The mission of the NHDHA is to improve the public's total health by ensuring the access to quality oral health care by advancing the art and science of Dental Hygiene; increasing awareness of the cost effective benefits of prevention, promoting the highest standards of Dental Hygiene education, licensure, practice and research, and representing and promoting interests of Dental Hygienists.
The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) was formed in 1923 to develop communication and mutual cooperation among dental hygienists. NHDHA was established in 1945 and has evolved over the years to become the largest professional organization representing over 1500 dental hygienists in the state of NH. We are a division of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) with 150,000 dental hygienists nationally and our members enjoy professional support, educational programs, and numerous opportunities for participation in association decision making. Locally, NHDHA monitors all oral health legislation and regulatory issues while working in collaboration with NHTI, the Board of Dental Examiners, the NH Oral Health Coalition, the NH Dental Society, Delta Dental and all stakeholders with a vested interest in oral health. NHDHA is working to capitalize on the evolving health care arena to ensure that dental hygienists assume their appropriate role in the U.S. health care delivery system. Dental hygienists are the professionals best suited to guarantee prevention because they are regulated, licensed and educated to provide safe, effective quality oral health care to all Americans.
Board of Trustees
Pam Delahanty, RDH, BS, CPHDH
President, Student Liaison
A graduate of Westbrook College with 35 years of clinical experience, Pam has spent the past 15 years working in a school-based dental program. She serves as a board member of the Peterborough Jamaica Traveling Health Clinic and travels with colleagues each summer to bring much-needed health and dental care to the people of Jamaica.
Pam represents NHDHA as a steering committee member of the NH Oral Health Coalition, and maintains a connection with our future leaders - the dental hygiene students at NHTI on behalf of the association as the student liaison. She is passionate about education and public health and is seen within her community as an ambassador and advocate for the underserved.
Pam is a past recipient of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction, and has spoken at Yankee Dental Congress and the Texas Dental Conference. She holds a degree in Allied Health Leadership from Granite State College.
Jaime Murphy, RDH
Immediate Past President, CE Chairperson
Jaime earned her Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene from NHTI-Concord in 2004, after first completing the Early Childhood Education program in 2001. With her love of children, compassionate and energetic personality, and desire to help others - matched with a strong organization skill set - Jaime works well in many settings including private practice, public health, pediatric, and specialty offices. She is proud to be a part of the dental hygiene profession and is passionate in her efforts to ensure its growth and preservation. She is committed to NHDHA's goal of improving access to dental hygiene care in collaboration with our grassroots and other stakeholders, ensuring preventive care for individuals who are otherwise unable to access dental care.
Jaime currently works part-time at a private practice in Manchester and per diem throughout the state in private practices, as well as in public health settings.
Jennifer Pearl, RDH, BSBA
Jennifer is a 2005 graduate of NHTI with an Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene. She also holds a BSBA-Accounting degree from UMass Lowell, along with certificates in Local Anesthesia and Dental Laser Therapy. Jennifer worked for 8 years in the eldercare field in Massachusetts and currently works full-time in a Concord, NH private practice. Jennifer lives in Concord, NH with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and vacationing in South Carolina every summer.
During her 8 years as a Financial Accountant and her years as a Dental Hygienist, Jennifer developed a passion for working with the elderly patient population to overcome challenges they face in maintaining optimum oral health. Jennifer currently serves as NHDHA Treasurer.
Anne Despres, RDH, BA
Governance Committee Chairperson
Anne holds a BA in Theatre Arts and an Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene. Currently, she works full-time at a general dentistry office.
Adaptable, a willing helper, and comfortable with public speaking, Anne believes in leading from a place of mutual respect. She has diverse interests and life experiences.
Melanie Huntington, RDH, BS
Membership Committee Chairperson
Melanie graduated from Springfield Technical Community College with an Associate's in Dental Hygiene, along with a BS in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She has been a practicing dental hygienist for over 30 years and has worked in the dental insurance industry since 1988. Melanie graduated from Leadership Greater Concord in 2010 and went on to become a member of the Steering Committee, responsible for the session days. She also served as a member of the Concord Dental Sealant Coalition.
Melanie has transferred fundamental skills from dental hygiene to her current responsibilities, which include developing and maintaining positive relationships with clients. She is passionate about educating, supporting, and sustaining strong long-term relationships with the clients she represents.
Melanie currently lives in Northwood, New Hampshire and enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying active with outside activities, and practicing yoga.
Anne Sleeper, RDH, BS, CPHDH
Anne has been a dental hygienist for 33 years and has been employed at Wentworth Health Partners Dental Center for the past 9 years. Anne is a graduate of Westbrook College, and holds a degree in Allied Health Leadership from Granite State College. She is certified to administer local anesthetic and was one of the first dental hygienists in NH to become a Certified Public Health Dental Hygienist.
With a deep belief that prevention is key, Anne has developed educational programs for school children grades K-4, and enjoys educating the public at seminars and events. She is a member of the NH Granite State Diabetes Educators and has presented on the oral-systemic link. She believes it is important to collaborate with other health disciplines for best practices and outcomes for patients.