ADHA's 94th Annual Conference


Dr. Cynthia C. Gadbury-Amyot, MSDH, Ed.D. serves as Associate Dean and Professor of Instructional Technology and Faculty Development, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Her research interests include: portfolio assessment of student competency, educational methodologies and technologies, access to care and distance and online education. Dr. Gadbury-Amyot has received numerous distinguished teaching awards from the School of Dentistry and is a recipient of the university wide Elmer Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award.

Brenda Armstrong, RDH, MDH has been active in dental hygiene as a clinician and educator, and the recipient of the 2016 Dixie State University (DSU) Teacher of the Year-Rising Star Award. Currently, she serves as Interim Dental Hygiene Department Chair at DSU and as Assessment Lead for the College of Health Sciences. She is past president of the Southern Utah Component and currently serves as Utah Dental Hygienists’ Association Head Delegate. 


Patti Beeson, RDH, has spent decades chairside as a clinical hygienist. She has been a Red Cross volunteer RDH on an Army base, civil service RDH in the U.S. and South Korea, founding member of an oral-systemic study club, and Past President of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association. She holds licenses in multiple states, worked in clinics on military bases as well as private fee-for-service practices from the most affluent suburbs to the PPO/DMO practice in the 2nd poorest city in the state. She currently works keeping things real and other duties as assigned with Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS through DentalCodeology.

Maureen Bell, RDH, CDD, CIS is an active hygienist in the state of Michigan. Her career in the dental field began in Pennsylvania, where she was exposed to the world of digital dentistry. Having a passion for the arts, Maureen quickly fell in love with all the potential that digital dentistry offers. Maureen has since completed a certification in digital dentistry (CDD), in addition to becoming a Clinical Integration Specialist, which has given her the unique opportunity to coach dental offices both nationally and internationally.

Jenny Berge, ADT, RDH is an advanced dental therapist/ dental hygienist providing care to low-income and uninsured patients in a community health center in rural Minnesota.  The integration of medical and dental services has improved her patient care outcomes.   She currently enjoys the rewards of providing both restorative and preventive care to her patients.


Kristine A. Berry (Hodsdon)RDHMSEC, is an internationally-recognized speaker, writer and an academically accredited executive coach. Drawing on more than three decades of experience as a clinician, sales representative, consultant and trainer, she works with groups and teams in the areas of leadership, teamwork, and performance.  She is currently the Director of Market Operations at DentalOne Partners Inc.


Catherine Cabanzon, CRDH, BASDH has an extensive background in dental hygiene that includes; clinical, education and public health and regulation. Additionally, she is a national speaker and presently serves on eight state and national committees and is the Vice Chair to the Florida Board of Dentistry.


Elizabeth Carr, RDH, DHA earned a Baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in 2000, a Masters of Dental Hygiene from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2010, and a Doctorate of Health Administration from UMMC in 2015.  She holds the position of Associate Professor in Dental Hygiene and is the Coordinator of the Advanced Standing Dental Hygiene Online Baccalaureate Degree Program at UMMC.  Elizabeth has been an active member in American Dental Hygienists’ Association for over 10 years in various roles and was most recently selected to be involved in the Unleashing Your Potential event in November of 2016.


Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH speaks internationally on topics related to practicing comprehensively, is an accomplished author, and practices dental hygiene in Dallas, Texas. 


Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS is an international speaker passionate about prevention working with dental professionals to improve practice profitability. She is the author of the 2016 book A Gingivitis Code Finally! the fifth book in the DentalCodeology series of bite-size books for busy people. She authored a chapter in CDT 2017 Companion. Patti holds publishing and speaking licenses with the American Dental Association for Current Dental Terminology and SNODENT Diagnostic Coding. She is a proud member of the National Speakers Association.


Diane Dooley, MD, MHS, FAAP is a clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco and clinical director of the Pediatric Obesity Disease Management Program (Go!Club) at Contra Costa Health Plan, a Medicaid managed care plan serving 200,000 low income patients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her particular interests are pediatric obesity, quality of care for children, promotion of breastfeeding and the prevention of early childhood cavities. 


Catherine Draper, RDH, MS is a member of the, Biological and Health Sciences faculty at Foothill College and has been active in the dental hygiene profession throughout her career. Catherine has written for a variety of dental hygiene publications and has presented professional development programs to clinicians, educators and the general public, across the country. She is especially passionate about student learning and enhancing the clinical education process. 


