity in providing dental staff to dental facilities, Karen co-founded Dental Auxiliary Placement Service, Inc. in 1988.  As a registered nurse (R.N.), Karen has had a vast array of hands-on experience where, prior to founding DAPS she was a working professional in the health field, practicing in both the medical and dental sectors.  Karen has attended many dental workshops, seminars and the Mid-West Dental Convention.  She has served as President for the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and as a Board Member for many years with the Chamber.  Her hobbies and leisure time activities include:  tennis, golf, music and spending time with family and friends.


Linda Sue Ference

Placement Coordinator


Linda Sue joined the DAPS team in December of 2000.  As an integral part of the permanent placement department, she is respected for her professionalism and work ethic.  She is logical and very adept at handling difficult and timely issues – truly a role model for her coworkers and a pleasure to work with.  Prior to her career here at DAPS, Lind held the position of Office Coordinator where she was responsible for all day to day operations for a physician’s office.  For Linda Sue, DAPS has provided not a home away from home but a “family away from home.”  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and seeing her husband’s rock band perform in and around the Chicago / Milwaukee markets.


Sharon Ann Carrillo, R.N., B.S.N.

Placement Coordinator


Prior to her tenure at DAPS, Sharon was an R.N. at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago.  Additionally, she has a great deal of experience in the dental field having served as a Dental Assistant, Dental Receptionist and Dental Billing (she is a certified Dental Coder from the American Dental Coders Association). Sharon began her employment with DAPS, Inc. in September 1992.  Sharon initiated the idea and implemented what ultimately evolved into the creation of our Job Board, resulting in our ability to post active job opportunities in real-time on our website.  Throughout the years, Sharon has enabled DAPS, Inc. to become the successful business entity it is today.  Sharon has two children, one a talented attorney who is the Managing Partner of a law firm in downtown Chicago. The other, Julie received her JD from DePaul Law School and is a lawyer at the Chicago office of a major, global law firm who was recently married.  In her free time Sharon enjoys bike riding, jogging, nutrition, golf and travel.


Melissa (Missy) Ryan

Staffing Coordinator


Missy has been a member of the DAPS team since 2010. Her background includes successful academic and professional experience in the broad areas of health, human resources, psychology, service product sales and client care; all of which she brings to her work with DAPS.  Missy enjoys solving problems, handling emergency requests, negotiation, and finding a good fit between our valued clients and skilled dental staff at all levels.


Lana Ariya

Staffing Coordinator


A mother of two teens, a business owner, a former international business expat who loves to dance, hike and swim.  Highly motivated to stay active, involved and connected with people who are in need of Lana’s help.


Lenise Aguilar

Staffing Coordinator


Hello, my name is Lenise.  I’m a full-time Mommy, full-time employment counselor, part-time massage therapist and also a soldier in the United States Army Reserves.  I am 25 years young and like to live everyday as its my last.  I enjoy going to the gym, playing basketball, watching movies and cooking.  I’m Puerto Rican and Cuban.  Coffee is my best friend.  And I love working  with DAPS!


Kent Anderson

IT, Social Media Marketing & SEO


A musician, lecturer, consultant and as an Adjunct Professor, Kent employees his vast background and experience in his daily responsibilities.  Kent is responsible for our IT, social media, website design and technology for the Company.  He is a member of the Columbia College Faculty where he instructs: Music Business, Applied Marketing: Music Business and Digital Business Development. Anderson is a voting member of the Recording Academy (the Grammy Association), is an Eagle Boy Scout and plays the bass on an occasional gig fronting his jazz ensemble The Kent Anderson Collective .