Board of Trustees 2019 – 2020

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.


PresidentValoree Althoff
Immediate Past-presidentElmer Gonzalez
Vice-presidentRobin Gatlin
SecretaryVivian Barker
President ElectDiana Aboytes


Delegate ChairAlexandra Moore
DelegateKayla Gallegos
Alternate DelegateDiana Aboytes


High DesertAngela Cook
Cathy Sovereign
SouthernRebecca Sanchez
Tres RiosBetty Onik
ADHA District IX TrusteeLynda Bean

Council Chairs

AdministrationValoree Althoff
Education and ResearchKayla Gallegos
General Membership MeetingsMary Kaye Vigil
Member ServicesRebecca Sanchez
Public RelationsVivian Barker
Regulation and PracticeBarbara Posler

PR Committee Members

Newsletter/E-newsKelly Valdez-Ayres
Social Media ManagerVivian Barker
Website ManagerVivian Barker
Committee MemberVicki Munday

Member Services Committee

Committee MemberJeannie Henley
Committee MemberBarbara Posler


HYPAC ChairErik Smith
HYPAC TreasurerPam Morris
NMDHA ADHA IOH LiaisonKelly Valdez-Ayres
ParliamentarianBarbara Posler
Volunteer CoordinatorKitty Rivera

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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