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.

Hussein Sheikh BSDH, RDH, RF, LDA.
Dental Hygienist

Hussein has over 14 years of experience in dentistry/ public health working as Registered dental hygienist/Restorative function hygienist/ Licensed dental assistant and dental outreach navigator both at private sector and FQHCs. Much of this time he has advocated for easy access to dental health in the community while working as a clinical hygienist and coordinating a dental outreach program. He speaks three languages.

Hussein received his professional education from the Normandale Community College and Metropolitan State University.

In his free time outside work, professional association and community activities, Hussein enjoys spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors with his spouse, listening to podcasts and reading.

Michael Dworak

Development Director

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.

Monique Riley LDA, B.S., CPPM

Clinic Manager

Monique is a native of South Minneapolis and has been in the healthcare industry field most of her career.
She is a Licensed Dental Assistant for serval years as well as a project manager.
for the last 10 years she’s enjoyed all things dealing with policy and procedure orientated as well as working in and with the community.
In her spare time she likes going to concerts, traveling, spending time with family, and any warm weather related activates.

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.

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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