Mentor of the Year

Kristen Simmons of Portland, Oregon, was nominated by Cara Kao-Young for the Philips Oral Healthcare/RDH magazine Mentor of the Year Award.

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Kristen Simmons of Portland, Oregon, was nominated by Cara Kao-Young for the Philips Oral Healthcare/RDH magazine Mentor of the Year Award. Simmons was selected as the Mentor of the Year by a panel of judges and was honored during a ceremony at the ADHA’s annual session in Orlando, Fla., in June. Simmons’ mentoring of Kao-Young was described in the April 2006 issue of RDH.


Kristen Simmons (yellow dress) is congratulated on being the Mentor of the Year by Gail Stoops, manager of professional relations for Philips Oral Healthcare, and Craig Dickson, publisher of RDH magazine.
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Our mentors
The following dental hygienists were also nominated for their roles as mentors. The individuals who nominated them are in parenthesis.


Ann Battrell, ADHA executive director, introduced Simmons at the award ceremony in Orlando.
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RDH and Philips Oral Healthcare salute all mentors in the profession.

• Nancy Barnes of New York (Fay Brown)
• Su-yan Barrow of Weissman, New York (Catherine Drexel)
• Jennifer Charrette of Michigan (Paula Soenen)
• Andy Codding of Rome, Georgia (Amy Labrie, Lisa Johnson, and Midge Martin)
• Patti DiGangi of Addison, Illinois (Carla Gantz)
• Janay Edwards of Mt. Vernon, New York (Denice Brown)
• Judith Friedman of Farmingdale, New York (Kathie Urena)
• Audrey Freier of Edison, New Jersey (Erin Van Doren, Connie Rivera, Mira Dove, Stacey Zeidman, Heather Bialiy, Leanna Decker, and Amy Nieves)
• Jill Gehrig of Arden, North Carolina (Becky Sroda)
• Shirley Gutkowski of Madison, Wisconsin (Lory Laughter)
• Lois Havermans of Holland Michigan (Betty Wakefield)
• Jodie Heimbach of Howell, New Jersey (Millie Thaw)
• Anne Hvizdak of Rosholt, Wisconsin (Tammy Filipiak)
• Linda Kaplan of Orlando, Florida (Lisa Sanetra)
• Christine Klausner of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Anne Gwozdek)
• Linda Lesher of Lima, Ohio (Rebecca Noggle)
• Kathy Lodge of Castalia, Ohio (Tracy Keller)
• Heather Mapp of Gainesville, Georgia (Andy Codding and Celeste Williams)
• Violet Mathis of Atlanta, Georgia (Welda Stewart)
• Nancy Martin of Warner, New Hampshire (Stacy Plourde)
• Trisha O’Hehir of Phoenix, Arizona (Debra Montrose)
• Michelle Rue of Duncan, Oklahoma (Diana Riley)
• Barbara Shearer of Hurst, Texas (Cheryl Thomas and Cappy Snider)
• Pauline Stuedli of Klamath Falls, Oregon (Debra James)
• Jenny Wescott of Charlotte, North Carolina (Jamie Cass)
• Rebecca Wilder of Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Gayle McCombs)

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