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2023 IDHA Executive Council

President: Kym Dallstream

Kym Dallstream is excited to serve as President of the IDHA. In 2001, she graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a Baccalaureate degree in Dental Hygiene. Over the years, she has served the IDHA as a committee member, Component Trustee, Component President, IDHA Secretary, and Delegate to ADHA. She hopes to spark interest within the dental hygiene community to support their professional organization and mentor those considering leadership roles within the IDHA.   

Kym practiced clinical dental hygiene for 20+ years in Lake County, IL. She now enjoys a career in dental sales where she is able to blend her dental knowledge and problem-solving skills to take on new challenges.

Kym lives in Gurnee with her husband, Andy of 20 years and their two children. She also has a beautiful St. Bernard, Millie and a cat named Hailey that makes frequent appearances during online meetings. Kym loves to travel (especially to Disney) and try new things. It is not uncommon for her to be planning her next trip to see the mouse or giving advice to others planning their own vacations.   

"You can design, create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

President-Elect,  Lori McNamara, BSDH, RDH, PHDH

Lori has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 35 years, graduating from Loyola University of Chicago. Throughout her career, she has worked in clinical settings including private practice, pediatric, public health, and dental hygiene education.  

She became more involved in IDHA after finding her “tribe” of dental hygiene friends.  Lori's passion for oral health was renewed by attending annual conferences and component meetings. Most recently she was the chairperson of ILHy-PAC, the political action committee of IDHA. Her professional participation extended into the Access to Care Committee as well as the Legislative Committee.  

Lori believes that to advance our profession we need to start with EDUCATING our patients and the public about dental health, highlighting our extensive education

Immediate Past President: Lydia Park, RDH, BS

Lydia Park is dental hygienist who works at a private practice office in the north suburbs of Chicago.  She graduated from Harper College in 2010 with a AAS degree in Dental Hygiene.  She recently earned her B.S. in Healthcare Leadership at National Louis University.

Lydia has been a member of ADHA/IDHA since she graduated with her dental hygiene degree.  She has served as an alternate delegate at the ADHA House of Delegates in 2019 and 2020.  She has also served as a trustee and has been on the finance committee for the Lake County/McHenry County Component.  She was also a director for the ILHy-PAC.  She is excited to continue serving IDHA as the President-Elect.

Outside of dental hygiene, Lydia loves to travel.  Some of the places she has traveled are Australia, Scotland, and Hungary.  She plans to continue exploring new countries and more of the U.S.

Secretary: Monica Baldwin, RDH, BSDH, PHDH

 Monica Baldwin is a private practice dental hygienist who has served in various leadership positions with IDHA over the past few years such as Lake/McHenry County Trustee and Finance Committee, Membership Chair, Legislative Chair, and Alternate Delegate for ADHA.  She graduated from College of Lake County and received a Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene through Eastern Washington University. 

Monica strives to learn as much as there is to know about oral health by attending continuing education courses regardless if she has fulfilled her required amount for licensure renewal. "There is always something new to learn and always something more I can do for my patients to give them the best care possible." She is committed to life-long learning.

Monica is passionate about the dental hygiene field and is enthusiastic about making strides and supporting dental hygienists, especially in Illinois through her leadership positions with IDHA.

"Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want." - Ken Poirot

General Assembly Chair: Martha Ramirez, RDH

Biography coming soon

Treasurer: Tasia Walker, RDH

Biography coming soon

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