NODHA Presidential Message~ To all members and potential-members of the New Orleans Dental Hygienists’ Association,

Having served on the board since 2006, I am happily to be back serving you as President. We have certainly come a long way as an organization! From embracing technology to getting the best speakers and restaurants, the NODHA board endeavors to assist our dental hygiene community in the best way possible. I am very proud of our component and honored to represent it.

I would like to give a huge thanks to our board of officers for all of their ingenuity and hard work.

Leslie LaGrange Citanovich, our Past President, did an awesome job. Leslie is committed to giving back to our community especially by volunteering for the Louisiana Mission of Mercy. The Mission of Mercy is known for having 1,119 volunteers from 42 states, seeing 785 patients, and providing $385,000 in free dental care in less than 12 hours! The Louisiana will have another Mission of Mercy in January 2018. For more information you can visit www.lamissionofmercy.org. NODHA would certainly like to continue to be involved in our community so if you have any volunteer project ideas, please let us know! You can receive CE hours for participating in such opportunities.

Jenni Hew is our Social Chair/Student Liaison. NODHA has started inviting the students to CE so they can get a feel for our organization and what our meetings are all about in hopes that they will want to be a part of this wonderful organization and potentially take on a leadership role. NODHA also gives back to the students by funding several each year to attend the ADHA Annual Session. Please remember when you attend NODHA CE, you help to give back to “your own”! As the saying goes, “it all comes full circle”.

Our treasurer, Shauntelle Tatford, keeps the checks and balances for our organization. She has been a loyal board member for many years now and even commutes from Thibodaux, LA to partake in NODHA activities. She is truly amazing.

Our secretary, Jill Peres, keeps you updated on all important information such as CE dates, volunteer events, and job postings. Jill is continuously trying to expand our database of contacts so if we do not have your email address please send it to her!

Laura Douglas, our Vice President and Membership Chair, keeps track of our ADHA/NODHA membership. We are always trying to expand our membership numbers. As a thank you for attending CE's, Laura keeps track of attendees over the year and an ADHA membership is raffled at our October CE by pulling a name from that list.

Sarah Oliver is a new RDH graduate and our newest board member. She will serve as our CE Chair/Coordinator and act as a liason to our speakers and restaurants. We welcome her and are happy to have her!

In conclusion, I'd just like to say thank you to all members and potential members for supporting YOUR organization. This is your organization so any suggestions/concerns/questions are certainly welcome. Please feel free to email me at carrie_daigle@yahoo.com.

Respectfully submitted,

Carrie Daigle Bach, RDH, BS