Meet The Officers
Lori Cackovic RDH BSDH
Julia Martin RDH BSAH
Julia graduated from the Community College of Denver with an Associates in Dental Hygiene in 2005 and has had a passion for dental hygiene ever since! She earned Bachelors of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2017 as part of the inaugural class of the Bachelor’s completion program at the Community College of Denver. She has served in CODHA for her entire dental hygiene career. She has been a Trustee for the Boulder Component, Trustee for the Metro Denver Component and President for the Metro Denver Component. She has been certified as a technical educator and has joined the clinical faculty at her Alma Mater the Community College of Denver. She practices clinically as well at a private practice in Wheat Ridge.
Howard Notgarnie RDH EdD
Immediate Past President
Howard earned his bachelor degree in chemistry at Florida Atlantic University, 1987; associate in dental hygiene at Palm Beach State College, 1992; and doctorate in education at University of Phoenix, 2011. He has published more than 20 articles. He has been practicing clinically in Colorado since 2001 and has served state dental hygiene associations for more than 10 years.
Heather Schenkel RDH BSAH
Heather has always loved the field of dentistry and is honored to be a part of it. She was a previous orthodontic dental assistant and EDDA and this experience gave her a vast knowledge of all things dentistry to share with her patients. Her enthusiasm for learning led her to Pueblo Community College and to the dental hygiene program. With the help of the outstanding faculty and staff there, her love for dentistry grew. She graduated in May 2017 and dove headfirst into working and volunteering with CODHA. She aspires to help make a difference in the field and work to change the separation between oral and systemic treatment of patients and find a way to integrate the medical and dental fields to allow for a whole body approach to treatment.
Heather is married with two boys, Aiden, 11, and Jude, 7. She is also an aunt of four nieces and six nephews. When she’s not treating patients, she loves spending time with her family and making hand-stamped jewelry.
Becky Comstedt RDH BSAH
Boulder Component Trustee
Becky graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 with an AS in Dental Hygiene. She completed my Bachelors in Allied Health in 2009. I have been working as a Dental Hygienist in the Boulder area since 2006. She has three awesome daughters and a supportive husband. Becky has been the Boulder Component Trustee since 2017.
Terri Gonzales RDH BSDHE
Northern Colorado Component Trustee
Terri graduated in May 1990 from Oakland Community College in Michigan. After graduation, she worked in general dentistry for various doctors in Michigan for around 8 years. After Michigan, Terri moved to Springfield Missouri and worked for a few general dentists for 3 years then started working for a Periodontist. In 2003, she moved to Brush, Colorado to open an independent dental hygiene office. After a few years, she brought on a dentist to do the restorative needs of her patients, as well as hired a front desk staff and back office staff. In 2010, she went back to school at UMKC to finish my BS in dental hygiene education. She finished the online program and graduated in May 2012 while maintaining her dental hygiene business in Brush.
Laurie Ghigleri RDH BSDH
Speaker of the House of Delegates
Alyssa Aberle RDH BSDH MBA
Barbara Dixon RDH
ADHA District X Trustee