Marianne Dryer, RDH, MEd is a Global Clinical Education Curriculum Developer for DentsplySirona. Her focus is on ultrasonic instrumentation, local anesthesia and radiology technique.  Her experience in dentistry spans over 30 years as a clinician and an educator.  She is a graduate of Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, Old Dominion University and received her Master’s in Education from St Joseph’s College of Maine. Marianne was the first year coordinator at Collin College in Dallas Texas for six years where she was selected for the Outstanding Faculty Award and was nominated for the Advisor of the Year. She has been a faculty member at Cape Cod Community College since 2007. Marianne is also a Periodontal Instrumentation Instructor for DH Methods of Education, Inc., an educational program for dental and dental hygiene faculty.


Deborah E. Fleming, RDH, MS is an Academic Relations Manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, covering seven states in the Mid-Atlantic and Central regions of the country. Deborah previously held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland. She has developed and presented courses to student dental professionals, professional associations, dental societies and study clubs. Her focus is to provide dental professionals with current scientific research and information to assist them with making active evidence based recommendations in their clinical practice. She is a contributing textbook author and has been published in both dental and dental hygiene publications. Deborah currently serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Dental Hygiene, is a member of the Corporate Council for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene and is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the American Dental Education Association.


Julie Frantsve-Hawley, RDH, PhD is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for Dental Hygienists and editor of the text book Evidence-Based Dentistry for the Dental Hygienist.  She is currently the executive director of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.  Dr. Hawley is a dental hygienist, received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Harvard University, and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF.


Jacquelyn Fried, RDH, BA, MS is an Associate Professor and Director of Inter-professional Initiatives at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, loves to write, edit, publish, and to mentor others to develop these skills.


Edie Gibson, RDH, MS is a charismatic, knowledge-wealthy trainer with a mission and passion to affect CHANGE and brings over 30 years of hands-on clinical and business expertise in implant dentistry to the podium. She is the Sr. Director of Clinical Education and Training for Claronav, a 2013 Sunstar RDH Award of Distinction recipient, and a Clinical Advisor for The Implant Consortium. Edie is also a thought Leader/KOL for several prestigious dental companies, a Registered Psychotherapist and is a contributing author to the bestselling book, Overcoming Mediocrity.


JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD is Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State University and President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists.


Jasmin Haley, RDH, BSDH, CDA is a practicing public health dental hygienist, dental hygiene instructor, business owner, national speaker, and writer. She promotes excellence in dental hygiene and the exploration of dental hygiene opportunities through Beyond the Prophy LLC and MOMgienists LLC. 


Laurie Hernandez, recently named a Crest® and Orgullosa ambassador by Procter & Gamble, she credits her hard work, leadership skills, and her never-give-up attitude to her Mom, who was in the U.S. Army Reserve while growing up. Laurie won the coveted mirror ball trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” season 23, and her first book titled I Got This: To Gold and Beyond chronicling her journey recently hit the bookshelves.

Carol Jahn, RDH, MS, is the Director of Professional Relations and Education for Water Pik, Inc.  She has a BS in dental hygiene and an MS in continuing education.  Carol has been a lifelong active member of ADHA.

Corinne Jameson-Kuehl, RDH, BS, OMT is from Hartland, Wisconsin and has been involved in the dental field for over 20 years  She is an experienced private practice clinician, business development manager and previous dental staffing company founder and owner.


Rebecca H. Lang, EdD, RDH, MCHES has over 35 years of experience in the field of health promotion working in the areas of teaching, clinical practice, public health, consulting, speaking, writing and 12 years in the field of health coaching. She spent 20 years teaching at Grand View University, most recently serving as Professor of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor at Des Moines University Doctor of Osteopathic program. She is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches, Inc. and is recognized and included in the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT Member). Dr. Lang is the Founder of LifeStrategies, a motivational interviewing and health coach training and speaking business and is a published author.


Margaret Langelier is  the Project Director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY).

Deborah Lyle, RDH, BS, MS is a life-long member of ADHA and has volunteered here time on several councils and task forces.  She is an international speaker and author and has published many original research manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.   Deborah is the Director of Professional and Clinical Affairs for Water Pik, Inc. and an editorial board member for the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

Ann Lynch is Director of Governmental Affairs for the ADHA. Prior to working at the ADHA, Lynch served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2007-2010, representing Rochester, MN and surrounding communities.  During her term, Lynch served as Vice Chair of the Health and Human Services Budget Division. Other committee assignments included: Capitol Investment, Higher Education Budget and Policy Division, K-12 Education Policy, Health, Housing and Family Security, and the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement. The Minnesota Dental Hygienists’ Association honored her as the “2008 Legislator of the Year” for her “commitment to meeting the oral health care needs of the underserved in Minnesota.”  Senator Lynch was chief author of legislation that created the countries first mid-level dental practitioner in Minnesota in 2009, known as dental therapists.  In June 2009, Senator Lynch received an ADHA Presidential Citation, “In recognition for leadership in improving access to healthcare, including oral health care for all Americans.”


