Platform Statement- Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, BSDH, MA
Candidate for ADHA President-Elect

You made a strategic and important investment in me last year, by voting me in as your VP. And I wholeheartedly thank you. As your Vice President I have actively engaged in every opportunity presented to me to provide input, enhance my leadership skills and drive our association forward. My experiences this year deepened my commitment to this association, and to you, our members. I am ready to serve as your President-Elect.

As an essential contributor to your leadership team this past year, I vigorously supported the changes in the strategic plan to increase focus on enhancing strategic alliances, and to empower you, our member. I was active in the process of updating the Executive Director’s job description, expectations and evaluations. As chair of the Committee on Procedures, I facilitated the streamlining of our leadership documents and directives. While working on the IOH renewal overhaul, we focused on fundraising, the 100th Gala, and appropriate management of the Institute. I participated in the ASEA symposium for association leaders, emphasizing best practices and governance. The experiences and perspective I gained as an executive officer are essential to anyone who will become your ADHA President.

My personal passions are communication and advocacy. Communication is how we, as dental hygienists, gain power and influence in our very real David and Goliath world. Deliberately positioning ourselves within the oral health care industry is critical to the future of our profession. ADHA is increasingly invited to engage in strategic discussions concerning the future of oral health care and the hygienists’ place within it. I am committed to aggressively delivering our message at every available opportunity.

Advocacy must be a primary focus as ADHA continues to support you in your state efforts to remove legislative and regulatory limitations that restrict you from working at the highest level of your education and licensure. Last year, 56% of our states pursued workforce initiatives and 35% of states pursued some level of direct access legislation. We must build on this momentum, laboring to bring positive change for the public we serve.

I will work to lead a contemporary, effective and relevant association. As a collaborative leader, I will continue to listen and act wisely, seeking to fulfill all areas of our strategic plan. I am absolutely committed to empowering you as a dental hygienist to achieve your full potential as you seek to improve the public’s oral health.

Biographical Data: Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, BSDH, MA


Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies, Oregon State University, Concentrations: Communication and Adult Education

Thesis: Interdisciplinary Collaboration: The Dental Hygienist’s Role


Bachelors of Science Dental Hygiene, Oregon Health Sciences University
Professional Experience


President, Verbal Impact, LLC
Nationally Published Author and Speaker


Clinical Specialist, Oral DNA Labs


Adjunct Faculty, Western Oregon University


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Oregon State University


Clinician: General Practice
Association Experience


2012-Present ADHA Vice President
2012-Present Executive Committee
2012-Present Chair, Committee on Procedures
2012-Present Director, Institute of Oral Health
2012-Present Finance Committee (ex-officio)
2010-2012 District XII Trustee
2010-2012  Committee on Student Relations
2011-2012 HyPac Committee
2011-2012 Council on Public Relations, Board Advisor
2007-2010 Council on Regulation and Practice
2005,06,10 Delegate
2006 Reference Committee
2004  Alternate Delegate
2008-2009 President 
2007-2008 President-Elect
2006-2007 Vice-President  
2002-2012 Government Relations Council
2005 Reference Committee Chair
2004-2005 Public Relations Council
2005-2006 Marion-Polk-Yamhill DHA, Co-President
2002-2005 President

Related Experience

2010-Present Homeless Connect, Volunteer
2011-Present Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene Program @ CCC, Advisory Board Member
2009- 2010 Oral Health Advocates Coalition, Sub- Committee on workforce issues
2006- 2011 Pacific University School of Dental Health Sciences,  Advisory Board Member
2002-Present Medical Teams International Dental, Volunteer