National Allied Advisory Committee launched

Nov. 1, 2007
Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry group to give allied dental professionals the opportunity to work with the museum.

BALTIMORE, Maryland--The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry has launched a new committee to give allied dental professionals the opportunity to have a personal working relationship with NMD.

The National Allied Advisory Committee, chaired by Ann Battrell, RDH, MSDH, (Executive Director of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and a member of NMD's Board of Visitors) will support NMD in its mission to educate the public about the importance of oral health in overall heath.

"I'm looking forward to working with these outstanding dental hygienists as committee members to promote NMD and its goals on a national level," said NAAC Chair Ann Battrell, RDH, MSDH. "We will be raising awareness of and support for both NMD's national membership program and outreach activities. Dental hygienists play a key role in promoting the importance of oral health as part of total health. We look forward to working with NMD to promote the importance of oral health in communities across the country."

The newly formed NAAC will be composed of two allied dental professionals representing each state, and NAAC members will work with the Museum to promote programs:

* On site--Innovative exhibitions, educational tours, and family programs

* Online--MouthPower shares the power of a healthy smile with children across the country through an entertaining and educational web experience, now available in English in Spanish at

* Across the Country--NMD's traveling exhibition program has reached more than 2 million people in 21 states, inspiring visitors of all ages to keep their smiles bright and healthy.

Charter members of NAAC include:

Maria Goldie, RDH, BA, MS

Sharon Efron, RDH

Linda Harvey, RDH, MS

Jill Rethman, RDH, BA

Ann Battrell, RDH, MSDH--CHAIR
Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS
Pat Gile, BSDH
Katherine Logsdon, RDH, MSEd
Karen Neiner, RDH, BSDH, MBA

Kathleen Hinshaw, LDH, EdD

Jane Casper, RDH, MA
Cheryl W. Hall, RDH, BS

Ann-Marie DePalma, RDH, MEd
Pat Ramsay, RDH

Gennette Robinson, RDH, MS

Sandra Berger, RDH, BS
Jodie Heimbach, RDH

Chrisoula Doulas, RDH

Nancy Barnes, RDH
Charlotte Peterson, RDH, MS

Donna Brogan, RDH

Sherri Meyers, RDH, MS

Kathleen O'Neill-Smith, RDH, MS

Local and national support for the National Museum of Dentistry comes from individuals, corporations, foundations and dental organizations across the country. The museum's Board of Visitors and National Advisory Committee include dentists, dental professionals and corporate and community leaders representing most states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada.

The Marketing Advisory Council, composed of marketing experts from the dental industry, leads a national effort to create a more extensive awareness of the museum, broadening the base of friends and financial support for the Museum.

For more information, call (410) 706-0600 or go to National Museum of Dentistry.