Board of Trustees 2021 – 2022

The following is a list of the current Board of Trustees for the NMDHA. NMDHA represents the interests of over 1,300 dental hygienists in New Mexico. This board is elected in the fall of each year and serves a one-year term in most offices. The position of Secretary, Treasurer, and Delegate is a two-year commitment.

The Councils are appointed or re-appointed by the current President. If you are interested in serving your profession, please contact the current President. We are always happy to see new faces and get input on keeping our profession at the forefront of oral healthcare in New Mexico.

Questions or comments for any Board member can be directed to the President, who will forward your email to the intended Board member.


President Kayla Gallelgos
Immediate Past-president Diana Aboytes
Vice-president Whitney Compton
Secretary Vivian Barker
Treasurer Jennifer Martinez
President Elect Kerri Willert


Delegate Chair Kandice Lewis
Delegate Brittany Tripp
Alternate Delegate Kayla Gallegos


High Desert Cathy Sovereign
Southern Rebecca Sanchez
Tres Rios Valoree Althoff
ADHA District IX Trustee LeeAnn Winkler

Council Chairs

Administration Kayla Gallegos
Education and Research Kayla Gallegos
General Membership Meetings Christine Nathe
Member Services Justine Ponce
Public Relations Cindy Vigil
Regulation and Practice Barbara Posler

General Membership Meetings Committee

Committee Member Robin Gatlin

Regulation & Practice Committee 

Committee Member Kandice Lewis
Committee Member Brittany Tripp

Nominating Committee 

Committee Member Diana Aboytes
Committee Member Robin Gatlin
Committee Member vacant

PR Committee Members

Newsletter/E-news Kelly Valdez-Ayres
Social Media Manager Cindy Vigil
Website Manager Cindy Vigil
Committee Member Vivian Barker

Member Services Committee

Committee Member Barbara Poser
Committee Member vacant


HYPAC Chair Christie Baca-Garcia
HYPAC Treasurer Valoree Althoff
HYPAC Director Erik Smith
HYPAC Director Kelly Valdez-Ayres
HYPAC Director Trang Lucero
NMDHA ADHA IOH Liaison Kelly Valdez-Ayres
Parliamentarian Barbara Posler
Volunteer Coordinator Kitty Rivera

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Mission Statement

To represent dental hygienists in continuing to improve the oral health of our community by being innovative in increasing access to quality oral healthcare.

Vision Statement

To elevate the dental hygiene profession by promoting education, expanding the opportunities for practice, and enhancing access to quality oral healthcare.

Our Goals

  • Serve as the recognized authority for the profession of dental hygiene
  • Promote consumer advocacy in oral health care as part of total health
  • Achieve autonomy of dental hygiene education, licensure and practice


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