About Us


The mission of the New Mexico Dental Association Foundation is to inspire benevolent dental outreach and to promote dental health in New Mexico.

Founded in 2005 as the charitable affiliate of the New Mexico Dental Association, the New Mexico Dental Association Foundation is a place where the big heart of dentistry is on display every day. Coordinator of donated dental services for hundreds of disabled or elderly New Mexicans who cannot afford dental care, administrator of the yearly Mission of Mercy event that serves anyone who chooses to receive treatment at a 2 day dental clinic, custodian of relief funds for dentists who have practice threatening situations, and big thinker about the future of dentistry and dental care in New Mexico, the Foundation plays an important role in the public health scene in our state.

The year-round outreach project of the New Mexico Dental Association Foundation is the Donated Dental Services program. A total of 173 New Mexican dentists from all parts of the state and 103 dental laboratories have volunteered to provide services on a pro bono basis to the elderly and disabled who cannot afford dental care. The Donated Dental Services program provides once-in-a-lifetime, major dental work. While virtually every dentist quietly and on a daily basis fills cavities and other minor services without pay, the Donated Dental Services program does the kind of expensive, long term work that would be far beyond the wildest dreams of the patients involved. Full and partial dentures, and other restorative work can dramatically change patient’s lives and general health. Participating dentists generally undertake one to two patients in the program each year, and contribute an average of $3200 per case

Imagine one hundred dental chairs being staffed all day long for two days by five hundred dentists, hygienists and assistants from New Mexico and other parts of the country. That’s a lot of dentistry! The New Mexico Dental Association Foundation has now hosted seven New Mexico Mission of Mercy events. First organized by the America’s Dentists Care Foundation, the Mission of Mercy program is a massive two day dental clinic where anyone choosing to come for acute dental problems can be treated at no cost. Over 9,500 patients have received dental treatment totaling 7 million dollars of care. The care was provided by 9151 volunteers, both dental professionals and lay volunteers. These events have been the largest charitable outreaches in the history of New Mexico.

TOGETHER, we are helping to change lives, one smile at a time with our two major programs:     
Mission of Mercy & Donated Dental Services
Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan for 2016 -  2021

Foundation Directors & Officers

NMDAF Directors & Officers
Dr. Art Montoya, President of the Board

Dr. Keon Ahghar, Treasurer of the Board

Cindy Hernandez Wall, Secretary of the Board

Dr. Zach Adkins, Vice President of the Board

Kelley Tredwin

Dr. David Manzanares

Dr. Alan Andrews

Walt Bolic

Dr. Jennifer Thompson

Dr. Michael Sparks


Dr. Arthur B. Montoya Jr. DDS - NMDAF Board President
We are delighted to announce Art as our new board president. Art is a pillar of service in his community of Los Alamos and across the state of New Mexico. We are pleased to have him serve as the new President of the Board of Directors. Art has practiced general dentistry in Los Alamos since 1990.   He received his degrees from the University of New Mexico and the University of Missouri  at Kansas City, School of Dentistry.                  
 Art has previously served on the Board of Directors at Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Historical Society, and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the Board of the New Mexico Special Olympics where he coaches and is the local coordinator. In his spare time, he coaches basketball for Los Alamos Middle School. Art and his wife, Marilyn, have three children and one grandson.              

Foundation Staff

 Through only the equivalent of just over TWO full time employees in total, a very part time but very specialized staff at the Foundation has been the reason the NMDAF has been able to grow so robustly and function so efficiently.  Each staff person brings a unique skill set to help make their area of the Foundation a success.
 It is precisely because of the presence of multiple part time employees that the Foundation has been able to successfully administrate several large programs and events, increasing hours for staff when necessary and flexibly decreasing hours when programming needs are not as great.
Kelley Tredwin - Executive Director   ktredwin@nmdaf.org
It is our pleasure to announce Kelley as the new Executive Director of the NM Dental Assoc Foundation.   For thirty years, Kelley has worked in non-profit development. She has worked on initiatives in the Southwest for maternal-child health, people with disabilities, chronic illness and palliative care.  Much of her work has focused on health and economic policy.   Kelley has held previous positions with Taos Health Systems, Edward Jones, and Taos Community Foundation.    
She has served on more than a dozen Boards of Directors, including the Taos Sports Alliance and Taos County Chamber of Commerce.  Kelley has a Certificate in Health Care Executive Management from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She received her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2008 and her Masters of Art in English from Southern Illinois University. She is also a certified yoga instructor. Kelley and her husband Ric have a son, Ezra, who attends NM Tech in Socorro. They love a good adventure weekend in the mountains. 
Trish Rule, PMP  - NM MOM Program Manager trule@nmdaf.org
   Trish Rule has a BBA with an emphasis in Production Operations Management, and is the program manager for NM Mission of Mercy.  Her unique program management skillset provides the Foundation with an excellent match for the largest charitable event in the state.  In addition, Trish brings a wealth of experience in accounting,  and computer technical support. 
Amy Alexander - DDS Program Manager   aalexander@nmdaf.org
   Amy Alexander has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a master’s degree in Public Health. She has experience working in the community with underserved populations, and loves helping people be the healthiest they can be.  As Program Manager for DDS, Amy is responsible for grant writing, data collection and recording, and day to day administration of the DDS Program. She also provides Case Management for DDS patients and dentists.  
Tara Dearholt - Administrative Assistant / Pre Dental Dinner Administrator
 Tara Dearholt is the Administrative Assistant/Office Manager/Event Planner for the Foundation.  Her duties and responsibilities include providing administrative support to ensure efficient operations of the office, ordering supplies, and supporting program managers and staff through a variety of tasks.  In addition, she organizes and schedules foundation related meetings and events, and is the administrator for the Pre-Dental Mentor Dinner.
Cathy Casaus - Special Projects Coordinator / IT Systems Support
   Cathy Casaus has a BBA with an emphasis in Business Computer Systems.  Cathy brings to the Foundation an extensive background in computer system analysis and design.  She has developed, implemented, and continues to support systems that have automated several manual processes.    In addition, she does the bookkeeping, manages our social media, manages event registration systems, and works on many other special programs to support the foundation. 
Megan David - DDS Coordinator mdavid@nmdaf.org
Megan David has an MA in sociology, and more than twenty years of experience in data and policy analysis and program management for non-profit and government agencies. As a DDS Case Manager, Megan is responsible for program and case management for the Donated Dental Services program, volunteer outreach and coordination, data analysis and systems improvement, and community engagement with partners and stakeholders across the state.

Nancy Hubert - DDS Coordinator  nhubert@nmdaf.org 
Nancy Hubert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies with minors in Nutrition and Psychology.  She has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field.  She is a strong advocate for disabled, elderly, mentally ill and homeless individuals/families and has been effective in identifying and assisting individuals with links to needed resources.  As a Donated Dental Services Program Case Manager she will be assisting applicants statewide with links to needed dental services.