I received my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Michigan (U-M) in 1980 and my Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University in 1991. After practicing clinical dental hygiene full-time in the periodontal specialty practice setting for over 10 years, I pursued my academic career, which I began at U-M as an adjunct instructor. I have now had the opportunity to hold various roles including dental hygiene faculty member, program director, associate dean and dean of dental programs for over 20 years in both the private and community college environments. During these positions, I have served as both the first and second year clinic coordinator and have taught the associated course work for clinic lectures. Additionally, I have taught numerous lecture courses including Medical Emergencies, Periodontology, Special Patients, Special Topics, Advanced Instrumentation, Board Review, and Pain Control, to name a few. My interests include care of the periodontal patient, both theory and application and I enjoy presenting continuing education topics on this subject content. Additional interests include curriculum design and associated student outcomes. I have served as the chair of the U-M Board of Governors and am currently a member of the U-M Campaign Committee. I have been active in the local chapters of National Dental Hygiene Honor Society and have been the Michigan Dental Hygiene Association’s Student/Program liaison for many years. Currently, I hold two national appointments serving as a Consultant to the Joint Commission on Dental Accreditation, as well as a member of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, Test Construction Committee. I left full time academia this year, 2016, and am looking forward to continuing my strong passion of teaching future dental professionals, as an adjunct clinical lecturer within the Division of Dental Hygiene.