ADHA History

Founded in 1923, the primary goal of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) was to develop a better way for dental hygienists to communicate and cooperate. Today, ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 185,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) across the country. Leading the way as a unified force, ADHA continues to help move your career and your profession forward.

Our Mission

  • To improve the public's total health, the mission of ADHA is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene. We work to:
  • Ensure access to quality oral health care
  • Increase awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention
    Promote the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research
  • Represent and promote the interests of dental hygienists

MDHA Officers 2020-2021

 

President

Laurie Brenchly PHRDH, MS

Immediate Past President

Cynthia Finfrock RDH, MS

Vice President

MiMi Troung RDH, BS

Treasurer

Jody Berinato RDH, BS

Secretary

Amanda Ridgely RDH, BS

Speaker of the House

Karyn Carr Porter RDH, BS

Membership Chair

Peggy Sheridan RDH

Legislative Chair

Suzanne Burgee RDH, MS

MDHA Committees

MDHA Committees have been created to help contribute to the efficient operation of the organization and to assist MDHA with meeting specific goals and objectives set forth in the strategic plan. Our committees also help with managing specific topics/issues and help with managing short-term problems.  MDHA has the following committees:

  • Bylaws Policies, Procedures & Ethics
  • Legislative 
  • Public Relations 
  • Membership & Communications
  • Newsletter Committee
  • Institute of Oral Health
  • Ways and Means 
  • Awards & Scholarship 
  • Education & Research
  • Dental Hygiene Well-Being
  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Leadership Development & Nominations

Would you like to serve on a MDHA Committee?

If you would like to serve on a MDHA committee and/or would like general information as a committee member, please fill out the interest form below. We would love to work with you!

MDHA Past Presidents

 

 

Cynthia Finfrock

2020-2021

Dr. Joy Void-Holmes

2019-2020

Jennifer Suminski

2018-2019

Jody Berinato
2017-2018

Kristen Blair
2016-2017

Tonya Beatty
2015-2016

Laura A. Smith
2014-2015

Janet Weber
2013-2014

Karyn E. Carr Porter
2012-2013

Marion C. Manski
2011-2012

Deborah L. Cartee
2010-2011

Kathleen Mancino
2009-2010

Gloria Cantler
2008-2009

Linda Albowicz
2007-2008

Michelle Braerman
2006-2007

Carolynn Wahl
2005-2006

Kathleen Jordan-D’Ambrisi
2004-2005

Linda E. Schnell
2003-2004

Robin Adams
2002-2003

Michel Gross Huebner
2000-2002

Carol Caiazzo
1999-2000

Tracey Bennett
1997-1999

Cathy Blank
1996-1997

Cheryl Bruce
1995-1996

Barbara Merritt
1994-1995

Lisa Mellits
1993-1994

Marie Varley Gillis
1992-1993

Kristin L. Mallory
1991-1992

Kristin L. Mallory
1990-1991

Jane Phillips
1989-1990

Jane Phillips
1988-1989

Pamela Quinones
1987-1988

Jeanne Salcetti Rush
1986-1987

Cathy Ganssle
1985-1986

Pam Cleffi-Rabadi
1984-1985

Gloria Riley
1983-1984

Cindy McKaneWagester
1982-1983

Diane DeRossBassage
1981-1982

Joan Gilmore
1980-1981

Cheryl Metzger Samuels
1979-1980

Patricia Mulford
1978-1979

Bonnie Zaborney
1977-1978

Linda Rubinstein DeVore
1976-1977

Pat Gaige Brown
1975-1976

Julia Wagner-Llewellyn
1974-1975

Jean Nickel
1972-1974

Dana Godbout Laake
1970-1972

Ann Hayes
1969-1970

Dee Nelson
1968-1969

Elizabeth Percy-Griffin
1967-1968

Susan Polydoroff
1965-1967

Carol Levy
1964-1965

Bertha Morgan
1963-1964

Patricia Morris-Peloquin
1962-1963

Carolyn Morrison
1960-1962

Mildred Graham
1959-1960

Catherine Parise-Wortsman
1958-1959

Helen Ramsey
1956-1958

Lillian Shenker
1955-1956

Bertha Morgan
1954-1955