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President 2018-2019


Michele Braerman, RDH BSDH of Fallston Maryland is the 2018-2019 President 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 Vice President of ADHA, District III Trustee, a member of the Executive and Finance committee, a 2 year 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 2010.

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 previously as clinical faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County.

Michele will celebrate 32 years of marriage this year and has 2 grown children. She is passionate about family time, traveling, her sports teams and photography.

President-Elect 2018-2019


Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH of Milwaukee Wisconsin is the 2018-2019 President-Elect 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.

Vice President 2018-2019


Lisa Moravec, RDH, MSDH of Scottsbluff Nebraska is the 2018-2019 Vice President of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA).

Lisa Moravec, RDH, MSDH graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Dentistry in 2002 and with her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from Idaho State University in 2011. Lisa has served the past four years as the District VIII Trustee, as a member of the Executive Committee, and served two years as Board Coach. She also has served on the Committee on Student Relations and Committee on Board Policy and Procedures.

She is an Assistant Professor and Site Coordinator for the UNMC West Division Dental Hygiene program. Lisa has held numerous leadership positions within the Nebraska Dental Hygienists’ Association, including a term as the organization’s president and delegate. She has been recognized for her leadership with numerous awards, including a being the recipient of both component and constituent awards in Nebraska for Dental Hygienist of the Year and inducted into Sigma Phi Alpha.

Lisa and her husband Mike have four children. She enjoys family time, sports, and outdoor activities.

Treasurer 2018-2019


Donnella Miller, RDH, BS, MPS, of Des Moines, Iowa., is the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019


Tammy Filipiak, RDH, MS, of Mosinee, Wis., is the 2018-2019 Immediate Past 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.

Speaker of the House 2018-2020


Christina Emmert, RDH, PRP of Rockford, Illinois, is the 2018-2020 Speaker of the House of Delegates (HOD) for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Emmert has been a member of the ADHA since her graduation from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale since 1993. She has served the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Winnebago component in a number of leadership positions, including president, Speaker of the House, and Bylaws chair as well as secretary and president of her component. She served as a delegate to the ADHA annual meeting for five years. During that time she was on two reference committees, once as the chair and on the teller’s committee. She also had the opportunity to serve as sergeant at arms for two years.

In preparing for service for Speaker of the House, Emmert has become a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and gained certification as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian.

In 2012, Emmert received the Crest Oral-B/ADHA clinical dental hygienist of the year award and in 2015 the I-FLOSS state coalition Oral Health Champion Award.
Emmert is a full time clinical dental hygienist at Crusader Community Health Center in Rockford, where she has worked for 19 years, provide care with “Heart in Hand” to the underserved community.


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