Colgate announces its 2017 dental hygiene representatives on Oral Health Advisory Board

July 25, 2017
Colgate-Palmolive has named 12 dental hygiene members from a wide range of communities across the United States to its 2017 Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board.

Front row (left to right): Dr. Foti Panagakos, Colgate; Jenna Shepek, RDH; Katye Herr, RDH, BS ;Tess Black, RDH, BS, COHA host; Patrice Duncan, RDH, BS. Second row (left to right): Samantha Cosgrove, RDH; Luciana Crawford, RDH; Danielle Eshleman, RDH, BA, Alfonso Della Porta, RDH, BS. Third row (left to right): Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD; Laurie Grabiak, RDH, Maureen Carney, RDH, BS; JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD; Cindi Wang, RDH.

Dental hygienists are critical partners who share Colgate-Palmolive’s commitment to help patients achieve optimal oral health. As part of its continued commitment to improving oral health in the community, Colgate-Palmolive has named 12 hygienists from a wide range of communities across the United States to its 2017 Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board.

The board meeting on July 10-11 allowed these new board members the opportunity to share their ideas with Colgate and each other. Hosted at Colgate’s Global Research and Technology Center in Piscataway, N.J., the board members also met with key thought leaders and Colgate research and development experts, and were given an inside look at Colgate’s product research and innovation process.

The practicing hygienists named to Colgate’s Oral Health Advisory Board were selected based on either self-nomination or colleague nomination. They were selected based on their commitment to dental hygiene and leadership within their profession. Two practicing dental hygiene authors/lecturers completed the board’s composition.

The 2017 members of the Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board include:

  • Maureen Carney, RDH, BS, of St. Louis Park, MN
  • Luciana Crawford, RDH, of Chico, CA
  • Samantha Cosgrove, RDH, of Swedesboro, NJ
  • Alfonso Della Porta, RDH, BS, of Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Patrice Duncan, RDH, BS, of Brooklyn, NY
  • Danielle Eshleman, RDH, BA, of Holly Springs, NC
  • Laurie Grabiak, RDH, of Sarasota, FL
  • Katye Herr, RDH, BS, of Allentown, PA
  • Jenna Shepek, RDH, of Manhattan, KS
  • Cindi Wang, RDH, of Houston, TX
  • Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, of Cave Creek, AZ
  • JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, Haddonfield, NJ

The Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board was established in 2009. The board is a critical element in Colgate’s well-established Colgate Oral Health Advisor program (COHA). This complimentary, innovative program offers educational benefits exclusively for the dental hygienist. Its most recent enhancement, the COHA Facebook Community, provides COHA members a unique forum for networking with fellow dental hygienists as well as an opportunity to have direct access to Colgate.

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