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President 2013-2014

Denise Bowers, RDH, PhD, of Lima, Ohio, is the 2013-2014 president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Bowers has been an ADHA member since 1988. She has held several positions within ADHA including two five-year terms as a delegate, Student Relations Committee Member, district V trustee, Executive Committee Member, liaison on various ADHA councils, HyPac treasurer and ADHA vice president.

Bowers has also served as a consultant to the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation and two years as president of the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association (ODHA). Currently, she works as a professor and chair of the dental hygiene program at Rhodes State College. She is a member of the Ohio Council of Dental Hygiene Directors and the American Dental Education Association.

Bowers earned her dental hygiene certificate from the Ohio State University and her Bachelor of Science in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from the University of Texas. She also acquired a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Dayton, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Toledo.

Her dedication to the profession of dental hygiene and to continuing education has earned her a number of awards and recognitions, including the Margie A. Pearce Aspiring Professional Award, the ODHA Outstanding Effort Award and the ODHA Gail D. Benninger Member Scholarship Award.

President-Elect 2013-2014

Kelli Swanson Jaecks, MA, RDH, of Salem, Ore., is the 2013-2014 president-elect of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Swanson Jaecks has served ADHA in various capacities, including as a district XII trustee, as a member of the Council on Regulation and Practice, a delegate, a Reference Committee member, and an alternate delegate. She also served as president of the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association, as well as president of her local component, the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Dental Hygienists’ Association (MPYDHA).

Swanson Jaecks is president of Verbal Impact, LLC, an educational and consulting company that offers health care courses in both lecture and interactive formats. She is a nationally published author and speaker on a variety of health care related topics, including issues of health awareness, oral/systemic correlations and dental/medical collaboration. She has been an American Dental Association Cell Seminar Series speaker since 2009.

Swanson Jaecks holds a master’s degree in Communication and Adult Education from Oregon State University, where she taught leadership and public speaking. She received her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1996. She also holds an expanded practice permit, which allows for independent dental hygiene practice to underserved populations.

She has received various recognitions and awards, including ADHA Research Poster Presentation for her project “Interdisciplinary Collaboration: The Dental Hygienist’s Role” in 2007 , MPYDHA Inspirational Leader Award in 2006 , the ADHA/Colgate Community Outreach Award for her component in 2004 , and the John O. Butler Healthy Gums/Healthy Life Award of Distinction in 2003.

Vice President 2013-2014

Sandra Tesch, RDH, MSHP, of Austin, Tex., is the 2013-2014 vice president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Throughout her career, Tesch has been an active member at both the state and national levels. She served as president of the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association (TDHA) in 2005; however, her work at the national level began in 1998, as an ADHA delegate. In 2009, she began serving as a District IX trustee, and in 2012 she was a member of the ADHA Executive Committee, Executive Director Performance Review Subcommittee. During this time, she worked on numerous councils, acting as the chair of the Council on Public Health and a board advisor to many others.

Tesch is also accomplished in her professional career, which spans 24 years of dedicated service to public health. She began by acting as the dental health educator/clinician for the City of Austin Health Department in 1989. In 1993, she began work as the dental sealant coordinator/clinician for the Texas Department of State Health Services, where she also briefly served as a health communications/marketing project manager.

Tesch began her education at Broome Community College in New York, earning her Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in health education from the University of New York at Cortland. In 1988, she completed her Master of Science in health professions at Southwest Texas State University.

Her passion for public health is reflected in her career accomplishments. She has been honored numerous times for her work, including the TDHA Outstanding Grassroots Dental Hygienist Award, the Colgate/ADHA Community Outreach Award and the ADHA/Discus Dental Distinguished Service Award.

Treasurer 2013-2014

Louann Goodnough, RDH, BSDH, of West St. Paul, Minn., is the 2013-2014 treasurer of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Now in her second term as ADHA treasurer, Goodnough has a longstanding record of service at all levels of the organization. She has previously represented her peers as the District VII trustee, member of the Executive and Finance Committees and ADHA delegate, as well as vice president and secretary of the Minnesota Dental Hygienists’ Association (MnDHA).

Goodnough is the dental clinic coordinator for Metropolitan State University’s Advanced Dental Therapy Clinic, one of the few facilities in the country training mid-level providers. She previously worked in private clinical practice, where she served as a practice dental hygiene mentor.

Goodnough obtained her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Minnesota. Prior to pursuing a career in dental hygiene, she worked for the Peabody Hotel Group and Eateries Inc. after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in hospitality management.

She is the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Dental Hygienist Service Award from the St. Paul District Dental Society, the MnDHA Certificate of Honor and the the Metro Dental Care Fellow Student Mentor Scholarship Award, and she was named MnDHA’s 2009-2010 Member of the Year.

Immediate Past President 2013-2014

Susan Savage, RDH, BSDH, of Ellensburg, Wash., is the 2013-2014 immediate past president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Savage has served in various positions within ADHA, including as president-elect and vice president, a delegate, Reference Committee member and ADHA Minutes Review Committee member, as well as chair of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association (WSDHA) ADHA Annual Session Delegation Committee. She has also served in the capacity of District XII trustee. Additionally, she served as president of WSDHA, a constituent of ADHA, and the Isaac Knapp Dental Hygiene Society, a component of ADHA.

Savage has practiced dental hygiene for 25 years and is currently employed at the Mountain View Dental Center, PS. She is employed in a dual role as a clinical dental hygienist performing expanded duty dental hygiene functions, as well as the office manager. Savage spent five years working in rural Alaska with the Alaska Native Health Services as a dental disease prevention specialist.

She earned her associate degree in dental hygiene in 1988 at Indiana University at Fort Wayne and received her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Eastern Washington University in 2005.

Speaker of the House 2013-2014

Carol Jo “CJ” Inman, RDH, BS, PRP, of Medford, Ore., is the 2013-2014 speaker of the House of Delegates (HOD) for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

Inman is no stranger to the position of HOD speaker, having served in that capacity for a total of 14 years since 1987. She has also assumed the role of ADHA parliamentarian, District XIII trustee, president of the East Bay Component of the Northern California State Dental Hygienists’ Association (NCSDHA), president of the NCSDHA and president of the Hawaii Dental Hygienists’ Association (HDHA), as well as a host of other positions.

Inman was educated at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. She has been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at UCSF.

In 2003, Inman retired after 39 years working in pedodontic, general and periodontal dental practices. Her experience has given her the opportunity to be called as an expert examiner for the Dental Hygiene Committee of California and as a liaison to the American Dental Association Council on Dental Health Planning.