Board of Directors


President: Janette Douglas
Janette Douglas has worked in the dental field for over 30 years. She has been in her current position  as Manager of TenderCare Dental in Gladstone since 1988. She has been instrumental in taking  the practice successfully through many transitions.
A member of ODEA since 2003, Jan served on the Board of Directors as well as holding the  position of Membership Chair from 2003 to 2007. Her belief in the value of ODEA and her desire  to help get the information, education, and networking opportunities to outlying areas of Oregon  have brought her back to serve on the Board once again. Her family is her passion and she loves  to travel.

 
Treasurer: Judy Brink

Judy Brink has been in the dental field for over 17 years. She entered the field as a receptionist for a general practice in Richland Washington.After moving back to Oregon, Judy resumed her dental career and is currently the Office Administrator for a general practice in Springfield.

Judy was one of the founders of ODEA in 1996, desiring to help improve the quality of educational opportunities for dental administrative staff as well as to create a network for communication with other administrators and dental professionals.


Director: Cheryl Loewen
Cheryl has been in dentistry over 30 years, working in Dallas for Dr. Alan Kolb and Dr. Matt Woolsey. She has been a member of ODEA for 15 years.

Cheryl is a very active person and not looking for "just one more thing to do". She finds great value in ODEA and feels the time invested is very productive and worthwhile. The classes that are offered, the Study Club meetings and the sharing with other front office staff has given her the information and tools to help do her job better as an Office Manager.

Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, which includes six awesome grandchildren, and all the activities that go with active families. She and her husband Willard are also active members of Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas.

















Director: Rachel Smith

Rachel was born and raised in Willamette Valley. She enjoys camping, fishing and outdoor activities with her husband of 30 years. Rachel also has 3 grown children. She graduated from Chemeketa Community College Dental Assisting program and worked in a general dental office for 3 years as dental assistant and front desk. For the last 28 years Rachel has worked as Office Manager for a Pediatric Dental Office in Salem Oregon. Dr. Tricia Ray took over the practice in 2009. Rachel has been involved with ODEA since 2009 and finds the interactive meetings to be informative and very valuable for the practice. About her new appointment to the board Rachel says, "I'm excited to be more involved in this association!"

Director: Grace Powell
Grace Powell has worked in the dental field for 28 years. She began her career as a Registered Dental Assistant in Sacramento, California and has since been involved with several organizations: Salem Dental Assisting Study Club, Capitol City Dental Association (as president), and she also taught for 3 years as an adjunct instructor for Chemeketa Community College Dental Assisting Program, teaching Dental Practice Management and Expanded Functions. Currently, Grace is the Office Manager for the Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene Clinic, a Bachelor Degree Program through Oregon Institute of Technology.  Oregon Tech is located on the Salem Chemeketa Community College campus, and provides dental hygiene services to the general public at a reduced cost.

Grace’s first impression of the ODEA was very positive! The support system provided by meeting with other Dental Practice Administrators is one of the main reasons Grace joined the ODEA, and chose to serve as a Board Member.  Grace states that the value of belonging to a professional organization goes well beyond the Study Club meetings!  She has found that the ODEA has given her the confidence to tackle unique challenges in her day-to-day work.



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