SANFORD — Lisa Barron, adjunct dental hygiene instructor at Central Carolina Community College, has been appointed to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Committee on National Boards.
Barron, of Sanford, is a registered dental hygienist currently pursuing her Master of Dental Hygiene Education degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She will serve as the student representative on the board and also be a member of the Committee on Dental Hygiene of the American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.
“I hope to use my appointment to this committee to help advance the future of dental hygiene,” Barron said. “Serving on this committee will enable me to have a voice in choosing qualified test constructors to improve the quality of the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE), thus impacting our profession for years to come. I am also hoping that knowledge gained from this process will facilitate my ability to prepare our dental hygiene students for the rigors of the NBDHE.”
Barron has been teaching dental hygiene at Central Carolina C.C. for 15 months. The college offers an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and a Dental Assisting Diploma. Both programs are accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. In addition to her college teaching, she is conducting research on issues related to oral health literacy.
Her previous dental hygiene leadership experience includes 13 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force, where she helped develop training programs for dental technicians and assessment tools for measuring professional competency. She is currently a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Barron received her Associate and Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degrees from St. Petersburg College, Florida. While there, she was elected president of the Florida Student ADHA. She went on to receive the organization’s leadership award and was selected to serve as alternate student delegate for District IV.
The five-member Committee on National Boards is composed of the ADHA commissioner to the American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, one student member, and three dental hygienists who are active ADHA members. The ADHA president appoints the committee members. Its responsibilities include reviewing dental hygiene examination specifications, monitoring the quality of the examinations, selecting dental hygiene test constructors and recommending rules for conducting examinations.