Component 01 Northern Virginia

Localities in Component 01

Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Fauquier County, Fredericksburg, Loudoun County, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County, Rappahhanock County, Stafford, Spotsylvania

NVDHC Officers 

Chair Janis Slezak
Co-Chair Betsy DiSilvio
Secretary Afshan Hashemi
Financial Liaison Julie Simms
Immediate Past Chair Sheila Sheats
Chair Elect Vacant
Trustee Julie Simms 
NOVA CC Liaison
Betsy DiSilvio
 Head Start Liaison Deirdre Kane
 Legislative Committee Cathy Berard

Employment Referral                                                  Sheila Sheats

Legislative Cathy Berard
Membership Stephany Gardner
Continuing Education
Betsy Di Silvio
Newsletter Editor
Cathy Berard
Public Health Outreach
Catherine Johnson
Lindsey Bieligk


Northern Virginia



September 2020 

Welcome to Fall!

Hello, it’s so nice to meet you! My name is Janis Slezak and I am currently serving as the Chair of the Northern Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Component (NVDHC) for the 2020-2021 year. I am proud to share that we are the largest of the eight active Component groups that make up the 

Virginia Dental Hygienists Association (VDHA). If you are a new member please let me welcome you to our Component and know that we are all very happy to have you with us. If you are an established member thank you for continuing to support our esteemed profession and for allowing me to serve you as Component Chair this year. I am so very excited to begin this journey with all of you. 

I believe in the power of great communication. Our board members are always willing to answer questions and offer advice and guidance. I encourage you to reach out to any one of us should you feel the need, or email me personally at

A note about volunteering: as the VDHA relies 100% on volunteer participation to function effectively there is always opportunity for people to step into new roles. If you think you might be interested in filling a vacant position within the Component or serving as a NVDHC board member please let us know! Don’t be shy! There are lots of different ways to volunteer with us. There are resources available to assist with leadership training as well. New this year is the VDHA Leadership Development Committee (LDC) whose focus is to grow and mentor future leaders within the Association. The LDC is a wonderful, enthusiastic group of professionals who really are focused on supporting our future leadership. Please contact Dr. Kelly Tanner at for more information about the LDC. 

Also look for us on Facebook (Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association- Northern Virginia) and Instagram (yourvdha). We are working to improve our social media presence and will be periodically posting fun and informative content. 

Finally, please continue to support your NVDHC and the VDHA. Your active involvement is invaluable as we are most successful personally and professionally when we champion each other. 


Janis Slezak, BSDH, RDH

NVDHC Chair 2020-2021

The Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization located at 5101 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23230. 757-609-3661. Contact VDHA

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