Officers & Committees - RIDAA - Rhode Island Dental Assistants Association
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Officers & Committees

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Pam Coletti, CDA, BS

President
Bio
I have been Certified dental assistant for forty + years. I currently serve as President Rhode Island Dental Assistants Association along with serving on the education committee. I am employed at CCRI as a laboratory coordinator and adjunct faculty in the Dental Assisting Program, as well as a member of their Advisory Board. I attend Rhode Island Board of Dental Examiners meetings and Oral Health Commission meetings. I have been a lead volunteer at the mission of mercy for four years. I am looking forward  to serving as president of the association and my goal is to recruit new members.
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Tara Swift CDA, MS

President Elect
Bio
I have been a Certified Dental Assistant for 5 years. I serve as the Vice President on the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Dental Assistants Association. I have been a member of RIDAA for 3 years. I thoroughly enjoy promoting the Dental Assisting profession through the RIDAA and teaching in the Dental Assisting Program at CCRI. Volunteering at the mission of mercy every year, I have had a wonderful opportunity to give back to those in need.

Rosaly Santos, CDA

Vice President
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Gloria Fleurant, CDA

Treasurer
Bio

I have been a member of the ADAA & RIDAA for over 46 years.  Offices held – Secretary, Vice-President, President-elect, President, Immediate past President, Treasurer (over 20 years).  Current office is Treasurer. Committees held – Budget & Finance, Education, By-laws, Membership, Nominating ,Program Chairman, Convention Chairman, scholarship.  Current committees – Budget & Finance, Education, Scholarship.

I sat for my Certification exam in February 1978, after completing the challenge exams through the University of N.C.  A study group was formed in 1974 for/by the women (on the job trained dental assistants)who were interested in becoming a CDA. I became a CDA  in February 1978. I am still current and plan to be current until I retire. I was awarded the Sunstar Americas 2007 Pride Award for  Business Assistant.  I have been a Delegate, representing the RIDAA,  at the ADAA Annual Conference  several times.  I’ve attended the Yankee Dental Conference several years. Attended the leadership Conference September 2015.

I have been married to my husband, Charles (Charlie) for 46 years. Charlie helps me keep up with all my activities in the RIDAA as an unpaid secretary (per Charlie). We have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. I am proud of them all.  I am involved in my church as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. I have been a choir member and helped the ladies with the crafts that are made for our Church Bazaar.

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Diana Barker, CDA

Recording Secretary
Bio

I have been a DANB certified dental assistant since May of 2016. My interest in the dental field began when I was a young teenager, through the education I received from the professionals at my dental office. I love being a dental assistant and hope by being with the RIDAA I am able to give back to my community. I currently work at a wonderful office in Cranston. In my spare time I enjoy reading, and spending time with my family.

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Jillian Fox, CDA

Corresponding Secretary
Bio
I have been a dental assistant since 1984. I received my certification in 1986. I am a member of the RIDAA and the ADAA. I have worked for Dr. Norman Seggel since 1984. I enjoy helping my patients understand the procedures they are going through. Keeping them calm and laughing through their procedures make the time they spend in the chair short and sweet. I have volunteered at the Rhode Island Mission Of Mercy and Yankee Dental Congress.
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Kerri Friel, RDH, COA, CDA, MA

Immediate Past President
Bio
I am an Associate Professor in the Dental Health Programs and the Director of the Dental Assisting Program at the Community College of Rhode Island; where I have been employed full-time since 2000. I have been a licensed dental hygienist since 1994, a Certified Dental Assistant since 2002, and a Certified Orthodontic Assistant since 2000. I am a member of both the Rhode Island Dental Assistant Association and the American Dental Assistants Association and I am currently the Immediate Past President of the RIDAA. I also am the CDA member of the Board of Dental Examiners through the Rhode Island Department of Health.  Outside of work, I have volunteered on the steering committee for the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy (RIMOM) and with the ALS Association of Rhode Island.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family!
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Karissa Michaud, CDA

Member at Large
Bio

here are many things that make this world go round, but have you ever thought about the power of a smile? A smile is happy, beautiful, strong, uplifting, and so much more. I am proud to say that I am a certified dental assistant and I get to help people improve their smiles, the function of their teeth, and overall confidence with their appearance. Seeing someone with tears of joy after improving the function and esthetics of their teeth is an amazing opportunity, which I am grateful to be a part of. I am new to the dental world and loving it. As of May 2016, I graduated from CCRI. I am looking forward to being involved in the RIDAA to continue learning within my field and being able to help all in need. Do not forget to smile if you have not today!

Amanda Tarlaian, CDA

Member at Large

Amy Thomas, CDA

Member at Large
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Virginia Cairrao, CDA, FADAA

President of ADAA
Bio
I am a proud member of the American Dental Assistants Association and have been since 1983. I have been a certified dental assistant for 32 years and achieved my ADAA Fellowship in 2009.I have served in many leadership positions in the RIDAA. I have been an RIDAA Delegate to ADAA Annual Session, Secretary, President and Chair of several committees. My Leadership positions in the ADAA have included First District Trustee and President-Elect.  I think it is very important for people with professions to be active in their professional organizations. It is important to keep up-to-date on the latest technology and rules and regulations regarding our duties as dental assistants. I enjoy my profession as a dental assistant, particularly educating people about the connection between dental health and overall health. I enjoy volunteering at Mission of Mercy each year and the social interaction with others in my profession. I also serve on the Advisory Committee at CCRI. I am married with three children and 2 dogs. When not working I enjoy watching my children’s sporting events, gardening, sewing and reading.
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Claudia Gauthier, CDA, BS

1st District Trustee Representing: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
Bio
Claudia D. Gauthier, RDA, CDA, BS serves as the ADAA First District Trustee and is the Chair of the ADAA Council of Education. I am employed as a Health & Safety Consultant and CPR Instructor and has also been employed in every aspect of Dentistry. My Current work as a safety & health consultant offers me a unique opportunity to meet the dental team on a personal level and to inform dental assistants of the environment in which they work and their responsibilities to the dental team and the patients they serve.
I have been a consultant to the Massachusetts Dental Society and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry on many issues concerning dental assistants. I Continue to be a resource for the many dental assistant graduates that I had the pleasure to teach and an advocate for all dental assistants.

Committees

Budget, Finance and Auditing

Chair: Gloria Fleurant – 2018

  • Jillian Fox – 2018
  • Virginia Carriao – 2017
  • Joanne Wilbur – 2018

 

Judicial and Legislative

Chair: Tara Swift  – 2018

  • Virginia Carriao – 2018
  • Joanne Wilbur – 2018

 

Publications

Editor: Lynn McShane – 2018

 

By-Laws

Chair: Donna Wolcott- 2018

  • Jillian Fox    2017

Historian

Joanne Wilbur 2018

 

Education

Chair: Lucille Greene – 2018

  • Diana Barker – 2018
  • Gloria Fleurant – 2018
  • Karissa Michaud – 2018
  • Karissa Michaud – 2018
  • Amanda Tarlaian – 2018

 

Membership

Chair: Rosalie Santos  – 2018

  • Diana Barker – 2018
  • Karissa Michaud – 2018

 

 

Nominating

Chair:    Joanne Wilbur – 2017

  • Tara Swift – 2017

 

Program Chair:

President Elect, Tara Swift

 

Convention Chair:

Immediate Past President, Kerri Friel

 

Scholarship

Chair: Virginia Cairrao – 2018

  • Joanne Wilbur – 2018
  • Gloria Fleurant – 2018
  • Amy Thomas – 2018
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