Executive Council
President Lisa M. Schmidt, BA, RDH lisa-m-schmidt-1 Lisa has earned a BA in Business from Barat College, Lake Forest, IL and an AAS in Dental Hygiene from Harper College. She has been a practicing clinician for 16 years and an ADHA member since graduation. As a dental professional, Lisa prides herself in keeping up with industry advancements by attending continuing education courses far in excess of state requirements. Currently, she is an educator on behalf of Water Pik, Inc. and a BLS instructor with The American Heart Association.
President Elect  Patrice Hugo, RDH, BS  img_1960-1 Patrice Hugo RDH, BS earned her degrees from Southern Illinois University and has practiced Dental Hygiene for thirty plus years serving in clinical, administrative and teaching roles. Currently she teaches part-time at Rock Valley College and works in private practice two days a week. She sits on the Dental Hygiene Advisory Board at RVC and is honored to sit on the Council for Innovative Dental Hygiene for 3M. She has been the Trustee for McHenry County Dental Hygienists’ Society the past several years and has served on various committees for IDHA.
Immediate Past President Gaylene V. Baker, BSDH, RDH, MBA  Gaylene-Baker-Head-Shot_sm Gaylene Baker RDH, MBA received her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Iowa.  She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including General Dentistry, Periodontics, Pedodontics, and Orthodontic.  At one time she owned and operated a coaching and staffing business specific to Dental Offices.  In 2011 she completed her graduate degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Aurora University.  Currently Gaylene is the Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Crosstex International covering nine states and detailing products and services to Dental Distributors, Government Agencies, Educational Institutions, and Dental Service Organizations.  She offers courses and training on Infection Control procedures to groups including sales teams, local Dental Hygiene Constituents and Study Clubs.   She is the recipient of the Company’s Starburst Award and High Sales Achiever.  She resides in North Aurora, IL with her husband Bill and has two daughters. 
Secretary Jennifer S. Sherry, RDH, MSEd Jennifer Sherry headshot Jennifer is an associate professor in the Dental Hygiene program at Southern Illinois University (SIUC), Carbondale, IL where she teaches radiology lecture/practicum, head and neck anatomy, and community oral health lecture/practicum. In May 2004, she graduated with a Master of Science in Health Education; SIUC. In May 1989, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management; SIUC and In May 1988, graduated with an Associate in Applied Science, Dental Hygiene; SIUC. She also has an Associate in Applied Sciences from John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL; May 1986. She has published many peer-reviewed publications with a primary focus on children’s health issues, sports and energy drinks, and board review case studies. Jennifer has been very active in all aspects of dental hygiene and has had an instrumental part in planning and organizing the annual “Give Adults a Smile Day” event that is co-sponsored by her component, Southern Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Society #12 and SIU Dental Hygiene. She helped organize the first ever Oral Cancer Foundation’s Oral Cancer Walk for the Souther Illinois Region in 2014. She has held many positions with the local dental hygiene component as well as being an active member of numerous associations and civic organizations. She is an active member of Cambria Christian Church. She is also a village trustee for the village of Cambria, IL, where she has been actively involved in community and civic events. She enjoys spending time with her family and has a true passion for the profession of dental hygiene. Striving for “serving the underserved” is of utmost importance and she is diligently working through legislative efforts to help close the gap for many people in the state.

Photo courtesy of Russell Bailey


 Treasurer Rebecca Van Horn, RDH, BA


RebeccaVanHorn Rebecca Van Horn is pleased to serve as Treasurer of IDHA, voted in by the Board of Trustees in January 2016.   Rebecca is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she received a Certificate of Dental Hygiene and concurrently, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (political science). She practiced clinically for eight years in Columbus, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois, including in a hospital-based dental center.

For 28 years, Rebecca was a “corporate” hygienist, working for Oral-B (Gillette) and then Crest (P&G), providing educational lectures on preventive dentistry topics to dental, dental hygiene, dental assisting students, faculty and staff at schools in the Midwest, Northeast, New England and Mid Atlantic regions in the US and three provinces in Canada. Additional responsibilities included product introduction, usage and recommendation within her assigned schools. She “shared the science” with key opinion leaders and company-sponsored speakers and presented herself at the Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting, the Yankee Dental Meeting and the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association Meeting. During the last five years of her corporate career, Rebecca also functioned as a corporate liaison to the American College of Prosthodontists, the Society of American Indian Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Hygienists Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Association of Women Dentists.

Rebecca currently serves on the Advisory Boards to Dental Hygiene Programs at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kennedy King College and Fox College and the Dean’s Advisory Board of Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine. She recently accepted a board member position with the CDS Foundation.

Passionate about the profession hygiene and hygienists’ impact on consumer oral care products, and not quite ready to “hang it up”, Rebecca recently accepted a professional educator position with Waterpik, covering the City of Chicago territory. On the road again… Rebecca lives in downtown Chicago with her ever-so-patient and supportive husband Allan.


Speaker of the House Christina Emmert, RDH Christina  I graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1993 and have lived in my hometown of Rockford, Illinois since graduation. I have worked in several private practices, both permanent and as a sub, but I have found my true passion for our profession with my current job at Crusader Community Health Center. I worked there part time for 14 years before making the decision to become a full time employee in January 2013. I have served my component, Winnebago DHS as secretary, president, delegate and trustee, and served as IDHA president for the 2011 and 2012 years. I have also served as a delegate to ADHA annual session for the past three years, and look forward to the last two years in my current term. The opportunity to serve as Speaker of the House excites me, as I have been studying parliamentary procedure for the last year and hope to become a Registered Parliamentarian with aspirations of serving as ADHA Speaker of the House someday. In my spare time I enjoy vacationing with my husband, Keith,(although not nearly enough!), volunteering as a judge for Pokemon card game tournaments, spending time with my nieces, Trista and Kara, flower gardening and spending time outside when the weather is warn. Thank you for this opportunity to serve IDHA.
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