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You will be contacted by someone in the nominations committee. Elections and Voting occur during the April CE/meeting and Installation occurs in the May CE/meeting.

Meet Your GADHA Board of Directors

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Yvette Wagner, RDH

I am a Bee County College graduate and have been practicing in the Southwest Austin area for the last 30 years.  My husband and I enjoy traveling, boating, and spending time with our two grown children. My involvement in GADHA runs deep and it is with enthusiasm that I look forward to serving you this 2018-2019 term.​​


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Kym Whitehead, RDH

Kym graduated from Austin Community College’s Dental Hygiene program in 2014. She became interested in the organizational side of the profession while still in school, and served as President of SCADHA in 2013-2014. She received the only Colgate STAAR award for total student achievement presented in Austin that same year. Kym has a longstanding commitment to community service, and helps organize GADHA’s involvement with the AISD Back To School Bash every year. Kym loves dental hygiene because the profession offers her a flexible schedule to pursue other non profit and volunteer activities. Kym believes that membership in ADHA allows her voice to be heard on a national level, assuring that procedures and standards are upheld for the sake of patient health. As a member of TDHA, she has attended convention and served as a delegate for the hygienists of Austin on multiple occasions, ensuring that the concerns of hygienists are met. Kym believes that membership in GADHA is the best way to meet a wide variety of hygienists of all ages and walks of life, in order to learn from their experience and perspective, and to discover new ways to give back to her community. She practices dental hygiene four days a week in a central Austin office, and enjoys baking bread and making jelly in her spare time.

Melissa Vetter, RDH

I received my Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Austin Community College in 2016. I also hold a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Southern California. I served as Secretary and as Treasurer of my class’ SCADHA component. As an avid volunteer, I currently volunteer with Austin Humanists at Work helping Austin’s population of people experiencing homelessness and with Samaritan Health Ministries helping those without insurance receive healthcare for their chronic illnesses and dental needs. In 2016, I coordinated the Samaritan-ACC Dental Hygiene Rotation Program and serve as the Samaritan-ACC Rotation Liaison. Recently, I have taken on the role of monitoring and updating our component’s website and social media. This past May, I was installed as the 2018-2019 Vice President for the Greater Austin Dental Hygienists’ Association. I need to be a part of our professional organization because they support me as I organize volunteer opportunities and help change the systemic issues of dental care in the US from a grassroots level.  My hobbies include playing viola and violin in local chamber groups, walking adventures with my two dogs, knitting and crocheting washcloths and hats for the homeless, attending film festivals with my husband, and playing board games with friends.

Vice President
Leila Liberman, RDH, EdD

Leila H. Liberman, RDH, EdD, has served as Chair of Dental Hygiene at Austin Community College, was a Clinical Instructor at University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD), has held many state and component positions while living in Maryland as a member of the Maryland Dental Hygiene Association. Dr. Liberman received her BS in Dental Hygiene from UMSOD in 1988, her Masters Degree from University Maryland University College in 2014, and her Doctorate in Distance Education and E-Learning in 2018 from Northcentral University. Dr Liberman has completed research on Arestin, Peri-Chip associated with peri-implantitis, digital dentures, CBD oil related to gingival inflammation, faculty and student self-assessment, and faculty integration of digital technology in face-to-face lecture. Leila is published in The Journal of Prosthodontics Research and Decisions in Dentistry. She has lectured nationally and locally for Acteon, PANDA., and to residents at UMSOD. She has developed and taught a course in Oral Radiography at Carroll Community College for dental Assistants.

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Julia Levitt

I graduated from Austin Community College in 2018 and am excited to serve as your treasurer for the coming two years. During hygiene school I was the SCADHA class representative for both years and decided that I wanted to stay involved in the dental hygiene community upon graduation. Previously I earned a bachelor of business administration in accounting from Texas Christian University and I also served in the US Army for five years.

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Josette Chen, RDH

Josette graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UT Austin before earning an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Austin Community College. She was involved in her class’ SCADHA component as historian and joined GADHA to stay involved with the dental hygiene community. She has high hopes and wants to be part of the positive force in advancing the dental hygiene profession in Texas. In her free time, Josette enjoys reading, attending concerts, traveling, and taking photos.

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Lindsay Jorkos, RDH, BS

Lindsay attended Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio and has been practicing hygiene for 5 years. She is a member of her local component because of the friendships and connections she has made with other members in the association. She also feels that dental hygiene is more than just a job, it is her career and her profession and in order to see advancements in her profession, she must volunteer and support her professional association. Lindsay currently practices at 360 Dental Care with Dr. Michael Nussbaum, DDS. On her free time she enjoys being a triathlete, reading, hiking, and playing with her puppies.

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Sandy Tesch, RDH

Sandy grew up in upstate New York and attended dental hygiene school at Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York. After working for a few years as a clinical hygienist, she went back to school full time to get a Bachelor of Science degree in school health education. Upon completion of her BSE degree, she was tired of the cold winters in NY and decided to move to Texas to further her professional career. Sandy worked as a dental hygiene clinician for several general practices while completing her Master of Science in Health Professions (Major-Health Education, Minor- Health Administration), from Southwest Texas State University. She has been a registered dental hygienist for 39 years.
Sandy has worked for over 24 years as a state employee for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, presently for the deputy commissioner, as a special project coordinator for the Texas Medicaid/CHIP programs and previously for the Oral Health Program as a Program Specialist. Her responsibilities included the coordination of dental public health activities to include a statewide dental sealant program, community outreach activities, marketing and education, policy development, project and contract management and grant writing.
Sandy is a past president of both the Austin component and state associations. She currently is serving as TDHA’s Legislative Director and the Governmental Affairs Councils (GAC) co-chair. On the national level, she served on the ADHA Board as Vice-President and District IX Trustee. She and her son Tyler live in Austin and spends their free time traveling, movie going, and reading.

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Kirsten Young, RDH

I have been practicing dentistry since 1991. I graduated from UT HSC at San Antonio. I have mostly practiced in general dentistry and some years in corporate dentistry. I have volunteered many years to this organization, promoting this great profession and representing you on the state and national level. I look forward to working with you in the future and helping with all things membership.

Meet your GADHA Committee Chairs 

Legislative Co-chair
Sandy Tesch, RDH, MSHP

Nancy Cline, RDH, MPH

Membership Chair
Kirsten Young, RDH

SCADHA Liaison 
Melissa Vetter, RDH

Community Outreach Co-chairs
Yvette Wagner, RDH

Leila Liberman, RDH, EdD

Kym Whitehead, RDH

Website Chair 
​Melissa Vetter, RDH