UDHA 2020-2021 BOARD
When asked what she wanted to study when she was older, Mandy easily answered dental hygiene in middle school. Mandy’s innate desire to help others and her early interest in healthcare set her on a path that she has become obsessed with.
After high school, Mandy moved back to Utah to start her college education at Brigham Young University. During that time, she found herself in another leadership position but this time for the BYU Student Association.
Mandy was accepted to the Utah College of Dental Hygiene and graduated magna cum laude in 2011. During her time at UCDH, she served as a SADHA co-chair which ignited her passion for the work and advocacy. She currently practices clinically at Aspen Heights Dental in Lehi, UT and is a part-time clinical instructor at UCDH.
Kali Hunt has been an active member of ADHA since she started dental hygiene school at Dixie State in 2009. She has continued to serve in various levels in the Southern Component since her graduation in 2011. Kali developed an interest in dental hygiene at the age of 14 and her passion and drive has only grown since then. She is excited to become even more involved and help other hygienists see the value of their profession in many ways.
When not practicing dental hygiene, Kali enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors. She loves to mountain bike, hike, run, paddleboad, camp, lay by the pool, or do anything with her family and friends.
Alison Smith has known she wanted to work in the dental field since the age of thirteen when her dentist offered to let her shadow at the office. This lead Alison to complete a dental assisting course during her senior year of high school and knew that dental hygiene was what she needed to study in college. Alison graduated with her bachelor's degree from Dixie State University in 2019 where she had the opportunity to serve as VP in SADHA and as the student delegate for District X at the ADHA Annual Conference in 2018. When Alison attended ADHA, she had a fire lit within her that truly taught her that there is more to being a hygienist than just cleaning teeth.
Alison married her perfect match in 2016 after dating for almost two years (unheard of in Utah). They love reading new series of books together, usually out loud with all sorts of silly voices and accents. They enjoy playing video games, both retro and modern, and love adventuring out in the wild.
Tresurer and ADHA Delegate
Chanci is an Arizona native and has served in the field of dentistry since 2003. She started out as a dental assistant while doing her prerequisite courses for dental hygiene school. She graduated from Weber State University with honors in 2008. After working in private practice full time for six years she started teaching at the Utah College of Dental Hygiene in 2014. She has since received her Masters Degree in Education and continues to teach both clinical and didactic courses.
Chanci served in SADHA, on the component level, and became the Treasurer and Alternate Delegate for UDHA in 2019. She loves dental hygiene and is excited for the opportunity to serve her fellow colleagues in their shared career.
When Chanci isn't busy with dental hygiene she is probably on some grand adventure with her husband and their four boys or reading a good book.
Shelley is a Dental Hygiene Influencer and speaker through Hygiene Edge and is the creator of the Hygiene Edge 2018 AAP classification flowchart.
She Is adjunct faculty at the Utah College of Dental Hygiene and CEO at Homebound Smiles, LLC. She is currently working on a graduate (MEd) degree in instructional design.
Shelley is a go-getter and is always seeking to grow in all aspects of the dental industry including education, community health, private practice, digital marketing, consulting, and sales.
Speaker of the House
Michaele is passionately driven to improve oral health through services, education and access to care. A Utah native, she has been a dental hygienist for 19 years in both Nevada and Utah. Michaele served in many roles for the Utah Dental Hygienist Association including President, State Liaison and HOD member. She has a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and also taught class and clinic in the Salt Lake Community College Dental Hygiene program. She was also Director of Operations for the non-profit oral health program Sealants for Smiles. Michaele believes in the importance of the dental hygienist profession and works to move it forward as a profession and as an effective way to serve the community.
Secretary of the House of Delegates
Stacie Garn is a local girl from Riverton. She graduated from Bingham High School in 1995. She later graduated from UVSC with a degree in biological sciences while also serving as Miss Riverton and waiting for her husband to return from his LDS mission. She has spent that last 18 years raising 5 amazing children. Stacie recently decided to pursue her dream of having a career in the dental field. She graduated from the Salt Lake Community College Dental Hygiene Program. She has a passion for the people she has served through Give kids a smile, Donated Dental Refugee fairs, Health Disparities Clinic and project OLAF. She has most recently taken the position as President of the Salt Lake component for the Utah Dental Hygiene Association and looks forward to the on-going services that she will be able to provide the community.When Stacie is not busy preventing oral diseases she loves to ski, read, watch her kids play sports, all things beach and tending to her yard.
ADHA Head Delegate
Jessica, RDH, BSDH received her bachelors degree for the Utah College of Dental Hygiene in 2011 and a Masters in Education in Instructional Design in 2019. She has years of dental experience, ranging from pulling charts as a sophomore in high school to brushing Filipino children’s teeth after a typhoon. She currently works as an Educator at Dixie State University. Jessica was chosen as the District 10 student delegate and walked away with a passion for what the Association is and what it does for Dental Hygienists. She has served as Component President, Ways and Means Chair and is a believer that when you give a little a LOT can happen. She is dedicated to education and access to care.
Immediate Past President
Kathleen (Kathy) Young graduated from Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA with an Associate degree in Dental Hygiene. She worked in California for over 25 years. Life (and the Air Force) then took her to Texas, England and Alaska. While in Alaska, Kathy took her state boards again in order to get an Alaska dental hygiene license. It wasn’t any more fun the second time around, but she passed! Again, life changed for her when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. This brought her and her family to live in Provo, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene at UVU. She continued on to get a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Science from Utah State University. She currently is a Professor at Utah Valley University, and loves working with the students. Kathy has always been passionate about using her skills to serve others, and has taken service trips to Haiti (twice), China and the Dominican Republic. She is also passionate about serving her profession, and has done so for many years.
Northern Component President
Emma graduated from Weber State University Dental
Hygiene program in 2018 and has loved her career in
dental hygiene so far. She has had the unique
opportunity to work in a mobile clinic, as well as
working in private practice. Emma looks forward to
being involved in the Utah Dental Hygienists' Association
and is excited to get to know everyone in her area.
Outside of dental hygiene, Emma loves to garden, camp
and hike with her husband and dog.
Central Component President
Dayna is a Washington state native and has been in Utah for 6 years. She graduated from The Utah College of Dental Hygiene in 2018 and has been serving on the Central Component for two years. She is passionate about her profession and excited to work with her fellow hygienists.
Salt Lake Component President
Heather began her dental career in 2000 and spent time as a dental assistant and office manager. She attended the Utah College of Dental Hygiene and graduated in 2008.
Heather has held roles such as Arestin educator and trainer, managing editor for Beyond the Prophy, and Senior Ambassador for Burst. After speaking at Utah’s Dental Hygienists' Association lobby day a few years ago, she caught the speaking bug and loves teaching and learning
along with her fellow hygienists. When she
isn’t in the op, she is spending time with her husband and three sons, scrolling social media, or watching BYU football (go Cougars)!