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UDHA 2022-2023 BOARD

Meet the Team: TeamMember
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ASHLEE SHEMENSKI, RDH

President

Ashlee resides in Marriott-Slaterville, UT. She has been an active member of ADHA since 2011 when she started dental hygiene school at Weber State University. She served ADHA in various levels starting as a student, moving on with the Northern Component for several years, then to UDHA Vice President. Ashlee’s interest in dentistry started during orthodontic treatment as a teenager and moved more specifically to dental hygiene. She currently works as a private practice dental hygienist and an adjunct clinical dental hygiene instructor at , Weber State University. Ashlee is currently working toward a Masters in Health Administration at Weber State University.

 

Ashlee is happily married to her childhood sweetheart and has two boys and one daughter. Ashlee is a lifetime learner. When she finds something interesting she dives in and learns all she can about the subject. Some examples are crafting, landscaping, producing a vegetable garden, and cake decorating. She finds joy in a clean tidy home!

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BRENDA ARMSTRONG, RDH, MEd

President Elect

KELLY HUBBARD, RDH

Vice President

Kelly is a Long Island, New York native. She moved to Utah in 2006 to pursue a degree in dental hygiene. In May of 2010 she graduated from Utah College of Dental Hygiene and has worked in many offices over the years as a hygienist and as a temp. She is passionate about continuously learning and making connections with her patients. Currently, Kelly works as a clinical instructor at UCDH. She loves teaching and watching students transform into hygienists. 

ANGEL HARVEY, RDH

Vice President

Angel Harvey has dreamed of a career as a dental hygienist for most of her life. She graduated from Salt Lake Community College earning her Associate of Science degree and an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene graduating with honors. At graduation she received the Community Service Award and exceeded the record of service hours working in public health settings during school. She has furthered her education at Utah Valley University earning a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Upon graduation from SLCC Angel accepted a position as one of the first independently contracted dental hygienists in Utah. She worked full time pioneering the way to provide access to care utilizing teledentistry for underserved children. She provided preventive dental care and education in school-based oral health programs in 20 schools to over 1,000 children. Angel currently works full time at Utah College of Dental Hygiene as a clinical instructor.

Angel has been married to her best friend and the love of her life for 23 years and has 4 incredible children.

CHANCI OYLER, MEd, BSDH, RDH

Tresurer

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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. 

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BRIANNE POTTER, RDH

Secretary 

Brianne grew up all over world as an Army Brat but eventually settled in Utah to attend Utah State University; she earned a degree in Liberal Arts from USU in 2010. Brianne always wanted to go back to school to become a dental hygienist and was able to complete her hygiene degree at Fortis College in 2018, where she graduated with Honors. While in school, she was elected as class president and as a student delegate which gave her exposure to inner workings of the Utah Dental Hygienists’ Association. After completing her dental hygiene licensing, she continued her schooling at the University of Utah in the field of Kinesiology and Nutrition; she graduated again with Honors and was on the Dean’s List. Brianne married her husband, Jon, in 2006, and they are currently raising three boys together. Brianne and all her boys love being outdoors, but especially skiing, hiking and biking. Brianne especially loves reading, eating bread and napping.

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LAURA GREEN, RDH, MEd, BSDH

Speaker of the House

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CORI RUSSELL, RDH

Secretary of the House of Delegates

Cori Russell is an Utah native who started her dental career directly out of high school as an assistant. After discovering a love for the dental field, she went on to graduate with her bachelor's degree from the Utah College of Dental Hygiene in 2011 and a Masters in Health Administration from Western Governor's University. She adores her patients and impacting their lives by improving their health. She has developed a passion for serving the refugee population and diversifying treatment options such as laser periodontal therapy. She lived in Southeast Asia with her family for two years and fell in love with the people and their food.

