Immediate Past Chair, Elisa Ghezzi, DDS, PhD
Elisa M. Ghezzi, DDS, PhD provides dental care for residents of nursing and assisted living facilities in the Detroit Michigan Metropolitan area. In addition, she is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Dentistry. She received her DDS (1995) from UM, completed a General Practice Residency (1995-6) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN, trained in a geriatric dentistry fellowship (1996-8) at UM, and obtained both an MS (2001) in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis and a PhD (2005) in Epidemiology from UM School of Public Health. Dr. Ghezzi serves as the chair of the Coalition for Oral Health for the Aging and is a board member of the Michigan Society for Gerontology. Her research focuses on the effects of oral diseases on systemic health. She has written and lectured extensively on the topic of oral health care for older adults and persons with dementia.
Treasurer, Lisa Darrow, RDH, BA
Lisa Darrow, RDH, BA has over 30 years experience in the dental profession. Lisa has taken her work experience and passion for dental hygiene into many dental arenas; from clinical dental hygiene, to dental manufacturer’s educational rep, to seminar speaker, to dental product consultant to her own company Darrow Dental Sales L.L.C. Lisa is committed to protecting the citizens of Michigan by being member of the Michigan Board of Dentistry. She is passionate in promoting dental hygiene through community and state volunteering. Lisa continues to be an active member in her National, State and local dental hygiene associations.
Secretary, Dental Day Chair, Kelly Detter, RDH, BSDH
Kelly Detter, RDH, BSDH is a Registered Dental Hygienist providing preventive oral health services both in private practice and community-based settings. She received her AAS in Dental Hygiene from Oakland Community College and licensure in 2010, then her BSDH from the University of Michigan in 2012. Kelly serves as the chair for COHA Care's PA161 Program. She has developed educational materials for peer professionals, patients and caregivers for training purposes. Through collaboration with community partners, this program strives to establish an effective working model which focuses on bridging the gap for the elderly, persons with disabilities and the underprivileged to receive and maintain optimal preventive oral health.
Chair, Suzanne S. Tanis, RDH, BS
Suzanne S. Tanis, RDH, BS graduated from Ferris State University in 1989 with her AAS in dental hygiene and in 1991 with her BS in marketing. She worked in private practice as a clinical dental hygienist for over 23 years. Currently, she is the program coordinator for Muskegon Volunteer For Dental Care. She helps low income Muskegon County residents get their urgent dental needs met by local volunteer dental offices and in exchange the patients do volunteer work in the community. Suzanne also provides continuing education courses to dental professionals in Western Michigan through her small business, Continuing Connections, LLC. She is an active member of the Lakeshore Dental Hygienists’ Association as co-president and has participated in the annual House of Delegates meeting with the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is also a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Advisory Board for the dental programs, the Kent County Oral Health Coalition, the Muskegon County Oral Health Coalition and the One in 21 committee. She was a member of the first PA161 study club in Michigan (2008-2011) and continues to look for new models of care to reach the under-served population. Currently, she is the chair of the education committee for COHA and is collaborating with COHA to provide geriatric oral health education to dental professionals, healthcare providers, caregivers and the aging community at large.