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President 2017-2018


Tammy Filipiak, RDH, MS, of Mosinee, Wis., is the 2017-2018 President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

A member of the ADHA since 1986, Filipiak has served the organization in a wide range of areas, including council member and chair, as a member of the task force that developed the Standards for Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice and as District VII trustee. She also has held a number of leadership positions within the Wisconsin Dental Hygienists’ Association, including a term as the organization’s president. She also has been recognized for her leadership with numerous awards, including a presidential citation from the ADHA in recognition of her leadership and vision. She also was awarded the 2003 Butler/RDH Health Gums Healthy Life Award of Distinction, and in 2012 was recognized as one of “Six Dental Hygienists You Should Know” by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

A dental hygienist with 30 years of experience in clinical, educational and management settings, Filipiak joined Midwest Dental in 2004 as its director of dental hygiene; was promoted to the director of clinical development in 2010; and in 2015 was named the company’s vice president of clinical development, in addition to serving as its compliance officer. She earned her dental hygiene degree from Northcentral Technical College, her Bachelor of Science degree in business from Upper Iowa University and her Master of Science degree in organizational leadership and quality from Marian University. Filipiak and her husband have two children, and she enjoys outdoor activities, including biking, running and golf.

President-Elect 2017-2018


Michele Braerman, RDH BSDH of Fallston Maryland is the 2017-2018 President-Elect of the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA).

A member of ADHA since her graduation in 1992, Braerman has served the Association in a wide range of positions. Including most recently as District III Trustee, a member of the Executive and Finance committee, a Board Coach, chair of Council on Public Relations, a MDHA delegate, and reference committee chair. She also served her constituent and component in numerous leadership roles to include: Secretary, Vice President and President. MDHA honored her with the Symbol of Excellence Award in 2009.

Braerman holds a BS degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland. She currently works as a clinician in a private practice and as clinical faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County.

Michele will celebrate 30 years of marriage this year and has 2 grown children. She is passionate about family time, traveling, her sports teams and photography.

Vice President 2017-2018


Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH of Milwaukee Wisconsin is the 2017-2018 Vice President of the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA).

Matt received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences/Dental Hygiene from Marquette University in 2002 and his Community Dental Health Certificate from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in 2007. Matt received his Masters in Public Health from A.T. Still University in 2010. Prior to his promotion to Associate Director with Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin in 2011, Matt served as oral health project manager at the Alliance from 2006-2011. Prior to his work at the Alliance, Matt worked as a clinical dental hygienist in a practice for several years in the Milwaukee suburbs.

As associate director of Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, Matt directs both the oral health and early childhood literacy programs along with providing operational support to the entire organization. The oral health program at the Alliance includes the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program, Earlier Is Better, Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby, the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition. Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile is the state school-based dental sealant program and has grown under his direction to serve nearly 850 schools across the entire state of Wisconsin. Matt has been successful in increasing funding at the Alliance through local, state and federal grants. Matt also is active in efforts to promote and maintain community water fluoridation across Wisconsin. Matt coordinated efforts to keep the city of Milwaukee fluoridated which impacted nearly one million Wisconsin residents.

Matt is a member of various local, state and national associations, advisory boards, councils and committees. Matt has been involved in creating, protecting and promoting oral health policy across Wisconsin through his work at the Alliance. Matt served as chair of the Children’s Dental Health Project’s Sealant Workgroup. Matt also served on the most recent expert panel convened by the American Dental Association to review the clinical guidelines for the placement of dental sealants.

In 2015, Matt was elected as the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) District VII trustee and in 2017 as the ADHA Vice President. Matt speaks nationally on a variety of topics including oral health policy, school-based dental sealants, the use of dental sealants in clinical practice, community water fluoridation and the use of other fluoride containing therapies.

Matt was featured in Modern Hygienist Magazine in 2007 in a feature on men making their mark in dental hygiene. Matt was named the Young Hispanic Professional of Greater Milwaukee by the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and received the Distinguished Alumnus in Dental Hygiene Award from Marquette University in 2009. In 2016 Matt received the Wisconsin Public Health Association’s Distinguished Service to Public Health Award and the Wisconsin Dental Hygienists’ Association Carol B. Benson Award for Outstanding Service to Dental Hygiene. Matt currently lives in Milwaukee with his wife Laura and son Connor and enjoys camping, traveling, cycling and competing in duathlons.

Treasurer 2017-2018


Donnella Miller, RDH, BS, MPS, of Des Moines, Iowa., is the 2017-2018 Treasurer of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

For the past three years, Miller has served as the District VI Trustee, a member of the Finance Committee, chair of the Committee on Student Relations and board advisor to the Committee on Annual Session. Prior to leadership at the national level, she served the Tennessee Dental Hygienists’ Association as president, speaker of the house, vice-president and as an ADHA delegate.

Miller graduated from the University of Kentucky/Hopkinsville Community College in 1993 with an Associate of Science degree in dental hygiene. In 2007, she received a Bachelor of Science from East Tennessee State University, and in 2014 she received a master’s degree from Austin Peay State University in professional studies with an emphasis in strategic planning and leadership.

Miller is a clinical dental hygienist at Interfaith Dental Clinic, Nashville’s only comprehensive care clinic for the working poor. She previously worked in several private practices throughout the middle Tennessee area.

She is the recipient of the 2011 Tennessee Outstanding Dental Hygienist Award.

Immediate Past President 2017-2018


Betty Kabel, RDH, BS, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is the 2017-2018 Immediate Past 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 to 2012. Kabel served as District IV trustee from 2012 to 2014, and has been a member of the ADHA Executive Committee since 2013. She also served as the board advisor to the Council on Education from 2012 to 2014.

Kabel attended Florida’s Pensacola Junior College, earning her Associate of Science degree in dental hygiene in 1987. She then graduated with honors in 1993 from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science 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 that provides preventive services and dental outreach to elementary school children. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty member at Pensacola Junior College and professional educator with Philips Oral Healthcare. 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 Dental Distinguished Service Award in 2007.

Speaker of the House 2017-2018


Carolyn Roberton, BSDH, RDH, of Auburn, Wash., is the 2017-2018 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.


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