Our Team

Although a small team, we make a large impact.  If interested in joining our team or have inquiries please Contact Us.

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Alona Horner, Executive Director

Alona comes to us from HealthPoint where she managed and grew such programs as the School Base Health Clinics, a mobile medical van program, nurses in homeless shelters and nurses’ support for Early Head Start and Head Start programs. Alona is excited to utilize her school base experience and transfer her nonprofit management skills to the dental field. Alona has a long history of supporting programs with a youth focus, as this is where her passion lies. Alona’s goals include preserving the passion and mission of Smile Partner’s while finding areas of growth. Alona wishes to contribute to the success of Smile Partners and looks forward to supporting the team in their crucial work.  

Richele Strong, Pre-school Program Manager

With a background in speech communication, public relations, and marketing; Richele is supporting our pre-school program growth with our dedicated hygiene team champions. A former para-educator, Richele is knowledgeable in specializing communication on individual needs through teaching. She pairs this skill with parent and community outreach.

Hayley Keever, Operations Assistant

A main supporter of our elementary school program, Hayley is a former dental assistant and trained front office staff. Hayley helps us with our in house administrative work, working with our on-site team to ensure supplies and inventory are stocked, and answer any questions you may have.

Community Engagement Coordinator

This position is our direct contact to schools, districts, and public relations. We love to connect with the community in various ways; through parent teacher conferences, school back pack fairs, and city resource fairs.

Our Dental Hygiene Team

Our hygienists are registered and license through Washington State with their school based dental sealant endorsement as required by state law (RCW 43.70.650). They specialize in working with children with specific chair side manner to ensure our patients are comfortable and having fun. Their unique skill to imprint oral hygiene education one-on-one with students are what makes our students excited to see Smile Partners year after year.

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Our Dentists

We currently have two dentists on our team, Dr. James Dixon, DMD and Dr. Helena Lincoln, DDS, Ph.D, P.S. They are both board certified and licensed to practice in the state of Washington. Our dentists assist with oral screenings in our schools from time to time, and be our sounding board for dental inquiries.

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Our Site Coordinators 

Our site coordinators are community health passion driven individuals that come to us from various backgrounds. Yet, everyone has one common goal of providing the highest quality of care in un-traditional settings. These team members support our school clinical flow, process data, and can answer your on-site school question. If you see them, please don’t be shy to say hi!