2021 Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction recipients, from left to right: Jeannette Diaz, Whitney Rose DiFoggio, Elmer E. Gonzalez, Noel S. Paschke

Announcing the 2021 Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction recipients

June 10, 2021
The recipients were selected for their success in promoting positive change in education, private practice, and community service. Here's how they are advancing dental hygiene and helping others!

Sunstar Americas and RDH are celebrating their 20th year of honoring North America’s outstanding dental hygienists. The oral health leader and RDH magazine joined forces to create the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction program in 2002. Since then, 133 dental hygienists have been recognized for their success and accomplishments in the field of dental hygiene. The four most recent recipients of this prestigious award will be honored during an award ceremony at the RDH Under One Roof conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 23, 2021.

“We congratulate this year’s recipients of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction, and thank them for their inspiration,” said Tom Raish, senior manager, professional marketing, at Sunstar Americas.  “As a proud sponsor of this program for the past two decades, we have seen the role of the dental hygienist evolve and the program grow in importance as it recognizes those dedicated professionals who are true change agents in improving the oral health of their patients, their communities and underserved populations. The relationship between oral health and overall health has never been clearer, nor has the pivotal role which dental hygienist play in preventative health.”

The 2021 Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction honorees, as selected by an independent review committee,  are:

  • Jeannette Diaz, MS, RDH, RDHAP
  • Whitney Rose DiFoggio, BS, RDH
  • Elmer E. Gonzalez, PhD, MBA, RDH
  • Noel S. Paschke, MS, RDH

“The 2021 Award of Distinction recipients were selected for their success in promoting positive change in education, private practice, and community service. RDH and Sunstar are proud to recognize the individuals who have embraced their passions, focused on their goals, and made a significant difference in many lives across the country.  In addition, RDH celebrates Sunstar’s commitment to the dental hygiene community through their 20 year sponsorship of the Sunstar/ RDH Award of Distinction program.” said Jackie Sanders, MBA, RDH, chief editor of RDH magazine.

About Sunstar Americas, the makers of GUM and Butler

Sunstar Americas is a leader in developing high-quality, research-based oral care solutions for better overall patient health. By partnering with dental and medical clinicians, academics, and researchers, Sunstar continues to innovate and provide daily oral care, advanced gum care and chairside products under the GUM and Butler brands. Sunstar Americas is a member of the Sunstar Group of companies, a global organization headquartered in Switzerland that serves oral healthcare professionals, patients, and consumers in 90 countries around the world.  For more information, visit: https://us-professional.gumbrand.com/

About RDH magazine

RDH is the top magazine for dental hygiene professionals. RDH provides hygienists key information on professional growth, including clinical analysis, practice management advice, continuing education opportunities, career strategies, and more. Each month, RDH also publishes the RDH eVillage and RDH Graduate e-newsletters. RDH partners with DentistryIQ to deliver timely info on news, case studies, product info, salary studies, and more.