Shelly Costley – President
Shelly has been in dentistry for over 30 years working in both general and periodontal practices. She is proud to be a Utah native and to claim Weber State University as her Alma Mater where she received her AS in dental hygiene, her BS in Allied Health Administration, and her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. Shelly was awarded Tenure several years ago and is an Associate Professor of dental hygiene. Shelly is a lifetime member of ADHA and has served in the Utah Dental Hygiene Association and was president of the Northern Component. Shelly still loves to work in private practice with her favorite dentists when time allows.
Jessica Atkinson- President Elect
Jessica, RDH, BSDH has 15 years of dental experience ranging from pulling charts as a sophomore in high school to brushing Filipino children’s teeth after a typhoon. She has a passion for education and access to care.
Laura Green – Past President and ADHA Delegate
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.
Ashlee Shemenski- Vice President 1
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.
Kim Caldwell – Vice President 2
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.
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.
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 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.
Miya Alger hales from the small town of Malad, “Where Idaho Begins”. In 2011, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Exercise Science, then migrated over to Utah Valley University where she graduated with her Associates in Dental Hygiene in 2016. While at UVU, she was honored to be her class president, Hu-friedy liason, and was awarded the ADHA’s Future Leadership Award. Miya attended the ADHA’s National Convention in Nashville Tennessee as the Voting Student Delegate, and cannot wait to attend future meetings with her new colleagues. The first year and a half of her career has been shared with patients at both Canyon Dental in Spanish Fork and the Salem Dental Center in Salem, Utah.
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.
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.