Leadership and Volunteers

Message from the 2017-2018 IOH Chair

Betty Kabel RDH, BS - Chair, ADHA Institute for Oral Health

It is my honor to serve as Chair of the ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health (IOH), the only foundation by dental hygienists for dental hygienists.

IOH is invaluable to our profession as it provides opportunities that ensure the future of quality oral health care.

The Institute supports dental hygiene professionals throughout their careers by offering community service grants, scholarships, and research grants to ADHA members.

These important programs would not be possible without you! Because you are involved -- as donors, members, advocates and volunteers -- ADHA and its foundation unite, empower and support the dental hygiene profession.

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” - JK Rowling

Message from the 2017 Liaison of the Year

Cynthia Baty, RDH, BS - Oklahoma 2017 Liz Chaney Liaison of the Year

Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results

It is my honor and privilege to be the recipient of the 2017 ADHA Liz Chaney IOH Liaison of the Year Award!

The Institute for Oral Health (IOH) is the philanthropic arm of the ADHA and it is the only foundation by dental hygienists and for dental hygienists. IOH enables us to give back to our fellow dental hygienists. By donating our time, talent, and treasure, as IOH Liaisons, we are inspiring others to ignite their spark for bringing people together for a common cause and serving with a purpose beyond self.

My greatest joy, as an IOH Liaison, has been the reward of connecting with the nationwide network of IOH Liaisons in service to the profession!

Join me this year, in support of IOH, and fan the flame of service in your hearts, your Constituents, and your Components, to give generously for A Great Cause!

Board of Directors

  • 2017-2018

      • Betty Kabel, RDH, BS

        Tammy Filipiak, RDH, MS
        Chair- Elect

        Michele Braerman, RDH, BSDH

        Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH

        Donnella Miller, RDH, BS, MPS

  • Committees

    • 2017 - 2018
      • 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 America, Inc., Director

        Beth Truett
        Oral Health America, Director

        Community Service Grant Review Committee

        Winnie Furnari, RDH, FAADH
        NJ, Chair

        Kathleen Hodges, RDH, MS
        ID, Reviewer

        Faith Y. Miller, RDH, MSEd
        IL, Reviewer

        Christine Nathe, RDH, MS
        NM, Reviewer

        Research Grant Review Committee

        Kathryn Bell, BSDH, RDH, MS,
        OR, Pacific University

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

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

        Scholarship Review Committee

        Jeanette K Miranda, RDH, BSDH
        SD, Chair

        Elizabeth Carr, MDH, RDH
        MS, Reviewer

        Marcia Lorentzen, RDH, MSEd, EdD
        CT, 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 - Elizabeth Jane Crocker, RDH
        New Hampshire - Joan Kenney Fitzgerald, RDH, BS, CPHDH
        Rhode Island - Jessica Mendes, 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 - Kristen Blair, RDH
        Virginia - Cathy Berard, RDH, BSDH
        West Virginia - Amanda Stottlemyer, RDH, BSDH, MS

        District IV
        Florida - Therese Stewart, RDH
        Georgia - Kendra McKune, RDH
        North Carolina - Jessica Huffman, RDH, MDH
        South Carolina - Lori Rainchuso, RDH

        District V
        Kentucky - Beth D. Nicely, RDH.
        Indiana - Denise A. Conrad, RDH, BSDH
        Michigan - Vickie Yahn, RDH
        Ohio - Beth Monnin, RDH, MSEd

        District VI
        Arkansas - Catherine Warren, RDH
        Louisiana - Leslie Cvitanovic, RDH
        Mississippi - Carrie Fowler, RDH
        Tennessee - Bambi Snapp, RDH

        District VII
        North Dakota - Christina O’Neill, RDH
        South Dakota - Carissa Regnerus, RDH, MA
        Wisconsin - Megen Elliott, BSDH, RDH, CDA

        District VIII
        Iowa - Emily Boge, RDH, CDA, MPA
        Illinois - Carole F. Danielson, RDH, MPH
        Missouri - Ashton Frank, RDH, BSDH
        Nebraska - Brittany Bloch, RDH
        Kansas - Yoly Arends, RDH

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

        District X
        Colorado - Howard Notgarnie, RDH, EdD
        Montana - Cara Reck, RDH, MA
        Utah - Laura Green, RDH, BS

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

        District XII
        Alaska - Sandra Pelto, RDH, BSDH
        Idaho - Jill Searle, RDH
        Hawaii - Laura Mallery-Sayre, RDH, MSDHEd
        Nevada - Caryn Solie, RDH
        Oregon - Lisa Rowley, CDA, RDH, MS
        Washington - Renée Berberena, RDH