2017/2018 VDHA OFFICERS
Our new officers are: Heather Blair- immediate past president, Brittney Gendreau- president, Erica Gates- president elect, Carmen will continue to be treasurer and Daisy Giroux will become our new secretary.
President – Brittney Gendreau, RDH
Brittney graduated in 2010 from Vermont Technical College with her associates in dental hygiene. In 2012 she completed her BS in dental hygiene. Brittney has been working at the Community Health Centers of Burlington since 2010. She splits her time between the Community Health Centers main office and at their pediatric office. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life especially the kids. In the summer of 2014 Brittney volunteered in Nepal for two months teaching English.
Brittney is currently getting her MBA at UMass Lowell.
When she is not working Brittney enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Immediate Past President – Heather K Blair, RDH, BSDH, MPH
Heather graduated from the Vermont Technical College’s Department of Dental Hygiene with her Associate in Science in 2009. She was awarded the Dorothy Wooton Outstanding Clinician Award and the Dental Hygiene Peer Recognition Award. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from VTC Department of Dental Hygiene in 2011. Heather was inducted into the Sigma Phi Alpha dental hygiene honor society in 2011.
In the fall of 2015, she earned her Master of Public Health degree from Concordia University.
Heather currently works in clinical practice, is a part-time educator at Vermont Technical College in the Department of Dental Hygiene, works with Champlain Valley Head Start and is a Tooth Tutor in elementary/middle schools.
Heather has been an active member of ADHA/VDHA since she graduated. She has held various positions within the organization.
In her free time. Heather enjoys reading, cooking and volunteering in her children’s schools
President Elect – Erica Gates, RDH
In 2008, Erica obtained her Bachelor’s degree from University of Vermont with a double major in Neurobiology & Psychology. She continued her education at Vermont Technical College graduating with an Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 2011.
Erica served six terms as secretary for the VDHA and is excited to continue her leadership development as President Elect. Erica is currently working in a private practice located in her home town.
Erica lives in Cambridge with her husband and son their dairy and beef farm. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, cooking, baking & gardening.
Treasurer – Carmen I. Negron-Dupee, BS, RDH
Carmen has a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences (1994) and an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene (1998), both from the University of Puerto Rico. She worked at a Periodontal practice for 5 years before moving to the Boston, MA area in 2002, where she worked at Boston University School of Dental Medicine and in two general private practices. In 2007, she moved to Vermont and continued practicing clinical dental hygiene. Currently, she works at the Community Health Center of Burlington. Carmen has a great passion for dental hygiene, she really enjoys educating and helping patients change their attitudes towards oral health and in that way improving their smiles and quality of life.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets. She loves to read, learn, travel, garden, and quilt.
Secretary – Daisy Giroux, RDH
Daisy graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2017 with an AS degree in Dental Hygiene. While in school she received the Vermont Dental Hygienists Association Spirit Award.
She currently works at Timberlane Dental Group as a pediatric hygienist. She enjoys working with a variety of different families of many different cultures and backgrounds.
In her spare time, Daisy likes to go fishing, hiking, camping, reading, and snowboarding.