Meet Our Senior Team
Dennis Young – CEO & President
Mr. Young has a strong background in corporate and government relations, as well as a successful history in working with non-profit boards to maximize their effectiveness. Prior to joining TCDC, Young served as the President of the Orange County & Inland Empire Regions of Junior Achievement of Southern California. Before entering the non-profit sector, he served as the City Manager of a Southeast Los Angeles city with approximately 500 employees and an annual budget of $100 million. He has also enjoyed a 21-year corporate career with Hughes Electronics and General Motors. In addition, Young has served on the boards of several other community-based organizations including United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Volunteer Center of South Bay, El Camino College Foundation and Pediatric Therapy Network. Mr. Young was a student athlete in college and is active with the University of Southern California where he was a business major. He has a degree in Business and has participated in the Executive MBA Program at USC. As a former college athlete (golf & football), Mr. Young feels that the lessons learned from team and individual sports helped prepare him for life and the business world. He feels very fortunate to be blessed with an opportunity to give back to the local communities.
Susie Melgoza – Director of Clinical Services
Susie Melgoza has an extensive dental background, having overseen many reputable dental offices for over 30 years. Treatment coordinating, billing, financial contracting and staffing offices with over 30 employees are just some of the various tasks she has completed over the year. She is a strong believer of building a great practice for our patients and the community.
Flor Rosa – Assistant of Clinical Services
Flor Rosa has several years of expertise in the healthcare field. She first began her journey as an HMO Assistant Coordinator at San Judas Medical Group. Her experience at Wells Fargo as a Merchant Teller allowed her to strengthen her ability to effectively speak to clients about financial literacy and any inquiries they had. For the past five years she has worked her way from a Call Center/Front Desk Associate to Assistant of Clinical Services and that direct communication with the patients from her time in Call Center has allowed her to be an advocate for the patients seeking dental care at affordable prices. As a volunteer for Big Brother, Big Sister she resonates with the organization’s mission of improving the lives of our underserved communities.
Amy Lopez – Compliance & Program Development Associate
Amy Lopez is a USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication alum with a degree in Broadcast & Digital Journalism with a Communications minor. Before joining TCDC in 2016, she had interned at Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) where she learned firsthand about the impact that nonprofits can have on lower income communities, emphasizing specifically on children. She continued pursuing stories that focus around the underprivileged and as a journalist, made it a point to bring to light those stories that were not being told. Having started at TCDC as a Call Center associate, Ms. Lopez took part in creating more effective ways of communicating with patients and tracking their treatment progress. She soon moved up to handling lab cases as well as being promoted to Appointment Coordinator, where she handled patient-clinic progress on a more collective level. As the Compliance & Program Associate, she now brings the knowledge of working at the front of the clinic to her roles on the senior team’s organizational development as a whole. Her interpersonal relationships with the patients help her better advocate for the clinic and write more personalized grants. She also manages TCDC’s social media accounts and is working on creating more impactful forms of media to better convey the organization’s messages.
Front Desk/Call Center Associates
Oliva Palomo, RDA
Salvador ‘Sal’ Melgoza