Announcing Our New Executive Director,

The Hope Dental Clinic Board of Directors is pleased to announce our next Executive Director, Jan Hallstrom MBA MHA, beginning in April 2022.  Hallstrom joins us with proven nonprofit and healthcare leadership, combined with a strong ethic of positive community impact. Throughout her career, Hallstrom has worked extensively as a health care executive, healthcare and non-profit consultant, operations and organizational management leader, and strategic thinker. She advocates for the patient experience, with particular focus on the intersection of social determinants of health with the health care delivery system. Hallstrom has solid connections with the health care industry in the Twin Cities, and has national reach through her health care practice consulting company, LHM.

Jan is a current Board member at the Twin Cities American Red Cross, where she actively serves as a disaster relief volunteer.  In addition, she advocates for children and youth, serving as a guardian ad litem and a foster parent. Through this, she has seen first hand the disparities in dental care access, which makes her the right next leader of Hope. With the ever-increasing demand for Hope’s services, Jan will harness her knowledge and experiences to carry our Mission and Vision into the future.

Please join the Board of Directors and clinic staff in welcoming Jan Hallstrom MBA MHA to Hope!

Linda Maytan DDS MPH
Chair, Board of Directors
Hope Dental Clinic

Meet the Hope Dental Clinic Team

Alejandra Alvarez Salazar


Alejandra was born and raised in Costa Rica, moved to the United States at the age of 13. Studied and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in December of 2021, with a degree in Public Health and a Minor in Pre-professional health science. As a new Minneapolis resident, I am very passionate and excited to serve the Twin Cities community both in English and Spanish. Here to make patients laugh and smile! 🙂

Erica Mazhary RDH,MDH

Administration & Support Manager

Erica graduated from University of Michigan in 2001 and completed her Master of Dental Hygiene/Business Management degree from University of Minnesota in 2011. She has managed clinics for 9 years. She also was a professional educator and faculty member for both Argosy University and Herzing University. Erica enjoys hiking, archery, reading, gardening, and working out. Erica enjoys spending time with her husband and 5 daughters in her spare time.

Jenelle Montoya

Grants Manager

Jenelle has over a decade of experience in fundraising and grants management, having worked in human services, higher education and the arts. She draws on her early experience in marketing and advertising to inform her grant writing. She earned a BA in English, Writing Emphasis from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Jenelle values funder relationships and stewardship above all else, ensuring that institutional donors can place their trust in Hope Dental Clinic. When she’s not busily writing grants and reports, Jenelle spends her time on home improvement projects and taking care of her three rescue dogs and cat.

Michael Dworak

Development Manager

Mike is a mission driven professional that comes to us with over 3 decades of experience in fundraising and marketing communications.  He has worked mainly in faith-based organizations having run highly successful campaigns in several countries around the world and in the US.

He feels his calling is to ensure donors to place their trust in Hope Dental Clinic by creating a compelling story of need and impact. Mike finds it somewhat serendipitous that he is working in the world or dentistry as his dad, brother, and two nephews have or had their own practice. Mike’s wife was also a dental assistant and his sister-in-law was a dental hygienist.

Outside of work, Mike loves to spend his time playing his guitar, working out, and hanging out with his best friend and wife, Ellen. Together they have three children and two grandsons.

Louie Lopez, LDA

Dental Assistant 

Louie graduated from Dakota County Technical College as a Licensed Dental Assistant in 2015 and has worked for community clinics and private practices since then. Louie is fluent in Spanish and English languages. He also spent 11 years in retail management for companies such as Circuit City, Target, and Goodwill. In his spare time Louie enjoys being an avid sports fan, movie buff, gamer, traveling the world, and playing the bass guitar.

Kindsey Lyons

Dental Assistant

Kindsey graduated from the dental assistant program at Century College in 2021. She is passionate about encouraging patients to have good oral hygiene. Kindsey loves to spend her free time outside either going on a walk or just enjoying nature. She also loves spending time with her family, friends, boyfriend and her 2 adorable cats.

Pam Thao, LDA

Clinic Manager

Pam is a Licensed Dental Assistant and serves as our clinic manager at Hope Dental Clinic. She graduated in 2006 from Minneapolis Community & Technical College. She has been a dental assistant for 21 years. Pam is fluent in Hmong and English. She comes from a large family. Pam likes spending time with her son and extended family. She also enjoys origami and being in nature.

Sebastian Rojas Perez

Dental Receptionist/Spanish & Japanese interpreter

Sebastian was born and raised in Venezuela. He moved to the United States at the age of 17 for college. He studied and graduated from the University of South Florida in August 2020, with a degree in World Languages and Culture. He recently moved to the Twin Cities and is looking forward to meeting new people. Sebastian enjoys Japanese Anime and reading in his free time. He enjoys helping as many people as he can by translating at Hope Dental Clinic as well as being a receptionist.

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