Natalie Wright, RDH

ADHA Head Delegate

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KIM CALDWELL, RDH

ADHA Alternate Delegate

Kim is a 2005 graduate of Weber State University Dental Hygiene Program. Kim has been practicing dental hygiene in private practice for 17 years, although she has been with her current private practice employer for 16 years and thoroughly loves it. Kim graduated with her Masters of Education in 2012, and began teaching at Weber State in 2014 as a part-time faculty, and now currently works as a full-time Tenure Track faculty member. Kim has been an active member of the Association since 2014 and has
been involved in serving the dental hygienist of Utah as the Vice President and Vice President Elect for four years, and has served as Alternate Delegate for one term. 
When Kim is not busy working, she loves to spend time with her family. Kim and her husband have three
children and together they enjoy camping, fishing, boating, riding UTV’s, and chilling around the house
watching a good movie or playing games.

JASMINE WILCOX, RDH

ADHA Alternate Delegate

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Natalie graduated with honors from Weber State University in 2017 and has been volunteering at different levels of UDHA ever since. She believes in the importance of access to healthcare very strongly and that as hygienists we can make a difference in our communities. Natalie has received several awards and accolades for her research in dental hygiene, including first place at the National Dental Hygiene Association’s Annual Conference. In her free time Natalie is an avid traveler, marathon runner, and is one of our resident foodies. She loves hanging out with her dogs and exploring the outdoors with her husband. 

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MANDY FAUCETTE, RDH

Immediate Past President, ADHA Delegate

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.

AMANDA GONZALEZ, BS, RDH

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Northern Component President

Amanda Gonzalez is a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) from northern Utah.  Amanda is an Alumni of Weber State University's Dental Hygiene Program, class of 2017,  where she now works as the Clinic Manager.  Amanda is now working towards her Master's of Education degree.  She currently serves as the President of the northern component for the Utah Dental Hygiene Association (UDHA) and as a delegate for the northern component.  Amanda recently received the Outstanding Leadership Award from UDHA.  Amanda enjoys being part of an association where she has a voice and can learn from other amazing hygienists.  Amanda loves spending time with her husband and kids and enjoys cooking for family and friends!

Catalina Fajardo, RDH

Central Component President

Catalina started her professional career as a Phlebotomist. She learned that she loved working with people in the health field. She soon went to Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester Massachusetts and received her Associates of Science Degree/Allied Health as the President of her class while working as a Certified Dental Assistant. She returned to Quinsigamond Community College and received her Degree in Dental Hygiene and was the Treasurer of her graduating class. After her graduation she became the Liaison at the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) of Massachusetts, where she would travel to colleges to speak to graduating dental hygiene students about ADHA. She coached students as they entered the work environment and answered questions about Dental Hygiene and about ADHA. She moved to Utah in 2021 and has been working as a Dental Hygienist in Eagle Mountain.

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SARAH MELCHIOR, RDH

Salt Lake Component President

Sarah is originally from Washington State; and although she has grown to love Utah in the 20 years she has been here, she will always be proud of her NW roots. Sarah has wanted to be a dental hygienist for as long as she can remember. She started in the dental world as a dental assistant. She ended up working as a dental assistant for 12 years and in the front office for 2 years beyond that. After her dad passed away, she found the passion and desire to complete her goal and went back to school. Sarah completed the dental hygiene program at Salt Lake Community College in 2019. During the program she was always looked up to by her classmates as the SADHA president. She was also awarded the UDHA Leadership Award and was the Americorps member of the month for her outstanding community service. She continued her education to graduate as Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor degree in Dental Hygiene at Utah Valley University. Sarah is happily married to her husband of 17 years, and together they have 3 children who they adore. Her favorite thing to do is to travel and has been working on visiting every continent. She also loves summertime and spending time with friends and family boating, hiking, and camping.

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MELISSA WOOLLEY, RDH, BSEd

Southern Component President

Melissa Woolley attended dental hygiene school at the University of Hawaii and then finished her Bachelor of Science in Education at University of Central Oklahoma focusing on specifically the education of adults in a healthcare career. She has been licensed and practiced dental hygiene in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Utah and is has been a part time clinical educator in the Dixie State Dental Hygiene program for 12 years. Currently, she is working towards a Master of Public Health degree from Utah State University. She and her husband have four children
ranging in ages from 13-23 and she enjoys traveling, running, and gardening.

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