NCDHA Officers

2017-2018 NCDHA Officers

Crystal Adams' headshotPresident 
Crystal Adams, CDA, RDH, MA

Crystal’s career in dentistry began in 1997 upon graduating from the Dental Assisting Program at Wilkes Community College. She worked four years in private practice as a CDA and returned to Central Piedmont Community College to receive an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene Degree in 2001. She continued her education at Mountain State University, earning her BS Degree in Organizational Leadership and her MA Degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Community College and University Leadership. She is an active member of numerous committees and organizations, including the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and volunteers at agencies, such as Missions of Mercy and Veterans Stand Down.

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Jennifer Harmon, RDH, MS

Jennifer Harmon, RDH, MS received her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill in 2007, her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from UNC in 2013, and her Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene Education at UNC in 2015. She is a full-time Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dental Hygiene Program at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.  Harmon’s masters research project entitled “Protective Effect of Circulating Omentin-1 Against Chronic Temporomandibular Disorder Pain” was recognized internationally by her receipt of the 2015 IADR Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group Outstanding Student Abstract Award.


Vice President
Heather Edly, RDH


Recording Secretary
Jackie Smith, RDH

Jackie Smith was born and raised in a small town in North Carolina. She began her career in dental hygiene in 2008 when she entered the Associate of Science degree program at Coastal Carolina Community College. Upon graduation and earning of her Dental Hygiene License she transferred for degree completion to UNC School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill and completed her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2012. During the time that she was completing her bachelor’s, she maintained her skills as a temp hygienist during school breaks. After graduation with her Bachelor’s she worked as a full time dental hygienist from 2012-2016 in Greenville, North Carolina. In Fall 2016 she entered the MS program in Dental Hygiene Education at the UNC School of Dentistry. Her goal is to become a dental hygiene educator in an accredited program in the United States and preferably in North Carolina. She currently is an active member of ADHA and provides community service through school events such as SHAC, DEAH day and Give Kids a Smile Day. Her passion is to increase access to care to underserved populations through her hygiene career and this is why she has decided to pursue this position in NCDHA to help progress her profession.


Beth Kornegay, RDH

Beth is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her BS degree in Dental Hygiene and MS degree in Dental Hygiene Education from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is an active member of ADHA, NCDHA, ADEA, and Sigma Phi Alpha – Xi Chapter.



Speaker of the House
Susan Buchenberger, RDH

Susan earned her BS degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1987 and has been practicing dental hygiene in the Raleigh area for over 30 years. In 2013, Susan was selected to serve on the Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board to research new products and help develop marketing strategies. She had the opportunity to lead a lunch and learn course at the 2016 ADHA-CLL in Pittsburgh and spoke on hygiene career paths at the 2017 ADHA-CLL in Jacksonville. Susan strongly believes in serving the community and is active in local volunteer clinics including Touched By Hope, SHAC, and Living Waters. She also played an integral part of a medical/dental team that served in LINXIA, China in 2009. Susan has been an adjunct clinical instructor at UNC School of Dentistry for five years and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Adult and Community College Education at NCSU. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Autism Society of North Carolina and three dental hygiene study clubs.  Susan enjoys cooking, exercising, and mentoring students after graduation.


ADHA Delegate
Eileen Clark, RDH

Eileen Clark received her AS Degree in Dental Hygiene from Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport, CT.  She continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning her BS Degree in Dental Auxiliary Teacher Education and she earned an MS degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has been teaching at Central Piedmont Community College for 23 years and is an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association.


ADHA Delegate
Susan Buchenberger, RDH 

(Susan also serves as Speaker of the House.  Please see her bio above.)

ADHA Delegate
Rachel Stewart, RDH