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President's Message

Volume 30 Number 2  Spring 2017

By Dana Schmit

"You will grow and learn and develop by investing in others just as much as by investing in yourselves."  Anne-Marie Slaughter


In May of 2007 I graduated from North Dakota State College of Science.  I was excited for my upcoming wedding and becoming a full-fledged adult.  Nowhere in that equation was an idea of becoming a future President of NDDHA.  Almost two years later I received a call asking me to consider a position on the NDDHA Board of Trustees. 

District VII Trustee Corner

Matthew Crespin

Meet Matthew Crespin


I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you all as the new ADHA District VII Trustee, especially those of you who I don’t know or haven't had the pleasure of meeting. I am very excited to serve in this new role during this exciting time for our profession. My name is Matt Crespin, and I've been a registered dental hygienist in Wisconsin since 2002. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Marquette University in 2002 and received my Master in Public Health from A.T. Still University in 2010. After graduation, I worked in private practice in Menomonee Falls, WI for about 4 years before taking a position as the oral health project manager at Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin (www.chawisconsin.org). I have been with the Alliance for more than 9 years and am currently the Associate Director of the organization and oversee all oral health programming, early literacy programming and provide operational support for the organization of 18. I currently reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my wife Laura, her cat Rhea (yes I said HER cat) and our 13-month-old son Connor (if you are my friend on Facebook you are familiar with him).


I am looking forward to serving in the role of trustee and hope to get the opportunity to work with many of you over the next two years and beyond. I have reached out to state presidents already to get your state leadership rosters and schedules for the coming year and hope to visit your states in the near future. If there is any assistance I can provide to you in the mean time, please don't hesitate to contact me. If you have questions or concerns again, please feel free to reach out.


Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH

ADHA District VII Trustee


To improve the public's total health, the mission of the North Dakota Dental Hygienists' Association is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by increasing the awareness of and ensuring access to quality oral health care, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure and practice, and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.


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