I am a 1981 BSDH graduate of the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Program. In 2006 I earned a Masters of Public Administration from U-M Flint. Currently, I am the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Oral Health Director. As Oral Health Director, I am responsible for an array of statewide oral health care and education programs. I have been with the State agency since 1988 served as a policy specialist in the Medicaid program for 22 years. I have been an adjunct faculty member at U-M since 2010 combing my public health background with education. Active in local, state, and national levels of dental hygiene I was president of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association, founding member and national chair of the Medicaid/CHIP State Dental Association, and am presently the Chair of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Council of Public Health. In addition, I currently am the state representative for the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD).