Faculty of Presenters, Dental Experts Connecting With You

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Angelina E. Riccelli, RDH, MS

Ms. Riccelli is a 1974 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine Dental Hygiene Program. She received her BS (Natural Science) in 1974 and an MS (education track) in 1984 from the School of Health Related Professions, University of Pittsburgh. Her current academic rank is Associate Professor; and she has served as Director of the Dental Hygiene Program from 1992 to present.Ms. Riccelli serves, or has served, on the regional and national level as: member of ADEA Student Financial Aid Advisory Committee (SFACC) Task Force; consult to the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (CDCA) in the capacity of a dental hygiene clinical examiner and captain 1999- present, desk coordinator for CDCA dental clinical examinations, 2014-present; member of the ADLEX Dental Hygiene Examination Committee 2007-2012; officer of the Oral/Dental Hygiene Research Group, International Association for Dental Research 1995-1999, chair in 1999; member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Oral Health Institute 1998-2004, chair 2004; consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) 1998-2003; and serves as a reviewer for the Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Journal; and member of the University of Pittsburgh Senate Benefits and Welfare Committee 2007- present, chair 2011 to 2015. Her research interests include: aggressive form of periodontal disease, association between oral and systemic health, the importance of self-care and prevention of dental diseases, interporfessional education and training, and works in collaboration with the Graduate School of Nursing in areas of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) student interprofessional education and training.

Rachel Grochowski Coffee, CDA, RDH, MS

Rachel Grochowski Coffee, CDA, RDH, MS, is the Director of Dental Health at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, PA. She is a former Oral Care Consultant for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. She has been a licensed dental hygienist for 14 years practicing in northeast PA. She has worked as an adjunct clinical instructor in the 2 nd year clinic at Luzerne County Community College. She is a current member of the America Dental Hygiene Association and serves as board member of her local component in PA. She was awarded an honoree membership into Sigma Phi Alpha a national dental hygiene honor society where they recognize scholarship, leadership, and service. She is the current President of Beta Beta Chi the local chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha honor society.

Mildred Suzanne Mathis, RDH, MS

Mildred Suzanne Mathis, RDH, MS is a dental hygiene instructor in the Dental Hygiene Department at Augusta University in Augusta, GA. She completed her undergraduate degree in dental hygiene at Augusta University, formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia, in 2003 and was inducted into the dental hygiene honor society, Sigma Phi Alpha. During her seven year employment in private practice, Mrs. Mathis participated in two mission trips to Ecuador (2003) and Honduras (2004) before obtaining a second bachelor’s degree in Middle Grade Education with a focus in Math and Science from Brenau University in 2010. Leaving the dental field for several years, Mrs. Mathis taught high school mathematics and middle school healthcare science before returning to her alma mater as a clinical instructor and course director for microbiology in January 2014. She obtained her master’s degree in Biology at Clemson University in December of 2014.

Carrie Hanson, RDH, EdD

Carrie Hanson, RDH, EdD, is Director of the Dental Hygiene Program at Johnson County Community College. She was formerly an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Dentistry, in the Division of Dental Hygiene. Ms. Hanson has been practicing and teaching for over 30 years. During her educational tenure, Carrie has served as Community Dentistry Coordinator, taught various didactic courses, and has taught in both junior and senior dental hygiene clinics. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, authored a chapter in the Dental Hygiene Review textbook and served on several committees and service in the community. Carrie has received several teaching awards and in 1996 was honored as Alumni of the Year for Northern Arizona University. She helped start the Admission Enhancement and Extended Care Permits Programs at UMKC before accepting her current position as Director at Johnson County Community College.

Trisha Cloutier, Associate Professor in Dental Hygiene, CDA, RDH, BS, MA

Trisha A. Cloutier, CDA, RDH, BS, MA is an Associate Professor in Dental Hygiene at Bristol Community College where she is also the Sophomore Clinical Coordinator, the Public Health Educator, and Student Advisor for ADHA. Trisha graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island with a Certificate in Dental Assisting, AAS in Dental Hygiene and AA in General Studies. She continued her education at the University of Rhode Island obtaining her BS in Dental Hygiene and MA in Adult Education. She is the Continuing Education Chair for the Rhode Island Dental Hygienists’ Association and is a Commission Evaluator with the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. She practiced in general and periodontal practice for 20 years. With her students she has participated in numerous community based events. She and her family were featured in Family Circle magazine, August 2010, where they were recognized for service and volunteerism in their community.

Rebecca Stolberg, RDH, MSDH

Rebecca Stolberg, RDH, MSDH, is Interim Associate Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and past Chair of the Department Chair of the Dental Hygiene Program at Eastern Washington University. Rebecca has taught a wide variety of dental hygiene courses throughout her career, but considers ethics, local anesthesia, and both classroom and clinical teaching methodology to be her areas of specialty. Rebecca’s current research interests include HPV, A1C and diabetes, oral health in nursing homes, and student evaluations of professors. Her past and current work, both with ADEA, ADHA, and PEW Foundation, have earned her the reputation as a national consultant on dental hygiene curriculum as well as in leadership and mentoring.

Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA

Victoria Patrounova RDH, MHA is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, School of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene.

Ms. Patrounova earned her certificate in Dental Hygiene from UT Dental Branch in 1999 and her Masters in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University in 2007. Before joining faculty at UT SD in 2009 Victoria has been practicing dental hygiene in Houston area for ten years. She is a course director for Dental Materials course. She teaches both dental and dental hygiene students and presents continuing education courses on local, state and national levels. Her areas of interest include nitrous oxide conscious sedation, smoking trends and tobacco cessation. Victoria published several articles in dental and dental hygiene journal including “Troubling Tobacco Trends” in September 2011 issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. She presented her CE courses on new tobacco trends at American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) annual meeting in Boston in June 2013 and in Nashville in June of 2015. Ms. Patrounova serves as a Student Liaison for Greater Houston Dental Hygiene Society, a Poster Presentations/Table Clinics committee chair for Texas Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association and Chair-Elect for American Dental Educators’ Association (ADEA) Section on Substance Abuse, Addictions & Tobacco Dependence Education.