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Jan. 1, 2010
Colgate-Palmolive Company recently established an Oral Health Advisory Board comprised of dental hygienists in the United States.

Colgate dental hygiene board convenes for inaugural meeting

Colgate-Palmolive Company recently established an Oral Health Advisory Board comprised of dental hygienists in the United States. The board consists of eight dental hygienists and two hygiene students from a wide range of communities across the country and will work with Colgate to find ways to more effectively reach patients in their communities.

The inaugural meeting with the 10 founding members was hosted in New York City in October 2009. The board members met with top oral care leaders at Colgate, as well as at the company’s global Colgate Research and Technology Center in Piscataway, N.J.

Participants at the inaugual Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board included (front row, from left) Shelley Johns, Jeri Lynn Coenen, Tabbatha “Shae” White, Davina Craig, (second row, from left) Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, Laura Giusti, Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, LaHoma Martin, (back row, from left) Chrisitine Saraceno, Beatriz Lefran, Karen Raposa, senior professional relations manager, Colgate Palmolive Co.
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The board members are Jeri Lynn Coenen, Rogers, AR; Davina Craig, Seattle, WA; Laura Giusti, Commack, NY; Shelley Johns, Beavercreek, OH; Beatriz Lefran, Miami, FL; LaHoma Martin, Hattiesburg, MS; Christine Saraceno, West Haven, CT; Tabbatha “Shae” White, Colorado City, TX; Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, Cave Creek, AZ; and Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, Frederick, MD.

In 2009, Colgate also launched its Oral Health Advisor program. This complimentary, innovative program offers educational benefits exclusively for the dental hygienist. For more information, please visit

OHA plans underway for Chicago

In celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary, Oral Health America has chosen a dazzling new site for its annual Gala Dinner and Auction — Chicago’s historic Union Station. The night of the Gala has also been changed to Wednesday (Feb. 24, 2010). The event raises funds to support educational and service programs designed to improve oral health.

The Oral Health America Gala, hosted each year during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, is one of the dental industry’s premier networking events. Organizers have set up an online reservation system at, so attendees can reserve their tickets early to avoid disappointment. The black tie optional evening features dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.

The Oral Health America 20th Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction will run from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 24, 2010.

Tickets are $285 each ($300 after Feb. 1, if still available); a table for 10 can be purchased for $2,500 ($2,750 after Feb. 1, if still available).

To reserve tickets or to get information on sponsorships or donations please contact Joe Donohue at OHA by calling (312) 836-9900 or email [email protected].