It is hard to wrap my head around the fact that another year has almost come and gone. I have been looking back at my 2013 and am amazed at what has happened in a year for me! I have had a very fortunate year both personally and professionally, and I am so grateful for the oppor-
tunities that have been given to me. I look forward to 2014 with great enthusiasm. I believe we are on the brink of amazing things here in North Dakota, and I cannot wait to see where this journey leads us all!
I want to take a moment to let you all get to know me. I am a new face to many of you. I want to encourage more involvement from you all, and I feel as though people get more involved when they know who they are talking and working with. I graduated from NDSCS in May of 2007. I worked in an amazing office for four years before relocating to Wahpeton, with my husband, to be closer to family in 2012. I have been working on a temporary basis in a few different offices in Fargo, but have had the amazing opportunity to take on the best position ever in February. I am the blessed mother of twin boys who have become my newest and biggest pride and joy. I am fortunate to work in an amazing profession that provides me with the flexibility to stay home with them so I don't have to miss all their firsts, but still have the opportunity to work. I love what I do, and look forward to doing it for a very long time. I truly believe that the dental field is one of the best to work in; I love the teamwork aspect. None of us could do our jobs well without the others there to support and assist us. The options available to us are limitless, and as a clinician, the relationships you get to build with your patients are priceless.
I was given the opportunity to attend ADHA's Unleashing Your Potential Weekend November 8-10th. It was an amazing leadership workshop. I feel so fortunate and blessed that I was able to not only attend, but to also bring back so much knowledge. The networking was amazing; I love hearing the other state's stories and the opportunity to learn from their successes and struggles is invaluable. NDDHA/ ADHA is a passion for me. I have learned so much through my involvement in the association that has benefited me both professionally and personally. Every interaction I have from the membership reignites that passion and excitement and drives me forward to make myself a better person and professional. The take back from this amazing weekend is invaluable to my membership and me. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to apply for the 2014 class. I applied three times before being accepted. While the rejection stung at the time, I understand after attending that I was not fully ready for everything they presented me with. I look forward to discussing with my Board of Trustees my newfound information and invite you all to reach out to me if you'd like any additional information on the weekend or what we discussed.
Tammy Filipiak was elected by the delegates of District VII (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota) in May at the District meeting to serve as the District VII ADHA Trustee. She was installed at the ADHA annual session in Boston in June and will serve a two year term as Trustee. Tammy has been a member of ADHA since she was a student (over 25 years) and has served many positions at the local, state and national level, including President of WDHA in 2001-02 and most recently as the Chair of the ADHA Council on Policy and Bylaws. Tammy's educational background includes an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Northcentral Technical College in WI, a Bachelors Degree in Business, and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and Quality.