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President’s Message & Officers

President's Message
September, 2023

Kelly Gross Picture

I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer sharing time with family and friends.  It is a pleasure to serve as your 2023-2024 President of the Knox Area Dental Hygienists’ Association.  Our leadership team and I have been actively planning an exciting year full of continuing education opportunities.  I want to thank my team; I couldn’t do it without them.  I am proud to say that Knox Area Association is one of the state’s strongest and most active components.  With that said, it is the leadership and you that continue to make us strong.  We appreciate the support at our CE courses and our monthly meetings.  We have included in this newsletter the 2023-2024 monthly calendar and a description of the CE courses planned.  Mark your calendars to save the dates. There is a lot of information in this newsletter so please take the time to read about the changes to our email communications system and information regarding the continuing education courses that will be offered this year.   

With the continued difficulty in getting updated mailing lists, we are finding ourselves utilizing emails and social media venues to publicize meetings and continuing education courses.  If you are not on our email tree, I encourage you to go to the Knox Area website ( and sign up to receive our communications. We will be primarily utilizing the email system and social media venues to announce continuing education courses and registration information.  This will be our methods of communication so please register if you currently are not. More information regarding this is on page 3.   

I look forward to seeing you all in September for an exciting 2023-2024 season. 


Kelly Gross, RDH.BSAOM 

Meet the Officers

Kelly Gross

Vice President
Karen Parris

Courtney Chambers

Debbie Taylor

Debbie Taylor


Cindy Metzger

Pattie Johnson

Liason to RDH Schools
Mindy Willocks


Continuing Education Chair
Paula Bourassa