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President 2014-2015

Kelli Swanson Jaecks, MA, RDH, of Salem, Ore., is the 2014-2015 president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Swanson Jaecks has served the ADHA in wide range of capacities, including her role as president-elect for the 2013-2014 term. She has served as ADHA vice president, as a District XII trustee, as a member of the Council on Regulation and Practice, a delegate, a Reference Committee member, and as an alternate delegate. She also served as president of the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association, as well as president of her local component, the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Dental Hygienists’ Association (MPYDHA).

Swanson Jaecks is president of Verbal Impact, LLC, an educational and consulting company that offers health-care courses in both lecture and interactive formats. She is a nationally published author and speaker on a variety of health care-related topics, including issues of health awareness, oral/systemic correlations and dental/medical collaboration. She also served as an American Dental Association Cell Seminar Series speaker from 2009-2013.

Swanson Jaecks holds a master’s degree in Communication and Adult Education from Oregon State University, where she taught leadership and public speaking. She received her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Oregon Health and Science University in 1996. She also holds an expanded practice permit, which allows for independent dental hygiene practice to underserved populations.

She has received various recognitions and awards, including ADHA Research Poster Presentation for her project “Interdisciplinary Collaboration: The Dental Hygienist’s Role” in 2007, MPYDHA Inspirational Leader Award in 2006, the ADHA/Colgate Community Outreach Award for her component in 2004, and the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction in 2003.

President-Elect 2014-2015

Jill Rethman, RDH, BA, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, is the 2014-2015 president-elect of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Rethman has more than 35 years of experience in the dental hygiene profession, and has been active at numerous levels in the organization. The former president and current immediate past president of the Hawaii Dental Hygienists’ Association (HHDA), she also served for two years as the HDHA’s Regulations and Practice Chair, and was named that organization’s most outstanding member in 2002.

In addition to her work as Editor in Chief for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, Rethman has authored articles that have been featured in numerous publications, has co-authored a chapter for three different textbooks and is presently writing a text on oral health prevention strategies throughout life. She has presented programs throughout North America, Europe and Japan, and serves as a visiting clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Dental Hygiene; and as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University School of Dental Hygiene.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Rethman was named the OSU Outstanding Dental Hygiene Alumnus for 2004. She has been the recipient of numerous other awards, including a special citation in 2005 from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) for her efforts in organizing the AAP’s Annual Dental Hygiene Symposium, and most recently, the 2014 Johnson & Johnson/ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene.

Vice President 2014-2015

Betty Kabel, RDH, BS, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is the 2014-2015 vice president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

A member of the ADHA since 1992, Kabel has served in leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. She was the original founder of her local component, the Emerald Coast DHA, in 1998. In 1997-1998, Kabel was named president of the Florida Dental Hygiene Association (FDHA), and she served as the organization’s legislative Chair from 1998-2012. Kabel served as District IV trustee from 2012-2014, and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2013. She also served as the Board Advisor to the Council on Education from 2012-2014.

Kabel began her education at Florida’s Pensacola Junior College, earning her AS degree in dental hygiene in 1987. She then graduated with honors in 1993 from the University of West Florida with a BS degree in program development.

Currently, Kabel manages a dental outreach program for a federally qualified health center in Florida, a center where she developed and implemented a school-based prevention program, and which provides preventive services and dental outreach to elementary school children. Kabel presently serves as a University of Florida, Gator Kids Healthy Smiles educator, and previously was an adjunct faculty member at Pensacola Junior College. She has been honored several times for her effort to improve oral and overall health, including the FDHA Distinguished Service Award in 2013, as well as the ADHA Discus Distinguished Service Award in 2007.

Treasurer 2014-2015

Louann Goodnough, DH, BS, of West St. Paul, Minn., is the 2014-2015 treasurer of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Now in her second term as ADHA treasurer, Goodnough has a longstanding record of service at all levels of the organization. She has previously represented her peers as the District VII trustee, member of the Executive and Finance Committees and ADHA delegate, as well as vice president and secretary of the Minnesota Dental Hygienists’ Association (MnDHA).

Goodnough is the dental clinic coordinator for Metropolitan State University’s Advanced Dental Therapy Clinic, one of the few facilities in the country training mid-level providers. She previously worked in private clinical practice, where she served as a practice dental hygiene mentor.

Goodnough obtained her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Minnesota. Prior to pursuing a career in dental hygiene, she worked for the Peabody Hotel Group and Eateries Inc. after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in hospitality management.

She is the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Dental Hygienist Service Award from the St. Paul District Dental Society, the MnDHA Certificate of Honor and the the Metro Dental Care Fellow Student Mentor Scholarship Award, and she was named MnDHA’s 2009-2010 Member of the Year.

Immediate Past President 2014-2015

Denise Bowers, RDH, PhD, of Lima, Ohio, is the 2014-2015 immediate past president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Bowers has been an ADHA member since 1988 and has held several positions within the organization, including two five-year terms as a delegate, Student Relations Committee Member, District V trustee, Executive Committee Member, liaison on various ADHA councils, HyPac treasurer, ADHA vice president, and ADHA president for the 2013-2014 term. She also is the 2014-2015 chair of the ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health.

Bowers has also served as a consultant to the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation and two years as president of the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association (ODHA). Currently, she works as a professor and chair of the dental hygiene program at Rhodes State College. She is a member of the Ohio Council of Dental Hygiene Directors and the American Dental Education Association.

Bowers earned her dental hygiene certificate from the Ohio State University and her Bachelor of Science in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from the University of Texas. She also acquired a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Dayton, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Toledo.

Her dedication to the profession of dental hygiene and to continuing education has earned her a number of awards and recognitions, including the Margie A. Pearce Aspiring Professional Award, the ODHA Outstanding Effort Award and the ODHA Gail D. Benninger Member Scholarship Award.

Speaker of the House 2014-2015

Carolyn Roberton, BSDH, RDH, of Auburn, Wash., is the 2014-2015 speaker of the House of Delegates (HOD) for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Roberton has served in a variety of positions with the ADHA, including service as a delegate, Reference Committee member, alternate delegate, Institute for Oral Health liaison, judge of both graduate research posters and undergraduate table clinics, District XII student advisor, and student chapter advisor. She also has served as president, speaker of the house and parliamentarian of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association, as well as president of the Tri-County Dental Hygienists’ Society, and editor and treasurer of the Mt. Rainier Dental Hygienists’ Society.

She received her AS in dental assisting degree in 1976 and her bachelor of science in dental hygiene in 1978 from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, Calif.

A full professor in the dental hygiene program at Pierce College in Lakewood, Wash., Roberton teaches dental imaging, general and oral pathology, pharmacology, dental hygiene practice, and local anesthesia. She previously worked as an oral surgery assistant, expanded functions dental hygienist for the Palm Desert Dental Group and the Veterans Administration, expert examiner for the California Board of Dental Examiners, account manager for Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and as an examiner/interviewer for the University of Washington Oral/Facial Pain Research Group.