Laura Green – President
Laura Green began her career in dentistry as a dental assistant in 1989. She had the opportunity to work in general and pediatric practices. Laura returned to school as a non-traditional student in 2000 and entered the Dental Hygiene program at Weber State University in 2002. She graduated in 2004 Summa Cum Laude and received the Outstanding Student Award. At this time Laura was elected a member of Sigma Phi Alpha. She has worked with the Utah Dental Hygienists’ Association as the fundraising committee co-chair 2005–2006, Treasurer from 2006–2010 and as an alternate delegate to ADHA as the President-Elect. Laura has enjoyed working in clinical practice for 13 years and has been a full time dental hygiene educator since 2009.
Kim Caldwell – Vice President 1
Kim Caldwell, RDH, MEd, got her start in the dental industry in 1997 when she first attended the Ogden/Weber Applied Technology Center. As she finished her training she obtained a job as dental assistant in a general practice. She then completed her studies of dental hygiene at Weber State University in 2005. Kim began working as adjunct faculty at Weber State Universities Dental Hygiene Program in 2005 and has worked part-time in the Ogden area as a dental hygienist in private practice for 12 years. In 2012, Kim received her Masters of Education from Weber State University and in 2014, Kim began teaching radiology and clinical dental hygiene part time in Weber States Dental Hygiene program. Kim is currently serving as the Utah Dental Hygienists’ Association Vice President.
Ashlee Shemenski- Vice President 2
Ashlee has been working in the dental field for 10 years. She began as a dental assistant with no experience and didn’t even know what a crown was! Since then, she has graduated as The Outstanding Student from WSU 2013 dental hygiene program with a bachelor degree. Ashlee works in a private practice in South Ogden and as a second-year DH adjunct instructor at Midtown Community Health Center for WSU. She served as President and as Treasurer for the Northern Component since she graduated and could get involved! Now she’s excited to serve in the VP position and learn from the UDHA board. She loves what the association provides her and fellow colleagues and plans to always be a life-long member and stay involved.
Stacie Garn – Secretary
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.
Angelique has been working in and around the dental field for almost 20 years. She began as an American Red Cross dental volunteer, then moved on to work as a dental assistant, all before starting her journey to become a Dental Hygienist. Angelique graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelors of Science degree and continues to build upon that education in her daily work in private practice and as an instructor. Angelique works as a first-year DH adjunct instructor at WSU, in private practice and has worked at the SLC VA Hospital with homeless veterans.Angelique has been a proud member of UDHA/ADHA since 2007. It is exciting to witness the progression of this great association. She is honored to serve on the UDHA board as your treasurer along with other phenomenal volunteer officers of the UDHA association who are working hard to create opportunities for all dental hygienist and changing legislation so we can provide service to all demographics in our communities. Our desires to further the understanding of dental care and maximize its growth keeps dental hygiene at the forefront of our field.
Karol Aldrich – Speaker Of the House
I have been a practicing Dental Hygienist and a member of ADHA for about 25 years. I graduated from the University of Colorado Health Science Center in 1990. Much of my success I credit to my involvement in ADHA; friends, jobs, CE and leadership opportunities have presented themselves time and time again over the years. I can honestly say that I would not be as fulfilled or informed without the help of my ADHA/ UDHA. I am currently working 5 days a week in both private practice and Public Health. I see the future of Dental Hygiene as bright and ever changing.
Jana Nate – Secretary of the House of Delegates
Jana graduated from Weber State College in June 1986 with an associate in Dental Hygiene. At that time she received the Outstanding Hygienist Award from the Veteran’s Hospital in Salt Lake. Sixteen years later she returned to Weber State University to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She worked in clinical practice in both Arizona and Utah, and is currently a clinical instructor and adjunct professor at The Utah College of Dental Hygiene in Orem, Utah. She loves working with the students and witnessing their transformation into our dental hygiene colleagues. She also enjoys participating in Give Kids a Smile each year. Jana loves living on the shore of Utah Lake where she can enjoy the view and wonderful sunsets and in her spare time she goes rock crawling with her husband… but she has her own machine so that she can drive!
Brenda Armstrong – ADHA Head Delegate
Brenda Armstrong joined Dixie State University Dental Hygiene Department as assistant professor in 2013 after participating in the successful opening and accreditation of the Dental Hygiene Department at Thomas Nelson Community College (Williamsburg, VA), where she served as assistant professor and clinic coordinator. In 2016, DSU named Brenda as the “Teacher of the Year – Rising Star” and in 2017 she was awarded the DSU – Utah Campus Compact Presidential Award for Community Engaged Scholar. She received her Master’s in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and her BSDH from Weber State University, Ogden, UT. Her educational interests include clinical and didactic instruction, research, public health and service-learning. Brenda has 25+ years of clinical experience.
Shelly Costley – ADHA Delegate
Shelly has been in dentistry for over 30 y
I have been working as a Dental Hygienist since May 2015. I graduated from Utah Valley University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene with an emphasis in Business. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and with the UVU Service Scholar distinction. I love being a Dental Hygienist and I believe hygienists are powerful leaders in oral hygiene education in the community. I enjoy working in my dental office and serving in my community by volunteering in dental clinics for low-income families and by educating children on good oral hygiene. I love being an advocate for the ADHA association and know that the ADHA and UDHA help provide for the future of the dental hygiene profession. I enjoy getting involved in the community and in our profession by educating and building relationships with my patients. I love hiking, wakeboarding, snow skiing, reading, and cooking.
Emily Oviatt- Salt Lake Component President
Natalie Nelson- Southern Component President
Natalie Nelson, southern component president, was born and raised in St George Ut. She graduated from DSU in 2015 in dental hygiene and later received her bachelor degree in dental hygiene education in 2016. She currently works for 2 different dental offices and is an adjunct at DSU dental hygiene assisting in the community lab. She enjoys spending time with her sweetheart Lee, baking, and going to the lake.
Nicole has been in the dental field since 2007 and has worked in many dental office roles including dental assistant, office manager, and hygienist. In 2014, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and an emphasis in business. She truly has a passion for dental hygiene and is an advocate for the ADHA association. She understands and believes in the power of a community of leaders protecting the integrity of the dental hygiene profession. She enjoys her career and loves to educate and improve the overall health of her patients. She enjoys building relationships on a personal and professional level. Nicole has been married for 4 years and in 2014 welcomed a baby girl into her family.
Michaele Green – Public Relations Committee Chair
Michaele has worked in public health dental programs and in private practice in Utah and Nevada for over 20 years. She has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2002 with a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from Northern Arizona University. Michaele served in many positions for the Utah and Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Associations. She has a passion for her profession and pushing it forward for all who want to have more for their career and the future of Dental Hygiene.
Staci Stout – Past President Staci Stout RDH, BS is the president of the Utah Dental Hygienists’ Association (UDHA). She has been working in the dental profession for over 25 years. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Weber State University in 2003 and received the Outstanding Student Award. She is an elected member of the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society. She has served as UDHA Vice President, Northern Component President, Webmaster, Student Mentor, Legislative Committee Member, President-Elect and as an American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Alternate Delegate. She has a passion for dental hygiene and the future of the profession. In her 12 years as a dental hygienist she has worked in a variety of settings including school-based sealant programs, mobile dental clinics, humanitarian dental trips, community dental events, and traditional dental offices. She continues to advocate for the oral health of Utah residents by serving on the Utah Department of Health Oral Health Committee and believes that everyone deserves to have access to oral health care