Meet Our Volunteer Board.
Our Mission Statement
To improve the public's total health, the mission of the West Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care, 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 the interests of dental hygiene.
Lauren French, BSDH, RDH
President and Membership Chair
Lauren is a Public Health Registered Dental Hygienist in rural Pocahontas County, WV. She graduated from Bridgemont Community and Technical College with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene in 2013, where she served as SADHA Treasurer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene through West Liberty University in 2021 and plans to further her education in Public Health. Since graduating in 2013, she has worked as a clinical hygienist in public health and private practice settings, in addition to teaching clinical hygiene as an adjunct faculty member. She enjoys volunteering for organizations such as RAM, providing care to underserved populations. Lauren is passionate about integrated patient care and especially passionate about addressing public health needs, such as access to care disparities in rural West Virginia communities. Lauren and her three children live in Marlinton, WV and enjoy being outdoors hiking, kayaking and fishing. Lauren coaches’ soccer and enjoys engaging with the children in her small community. She loves to take spontaneous road trips, attend music festivals/shows, and traveling someplace new.
Madylin Hinkle, BSDH, CTTS, RDH
Madylin graduated from West Virginia University with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2022. While receiving her bachelor’s degree, she earned a Tobacco Cessation Specialist Certification, a Certification of Local Anesthesia, and a Certification of Nitrous Oxide Monitoring. After graduating, she used all of these skills as a travel RDH, treating patients in 13 different offices in and around the Annapolis, MD, area. She is currently working as a clinical RDH in a private practice in Morgantown, WV. She is passionate about helping people in her community and learning more about dentistry to continuously improve her skills as a clinician. In her free time, Madylin enjoys traveling to new places with her friends, being outdoors, going on shopping sprees, and spending time with her family and two dogs, Poppy and Pepper.
Ashlee Sowards, BSDH, MSDH NCTTP, RDH
Ashlee has been a full time faculty member of the WVU School of Dentistry, Department of Dental Hygiene since 2011. She received her BSDH from WVU in 2007 and her MSDH from WVU in 2011. While pursuing her master’s degree, she also worked in a private practice in Morgantown, WV. She received her National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice from UMDNJ in April 2013. Ashlee is very active with committee work on four levels: the Department of Dental Hygiene, the School of Dentistry, the Health Sciences Center, and the University. She is currently serving her second three-year term as one of two elected representatives from the School of Dentistry on the WVU Faculty Senate. She will be serving as Chair of the WVU Faculty Senate Teaching Assessment Committee for the 2019-2020 academic year. In addition to teaching, Ashlee serves as a Faculty Mentor to students as they complete their 2-year research study. She resides in Fairmont, WV with her son, Carson.
Janna Thornsbury, MSDH, NCTTP, RDH
Janna is a 2003 graduate of WVU Institute of Technology where she obtained an AS degree in Dental Hygiene. She went on to graduate from Marshall University in 2018 with a BS degree in Health Science, and in 2022 received her MSDH from West Liberty University. Presently, she is a public health dental hygienist and the Research Coordinator for the Community Oral Health Division at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. Janna lives in Winfield, WV with her husband and two children, and in her free time enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Ariana Hunt, ASDH, CTTS, RDH
Ariana graduated in 2023 from BridgeValley Community and Technical College with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She also received her Laser Therapy, Local Anesthesia, and Tobacco Cessation Specialist Certifications while obtaining her degree. She served as the SADHA Historian during her time at BridgeValley and received the “Colgate Star” award upon graduation. Ariana is from Fayetteville, WV and has been working as a clinical RDH at a private practice in her area. She is very passionate about helping people, educating children about their oral health, and loves being apart of something greater than herself. Ariana enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on walks with her two dogs Rango and Honey, and traveling to new cities on long weekends.
Liz Puette, MSDH, CTTS, FADHA, RDH
Liz is a graduate of Old Dominion University obtaining a BSDH degree in 2002 and a MSDH degree in 2003. She has worked in private practice, public health, and dental hygiene educator sectors of the dental profession. She is currentlyan assistant professor at WVU School of Dentistry, Department of Dental Hygiene in Morgantown, WV and serves as the 100 Million Mouths Campaign oral health championfor the state of WV, integrating oral health topics into primary care curriculum. Passionate about reducing the burden of oral and oropharyngeal cancers in the state, she is an active member WV Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition and organizes oralcancer education and screening events. In her free time, Liz enjoys traveling with her son and family, spending winter doing all activities snow related and summers on the water!
Mary Ann Yandrich, BSDH, RDH
Tri-State DHS Trustee
Mary Ann received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from West Liberty State College. She has worked in private practice in Ohio and West Virginia throughout her professional career. At present, she is employed as an Academic Laboratory Instructing Assistant in the Sarah Whitaker Glass School of Dental Hygiene at West Liberty University (formerly, West Liberty State College).
Sharon Hinchman, MSDH, RDH
Social Media Chairman
Sharon received her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from West Virgnia University in 2011. Based on
her thesis, her research was accepted for publication in 2016 in the Journal of Dental Hygiene. Her research was also accepted as a Dentsply graduate poster presentation at ADHA in 2012. Sharon has been a judge of ADHA graduate poster presentations. Sharon is a lifelong learner with interests in education, infection control, ergonomics, emerging science, public health, research and mentoring.
Sharon was honored with the WVDHA Distinguished RDH award in 2019. She was selected as one of 40 RDHs, to attend the ADHA UYP (Unleashing Your Potential) leadership workshop in 2012.
Sharon has been a career long member of ADHA/WVDHA. In 2016, she developed the WVDHA
Operational Manual with assistance of two former District III Trustees (now called Directors). She secured Directors & Officers and General Liability insurance, prepared documents and submitted the information for the required incorporated ADHA/WVDHA Charter agreement. She served as Treasurer and event Co-coordinator 2012-2019, Facebook creator, website, email blast and CE certificate content creator 2012-2018. She has also served as Secretary 2011-2013, 2007-2009, President, legislative chair, and delegate/alternate to ADHA House of Delegates.
Sharon lives in Elkins, WV with her husband, Mike and two cats, Sammy and Max. They have two children. Sharon is an avid reader of political, legal, crime novels. She is an instructor at the YMCA for Silver Sneakers circuit training and yoga, designed for increased strength and stability/balance.
Dalton Cork, ASDH, CTTS, RDH
Dalton is a recent graduate from BridgeValley Community and Technical College where he obtained his Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene. While attending BridgeValley he was SADHA President and he graduated with his Laser Therapy, Local Anesthesia, and Tobacco Cessation Specialist certifications. He was awarded the BridgeValley Dental Hygiene Faculty Award of Scholarly Practice. Dalton is originally from Doddridge County, WV but resides in Parkersburg, WV. Dalton currently works at a private practice. Dalton has dreamed of becoming a dental hygienist for many years and it all started due to him having his own issues with his oral health. He is very compassionate about oral health and his goal is to provide optimal preventive oral health care to lower income communities. In his free time, Dalton enjoys exploring new places and visiting his family back in his hometown.
Heather Fogus, BSDH, RDH
Immediate Past President
Heather was installed during the Annual Session and CE Event September 23, 2017. She is studying to receive her Master's in Career and Technical Education through Marshall University. Heather is a 2014 graduate of BridgeValley CTC. Prior to studying dental hygiene she worked as a certified dental assistant with Fizer Dental Care. Heather is now a Dental Assisting Instructor at ACT in Beckley, WV. Heather lives in White Sulphur Springs, WV with her husband Josh and children Hallie and Raylan. She loves to cook and travel, enjoying the adventure and beauty offered by West Virginia.