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Who We Are

Pearl Santillan and Macy Kiim helped connect their mothers with dental services with the assistance of generous donations from Arizona dentists, and the process of linking their moms with these services and the life-changing implications that followed inspired Macy and Pearl to start A New Dawn AZ in 2015, a 501(c)3 non-profit aimed at bringing dental services to those in need. ​ Both are grateful for their strong oral integrity and smile about it as much as possible. In 2018, Alicia Yaeger-Booth joined the team to support the growth and impact of the organization.

Pearl Santillan - A New Dawn AZ

Pearl Santillan

Pearl and Dawn at Buffalo Park. Dawn's beautiful smile inspired our name, A New Dawn AZ. More information about Pearl is coming soon!

Macy Kiim - A New Dawn AZ

Macy Kiim

Macy is honored to be Co-Founder and Director of A New Dawn AZ. Working toward the greater good has always fueled Macy, and she finds the pro-social nature of ANDAZ to be uplifting, challenging, and rewarding. A person with many interests, she has always wanted to be involved in worthy pursuits and loves learning new ways of coming together for a shared purpose.

Contributing to society and challenging the status quo are two of her biggest guiding tenets, and she is grateful that ANDAZ gives her the opportunity to do both. When not helping sail the good ship ANDAZ, Macy can be found growing with her family, cooking up some tasty experiment in the kitchen, reading a pile of books, walking barefoot in the forest, or slowly chunking away at her Master’s degree with NAU’s Sustainable Communities Program.

She is interested in the intersection between public health and climate change - the existential crisis of our time; her work with ANDAZ informs her studies, and vice versa. Humbled by the vast array of things she does not know, Macy sees lifelong learning as a key ingredient to a healthy society and believes that humans are capable of magical things when they keep their minds and hearts open. People look to Macy as a community-minded friend and leader, and she honors the people served through ANDAZ as worthy individuals while recognizing that when people are lacking basic needs it is most often a systemic failure, not a personal one.

Macy is steady in her conviction that access to oral health care is a human right. She takes great pleasure in working toward and envisioning a community in which all smiles are free of pain and able to fully shine.

To contact Macy, please email her at macy.kiim@anewdawnaz.org.

Alicia Yaeger-Booth - A New Dawn AZ

Alicia Yaeger-Booth

Alicia Yaeger-Booth is the patient support and outreach specialist for the collaborative Oral Health Northern Arizona (OHnAZ) project funded by the Arizona Community Foundation. OHnAZ merges A New Dawn’s goal to fill gaps in oral health for adults to the Northern Arizona Oral Health Coalition’s (NAOHC) mission to address oral health disparities within our community.

Over the course of her career, Alicia has both worked and volunteered in various non-profits within Arizona, New York, and abroad, including serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. She has committed her efforts to serving vulnerable populations in areas of education and health.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, A Master of Science in Teaching 7-12 grade Biology, and a Master of Public Health in Global Health from Tulane University.

Outside of work, Alicia spends her time caring for her two children and husband while enjoying all the wonders Northern Arizona has to offer. ​

To contact Alicia, please email her at alicia@anewdawnaz.org.

Itzel Valencia-Gallegos - A New Dawn AZ

Itzel Valencia-Gallegos

Itzel is the newest member of A New Dawn AZ. She supports this organization by following in the steps of the previous interns Aaron Patikan and Carly George. She is fulfilling her education and field work experience for her Public Health degree at Northern Arizona University.

Her goal while interning for A New Dawn AZ is to be able to help and impact lives. Itzel also hopes that she can learn how to work with others through these rough times of working remotely. Itzel has a passion for helping others and can do so while interning for ANDAZ. She will be able to come up with creative ways in order to help her team continue to succeed. Itzel is excited for the challenges that she will encounter and figuring out solutions to those challenges while at A New Dawn AZ. She will be able to take these experiences with her else where and make that program a better place.

Itzel is finishing up her senior year with a bachelors degree in Health Sciences. She wants to further her education in becoming an Orthodontist. She hopes to put her knowledge and experiences that she gained at A New Dawn AZ to work and help those who are in need of Ortho care, receive the care they deserve.

To contact Itzel, please email her at: itzel@anewdawnaz.org.