Meet Our Board of Trustees

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Maria Cholewinski, RDH, M. Ed

2021 President ADHA-CT

Upholds bylaws; Directs all correspondence on behalf of organization; Serves as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees; Serves as ex-officio member of all Councils and committees, except nominating; available to address components; Prepares presidential messages for HYLight; Appoint an official representative of ADHA-CT, other than his/herself, at the District II Meeting; May present the President's Award to an individual(s) who has contributed to the profession of dental hygiene during the presidential year.

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Kristin Minihan-Anderson, RDH, MSDH

2021 President-Elect ADHA-CT

Serves as an advisor to all existing component associations and assist in the establishment of prospective components; Serve as an ex-officio member of all Councils and Committees of ADHA-CT except the Nominating Committee; Chair the Strategic Planning Workshop; and chair the Professional Development Workshop.

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Misty Peterson, CDA, RDH

2021 Vice President ADHA-CT

The general responsibilities of the Vice President are to uphold ADHA-CT Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and ADHA-CT Mission Statement and Goals. Specifically, the term of Vice President is an observation time to gain knowledge of the operations of the Association

Rachel Seggerman, RDH, MSHA

2021 ADHA-CT Secretary

Serves on the Board of Trustees and House of Delegates; Keeps copies of BOT agendas and minutes; Submits Expense Reporting Forms in accordance with the Reimbursement Guidelines on a timely basis to the ADHA-CT Treasurer; Organizes all letters and correspondence to and from ADHA-CT; and, types Official Transactions of the HOD within 60 days of adjournment of Annual Session. 

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Adriana Fields, RDH, MSHA

2021 Treasuerer ADHA-CT

Serves as custodian of all monies, securities, and deeds belonging to the Association, which may come into his/her possession; and shall hold, invest, and disburse the same, subject to the direction of the Board of Trustees; Serves as Budget Committee Chair; Oversees the collection of dues for ADHA-CT; Submits financial records of ADHA-CT for the annual audit; Maintain bonded status; Consult with the Financial Planning/Audit Committee; Place monies in appropriate accounts; Consult with the Executive Committee/ADHACT BOT, and ADHA; Review liability and bodily injury insurance coverage; Consult with President to sign checks payable to the Treasurer.

Dana Northway, RDH

2021 Immediate Past President ADHA-CT

Serves as a voting member of the BOT and Executive Committee of ADHA-CT; and should be available to the President for consultation and guidance.

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Jody Bishop-Pullan, RDH, MPH

Speaker of the House

Ensures compliance with the Standing Rules of the House of Delegates; Attends BOT monthly meetings as ex-officio member without vote; Should be available to all members of the House of Delegates to assist with parliamentary and procedural problems during Annual Session; Presides over meetings of the House of Delegates; and submits Expense Reporting Forms in accordance with the Reimbursement Guidelines to the Treasurer on a timely basis.

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Dinah Auger, RDH, BS

Parliamentarian 

Responsible for upholding ADHA-CT Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and ADHA-CT Mission Statement and Goals.

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Ellen Adler, RDH

Regulations and Practices

Support efforts to remove legislative/regulatory barriers which limit the public's access to dental hygiene services; Support the practice of dental hygiene and increase the utilization of dental hygiene services; Develop program ideas centered on dental hygiene practice and regulatory concerns; Assist in determining methods to strengthen the growth and development of members' awareness and participation in the political process; Council Chair general procedures; Hire Lobbyist through a contract to monitor legislative activities throughout the year.

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Bernice Iwinksi, RDH, BSDH

Annual Session and Continuing Education

Conduct activities regarding Annual Session and the House of Delegates. Maintain visibility at CSDA convention for purposes of public relations. Provide continuing education programs reflecting ongoing professional needs.

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Adriana Fields, RDH, MSHA

Membership and Public Relations

Develop ideas for component public relations information;  Recommend educational and consumer-oriented material to the Board for development; Provide information to consumer and allied health groups regarding dental hygienists as community resources on dental health topics; Develop dental hygiene recruitment programs to be used in conjunction with public relations information; Develop ways to improve member recruitment and retention; Investigate member benefits based on member needs; Improve communications among Component leadership on membership issues; and increase student member involvement and recognize student activities on behalf of the profession.

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Marion Manski, RDH, MS

Legislative Chair

Ensure the representation of the profession of dental hygiene in all related state governmental activities; Promote awareness at all levels of the federal and state governments of ADHA-CT policy on specific issues of health care delivery; Encourage the utilization of dental hygienists in all appropriate settings; 4. Ensure equal opportunities for dental hygienists in education, employment, and advancement.

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Marcia Lorentzen, RDH, MSEd, EdD

Conn HyPAC

Chair of committee along with members Thais Deoliveira, RDH, BSDH, Jacqueline Mulligan RDH, and Marissa Wilkison, RDH, MSDH

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Jen Mancini, RDH

Newsletter Editor

Sends out newsletters including continuing education, events, job openings, and other important updates on behalf of the organization

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Dierdre Fiorna, RDH, MSDH

Social Media Committee

Runs all forms of social media outreach

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MaryEllen McLoughlin, RDH

Southeastern Component Trustee

Liasion between SE component and BOT

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Amy Mongillo, RDH, MS

Northwestern Component Trustee

Liasion between NW component and BOT

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Kim Webster, RDH

Southeastern Component Trustee

Liasion between SE component and BOT

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Marion Manski, RDH, MS

Southeastern Component Trustee

Liasion between SE component and BOT

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Sharon Efron, RDH, MS

Northeastern Component Trustee

Liasion between NE component and BOT. Sharon Efron is also liaison to CSDA, student Liaison, Past president 2014, and on the Membership Committee team

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Cherell Crooms, RDH

Northeastern Component Trustee

Liasion between NE component and BOT