Phyllis A. Martina, RDH, MBA is the Senior Academic Relations Manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc. managing a team of Colgate educators in North America. Phyllis' career in dental hygiene started in high school as a dental assistant and includes positions as clinician, faculty member, as well as corporate positions in marketing, sales and management. She developed and presented courses to student dental professionals, faculty, professional associations and study clubs. Phyllis is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, American Dental Education Association and is a lifetime member of Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene honor society.


Dr. Hannah MaxeyPh.D., MPH, RDH, an Assistant Professor and Director of the Indiana University Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy, is actively involved in health workforce policy and research at the state and national level. Her research is focused on understanding the relationship between workforce policy and healthcare delivery systems, access to care, and the health status. She received her PhD from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in 2014.  Prior to pursing graduate education, Dr. Maxey spent seven years providing preventive oral health care to underserved populations at Indianapolis area community health centers.

Tami Miller, BS, CRDH is the executive director of the Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association (FDHA), where she oversees the day-to-day management, state liaison activities and strategic planning of the association. She serves as the FDHA project coordinator for Florida Department of Health statewide surveillance projects. Mrs. Miller also serves as the state (Florida) dental hygienist liaison (DHL) and as the region IV DHL coordinator for the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).


Jean Moore, DrPH, MSNis the director of the New York Center for Health Workforce Studies based at the School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany. She brings a wealth of experience in health workforce program administration, research and policy development. Her research at the Center focuses on supply of and demand for a wide array of health professions and occupations, from physicians and nurses to care coordinators. In addition, Dr. Moore studies health professions regulation and its potential to constrain effective functioning of primary care teams.

Dr. Moore has served as the director of the Center since 2004. Under her leadership, the Center has increased the policy relevance of its work and has established itself as one of the leading health workforce research centers in the country. She provides technical assistance to states and other interested parties on the best approaches to workforce planning, data collection, and analysis to inform successful health workforce programs and policies that increase access to high quality, cost-effective health care. She has been invited to present Center research nationwide and around the world.


Mary Otto is the oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. She began writing about oral health at the Washington Post, where she worked for eight years covering social issues including health care and poverty. She lives in Washington D.C.

Anna Pattison, RDH, MS received her BS degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern California and her MS in Dental Hygiene from Columbia University. She was an Associate Professor at USC for over forty years, has served as Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene and is an internationally recognized speaker on Advanced Periodontal Instrumentation. She is co-author of Periodontal Instrumentation and has contributed to the last seven editions of Glickman’s and Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene and is currently the Co-Director of the Pattison Institute. In 2005, she received the Pfizer-ADHA Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award, the USC School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year Award and in 2006 she received the California Society of Periodontists Award. In 2010 she was inducted into the USC School of Dentistry Hall of Fame.

Marilynn Rothen, RDH, MS received her BS in Dental Hygiene and MS in Oral Biology from the University of Washington.  She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UW Oral Health Sciences Department and the Associate Director of the Master of Science Program in Oral Biology for Dental Hygiene Educators.  In addition, as a Research Implementation Manager for the UW School of Medicine Institute of Translational Health Sciences (CTSA), she manages the School of Dentistry Regional Clinical Dental Research Center where she has overseen numerous research projects for more than 20 years and practices a day a week in the UW Dental Fears Research Clinic.  She was the Lead Regional Coordinator, involved in study development and implementation, for the five state dental practice-based research network, Northwest PRECEDENT, managed through the University of Washington and Oregon Health & Science University. She serves on the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Council on Research, the Institute for Oral Health Grant Review Committee and in 2014/2015 as President of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Cynthia Senior, RDH, M.Ed earned a Baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in 2005 and a Master of Education from William Carey University in 2013.  A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, she worked in private practice as a registered dental hygienist in Gulfport, MS before joining the UMMC Department of Dental Hygiene as a full-time instructor in 2013.  Cynthia is President-Elect of the Mississippi Dental Hygienists’ Association, served as the Mississippi Delegate for ADHA District VI, and is a clinical board examiner for the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies.

