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2019-2020 ODHA BOT 

 Front Row, left to right: Shelli Johnson, Gretchen Matty, Shannon Sweeney, Chris Immormino, Lainey Foster Middle Row: Barb Ranck, Kelly White, Kelly Oberg, Ashley Kusner, Katie Buckingham Back Row: Connie Meenan, Nikki Quarles, Anne Miller, Molly Kennedy, Jennifer Gerrick, Katie Camp, Justin Nance, Angie Kosmowski, Caroline Tymcio Deborah Stevens, Michelle Porter, Lydia Keipert, Kimberly Boggs-Kline, Kelly Bennett, Samantha Merritt NOT PICTURED: Angeline Nichols, Anned Missig, Beth Monnin, Angie Kelly, Nancy Stanwick
 


 

Shannon Sweeney, ODHA 2019-2020 PRESIDENT

 

 

 

Shannon Sweeney ODHA 2019-2020 ODHA PRESIDENT

 

Shannon is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash.  It was formerly known as UC Raymond Walters College.  She obtained an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2002. 

Shannon is an active and engaged member of the Columbus Component. She has served Columbus as President for 2 years, Immediate Past President, Scholarship Committee, Trustee, and Delegate over the years.  Currently, she serves as the scholarship chair of the CDHA Eliza B Nichols' Scholarship committee.

Over the last 7 years, she has served ODHA as Secretary, Vice President, Charter Task Force co-chair, ADHA Delegate, Annual Session Council, Columbus Trustee, ODHA Delegate, a Legislative Committee and Finance Committee member.  She was inducted to ODHA's Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies in 2013.  Shannon attended ADHA's "Unleashing Your Potential" in 2014.  She was awarded  ODHA's "Outstanding Effort" Award in 2016.

Shannon is a Girl Scout Co-Leader for her daughter's troop.  The girls have been very active and involved in their community for the last 7 years.  Guiding young women to be our future leaders is a passion for her.  In addition to her troop, Shannon is very involved in her Girl Scout Service Unit having served as a Delegate and planning of the annual father/daughter dance.

Shannon lives and works part time in Hilliard. Over the years she has worked in pediatrics, periodontics, and general practices in Ohio, Arizona, and Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 2019-2020 Immediate Past President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Christopher Immormino, 2019-2020 ODHA Immediate Past President 

 

Christopher lives in Northeastern Ohio in Concord Township. He attended Lakeland Community College and earned an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2009. After graduation, He volunteered at the Cleveland Free Clinic for a year serving the local people of Cleveland. During his time there he was able to see the needs of the people and how important it is to expand access to care. Currently, he works at a DSO full time and has been there since 2010. Chris has been involved in the association since 2010 at the component level serving as Media relations Secretary, Vice President, President, ODHA Delegate and Trustee. In 2016 he was nominated for Vice President and was Elected. He then went on to serve as President-Elect for the 2017-2018 year. This past year he volunteered to serve ODHA in Columbus as an unfunded ADHA Delegate. Currently he is honored to be the current President of the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association. In his life away from Dental Hygiene, His interests include spending time with his family, Cleveland Indians Baseball, playing fantasy baseball, playing guitar, and listening to music and critiquing movies and shows with friends.  

 

Shelli Johnson, ODHA 2018-2019 Vice President 

 

Shelli Johnson, ODHA 2019-2020 Vice President

  

Michelle "Shelli" Johnson is a 1975 graduate of The Ohio State University, Division of Dental Hygiene. She earned her administration of local anesthesia from Rhodes State College in 2009. In 2014, she completed her EFDA training at Sinclair Community College.  Shelli has been active in her local component, the Northwestern ODHA, for many years serving in a variety of leadership positions.

In 2012, Shelli served as the Liaison to the Ohio Nurses' Association and Ohio School Nurses Association representing ODHA.

On the state level, Shelli has served as Vice President, NWODHA Trustee, Annual Session Committee, Odontia Editor and the ODHA Legislative Committee.

In addition to Vice President, Shelli is currently serving as ADHA One Year Delegate, Legislative Committee and Annual Session Committee. Shelli has been a voice for Ohio several times at ADHA Annual Session.

In her spare time, Shelli enjoys spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter, Claire.

 

     Anne Missig, ODHA Treasurer

 

 Anne Missig, 2019-2020 ODHA Treasurer

Hi There!  I have been a member of our Association for nearly 30 years!  During that time I have served in various leadership roles at every level, including ADHA Finance Committee Member, Region B, Policy and ByLaws, ODHA President, Government Relations Member and Chair, Audit Chair, Finance Committee Member, as well as an Access to Care Taskforce appointment. In addition, I am a Past President of two Components (both Cleveland and Cincinnati).  I was appointed to the Ohio State Dental Board in 2013.  I am currently serving as your ODHA Treasurer, and as an Examiner for the CDCA.  I love our Profession! As a member, I have a duty to uphold the office I have been elected to, as well as to respect and obey the tenants of the Association and my colleagues.  Most of all, I am charged with representing and protecting YOU.  I believe I have demonstrated that passion over the years, to the point of instilling it in my Daughter, who is a Registered Nurse Professional, as well. I am very proud of her accomplishments!   Amanda is married to David, and has blessed me with 4 beautiful grandbabies!  Ambrya (Bry) 17, Jackson 6, Matthew 2 and Benjamin any day now!

