kathy-malico-photo  Kathleen Malico, BSDH, RDH, President of LIDHA since 2016. Kathy graduated from Farmingdale State College and has been practicing full time as a Dental Hygienist for over 30 years. She works full time at Long Island Periodontics and Dental Implants i Commack and has been active with the Long Island Dental Hygienists’ Association for the past 6 years. Prior to being elected as President, Kathy had been LIDHA’s VP Membership. Her current roles in ADHA, in addition to President, include LIDHA’s Delegate to the Dental Hygienists’  Association of the State of NY (DHASNY),  LIDHA’s Alternate Director to DHASNY  and DHASNY’s Alternate Delegate to ADHA.  Kathy lives in Suffolk County with her husband and three daughters

maggie-pic  Margarita Rivera, MSDH, Director to NYDHA,  Maggie earned her Associates degree in applied science/dental hygiene from New York City College of Technology, a Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Farmingdale State College and a Master’s degree in dental hygiene education from the University of Bridgeport.  She works as an adjunct professor at Fones School of Dental Hygiene-University of Bridgeport and New York City College of Technology/Department of Dental Hygiene. Prior to teaching, Maggie worked as a clinician in private practice for 21 years. Currently, she serves as the president of the National Dental Hygiene Honor Society at Farmingdale State College and is a member of the American Dental Educators Association. As a health care provider and educator, her interests are rooted in public service, education, and the advancement of the dental hygiene profession.  Maggie lives in Wantagh with her husband Frank and three children.

mmpict Mary R. Manning, MS, RDH, Editor, Acting Treasurer – Mary  is an associate professor and senior clinical coordinator at Hostos Community College, City University of New York.  Prof. Manning has an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene, Hostos Community College; B.S. in Dental Hygiene, Columbia University and an M.S. in Gerontology, Hofstra University. A published author and speaker at professional conferences, her research interest include increasing oral health access for under-served populations and gerontology.

stacey-griffith-photo  Stacey Griffith, RDH,  Recording Secretary. Stacey graduated from SUNY Farmingdale in 1991. She has been working full time at the Garden City Dental Group with Doctors Cerrato, Sheehan and Lizzio since 2001. Stacey loves the private practice setting and enjoys improving her patients’ smiles and overall health. She lives in Massapequa with her husband and three wonderful (almost grown) children.


Jean Hall RDH, DHEd, CHES®,  Jean graduated from Farmingdale State College with her associate and bachelor degrees in dental hygiene. She went on to receive a Master of Science in public health at Touro College and most recently received a Doctorate in Health Education from A.T. Still University, College of Graduate Health Studies.  She was a student member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association while in the associate program and converted to professional membership upon graduation.  Jean is a past president of LIDHA and has held several other positions on the LIDHA board. On the state level, Jean served as Delegate to NYDHA,  Director to NYDHA, and is currently the NYDHA treasurer. Jean is passionate about moving dental hygiene forward and has participated in many Oral Health Advocacy days in Albany and Washington D.C.