The Tooth Truck Board & Staff
L to R: Dr. Sarah Cimino, Megan Lambert, Emma Davis, Kristi Terry, Tamara Maddox, Chelsea Murray, and Mindy Muñoz.
The Tooth Truck, Inc.
d/b/a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile of the Ozarks
A Missouri Not-For-Profit Corporation
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Howard Shayne, Chairperson
Dr. Aaron Dannegger, Vice Chairperson
Britton Jobe, Secretary
Marita Pemberton, Treasurer
Dr. Tara Cash
Dr. Christopher Meyer
Dr. Alison Nelson
Dr. Misty Shelton
Dr. Thomas Stone
PRESIDENT & CEO
PROGRAM DIRECTOR-RONALD MCDONALD CARE MOBILE
Dr. Sarah Cimino
Dr. Aaron Dannegger
Dr. Brett Durbin
Dr. Randi Green
PART-TIME DENTAL ASSISTANTS
HEALTHY SMILES ACADEMY PROGRAM MANAGER
MEET OUR TOOTH TRUCK STAFF
Program Director- Ronald McDonald Care Mobile: Mindy Muñoz
Mindy Muñoz has served as the Program Director for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, fondly known as the “Tooth Truck”, since 2007. She is responsible for the overall operations and day-to-day relationships for our mobile dental clinic.
Mindy’s personal mission is to continue in a career that has the potential to impact thousands of lives. She previously spent five years administering all aspects of a medical facility caring for roughly 10,000 patient-visits a year in Rio Bravo, Mexico through the “Hands Together Ministry”, the Methodist Church’s largest foreign mission site serving Mexican people through onsite facilities, rural communities, local health facilities and in-home care. She led over 40 missions each year involving more than 1,500 volunteers. One of the administrators Mindy worked with refers to her as the “Pied Piper of Rio Bravo”.
In 2000, Mindy graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Jewel College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and attended the Oxford University Overseas Study Course in 1999-2000. She has received numerous awards for her work in the community including honors from the Red Cross, the DIF government agency and being chosen as one of five awarded for the International Day of the Woman in recognition of exceptional work performed throughout the municipality in 2003. Mindy is a member of The Network and the Medical Group Management Association.
After first meeting in Mexico, Mindy and her husband, Ivan, were married in 2008. They enjoy kid-friendly activities with their three children and participating in community events celebrating the Hispanic culture in their free time.
General Dentist: Dr. Sarah Cimino
Dr. Sarah Cimino joined The Tooth Truck, Inc. as the full-time General Dentist in February 2011. Dr. Sarah provides comprehensive dental treatment for at-risk children in the Springfield area while empowering them to practice healthy dental habits at home. Her personal hope is to remove all fear involved with dental check-ups and restorative appointments for the very youngest of patients. Sarah has a personal connection to the Tooth Truck as her sister is a kindergarten teacher in Springfield and many of her students have benefited from the services we provide.
A Springfield native, Sarah completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Milikin University in Decatur, Illinois then obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2008. She spent two and a half years in Liberty, Missouri as an Associate Dentist with Seaport Family Dentistry. Sarah and her husband Justin are thrilled to return to the Springfield area and for the opportunity to serve children who would otherwise not have access to dental care.
Sarah is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Missouri Dental Association, Greater Springfield Dental Society, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She was appointed to the Greene County Health Commissions’s Dental Advisory Board; she was the two-time recipient of the UMKC School of Dentistry’s Alumni Scholarship; and she completed the UMKC School of Dentistry Senior Departmental Advanced Studies Program with honors in Restorative Dentistry.
She loves photography and traveling, every chance she gets, as well as spending quality time with Justin and their daughter, Adelaide.
President & CEO: Bonnie Keller
Bonnie is the President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Ozarks, Inc. and The Tooth Truck, Inc. Prior to being named the paid Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House near Cox South in 1989, Bonnie served in the roles of Volunteer, Board Member and Volunteer Executive Director. She was promoted to President & CEO in 1991 and continues in this role as the organization expanded its programs and mission with a grant making program in 1996, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in 2002 and the Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital in 2012.
