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Volunteer Profiles

Timothy D. Lynch, DDS

Years as volunteer

  • 22 years as a dentist
  • 9 years as president of the Matthew 25 Dental Advisory Board
  • Currently serving a 3-year term on the Matthew 25 General Board
  • Volunteers 1-2 times a month

Why I volunteer

I want to help those who are less fortunate in any way. I feel strongly about giving back for everything I've been blessed with.

Best thing about Matthew 25

Nothing measures the smiles on the faces of those you've helped. I'm hooked on Matthew 25!

Full-time job

Timothy D. Lynch, DDS PC
Offices in Fort Wayne and South Whitley

Family stats

Tim's wife, Kelly, is also a dentist and Matthew 25 volunteer.
They have 3 children.

Theresa Herman, MD

Years as volunteer

  • 4 years as a physician; now helping with fundraising
  • Served as Medical Director while Dr. Amy Dawson was medical leave

Why I volunteer

I like to take care of people, be it my family or others. After volunteering for a few clinics, I realized that most of the patients at Matthew 25 were so grateful for our help that my volunteering was a natural fit.

Best thing about Matthew 25

I can't say there's one specific thing. The staff cares about everyone, the volunteers take time away from their own practices and families, the community supports us immensely, and the patients are grateful for the help and a listening ear.

Full-time job

Domestic engineer (chauffer, chef, housekeeper, preschool teacher, gardener, mason, and chief boo-boo kisser)

Family stats

Theresa's husband, Brent, is also a physician.
They have 3 children.

Helena Finklestein

Years as volunteer

  • 6 years as the Matthew 25 front desk and as an interpreter
  • Speaks German, Spanish, English, and Polish
  • Volunteers 4 days a week
  • Chosen as the local 2005 Jefferson Award winner for her
  • work with Matthew 25. One of three winners at the state
  • level and in the top 10 finalists nationally.

Why I volunteer

My father was a physician in Austria, and my grandfather was a physician in Europe. If not for the Holocaust, I would have been a physician, too. I love medicine. It's in my blood....I also love working with the patients. It gives me great satisfaction, knowing I can help someone.

Best thing about Matthew 25

There is no "best thing." Everything at Matthew 25 is excellent.
I consider Matthew 25 my second home and feel it was sent from God.

Full-time job

Retired from 19 years of front desk work at a plastic surgeon's office.

Family stats

Helena has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
They have 3 children.