 


 

 Lainey Foster, ODHA 2018-2019 Secretary


 

 

 Lainey Foster, ODHA 2019-2020 ODHA Secretary

Lainey graduated in 2015 from Owens Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from Bowling Green State University in 2019. Over the last four years, Lainey has worked in private practices throughout Michigan and Ohio. She now lives and works back in her hometown of Columbus!

 

Lainey has been an active member of her local component, ODHA, and ADHA since graduation. She has served as Secretary of Toledo Dental Hygienists’ Association, Secretary of ODHA, and ADHA Alternate Delegate. This year she is also serving as ADHA 1 Year Delegate.

 

In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends, family, and her dog, Mia. She also enjoys various music and art activities, such as playing piano, attending concerts, and painting.

 

 

 

         Gretchen Matty, Speaker of the House

 Gretchen Matty, Speaker of the House

Gretchen is a 1998 graduate of Rhodes State College with her AAS in Dental Hygiene. In 2011 she graduated with her BAS in Dental Hygiene from Siena Heights University. 
 
Gretchen has been an active member of her local component, Northwestern, ODHA and ADHA since graduation. 
 
Currently, Gretchen has served as President of NWODHA seven different times. For her component, over the last 20 years, she has been President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Alternate and Delegate, Legislative Chair, Newsletter Editor, Membership Chair, Bylaws Chair, and many special committees.
 
Gretchen has also been active for ODHA as well over the years. Most notably, she is a Past President of ODHA. She served the organization as President in 2007. She has been President; President-Elect; Immediate Past President; Vice President; Annual Session Council Chair; Total Development Weekend Chair; ADHA delegate, senior delegate, alternate delegate; Policy Review Committee Chair;  a member of the Legislative Committee, Finance Committee, and Administrative Planning Council.
 
In her spare time, Gretchen works full time in private practice in Antwerp, OH. She has been in this same office for 20 years. 
 
When she is not at work, she is actively participating in her children's lives. Ethan, 18 years leaves for Army basic training Jan 2020; Sheridan, 14 years is active in football and wrestling; Aleah 12 years is active in soccer and softball plus both are active with Science Olympiad and various other academics.

 
After 25 years of marriage, let us not forget her husband, Sean. Without his support, her service to her profession and family would not be possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

President's Message

Shannon Sweeney 

Hello, Ohio!

It's an honor and pleasure to address you as President of the Ohio Dental Hygienists' Association. I would like to thank my family for their patience and love during my leadership journey. Thank you to Deborah Stevens for giving me that gentle SHOVE to run for President-Elect last year.

This year I want to focus on our association's needs. FOCUS: what does that word mean to you? When a camera lens is focused we are able to see clearly.  What can we accomplish together if we focus on our association. When we focus we think clearly, effectively, and productively stirring the strategic direction of our association. We set clear goals, avoid distractions, pay attention to our needs and use technology to our advantage. Focusing helps us take stock in what we're doing well and where we could improve.

F is for FUTURE: What does the future of ODHA look like? What do we want it to look like? How do we grow our membership and keep it growing? How do we move legislation forward in our favor? What does our future hold? We need to take control of our future!

O is for OPPORTUNITIES: We need to create opportunities to grow our membership. We need to be making contact with students before they graduate-encouraging and mentoring them. This task shouldn't be left to our faculty members alone. I have had the privilege of visiting 8 of our 13 dental hygiene programs this year. My goal is to visit all 13 by the end of my Presidency. We need to be reaching out and marketing to non-members and inviting them to our CE's and component meetings where we can share ADHA's vision and Ohio's mission. We need to remind our current members why their membership is important as a collective.

C is for COMMUNITY: We ARE the ODHA family. We are a fellowship, sharing in common attitudes, interests and goals. We are friends, colleagues and mentors all working towards the same goals for our association.

U is for UNITED: In the words of Dr. Denise Bowers, "We are always better together"! There is strength in numbers. Together we can grow our membership, move legislation forward and be a leader in access to dental care across our state. When we speak to legislators we need be one voice.

S is for SYNERGY: It means "the cooperation of two or more organizations to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects." To move legislation we will need to collaborate with other health care professionals and associations. We need to Stop, Collaborate and Listen.

F.O.C.U.S. Ohio!

Shannon Sweeney, RDH

ODHA President

2019-2020

 

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