Illinois Dental HYGIENISTS' Association


President Lisa M. Schmidt, RDH, BA

Lisa has earned a BA in Business from Barat College, Lake Forest, IL and an AAS in Dental Hygiene from Harper College. She has been a practicing clinician since 1999 and an ADHA member since graduation. As a dental professional, Lisa prides herself in keeping up with industry advancements by attending continuing education courses far in excess of state requirements.  Currently, she is an educator on behalf of Water Pik, Inc. and a BLS instructor with The American Heart Association.

Immediate Past President Gaylene Baker, BSDH, RDH, MBA 

Gaylene Baker RDH, MBA received her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Iowa.  She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including General Dentistry, Periodontics, Pedodontics, and Orthodontic.  At one time she owned and operated a coaching and staffing business specific to Dental Offices.  In 2011 she completed her graduate degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Aurora University.  Currently Gaylene is the Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Crosstex International covering nine states and detailing products and services to Dental Distributors, Government Agencies, Educational Institutions, and Dental Service Organizations.  She offers courses and training on Infection Control procedures to groups including sales teams, local Dental Hygiene Constituents and Study Clubs.   She is the recipient of the Company’s Starburst Award and High Sales Achiever.  She resides in North Aurora, IL with her husband Bill and has two daughters.

Treasurer Rebecca Van Horn, RDH, BA  

Rebecca Van Horn is pleased to serve as Treasurer of IDHA, voted in by the Board of Trustees in January 2016.   Rebecca is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she received a Certificate of Dental Hygiene and concurrently, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (political science). She practiced clinically for eight years in Columbus, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois, including in a hospital-based dental center.

For 28 years, Rebecca was a “corporate” hygienist, working for Oral-B (Gillette) and then Crest (P&G), providing educational lectures on preventive dentistry topics to dental, dental hygiene, dental assisting students, faculty and staff at schools in the Midwest, Northeast, New England and Mid Atlantic regions in the US and three provinces in Canada. Additional responsibilities included product introduction, usage and recommendation within her assigned schools. She “shared the science” with key opinion leaders and company-sponsored speakers and presented herself at the Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting, the Yankee Dental Meeting and the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association Meeting. During the last five years of her corporate career, Rebecca also functioned as a corporate liaison to the American College of Prosthodontists, the Society of American Indian Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Hygienists Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Association of Women Dentists.

Rebecca currently serves on the Advisory Boards to Dental Hygiene Programs at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kennedy King College and Fox College and the Dean’s Advisory Board of Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine. She recently accepted a board member position with the CDS Foundation.

Passionate about the profession hygiene and hygienists’ impact on consumer oral care products, and not quite ready to “hang it up”, Rebecca recently accepted a professional educator position with Waterpik, covering the City of Chicago territory. On the road again… Rebecca lives in downtown Chicago with her ever-so-patient and supportive husband Allan.

General Assembly Chair Christina Emmert, RDH

Christina graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1993. Currently she practices at Crusader Community Health Center in Rockford, IL, working with under served clients. Through her involvement with IDHA, she has become interested in Parliamentary Procedure and is certified as a Registered Parliamentarian. For fun, Christina likes traveling, spending time outdoors, watching movies, all with her husband.

Secretary Jennifer S. Sherry, RDH, MSEd 

Jennifer is an associate professor in the Dental Hygiene program at Southern Illinois University (SIUC), Carbondale, IL where she teaches radiology lecture/practicum, head and neck anatomy, and community oral health lecture/practicum. In May 2004, she graduated with a Master of Science in Health Education; SIUC. In May 1989, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management; SIUC and in May 1988, graduated with an Associate in Applied Science, Dental Hygiene; SIUC. She also has an Associate in Applied Sciences from John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL; May 1986. She has published many peer-reviewed publications with a primary focus on children’s health issues, sports and energy drinks, and board review case studies. Jennifer has been very active in all aspects of dental hygiene and has had an instrumental part in planning and organizing the annual “Give Adults a Smile Day” event that is co-sponsored by her component, River Bend/Southern Illinois Component #6 and SIU Dental Hygiene. She helped organize the first ever Oral Cancer Foundation’s Oral Cancer Walk for the Southern Illinois Region in 2014. She has held many positions with the local dental hygiene component as well as being an active member of numerous associations and civic organizations. She is an active member of Cambria Christian Church. She enjoys spending time with her family and has a true passion for the profession of dental hygiene. Striving for “serving the underserved” is of utmost importance and she is diligently working through legislative efforts to help close the gap for many people in the state.

 Photo courtesy of Russell Bailey

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