Our Team

jill-malmgren3Jill Malmgren

Executive Director

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.

Shannon_WeatherlyShannon Weatherly

Director of Prevention, Education & Partnerships

Shannon is responsible for ensuring effective outreach, delivery and maintenance of all prevention, education and partnership-based programs for NCOHF. Her career has touched many issues facing our nation’s youth, ranging from being a clinician in group homes to serving as the Acting Administrator of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Shannon’s most recent work experience prior to arriving at NCOHF in 2015 was serving as an Executive Director of Youth Thrive, a large collective impact community partnership in Raleigh, NC.  Shannon holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.


Robin VannRobin Vann

Manager for Professional Programs

Robin is responsible for overseeing the Oral Health Zone Program® and Dental Clinic 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 and Government from Spelman College.

Jennifer Merritt

Finance & Human Resources Manager

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.

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.



Amber HollowayAmber Holloway

Communications Director

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, 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.



Alli ThomasAlli Thomas

Program Coordinator

Alli is responsible for coordinating NCOHF’s national Smile Drive effort and day-to-day activities within NCOHF’s prevention and education programs. Alli graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Youth Development Leadership also from Clemson.


Matilde Gabriela

Los Angeles Oral Health Zone Manager

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 JassJo Jass, RDH

Orange County Health Zone Manager

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.


Mary VanderwertMary 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.