Leadership and Volunteers

Message from the 2019-2020 IOH Chair

Michele Braerman, RDH, BSDH - Chair, ADHA Institute for Oral Health

It is my honor and pleasure to chair The ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health (IOH) this year! The IOH is the only foundation for the important work of dental hygienists.

In conjunction with ADHA, the Institute supports oral healthcare professionals throughout their careers by providing the following to ADHA members:

These vital programs would not be here without the generous support of individuals like you, who care about oral health care. Your donation makes this work possible!.

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” — Maya Angelou

Message from the 2019 Liaisons of the Year

Cathy Draper, RDH, MS , California, 2019 Liz Chaney Liaison of the Year Pictured with the late Liz Chaney

I am truly honored to be one of the recipients of the Liz Chaney Liaison of the Year award for 2019.

This recognition is especially meaningful for me as Liz was always so passionate about the work of The ADHA Institute for Oral Health and such an enthusiastic supporter of my own leadership journey in ADHA.

While I had some very big shoes to fill when I became the IOH Liaison for California, encouraging others to give back to support our profession has always been an easy “ask.”

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health scholarships, research grants, and community outreach awards have a direct impact on our ability to grow as a profession and improve the oral health outcomes of the public.

I look forward to continuing to play a part in advancing our profession through the work of the Institute for Oral Health.

Winnie Furnari, MS, RDH, FAADH, FAAFS, New Jersey, 2019 Liz Chaney Liaison of the Year Pictured with the late Liz Chaney

Even though we lived 3,000 miles apart, Liz Chaney was my inspiration to appreciate the work of The ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH.) I have been honored to know her and to be recognized with the award in her name.

Serving as an IOH Liaison is a labor of love; love for dental hygiene and knowing that IOH is a catalyst for growth by enabling students, researchers, and community advocates to reach their goals. I urge all to see the value of IOH and to remind our colleagues, family and friends to make donations. I particularly like to mention how contributions can be made in honor or in memory of someone. Give that special person an honor today and help to advance dental hygiene.

I am honored and thankful to receive the Liz Chaney Liaison of the Year recognition and will continue to be a part of the viability of our Institute.

Board of Directors

  • 2019-2020

      • Michele Braerman, RDH, BSDH

        Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH

        Sharlee Burch, RDH, MPH, EdD

        Lisa Moravec, RDH, MS

        Chadleo Webb, RDH, MDH

  • 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?

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    • District List
      • District I
        Massachusetts - Sarah Crow, RDH
        New Hampshire - Joan Kenney Fitzgerald, RDH, BS. CPHDH
        Rhode Island

        District II
        New Jersey - Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH
        New York - Michele Rase, CDA, RDH, BS
        Pennsylvania - Jaclyn Gleber, RDH, M.Ed, Ed.D

        District III
        District of Columbia
        Virginia - Cathy Berard, RDH, BSDH
        West Virginia - Amanda Stottlemyer, RDH, BSDH, MS

        District IV
        North Carolina
        South Carolina - Lori Rainchuso, RDH

        District V
        Kentucky - Jennifer Hasch, RDH

        District VI
        Mississippi - Carrie Fowler, RDH
        Tennessee - Bambi Snapp, RDH

        District VII
        Minnesota -
        North Dakota -
        South Dakota - Cindy Dellman, RDH
        Wisconsin - Megen Elliott, BSDH, RDH, CDA

        District VIII
        Illinois - Kym Dallstream, RDH, BSDH
        Kansas - Yoly Arends, RDH, CDA

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

        District X
        Colorado - Howard Notgarnie, RDH, EdD
        Montana - Cara Reck, RDH, MA

        District XI
        California - Cathy Draper, RDH, MS

        District XII
        Hawaii - Laura Mallery-Sayre, RDH, MSDHEd
        Nevada - Caryn Solie, RDH