Our Team


jill-malmgren3Jill Malmgren

Executive Director

Jill Malmgren has served as the Executive Director of America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation since November 2016. Jill 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 America’s ToothFairy team and later assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer. In that role, she oversaw operations, strengthened key stakeholder relationships, implemented systems to improve efficiency, and helped expand services for vulnerable children and youth. As Executive Director, Jill aims to continue 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 for underserved children.

 

Fern IngberFern Ingber

President Emeritus

Ms. Ingber initially served as the strategy consultant for the establishment of the Foundation and then became President and CEO, a role she held from 2006 to 2016. Prior to working in the field of dentistry, Ms. Ingber served as President of the Cancer Treatment Research Foundation; Senior Vice President for Strategic Development for Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Executive Vice President for the National Health Museum in Washington DC; founding General Manager of the National Marrow Donor Program; and assisted several other organizations in the development of health and education programs and products.

 

 

Amber HollowayAmber Holloway

Communications Director

As Communications Director, Amber is responsible for America’s ToothFairy communications and grantwriting efforts with the aim of maximizing the organization’s reach and impact. Amber joined America’s ToothFairy in 2014 after serving for 14 years as Communications Manager for Partners International, an international community development organization. Originally from Washington state, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Whitworth University.

 

Rene JackRene´ Jack

Graphics Manager

As the Graphics Manager, Rene creates marketing materials for external or internal use. She comes to America’s ToothFairy after two years working for New Horizons Computer Learning Center as the Marketing Manager and five years with Contemporary Product Solutions Magazine as their Graphic Designer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from the College of New Jersey.


 

Jessica McDonald

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

As Office Manager/Executive Assistant, Jess’s responsibilities include, organizing meetings, conferences and travel, managing our calendar and workflow, as well as supporting all staff with tasks within the office. Jess comes to America’s ToothFairy with over 10 years of professional experience and skills ranging from managing offices, busy executives, and donor relations. Jess is a Charlotte native and studied Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

 

 

Jennifer Merritt

Finance & Human Resources Manager

Jennifer joined America’s ToothFairy in 2016 and is responsible for financial management and human resources. Previous to her role at America’s ToothFairy, 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.

 

 

 

 

Alli ThomasAlli Thomas

Program Coordinator

As the Program Coordinator, Alli is responsible for assisting the National Director of Youth Programs and effectively promoting #MySmileMatters and Smile Drive through development and implementation of new initiatives/efforts and partnerships to engage and retain program partners. Alli is a South Carolina native and graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Sociology. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Youth Development Leadership also from Clemson.

 

 

Robin Vann

Robin Vann

Manager, Professional Programs

As Manager of Professional Programs, Robin Vann is responsible for overseeing the Oral Health Zone Program®, Dental Clinic Resource Program, and Dental  Hygiene 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 MBA from the University of Georgia, a MS in Urban Policy from Georgia State University and a BA from Spelman College.

 

 

 

 Shannon_WeatherlyShannon Weatherly

National Program Director

Shannon is the National Program Director for America’s ToothFairy. She is responsible for ensuring effective outreach, delivery and maintenance of all youth programs provided by the organization. Shannon has a wide-reaching career touching many aspects of issues facing our nation’s youth. Her career began in group homes for children in out-of-home placement. She has managed large-scale youth substance use prevention programs on local, state and national levels and is the former Acting Administrator of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program housed at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Most recently, Shannon honed her skills in collective impact as a problem solving model at the Forum for Youth Investment in Washington, DC, and Youth Thrive in Wake County, NC. Shannon is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Education Psychology. Her Master’s Degree in Counseling is from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

ORAL HEALTH ZONES

Matilde Gabriela

Los Angeles Oral Health Zone Manager

Matilde joins America’s ToothFairy to help identify and engage community stakeholders throughout Los Angeles County focusing on community oral health prevention education. Matilde has 20 years experience working with nonprofits working with diverse families, including veteran 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, emergency management, disaster response manager and trainer, international tracing and case management. She also has philanthropy experience that includes grant writing, review and monitoring for the Orange County Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Hyams Foundation, and The Los Angeles Women’s Foundation. In addition, Matilde has formed and led peer networks and was a co-founder of the Orange County Veteran and Military Families Collaborative. Through her work experience she has worked and helped families in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. Matilde grew up in Los Angeles and  earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

 

Jo JassJo Jass, RDH

Orange County Health Zone Manager

As the Program Manager of the new Orange County, CA Oral Health Zone, Jo is responsible for all aspects of implementation including development of a local broad-based advisory board and coordination of a volunteer task force. She is responsible for establishing a comprehensive community prevention education program through the identification and engagement of community stakeholders.

Jo Miller Jass, joins America’s ToothFairy with over 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, a Non Profit Preventative Mobile Dental Program; Director of Outreach, Education & Prevention Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County; Orange County California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program Coordinator; Technical Advisor to the Center for Oral Health, successfully completing an Oral Health project to implement Oral Health Policy into four California School Districts. 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.

 

Mary VanderwertMary Vanderwert

Minnesota Oral Health Zone Manager

Mary comes to NCOHF and oral health 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 7.5 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.  In her spare time, she is a master gardener, mosaic artist and quilter.