Leadership and Volunteers

Message from the 2018-2019 IOH Chair

Tammy L. Filipiak, RDH, MS - Chair, ADHA Institute for Oral Health

It is my absolute pleasure to serve this year as the Chair for ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health, the only foundation for dental hygienists by dental hygienists.

Giving back to the profession through the many opportunities offered by the IOH is personally and professionally rewarding. Dental Hygienists direct support to the Foundation provides a multitude of pathways to make a difference!

The Institute for Oral Health more specifically works to:
Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants
Support advancements in the profession with the discovery and application of knowledge through Research Grants; and
Develop access to educational programs throughScholarships

As we come together to support this important work, we foster partnerships with other community and corporate leaders which contributes in so many ways to advancing our profession. Through the Institute, our efforts serve to strengthen the profession of dental hygiene and increase access to quality healthcare.

“Each one of us can make a difference, together we make change.” - Barbara Mikulski

Message from the 2018 Liaison of the Year

Yoly Arends, RDH, CDA – Kansas 2018 Liz Chaney Liaison of the Year

It is an honor to have received the 2018 Liz Chaney Liaison of the Year Award. This would not have been possible without the immense help of my colleagues, who tirelessly attended every single fundraiser and contributed to this great cause.

Sometimes, it all comes down to just asking -- asking our communities to be part of the change then providing the opportunities for them to do so. This is how our biggest advocates – dental hygienists -- turned to be our most generous donors. No wonder why it is said that the Institute for Oral Health (IOH) is the only foundation for hygienists by hygienists.

My journey as a Liaison is far from over, my commitment to continue raising funds for Scholarships, Research, and Community Service Grants maintains the same enthusiasm as before.

I look forward to seeing once more the kindness and passion that ignites every IOH supporter!

Board of Directors

  • 2018-2019

      • Tammy Filipiak, RDH, MS

        Michele Braerman, RDH, BSDH

        Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH

        Lisa Moravec, RDH, MS

        Donnella Miller, RDH, BS, MPS

  • Committees

    • 2018 - 2019
      • Advisory Committee

        Pamela L. Quinones, RDH, BS

        Michael McCarthy
        PR Consultant, Director

        Karen Neiner, RDH, MBA
        Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Co., Director

        Michele Penrose, RN
        Henry Schein Dental, Director

        Jackie Sanders, RDH, BS
        Sunstar Americas, Inc., Director

        Beth Truett
        BJT Solutions, Director

        Community Service Grant Review Committee

        Christine Nathe, RDH, MS
        NM, Chair

        Kathleen Hodges, RDH, MS
        ID, Reviewer

        Faith Y. Miller, RDH, MSEd
        IL, Reviewer

        Chadleo Webb, RDH, MDH
        OH, Reviewer

        Research Grant Review Committee

        Jodi Olmsted, RDH, PhD
        WI, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

        Michele Carr, RDH, MA
        OH, The Ohio State University

        Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd, EdD
        TX, UT Health School of Dentistry at Houston

        Brian Partido, MSDH, BSDH
        Ohio, The Ohio State University

        Scholarship Review Committee

        Marcia Lorentzen, RDH, MSEd, EdD
        CT, Chair

        Elizabeth Carr, MDH, RDH
        MS, Reviewer

        Christina Horton, RDH, BSDH
        TX, Reviewer

        ADHA Institute for Oral Health Committees

        Advisory Committee
        The Advisory Committee functions in consolatory capacity to the ADHA Institute for Oral Health Board of Directors of the American Dental Hygienists' Association Institute for Oral Health in the area of development and implementation of fundraising strategies.

        Community Service Grant Review Committee
        The Community Service Grant Review Committee includes four reviewers that possess an understanding and expertise in community service programming and performance measures. This Committee reviews all complete Community Service Grant proposals for the Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant Program in the fall and reviews submitted proposals for the Healthy Start for Texas Teeth and Rosie Wall Community Spirit, Community Service Grant Programs in the spring. This Committee will meet twice per year (fall and spring) to make recommendations to the Board of Directors for Community Service Grant funding.

