Ann M. Bruhn, BSDH, MS

Ann M. Bruhn, BSDH, MS, is an associate professor and chair at the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia. An alumna of both the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, she has been teaching at ODU for more than 11 years. In 2018, Bruhn became chair of ODU’s School of […]

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Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS


Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS, has spent the past two decades actively involved in the dental industry as a speaker, author, clinician, and public health advocate. A graduate of the University of South Dakota, she currently resides in Reno, Nevada. A past president of the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association (NDHA), VanGuilder is a recipient of the Nevada

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Amy E. Coplen, RDH, EPDH, MS

In 2009, Amy E. Coplen, RDH, EPDH, MS, joined the faculty at Pacific University School of Dental Hygiene Studies in Forest Grove, Oregon, after completing a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is now a tenured associate professor and program director at Pacific University. Coplen

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Michelle Noblet-Vacha, RDH, BS

After more than 20 years in the field of dentistry, Michelle Noblet-Vacha, RDH, BS, decided to take a risk and start her own company, Senior Mobile Dental—now Community Dental Health—in 2006. Based in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado, the nonprofit organization serves low-income individuals within the community and vulnerable older adults residing in nursing care facilities who

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Margo Y. Melchor, RDH, MEd, EdD

Margo Y. Melchor, RDH, MEd, EdD, is the director of community outreach and an associate professor at the UTHealth School of Dentistry (UTSD), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. While teaching at UTSD, she served as the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association advisor for 10 years. In addition, years ago, Melchor began her

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Deborah Bailey Astroth, RDH, BSDH

Deborah Bailey Astroth, RDH, BSDH, has been active in dental hygiene in Colorado for more than 40 years. Involved in organized dental hygiene, she has served as president of the Colorado Dental Hygienists’ Association, speaker of the house and chair of the Council on Regulation and Practice; and president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Marion C. Manski, RDH, MS

Marion C. Manski, RDH, MS, is an associate professor and director of the Dental Hygiene Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) School of Dentistry. She is also the director of admissions and recruitment for the dental hygiene program. Manski has practiced clinical dental hygiene for more than 33 years. She has much experience

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Katy Battani, RDH, MS


Katy Battani, RDH, MS, is definitely a “mover and shaker,” as she hardly ever has a chance to sit down. She has two important positions in public health—project manager of the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement (PIOHQI) program with the Office of Oral Health at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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Kelly Tanner Williams, RDH, MS, CDA


From clinical dental hygiene practice and consulting to academia, Kelly Tanner Williams, RDH, MS, CDA, is a go-getter. As coordinator of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Reaffirmation at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia, she manages the internal review process to ensure the timely completion of tasks to

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JoAnn Galliano, MEd, RDH


A woman of many talents and interests, JoAnn Galliano, MEd, RDH, is a legislative consultant for the California Dental Hygienists’ Association’s (CDHA) Government Relations Council, and an instructor in the dental hygiene program at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. As chair of the council for 13 years, she was instrumental in furthering the legislation that

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