It is a great honor for me to accept the seat as President for the American Dental Hygienists Association of Connecticut. I’d like to thank all of you for your confidence in me, and I will do my best to live up to your expectations.
Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Kristin Minihan-Anderson on being selected for the Mabel C. McCarthy award.
When Melissa asked me two years ago if I would consider being Vice-President of ADHA-CT, I admittedly did not know what I was getting myself into! As it slowly dawned, and I watched Melissa and Miranda, during their presidencies, I alternated between confidence and nail-biting fear! I’m happy to say I’m weighing more to the confidence side today! And I feel that it is my duty to tell you that I will not be getting pregnant!
I began my Dental Hygiene career late in life; I’ve been a hygienist for 12 years. It was a decision I am very happy to have made, as it has been wonderful for me. I feel that I can make a difference to ADHA-CT, and I’ve made some wonderful friends along the way. Before returning to school for Dental Hygiene I worked in Finance, developing, documenting and training Financial Advisors and their staff in Technical applications, as well as being proprietor of a DJ/Karaoke Service business. I also have experience in Sales and Marketing, and I feel my business experiences have prepared me for this leadership role.
I was fortunate enough to attend ADHA Annual session in Louisville this year and that was a real eye opener for me. So much is happening at the national level. I attended several classes and meetings and came back full of inspiration and drive to be the best I can be. I also retired from clinical this year, so I will be able to fully devote myself to being your president!
Many things were accomplished this year, the most notable, the Dental Therapy bill, which is still an ongoing project. As we enter a new decade in 2020, I believe the organization will have many more challenges, not the least of which is our membership numbers. Members are reaching out to the students and have been getting great responses, and I’m so happy to see so many of them here at Nutmeg this year. The students truly are our future and we must take time to recognize them as enthusiastic motivators. With so many Dental Hygienists in Connecticut, and so few members we need to somehow get across the importance of supporting the organization that represents our profession.
Those of you who know me well, know that I have a real love for music. As a piece of music is arranged note by note, measure by measure, each note in harmony with the rest, that is how I hope my year as ADHA-CT President will be: in perfect harmony! So that’s what I’ll be striving for this year. Not least in my agenda for the year will be the importance of communication, at meetings, in emails, on the phone and face to face. Clear communication is so important for an organization and I will do my very best to keep those lines open.
I know we’re facing another year of challenge, but I’m very excited and motivated to begin the work. I have a great team, and together we can accomplish great things!