        Research Grant Review Committee
        The Research Grant Review Committee is comprised of four reviewers that demonstrate prior knowledge and expertise in the field of oral healthcare and dental hygiene research. This Committee must review all complete Research Grant Proposals for the Institute for Oral Health Research Grant Program and the named Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Research Grant Program. This Committee meets in the spring to make recommendations to the Board of Directors for Research Grant funding.

        Scholarship Review Committee
        The Scholarship Review Committee consists of three reviewers that exhibit expertise in the field of dental hygiene higher education. This Committee must review all complete scholarship applications for each of the Institute for Oral Health Scholarships. This Committee meets in the spring to make recommendations to the Board of Directors for Scholarship funding.


    Liaisons are volunteers, grassroots fundraisers, ADHA leaders, and change-makers. The fundraising they do on behalf of the Institute for Oral Health directly contributes to scholarships, community service grants and research grants to dental hygienists throughout the United States. Liaisons also hold a critical job as communicators—they are charged with the important duty of communicating Institute for Oral Health opportunities such as open scholarships and grants. Lastly, Liaisons are advocates for their communities. Liaisons work closely within the state and local chapters and communicate the needs of those communities to the National ADHA Institute for Oral Health offices to better serve the dental hygiene community.

    Interested in becoming an IOH Liaison?

    Contact Us

    • District List
      • District I
        Massachusetts - Elizabeth Jane Crocker, RDH
        New Hampshire - Joan Kenney Fitzgerald, RDH, BS. CPHDH
        Rhode Island - Sarah Guthrie, RDH

        District II
        Connecticut - Amy Mongillo, RDH, MS
        New Jersey - Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH
        New York - Michele Rase, CDA, RDH, BS / Robin Grasso, RDH
        Pennsylvania - Jaclyn Gleber, RDH, M.Ed, Ed.D

        District III
        Delaware - Lisa A. Goss, RDH, BS
        District of Columbia - Jill Grassmick, RDH
        Maryland - Jody Berinato, RDH, BS
        Virginia - Cathy Berard, RDH, BSDH
        West Virginia - Amanda Stottlemyer, RDH, BSDH, MS

        District IV
        Florida - Therese Stewart, RDH
        Georgia - Cheryl Haynes, RDH, BS
        North Carolina - Jessica Huffman, RDH, MDH
        South Carolina - Lori Rainchuso, RDH

        District V
        Kentucky - Jennifer Hasch, RDH
        Indiana - Denise A. Conrad, RDH, BSDH
        Michigan - Janet Miller, RDH, BS
        Ohio - Beth Monnin, RDH, MSEd

        District VI
        Arkansas - Mandi Bauer, RDH
        Louisiana - Leslie Cvitanovic, RDH
        Mississippi - Carrie Fowler, RDH
        Tennessee - Bambi Snapp, RDH

        District VII
        Minnesota -
        North Dakota -
        South Dakota - Carissa Regnerus, RDH, MA
        Wisconsin - Megen Elliott, BSDH, RDH, CDA

        District VIII
        Iowa - Tonya Enright, RDH
        Illinois - Kimberly K. Benkert, RDH, MPH, COM, FAADH & Kym Dallstream, RDH, BSDH
        Missouri - Linda Hoffmann, RDH, BS
        Nebraska -
        Kansas - Yoly Arends, RDH, CDA

        District IX
        New Mexico - Kelly Valdez-Ayres, RDH, BS
        Oklahoma - Donna Wood, RDH
        Texas - Lee Ann Winkler, RDH, BSDH

        District X
        Colorado - Howard Notgarnie, RDH, EdD
        Montana - Cara Reck, RDH, MA
        Utah - Shelly Costley, RDH, MEd
        Wyoming -

        District XI
        Arizona -
        California - Cathy Draper, RDH, MS

        District XII
        Alaska - Lisa Bryant, RDH, BSDH
        Idaho - Jill Searle, RDH
        Hawaii - Laura Mallery-Sayre, RDH, MSDHEd
        Nevada - Caryn Solie, RDH
        Oregon - Kyle Isaacs, RDH
        Washington - Beverly Frye, RDH, BSDH