Susan Savage, RDH, BSDH, of Ellensburg, Wash., was installed as the 2012-2013 president of the Chicago-based American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) on June 19, 2012, at the association’s 89th Annual Session held in Phoenix, Ariz.
“As the debate about accessing health care takes place across the country, oral health is becoming an instrumental part of the discussion,” Savage said. “Since we’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of dental hygiene this year, I feel privileged to represent ADHA as president and be able to communicate to the public how our profession can help solve the access to care problem.”
Savage has served in various positions within ADHA including as president-elect and vice president of ADHA, a delegate, Reference Committee member, and chair of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association ADHA Annual Session delegation committee and ADHA Minutes Review Committee. She has also served in the capacity of district XII trustee. Additionally, she served as president of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association, a constituent of ADHA, and the Isaac Knapp Dental Hygiene Society a component of ADHA.
Savage has practiced dental hygiene for 24 years and is currently employed at the Mountain View Dental Center, PS. She is employed in a dual role as a clinical dental hygienist doing expanded duty dental hygiene functions, as well as the office manager. Savage spent five years working in rural Alaska with the Alaska Native Health Services as a dental disease prevention specialist.
She earned her associate degree in dental hygiene in 1988 at Indiana University at Fort Wayne and received her bachelor of science in dental hygiene from Eastern Washington University in 2005.
Savage succeeds Pamela Quinones, RDH, BS, of Rockville, Md., as president. Quinones remains an ADHA officer as immediate past president, as well as the 2012-2013 chair of ADHA Institute for Oral Health.
Additional ADHA officers installed at the annual session include: Denise E. Bowers, RDH, MSEd, of Lima, Ohio, president-elect; Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, BSDH, MA, of Salem, Ore., vice president; and Louann M. Goodnough, RDH, BSDH of Apple Valley, Minn., treasurer. Remaining in her position as speaker of the house is Carol Jo “CJ” Inman, RDH, BS, PRP of Medford, Ore.
The newly installed district trustees for 2012-2013 are as follows: Jaclyn Gleber, RDH, EdD, of Chester Springs, Pa., District II (Conn., N.J., N.Y., Pa.); Betty Ann Kabel, RDH, BS, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., District IV (Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C.); Donnella Miller, RDH, BS, of Clarksville, Tenn., District VI (Ala., Ark., La., Miss., Tenn.); Janette Delinger, RDH, MSDH, of Lansing, Kan., District VIII (Ill., Iowa, Kan., Mo., Neb.); Jackie Alexander, RDH, of Sterling, Colo., District X (Colo. Mont., Utah, Wyo.); and Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, of Sparks, Nev., District XII (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Nev., Ore., Wash.).
District trustees continuing their term for 2012-2013 are as follows: Joan Kenney Fitzgerald, RDH, BS, of Manchester, N.H., District I (Maine, Mass., N.H., R.I., Vt.); Kimberly Hickman-Bowen, RDH, BSDH, MA, of Middletown, Del., District III (Del., District of Columbia., Md., Va., W.Va.); Beth Nicely, RDH, of Owensboro, Ky., District V (Ind., Ky., Mich., Ohio); Suzanne R. Luken, RDH, of Summerset, S.D., District VII (Minn., N.D., S.D., Wis.); Sandra L. Tesch, RDH, MSHP, of Austin, Texas, District IX (N.M., Okla., Texas); and Sharon Zastrow, RDH, of Scottsdale, Ariz., District XI (Ariz., Calif.).
ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 150,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. For more information about ADHA, dental hygiene, or the link between oral health and general health, visit http://www.adha.org.