Dr. Gary Severance, DDS, is a 1987 Graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Severance has been active in the promotion of digital dentistry to improve patient care, diagnosis and treatment planning. As Chief Marketing Officer for E4D Technologies and Planmeca Digital Academy, his role includes product development and educational initiatives for all dental professionals in digital dentistry.

Alex Sheen is the founder of Because I Said I Would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Alex and his organization send "promise cards" to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost. Alex is someone who truly honors commitment. He once walked over 240 miles across the entire state of Ohio in 10 days to fulfill a promise. Since his father’s passing on September 4, 2012, because I said I would has sent over 4.47 million promise cards to over 15o countries. The promises written on these cards have made headlines around the world. His charitable projects and awareness campaigns have been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CBS Nightly News, Fox News, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and many other programs. He has also been featured on the cover of Spirit Magazine, honored as a Steve Harvey "Harvey’s Hero" and was the closing TED speaker at TEDxUtica and TEDxYouth@Austin. Alex’s efforts in social media were featured in BuzzFeed’s "Most Important Viral Videos of 2013 and have made the #1 spot on the front page of over 10 times.

Dagmar Else Slot, DHdipl, BoH, BoE, MSc, PhD is a researcher in the Department of Periodontology of the Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), and also works with the oral radiology department. She is team member of the research group guided by Professor dr. Fridus van der Weijden focusing on preventive and therapeutic procedures in dentistry and more specific in oral health and periodontology. Dagmar has supervised bachelor and master degree students with their research projects and publications, is an associate editor of the “International Journal of Dental Hygiene” and ad hoc reviewer of many other peer reviewed journals. In 2013 she received the World Dental Hygienist Award in the category “research” and in 2016 the Prevention prize of the Dutch Periodontology Association.


Becky Smith, CRDH, EdD is currently the President of the Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association, has practiced dental hygiene in multiple roles since 1991, and is a Miami native, the daughter of a Cuban mother and American father. She is a professor in the dental hygiene program at Miami Dade College where she is a SADHA co-advisor, and received the Miami Dade College Arthur Hertz Endowed Teaching Chair Award in 2014. She has been a single mother for 25 years to Arielle, is a Disneyphile, enjoys her twelve rescue dogs and eleven rescue cats, and is living her dreams.


Kelly Tanner Williams, RDH, MS, PhD(c) has served at an institutional level as the Coordinator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation at Thomas Nelson Community College, and also has extensive experience with CODA accreditation. Williams is the past recipient of the ADHA & Johnson and Johnson Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene, and is the Professional Education Manager for Philips Oral Healthcare in the Southeast.


Michelle Vacha, RDH, BS has applied her 30+ years experience in dentistry and founded a nonprofit organization called Senior Mobile Dental. Nationally awarded and recognized, Michelle is a leader in innovative solutions to the access to care issue and disparities seniors and low income adults face in receiving dental care. Her current efforts surround the TeleDentistry concept and bringing dental into overall health care.


Tom Viola, RPh, CCP, PhRS serves the professions of dentistry, dental hygiene and dental assisting as an educator and member of the faculty of seven dental hygiene and dental assisting programs, as well as national board exam review courses, published writer, with columns in General Dentistry, AGD Impact and RDH Magazine and professional speaker, presenting continuing education courses in the areas of dental pharmacology and local anesthesia.


Tami Wanless, RDH, MEd is Adjunct Faculty in the department of Dental Hygiene at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. She has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Northern Illinois University. Tami has twenty seven years of experience in the dental field with twenty four of these years in both the clinical and educational arenas. In her current role at College of DuPage, Tami is a clinical educator, the didactic instructor for Head and Neck Anatomy and Histology and the didactic and laboratory instructor in the Science of Dental Materials. Tami authored the lab manual for the Science of Dental Materials.


Rebecca S. Wilder, RDH, MS is a Professor and Director of Faculty Development and the Director of the Master of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Hygiene. Rebecca has published over 200 articles and abstracts in professional journals and she speaks internationally in the areas of periodontics, oral-systemic health, oral health products, risk and practice management.


Annette Wolfe, RDH, BS is an Academic Relations Manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, covering the Southwest. Annette has previously held positions at D4D Technologies, Dentsply Professional, and EMS/Electro Medical Systems. Annette has written and presented continuing education courses; reviewed and revised textbook materials; provided clinical and product support for practice management organizations, dental dealers, and clinicians; and worked with numerous researchers from universities and research centers.


Debra Zabloudil, FACHE, CAE is the founder of The Learning Studio, received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications/Public Relations from Southern Illinois University, and her master’s degree in Management of Public Service from DePaul University, earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.