OUR HISTORY

For Reverend Frank Diaz, the poor and homeless were a constant presence at El Buen Pastor, many of whom were young men asking for baby food. Assuming these men had children to feed, the Reverend quickly found that he was wrong. “[These men] would smile but they had no teeth.”

The local hospital had up to a six-month wait, and many suffering from severe toothaches could not endure the pain. Realizing these individuals felt the only option was to pull their own teeth, Rev. Diaz and Roland Castaneda, an elder at El Buen Pastor, chose to open the doors of Manos de Cristo in 1988, to give the impoverished community a humane, dignified option for dental care. Manos made an immediate impact in the Central Texas community and in 1990 formally opened a Dental Clinic on the central east side of Austin.

Through grants and support from Austin-area churches and organizations, Manos’ founding principle to service by reaching out with compassionate concern, continues today. Manos now has headquarters and programs in north central Austin, serving our community through an 11-chair dental clinic, adult education services and basic needs. Manos’ reach has continued to grow through a Back-To-School program, computer, citizenship and English classes.

CLIENT STORIES

 

OUR BOARD

GLENN DUKES, Synopsys
Board President

GARY MCINTOSH, CPA, CFF, Weaver, LLP
Vice Chair

KRYSTAL PATEL, Rackspace
Secretary

MATEO ALEJANDRE, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Treasurer

TONY PACHECO, JR., DDS, PA
Immediate Past Chair

HEATHER BOBB, DDS, FICOI

AMANDA BONILLA, Bonilla Law Firm

GARY CASH, DDS

AARON DELAO, Foundation Communities

MATT FLETCHER, Amherst Pierpont Securities

MILTON HIME, AIA, Studio8 Architects

 

ANNE LYON, DDS, Austin Tooth Fairy

DICKSON MCGUIRE, DDS, MSD, Central Endodontic Specialists

RON OLIVEIRA, Oliveira Public Communications

HANNAH REED, N2 Publishing

KELLIE RASTEGAR, Rastegar Property Company

NEAL SHAH, DDS, PA, Austin Dental Arts

OUR STAFF

JULIE M. BALLESTEROS
Executive Director
(512) 628-4194
jballesteros@manosdecristo.org

KENDRA SANDOVAL, D.D.S.
Director of Dentistry
(512) 628-4208
dds@manosdecristo.org

JESSICA GARDINER
Director of Foundation Relations
(512) 628-4201
jgardiner@manosdecristo.org

CARL FLOTO
Director of Finance
(512) 628-4195
cfloto@manosdecristo.org

DIANE RIEHS
Director of Development
(512) 628-4203
driehs@manosdecristo.org

LILY LOMBARDI
Donor Relations and Communications Coordinator
(512) 628-4202
llombardi@manosdecristo.org

NOELLE CORCORAN
Development Coordinator
(512) 628-4205
ncorcoran@manosdecristo.org

EMILY KENNEDY
Education Director
(512) 628-4196
ekennedy@manosdecristo.org

MARIA PALACIOS
Assistant Education Director
(512) 628-4197
mpalacios@manosdecristo.org

MARIA GAMEZ
Basic Needs Coordinator
(512) 628-4199
mgamez@manosdecristo.org

Not sure who to contact? Email mdc@manosdecristo.org
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