Jill Malmgren became the Executive Director of America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) in 2016. She has more than 15 years of successful leadership experience across a variety of industries. She began her career in dentistry in 2006, serving as Director of Operations for world-renowned Sheets & Paquette Dental Practice and the Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute. In 2011, she relocated to Charlotte, NC, where she joined the NCOHF team and later assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer. In that role, she oversaw operations, strengthened stakeholder relationships, implemented systems to improve efficiency, and helped expand services for vulnerable children. As Executive Director, Jill aims to expand the organization’s role as a valued resource provider for nonprofit clinics and community partners delivering oral health education, preventive services and treatment to underserved children.
Jennifer Merritt, Director of Operations
Jennifer joined NCOHF in 2016 and is responsible for financial management and human resources. Previous to her role at NCOHF, Jennifer worked for 25 years as office manager and accountant at a funeral home in Cleveland. She was a committed volunteer for The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and is the finance and business manager for a large church. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Management from Notre Dame College of Ohio.
Robin is responsible for overseeing the Oral Health Zone Program® and Dental Resource Program. Robin comes to NCOHF after serving as Program Director and Program Manager at the Women’s Economic Development Agency in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia, a Master’s degree in Urban Policy from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Spelman College.
Amber is responsible for communications and grantwriting efforts with the aim of maximizing NCOHF’s national reach and impact. Amber joined the organization in 2014 after serving for 14 years as Communications Manager for Partners International, an international community development organization. Originally from Washington state, Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Whitworth University.
Jessica McDonald, Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Jess’s responsibilities include, organizing meetings, conferences and travel, managing calendars and workflow, as well as supporting all staff with tasks within the office. Jess comes to NCOHF with more than 10 years of professional experience managing offices, busy executives, and donor relations. Jess is a Charlotte native and studied Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Linda Harmon, Communications Associate/Graphic Designer
Linda’s responsibilities include graphic design, creating social media and marketing materials, and assisting with a variety of communications projects. Originally from South Carolina, Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Clemson University.
ORAL HEALTH ZONES
Matilde joined NCOHF in 2016 to engage community stakeholders in Los Angeles County in addressing children’s oral health needs. She has 20 years of experience working with nonprofits serving diverse families, including veterans and military families, and refugees through her work with organizations such as the American Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles. Her experience includes volunteer management, program management, disaster response, grantwriting, international tracing and case management. Additionally, Matilde has formed and led peer networks and was a co-founder of the Orange County Veteran and Military Families Collaborative. Matilde grew up in Los Angeles and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Wellesley College.
Jo is responsible for establishing a comprehensive community prevention education program in Orange County and the surrounding area through the identification and engagement of community stakeholders. With more than 20 years of experience in development and maintenance of school-based oral health programs. Jo’s career encompasses many facets in oral health programs and advocacy including Founder/Executive Director of Seals on Wheels; Director of Outreach, Education & Prevention for Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County; Program Coordinator for Orange County California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program; and was Technical Advisor to the Center for Oral Health. Jo has been the liaison to Ayuda Dental Clinics, OC Dental Society, OC Dental Hygiene Society, OC Health Care Agency, OC Department of Education as well as many years as a Registered Dental Hygienist working in the private sector.
An Arkansas native, Rachel attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (Woo Pig Soooie)! She has spent the last 10 years working on issue-based campaigns across the state. She is committed to being a resource for communities to grow their capacity to meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Her current role as Oral Health Zone Manager in Arkansas is allowing her to learn how overall wellness and dental health intersect. She believes that every child deserves a healthy smile. She brushes her teeth (at least) twice a day.
Mary Vanderwert, Minnesota Oral Health Zone Manager
Mary comes to NCOHF with over 25 years of experience in building coalitions, designing systems and working across sectors to promote the healthy development of young children. She served as the Minnesota Head Start State Collaboration Director for 7 years and has directed programs for the Minnesota Center for Professional Development, child care programs for a large non-profit social service agency and provided training and technical assistance to Head Start programs throughout Minnesota. Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.