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2021 - 2022 IOH Chair

headshot image of Lisa Moravec, RDH, MSDH

Lisa Moravec, RDH, MSDH

Message from the 2020 - 2021 IOH Chair

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

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

Community Service Grants
Research Grants
DCC Travel Grant

These vital programs would not be here without the generous support of individual like you, who care about oral healthcare. Your  donation makes this work possible. Please know that any donation does help us make a difference in supporting dental hygiene students and hygienists with scholarships, research grants, and community service grants!

I’m looking forward to serving all of you as the IOH Chair as well as working with the dental hygiene community to find new and creative ways to support ADHA’s IOH in our ever changing environment.

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” – Kathy Calvin CEO and President of United Nations Foundation

2021 Liaison of the Year

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Carolynn Wahl,

Message from the Liz Chaney Liaison of the Year

It is my honor and privilege to be the recipient of the 2021 Liz Chaney Award.

With a long and varied career which has included several years as a dental hygiene educator and a public health hygienist, I know first-hand how important the Institute of Oral Health is to our profession. IOH is the only national foundation for dental hygienist. IOH is essential to advancing the art and science of dental hygiene. As an organization for hygienists by hygienists, the scholarships, community service grants and research grants are instrumental to our members. The support and generosity of our members is greatly appreciated and what better way to grow our own garden by providing future dental hygiene educators, researchers, and philanthropists the means to advance our profession.

I commend all our IOH Liaisons who work tirelessly on behalf of the IOH all year as well as the IOH Chair and staff who support us.

Board of Directors

  • 2021 - 2022
      • headshot image of Lisa Moravec, RDH, MSDH
        Lisa Moravec, RDH, MSDH

        Sharlee Burch, RDH, MPH, EdD

        Dawn Ann Dean, RDH, MSDH

        headshot image of Becky Smith, CRDH, EdD
        Becky Smith, CRDH, EdD

        headshot image of Jeanna Secrist, RDH
        Jeanna Secrist, RDH

  • Committees

    • 2021 - 2022
      • Community Service Grant Review Committee

        Denise Kissell, RDH, BSDH, EFDA, MPH
        OH, Chair

        Shankisha Sizemore, RDH
        FL, Reviewer

        Heather Beavers, RDH, BAS
        WI, Reviewer

        Robbyn Kuester, RDH, BSDH
        WI, Reviewer

        Research Grant Review Committee

        Brian Partido, MSDH, BSDH
        WA, Seattle Central College

        Cynthia Amyot, MSDH, EdD
        KS, University of Missouri – Kansas City

        Michele Carr, RDH, MA
        OH, The Ohio State University

        Christine Blue, BSDH, RDH

        Scholarship Review Committee

        Sarah Jackson, RDH, MSDH
        WA, Chair

        Christina Horton, RDH, BSDH
        TX, Reviewer

        Katie Williams, RDH

        ADHA Institute for Oral Health Committees

        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?

    Contact Us

    • District List
      • District I
        Maine -
        Massachusetts - Amanda Berthiaume, RDH
        New Hampshire -
        Rhode Island - Sarah Gilkenson, RDH
        Vermont - Carmen Negron-Dupee, BS, RDH

        District II
        Connecticut - Amy Mongillo, RDH, MS
        New Jersey - Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH
        New York - Robin Grasso, RDH
        Pennsylvania - Carolynn Wahl, BSDH, PHDHP

        District III
        Delaware - Lisa Goss, RDH, BS

        Maryland - Cindy Finfrock, RDH, MS
        Virginia - Cathy Berard, RDH, BSDH
        West Virginia - Ashlee Brooke Sowards, BSDH, MSDH,TTS

        District IV
        Florida -
        Georgia - Lamara Moore, RDH
        North Carolina -
        South Carolina - Lori Rainchuso, RDH

        District V
        Kentucky - Kayla Rains, RDH, BS
        Indiana - Mallory Edmondson, MSDH, LDH
        Michigan - Erica Smith, RDH, BSDH
        Ohio - Ruth Palich, RDH

        District VI
        Arkansas - Shannon Turley, RDH
        Alabama -
        Louisiana -
        Mississippi -
        Tennessee - Kellye Wilson, RDH

        District VII
        Minnesota -
        North Dakota -
        South Dakota - Tia Meyer, RDH
        Wisconsin - Amanda LaPean, RDH, BA

        District VIII
        Iowa -
        Illinois -
        Missouri - Linda Hoffmann, RDH, BS
        Nebraska -
        Kansas - Julie Martin, RDH, MSDH, MPH

        District IX
        New Mexico - Kelly Valdez-Ayres, RDH, BS
        Oklahoma - Holly Abbott, RDH
        Texas - Kayla Golden, RDH, BS

        District X
        Colorado -
        Montana - Amber Reap, RDH
        Utah - Mandy Faucette, RDH, BSDH
        Wyoming - Shelby David, RDH, BS

        District XI
        Arizona -
        California - Catherine Draper, RDH, MS

        District XII
        Alaska -
        Idaho - Monica Colleen Stephenson, RDH, MS
        Hawaii - Laura Mallery-Sayre, RDH, MSDH Ed
        Nevada - Minette Galura-Boquiren, RDH
        Oregon - Kimberly Dayton, RDH
        Washington - Barbara Lynch, RDH, BSDH