Bonnie is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the All-Star Smiles Sertoma Club and the Price Cutter Charity Championship Executive Board. She previously served on the GO LEAD Advisory Board and The Health Commission’s Provider Services Advisory Board. Bonnie completed a three-year term on the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2010, serving as the Vice Chairman of Community Development & Special Events for two years.
Bonnie was named one of Ingram Magazine’s “50 Missourians You Should Know” in 2015, an Honorary Member of the Greater Springfield Dental Society in 2011 and the 2010 Executive of the Year by the Hawthorn Chapter of IAAP. She received the 2008 “Making a Difference for Women” Award from Soroptimist International of Springfield, and in 2004 was named one of the Springfield Business Journal’s “20 Most Influential Women” and the All-Star Smiles Sertoma Club’s “Sertoman of the Year.” She was honored as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the AFP Ozarks Region Chapter in 2002.
Bonnie and her husband, Clayton, have three daughters.
Office Manager : Emma Davis
Emma Davis joined the Tooth Truck in December 2013 as the Office Manager. In this role, she works on a daily basis with school nurses in prioritizing and scheduling patients for treatment, works alongside volunteers, maintains patient records, files for reimbursement from Medicaid, and ensures each child has a positive dental experience.
Emma is a 2011 graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in psychology. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in April 2013. Emma served as a substance abuse counselor while also working with a local counseling agency prior to joining the Tooth Truck staff.
She is an active member of Alpha Delta Pi and, through her affiliation, enjoyed volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix, AZ. She has a passion for working with children and their families and is excited to have the opportunity to help people in the community. Emma and her husband, Chad, welcomed their daughter, Piper, in August 2014. In her free time, Emma enjoys time with her family, patronizing local coffee houses and restaurants, and attending outdoor farmers markets and festivals.
Dental Assistant: Megan Lambert
The Tooth Truck staff welcomed Dental Assistant Megan Lambert in May 2009. Megan first began working on the Tooth Truck as a Dental Assisting Student, completing her final rotation in a dental office. She graduated from OTC as a Certified Dental Assistant and is excited to continue working with the Tooth Truck staff and patients. She clearly has a passion for children and enjoys educating them on proper brushing habits. With two daughters at home, Megan knows just the right words to say to encourage our patients to practice good brushing and flossing habits at home. When Megan is not working, she likes to listen to music, read, go hiking, camping, and floating.
Dental Assistant: Chelsea Murray
Chelsea Murray began working on the Tooth Truck as a Dental Assistant in September 2016. Chelsea is a Willard High School graduate and received her dental assisting certification from OTC. She loves connecting with patients, especially kids, and helping them gain confidence in their smiles. She is passionate about dentistry because she knows what it’s like to be embarrassed by your smile and doesn’t want anyone to feel that way. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys yoga, crafting, gardening, rock climbing, and spending time with her husband and Yorkshire terriers.
Part-Time Dental Assistant: Kristi Terry
Kristi Terry serves in the role of part-time Dental Assistant on the Tooth Truck. She received her Certificate in Dental Assisting from Graff Vo-Tech in 1991. Kristi worked in the dental field as an assistant for 8 years before devoting 10 years as a stay at home mother raising three boys. Now that her boys are older, Kristi is excited to return to the dental field where she can work with children on improving their dental health. Kristi is passionate about connecting with children and helping them overcome their fears of dentistry. In her free time, Kristi and her husband, LJ, enjoy cheering her boys in basketball, spending time at the river or lake, and being with family and friends.
Healthy Smiles Academy Program Manager: Tamara Maddox
Tamara Maddox began her work as the Healthy Smiles Academy Program Manager in September 2015. She is responsible for the operations of our in-school brushing program. She works closely with school staff to ensure participants have the proper skills and knowledge to establish daily brushing in the school setting. Her hope is to lower the risk of tooth decay for each child by making daily brushing a routine part of the day.
Tamara is a 2010 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Theatre and Communications. Prior to joining the Tooth Truck, Tamara spent several years as a Nanny and working with children in theatre camps and preschool programs. Additionally, she has served as a coach for Girls On The Run.
Tamara was first involved in the organization as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House inside Mercy Children’s Hospital. She loves doing things that better the lives of children and has a passion for helping one child at a time experience a healthy, happy life. In her free time, Tamara loves camping, hiking and being outdoors. Tamara and her husband, Dacoda, were married in September 2008.