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.
Anne Davis is a native of Michigan. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1982 earning a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. She served on active duty in the Army for 29 years in various locations and leadership positions. She commanded the Hawthorne Army Depot from 2000 -2002, a government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) ammunition depot located in Hawthorne, Nevada. Anne Davis earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991 and her Ph.D. in Business from The City University of New York in 2005. Anne served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Walden University from 2012 to 2017 where she taught in the Doctor of Business Administration Program. Since her retirement from the Army, Anne has been involved in Veterans issues. Anne was appointed by the Nevada Governor to serve on the Women Veterans Advisory Committee and has served as the chair of that committee since its inception in 2014. Additionally, she serves on Nevada’s Veterans Services Commission and is a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans.
Dr. Joseph McElhinney
Joseph McElhinney III DDS has been a dentist in Nevada since 1978. Dr. McElhinney earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Dentistry from the Boise State College in 1972 and graduated from the University of California School of Dentistry with a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dentistry in 1977. He began his dental practice in Reno Nevada in 1978. Dr. McElhinney is a life member of the Northern Nevada Dental Society, Nevada Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Dr. McElhinney has volunteered his services in numerous charitable programs sponsored by the Northern Nevada Dental Society throughout his career. Dr. McElhinney was one of the original community dentists to join Adopt A Vet Dental Program in 2010 and has treated more than 37 Veterans.
Wayne Haigh was born and raised in Alberta, Canada and graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1962. He immigrated to the United States in 1963 having received a scholarship from Caltech where he graduated with a M.S. degree in Aeronautics in 1964. Wayne worked for Northrop Grumman and TRW Systems on the design of aircraft, ballistic missiles and reentry vehicles. He cofounded Techmate, Inc. and Dynamics Technology, Inc., two southern California engineering research companies, which worked primarily on advanced torpedo and submarine design and submarine detection. With his wife, Linda, he relocated in 1985 to Northern Nevada and formed Sierra Engineering Associates, a consulting firm, working primarily with the U.S. Navy, DARPA and several America’s Cup syndicates. In his fluid mechanics specialty, he performed research on the advanced design of autonomous underwater vehicles, submarines and racing yachts. He retired from his technical and business activities in 2008 and started his volunteering to assist low-income veterans in 2009. In April 2010, with his wife Linda, they started the Adopt a Vet Dental Program where he conducted veteran interviews and maintained both the dental records and financial records. More recently, he has functioned in more of an advisory capacity by reviewing the financial records, assisting on the development of presentations and grants, and providing a second opinion on business opportunities and developments.
John Linden was born and raised in upstate New York (Rochester) and graduated from the University at Albany, with a BS in Business Admin. in 1968. After military service (Vietnam Vet, Infantry), John returned to the University at Albany to complete a Masters Degree in Business Education. After working in the education field, he relocated to Reno in 1979. He was then employed by the Sahara Reno as a Security Manager. After the sale of the Sahara Reno to the Hilton Corporation, he was employed by the Hilton in the same position. Leaving the Hilton, he worked in sales for over 25 years in Reno, building a successful career in the automobile field, and is now retired, but has remained active with volunteer activities to include Hot August Nights, Honor Flight, Wolf Pack Ambassador, the Reno Jazz Orchestra, as well as other veterans issues.
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.