Meet the Officers




President – 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 sevent terms as secretary for the VDHA and is excited to continue her leadership development as President Elect and now President. Erica is currently working in a private practice located in her home town.

Erica lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children on their farm. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, cooking, baking & gardening.


Vice President – Jade Piette, RDH

Graduated in 2019 with an Associate in Science in Dental Hygiene. Graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor in Science in Dental Hygiene. Currently works at Timberlane Dental Group as a Pediatric Dental Hygienist and Vermont Technical College as a part-time clinical instructor. Jade has a passion for working with children and patients with special healthcare needs. Jade’s main goal for serving on the VDHA Executive Board is to help the dental hygiene profession become an integrative part of overall healthcare. In her free time Jade loves hiking, working out, reading, and spending time with her family.


President Elect – 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.


Immediate Past President – Brittney Gendreau, RDH

brittney-genreauBrittney graduated in 2010 from Vermont Technical College with her associates in dental hygiene. In 2012 she completed her BS in dental hygiene. In 2019, she finished her MBA at UMass Lowell. 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.

When she is not working Brittney enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.


Treasurer – Ryan Pepper, RDH

Ryan graduated with his Associates degree in Dental Hygiene from Hudson Valley Community College in 2009. He returned to Plattsburgh, New York and worked for a few years before returning to college. In 2017, he graduated from SUNY Canton with his Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene. During his final semester, he interned at Vermont Technical College’s Dental Hygiene Program and was offered a part-time clinical instructor position for the fall of 2017. He currently works part-time on the adult/periodontal side of Timberlane Dental Group. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with friends and his dog, as well as variety of outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking and camping.


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.