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.


Sommer Wisher, RDH

Sommer Wisher has been a resident of Raleigh, NC for over 10 years and loves her community! Holding her degree in Youth and Family Studies from Kentucky Christian University and wanting a change of pace from the non-profit sector of which she has spent her entire career, Sommer decided to chase after her dream and pursue dental hygiene. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry with her BS in Dental Hygiene in 2016. Sommer is currently working with Avent Ferry Family Dentistry in Holly Springs and is active as President of the Durham Orange Component of NCDHA. Serving as Adjunct Faculty for UNC, she also stands on the Dental Hygiene Community Advisory Committee at UNC.



Harmon, Jennifer B_4x6Immediate Past President
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
Brigette Easter, RDH


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