Leadership/Governance 2020-11-10T14:19:19+00:00

President’s Message

Linda Straub-Bruce, RDH, BSEd, PHDHP

When we look to our future, what is it that we see? What is our destiny? What does the journey there look like? Abraham Lincoln once said “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Both our organization and profession have undergone major changes over the last several years. We have transcended boundaries in so many ways.

As an association, we created a new structure. We merged and blended and came out on the other side with a fresh look, expanded boundaries and new connections. This change did not come without its challenges, some of which were quite significant. As a profession, we have created a culture of collaboration and innovation with other health care disciplines. We no longer reside on an island of dentistry, and as preventive specialists, we are the advocates for the oral systemic connection. It is no longer “good enough” to simply communicate with other health care professionals. The time for integration is here.

PDHA has been proactive with legislation in our state government and standing steadfast to voice our vision to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by expanding our practice sites and dissolving the boundaries that restrict us. Connections with other professions have been long established and now is the time to immerse ourselves into these new sites to make the greatest impact on the health of those in our community. Our association has set itself apart by leading the current initiatives to be change makers and build a strong foundation of progress for our future and adaptability to the changing needs of our community. We are creating tangible change. We are creating our future. We have momentum. It is through our thoughtful decisions, persistence and commitment to our goals that we continue to move forward.

As we look to the future that we are creating today, let’s celebrate our achievements, reaffirm our goals, enhance the bonds between us and self-regulate our destiny.

Past PDHA Presidents

1923-24 Emma Ditzell Conroy1971-72 Susann Smith
*1924-25 Gladys Shaeffer Myers*1972-73 Nancy McCollum Wells
*1925-26 Charlotte Kiart Sullivan1973-74 Carolyn James Harbourt
*1926-27 Marian Arnold*1974-75 Sherri Young Dunbar
*1927-28 Gertrude Engstrom Berg1975-76 Anne Schlegel Follweiller
*1929-30 Mada Reilly1976-77 Nancy Roy Miller
*1930-31 Margaret Jeffries1977-78 Nancy Dering Martin
*1931-32 Margaret Baily*1978-79 Margaret Rickenback Smith
*1932-33 Mathilde Krauser Finzimer1979-80 Carolyn Charles Thompson
*1933-34 Janice Weaver Graham1980-81 Beverly Hugus Fertig
*1934-35 Marie Copenhayer Palmer1981-82 Mary Swartz Yohe
*1935-36 Catherine Schwab Preass1982-83 Davie Jane Saxton Gilmore
*1936-37 Aline Weidenmarm1983-84 Linda Luckenbaugh Moore
1937-38 Marian Tomlinson1984-85 Robin Holmes
*1938-39 Martha Truhan1985-86 Kathy Zimmerman Schlotthauer
1939-40 Mae Sarsfield1986-87 Karen Combs Flickinger
1940-41 Frances Edey Carlson1987-88 Joanne Marancik Clionsky
1941-42 Camila Overpeck Faust1988-89 Deborah Wilson
1942-43 Thelby Clouser1989-90 Lynne G. Laughman
*1943-44 Blanche Carlin Downie1990-91 Brenda Sue Martin
*1944-45 Mariam Willis1991-92 Mariellen Brickley Raab
*1945-46 Ida Mae Stilley Mahor1992-93 Cheryl A. Sichler
*1946-47 Elizabeth Ritter1993-94 Terry Barr
*1947-48 Margaret Reuther1994-95 Carol Martin
*1948-49 Ester Doyle1995-96 Laura Bush
*1949-51 Ruth Heck1996-97 Pamela Weaver Henderson
1951-52 Jacqueline Schunck Kolben1997-98 Anita Lantzy Jackson
1952-53 Irene Stankiewicz1998-99 Cindy Finfrock
*1953-54 Julie Wehrle1999-2000 Lillian Caperila
1954-55 Beatrice D. Watkins2000-01 Faye Capirano
*1955-56 Mary G Grim2001-02 Susan L. Wienand
1956-57 Nancy Waldeck Sontag2002-03 Sherri L. Meyers
*1957-58 Louise Coira2003-04 Peggy Yurcho
*1958-59 Dorothy Clark2004-05 Judy Gelinas
1959-60 Margaret Lingenfelter2005-06 Jane Balavage
1960-61 Marjorie H. Smith2006-07 Judy Ernst
1961-62 Marian Weaver Bell2007-08 Jaclyn Gleber
1962-63 Margery Hall Johnson2008-09 Christine Bennett
*1963-64 Marilyn Roth Smith2009-10 Megan Brightbill
*1964-65 Ella Ege2010-11 Elaine Anderson Kump
1965-66 Doris Lemp2011-12 Lorraine Lockawich
*1966-67 Eleanor H. Krum Miley2012-13 Alberta Landis
1967-68 Betsy A. Alden2013-14 Laura DeHennis
*1968-69 Carol Gareis Karmack2014-15 Dana Shaffer
1969-70 Kathleen Silko Miller2015-17 Christi Olson
1970-71 R. Roberta Throne2017-2019 Lisandra Maisonet
* Deceased


President:  Linda Straub-Bruce, RDH, BSEd, PHDHP
Email: LStraub@velocity.net

President-Elect: Sarah Goard
Email: goard002@gmail.com

Members-at-Large: Melissa Lucarelli
Email: mlucarellirdh@gmail.com

Members-at-Large: Laura DeHennis
Email: lauradeh@yahoo.com


SECTOR 1: Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence & Venango Counties
Karen Omniewski
Email: Komnie62@gmail.com

SECTOR 2: Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Warren Counties
Tanya Gayley, RDH
Email: tanyagayley@hotmail.com

SECTOR 3: Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton and Potter Counties
Laura Crawford, RDH, MHS, PHDHP
Email: lauracrawford33@gmail.com

SECTOR 4: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene and Washington Counties
Heather Guido
Email: heatherguido3@gmail.com

SECTOR 5: Armstrong, Cambria, Fayette, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland Counties
Colleen Kalp, RDH
Email: cdkalp@gmail.com

SECTOR 6: Bedford, Blair, Franklin, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties
Alyssa Stiles
Email: alyssamariestiles@gmail.com

SECTOR 7: Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Tioga and Union Counties
Erin Heap
Email: erinheap2016@gmail.com

SECTOR 8:  Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties
Elizabeth Puzak-Frushon
Email: Bfrushon@gmail.com

SECTOR 9: Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Pike Counties
Cynthia Workman
Email: cynthiasw55@gmail.com

SECTOR 10: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry Counties
Kim Bury
Email: burykm88@gmail.com

SECTOR 11: Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill and York Counties
Alexandra DiGiacomo, RDH
Email: adiagiacomo11@gmail.com

SECTOR 12: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties
Jo Ann Nyquist
Email: tuf92195@temple.edu

ADHA District II Trustee (represents PA, NY, NJ & CT)
Donna Hickey, RDH
Email: donnah@adha.net

2021 ADHA Delegates
Linda Straub-Bruce, Sarah Goard, Melissa Lucarelli, Barbara Reiprich, Laura DeHennis
Alternate Delegate: Beth Frushon

PDHA Central Office Contact Information
Tiffany Kilpatrick, Executive Secretary
PHONE (717) 766-0334
1804 Elmhurst Ave.
Jersey Shore, PA 17740