Linda Haigh was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Northern Nevada in 1985 where she worked with her husband in their engineering consulting firm for many years in Lake Tahoe. However, her passion was always helping seniors and with a move to Reno in 1997, she began working as a Senior Outreach Coordinator at the University of Nevada, Reno, Sanford Center for Aging, Senior Outreach Services (SOS) program. It was during this time that she discovered 60 low-income veterans living in subsidized housing in dire need of dental care. Linda soon discovered that the vast majority of our veterans did not qualify for dental care at the VA because the qualifications were so restrictive. This seriously unmet need for dental care became the driving force for the Adopt a Vet Dental Program (AAVD) which Linda and her husband founded in April 2010, after Linda retired from the University. In 2014, AAVD received the national Newman’s Own and Fisher House Award for their innovative approach to providing dental care to low-income veterans. Both Linda and AAVD received the Nevada Veteran Supporter of the Month in 2017 from former Governor Sandoval. Linda has devoted the past nine years to providing dental care to low-income veterans with the help of the goodwill and skill of many dental professionals, a compassionate program staff and volunteers, and the financial support from generous donors, local foundations and the State of Nevada.
Charles R. Cordova, Jr., D.D.S, J.D. (Chuck) is a graduate of So. Tahoe High School and was a member of their 1987 Nevada AAA State Championship basketball team. He attended Chico State University and graduated from the University of California at San Francisco, School of Dentistry in 1997. He served as a dentist in the US Navy, stationed in Sicily. On returning home, he established a dental practice in So. Lake Tahoe for a few years before moving to Las Vegas. There, he took a hiatus from dentistry and attended the University of Nevada, William S. Boyd School of Law. There, he was a published member of the Nevada Law Journal, graduated Magna Cum Laude and passed the Nevada Bar in 2007. For a short time, he practiced both dentistry and law simultaneously, but ultimately returned full time to dentistry. In 2016, he moved back to the north, and in 2018 opened Affordable Dentures and Implants. Shortly after opening, he began regularly treating patients referred from both Adopt-A-Vet and the Compassion Community Clinic. Dr. Cordova is a member of the Northern Nevada Dental Society, the Nevada Dental Association the American Dental Association and the State Bar of Nevada. When not reconstructing smiles, Dr. Cordova enjoys spending time with his family, engaging in outdoor activities, and traveling.
Dr. Myatt graduated from USC in 1970(B.S. Biology), 1974(Doctor of Dental Surgery), and USC/LA/MC 1978(Certificate in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery), and then started a 40+year career in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Myatt is married to Cindy(38 years), and has 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Dr. Myatt has been a member of many professional organizations and hospital staff’s throughout his career, including AAOMS, ABOMS, ADA, NDA, NNDS, CALAMOS, NSBDE, ST. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Renown Medical Center, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Nexus(TMJ prosthetic joint manufacture), and AAVDHP. Dr. Myatt is currently semi-retired, and spends the majority of his professional time providing Oral Surgical treatment to underserved, financially-challenged(impoverished) American military veterans. Dr. Myatt has had many accomplishments, and rewards , in his career, but none has been as rewarding as caring for America’s needy veterans. He states “There can be no more deserving group of people (Veterans), those who signed up voluntarily to protect the United States of America, its freedoms, constitution, and life of its citizens, with many giving the ultimate sacrifice of their life, and who now for whatever reason, suffer from dental disease and cannot afford treatment. With God-given skills, I consider it an honor and privilege to help this group of people, after their exemplary service.
Suzanne Edwards is a native of Florida. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College, in S. Hadley, MA, with a BA in English. After college she began her career in Palm Beach, FL in the Financial Services industry as a Stockbroker with Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. Seven years later she moved to the Fiduciary side of the business as a Trust Oﬃcer with Northern Trust. In 1996, her career took her to the Paciﬁc Northwest where she worked for BofA/SeaFirst. Another career opportunity took her to San Francisco in 1998. While living in the Bay Area she earned her MBA at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Suzanne spent the last 16 years of her 31-year career at Wells Fargo Private Bank. Her most rewarding position at Wells Fargo was as a Philanthropic Consultant for both private and public charities with a focus on wealth succession planning. Her clients were located in Northern California, Nevada, and the Paciﬁc Northwest. She became a Nevadan in 2009. Suzanne has been a life long volunteer and currently serves as Second Vice President on the board of the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation. She served 18 years on the board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, six of which were at the national level. She is a life member of the NRA and the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum; a member of the CA Riﬂe & Pistol Association, The Daughters of the American Revolution, The Mayﬂower Society, a Sustainer in the Reno Jr. League, and is now excited to be on the Board of Directors for the Adopt a Vet Dental Program.