LIDHA Board Members

Maggie  Margarita Rivera, RDH, EdD, President of LIDHA, Alternate 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 earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of New England. Maggie is an Assistant Professor at Farmingdale State College. Prior to teaching, Maggie worked as a clinician in private practice for 25 years. She is a member of the National Dental Hygiene Honor Society at Farmingdale State College, a member of the American Dental Educators Association, and an OPEN SUNY fellow with the online teaching community. Maggie previously served as LIDHA’s VP of Membership, Director to NYDHA, and currently serves as a NYDHA delegate to ADHA. As a health care provider and educator, her interests are rooted in public service, education, and the advancement of the dental hygiene profession.

  Loretta Mariano, RDH, DHSc, Treasurer, Director to NYDHA
Loretta earned an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences, an associate degree in dental hygiene, and a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Farmingdale State College, NY. Continuing her education, she earned a master’s degree in dental hygiene with a concentration on teaching in higher education from the University of Bridgeport, CT.  In 2020, she completed a doctoral degree in health sciences from the University of Bridgeport, CT, performing original research on dexterity examinations as a preadmission criterion in dental hygiene programs. Loretta has worked in clinical practice for 25 years and currently holds a full-time position as an assistant professor in the dental hygiene department at Farmingdale State College where she teaches clinic, community, and public health courses. Loretta is a member of the PHI KAPPA PHI Honor Society, ADEA, ADHA, and LIDHA. She is active in the profession as a mentor, advocate, presenter, author, and educator, and is passionate about community outreach and volunteerism. Focusing on moving the profession forward, she also serves as director, treasurer, and alternate director for LIDHA.

Paula  Paula Gelvez-Petrone, RDH, BS, OMT, Recording Secretary
Paula Gelvez-Petrone graduated from Colegio Odontologico Colombiano and has a Bachelor Science from NYU Dental School where she graduated with a scholarship. Paula is the recipient of 2009 Long Island Odontology Award for achievement in clinical and academic studies. She is certified in myofunctional therapy from the International Association of Orofacial Myology and the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. She received certification as a dental sleep specialist by Somnomed in Sweden. Currently, she works in a multi-disciplinary practice in a collaborative environment as well as serving as a clinical professor at NYU Dental School. She is the CEO of OMT of New York located in Oyster Bay.

  Jean Hall RDH, DHEd, CHES®, Corresponding Secretary
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 president. Jean is passionate about moving dental hygiene forward and has participated in many Oral Health Advocacy days in Albany and Washington D.C.

  Rosalie Forrester, RDH, MS, VP Membership 
Rosalie has been a full-time clinical dental hygienist in private practice for 19 years. She earned her Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in dental hygiene from Farmingdale State College. With aspirations of becoming an educator outside of clinical practice, she went on to earn her Master of Science at the University at Albany and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of New England. Rosalie is currently a clinical adjunct instructor at Farmingdale State College. She remains active in her community’s local events in support of her profession and looks forward to becoming more involved by serving on the board as LIDHA’s VP of membership.

  Allison Fody, RDH, MPH, Editor
Allison earned her associate and bachelor degrees in dental hygiene from Farmingdale State College. She went on to receive her Master of Public Health degree with the University at Albany and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of New England. Allison has been a dental hygienist for more than 13 years with clinical experience in general, periodontal, cosmetic, and prosthodontic practices, as well as within a hospital setting. She currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Dental Hygiene at Farmingdale State College. An advocate of community public health outreach, she remains active in her community’s local events in support of her profession and public service. Allison looks forward to becoming more involved by serving on the board as LIDHA’s Editor.

 Kathleen Malico, BSDH, RDH, Executive Counsel
Kathy earned her Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene degrees from Farmingdale State College. Kathleen worked in private practice for over 30 years and currently works full time for LIBERTY Dental Plan as the Dental Wellness Coordinator, providing dental education and dental screenings in schools throughout New York City. Kathy has been LIDHA’s President, VP Membership, Delegate to the NY Dental Hygienists’ Association (NYDHA) and Alternate Director to NYDHA. She has also held positions with NYDHA as VP Governmental Affairs and Public Policy, NYDHA Alternate Delegate and NYDHA Delegate to ADHA. Kathy lives in Suffolk County with her husband and three daughters.