Betty Kabel, RDH, Named 2016 to 2017 ADHA President



The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has installed Betty Kabel, RDH, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla, as its president for 2016 to 2017. The organization also installed its other officers during its 93rd Annual Session last week in Pittsburgh.

“It is truly an honor to represent my colleagues in the coming year,” said Kabel. “I look forward to collaborating with all those in healthcare as we strive to do what’s best for the patients we serve.”

Kabel has been a member of the ADHA since 1992, serving in leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. She also founded her local component, the Emerald Coast DHA, in 1998. In 1997 and 1998, she served as president of the Florida Dental Hygiene Association (FDHA).

Also, Kabel served as a District IV trustee from 2012 to 2014 and has been a member of the ADHA Executive Committee since 2013. Furthermore, she served as the board advisor to the Council on Education from 2012 to 2014.

Currently, Kabel manages a dental outreach program for a federally qualified health center in Florida, where she developed and implemented a school-based prevention program that provides preventive services and dental outreach to elementary school children.

Previously, she was an adjunct faculty member at Pensacola State College and a professional educator with Philips Oral Healthcare. She received the FDHA Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and the ADHA Discus Dental Distinguished Service Award in 2007.

Kabel succeeds Jill Rethman, RDH, of Prescott, Ariz, as president. Rethman will remain an ADHA officer, serving as both ADHA immediate past president and as chair of the ADHA Institute for Oral Health.

Additional officers installed during the 93rd Annual Session include president-elect Tammy Filipiak, RDH, MS, of Mosinee, Wis; vice president Michele Braerman, RDH, of Fallston, Md; treasurer Donnella Miller, RDH, MPS, of Clarksville, Tenn; and speaker of the house Carolyn Robertson, RDH, of Auburn, Wash.

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