Meet the Hope Dental Clinic team

Jessica Flotterud, R.D.H., M.S., M.P.H.

Executive Director

Jessica has almost a decade of dental health leadership experience and holds a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene and a Master of Public Health from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 

Jessica has served as the Executive Director at Hope Dental Clinic since inception in 2016. Previously she was director of the dental clinic at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities since 2010. Under her leadership, Hope Dental Clinic successfully transitioned from a program within Union Gospel Mission to become an independent clinic serving the broader community. 

Leadership in Dental Health

Jessica has won scholarships with the American Dental Hygiene Association in leadership training, the American Dental Association for the Give Kids A Smile event development, and the National Network of Oral Health Access in leadership training.

She serves on the Minnesota Dental Hygiene Association’s Board of Directors as well as on the Governing Council of the Minnesota Public Health Association.

She has also served on the board of the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition.


Minnesota Dental Hygiene Association
American Association of Public Health Dentistry
Minnesota Public Health Association

Hope Dental Clinic is a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

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 B.A. in English, Writing Emphasis from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Jenelle values funder relationships and sterwardship 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.


Tehia Knoll

Office Assistant

Tehia graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ministry from Northwestern University in 2002. Tehia has a passion for helping people feel cared for and comfortable. Her goal is for all Hope Dental patients to experience a calm and welcoming environment.

Tehia is a native of North Saint Paul. She enjoys spending time with her husband David, her children, daughter in law, granddaughter, and her dog, Sophie. She also enjoys going for walks, quiet times and camping with friends and family.

Misty Johnson, R.D.H.

Dental Hygienist

Misty completed a degree in Dental Hygiene from Argosy University in 2016. She’s certified in local anesthesia, nitrous oxide and CPR. Misty is passionate about improving the quality of life for people in need of dental care and oral health education.

Misty grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. She live in Minnetonka with her boyfriend, Steve, and their two fur babies. She enjoys spending time with her pug, Carlos, and her shepherd mix, Khaleesi.

Paula Ostby, L.D.A., C.D.A.

Dental Assistant

Paula earned a degree in Dental Assisting from Hennepin Technical College. Along with her degree, she is also certified in CPR. Paula has gained extensive experience and knowledge over 20 years of caring for patients and enjoys working with people from different backgrounds.

Paula enjoys spending time with her family, working out, being outdoors and the water.

Veronica Evenson, L.D.A.

Administrative Assistant

Veronica earned a degree in Dental Assisting from Herzing College in 2006. Veronica is the Privacy Official, the HIPPA Compliance Officer and the OSHA Safety Manager.  She is also Certified in CPR.

She enjoys helping the office and the clinic serve patients.  She also helps volunteers get acquainted with the office.

Veronica enjoys spending time with her large family, 2 dogs and cat.



Chao (David) Yu

Outreach Specialist

Chao graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry in 2016. He is currently working towards a Masters degree in Biological Sciences. Chao’s goal is to provide education in proper oral hygiene and nutrition to patients.

In the future, Chao would like to become a dentist. He looks forward to applying his experience and passion for patient care to help improve the quality of life of his patients. 

Chao enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and baking treats to share with his co-workers.

Suzuki O’Keefe

Spanish Interpreter

Suzuki has been a practicing Spanish interpreter for many years. She is a true believer of helping those most in need in our community and that we are a large family working towards that common goal. Suzuki likes spending her spare time with her children, teaching Zumba classes and working on her house.


Edward Novak

Dental Assistant

Ed completed a degree in Dental Assisting from Century Community and Technical College. Along with his degree, he is also certified in CPR. Ed enjoys working with volunteers and patients of all backgrounds and helping the those most in need of dental care. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family in his spare time.

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