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    Meet your 2023-2024 Officers

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Monica M. Franklin, DHSc, CDA, CRDH, serves as an Instructional Program Manager at Florida State College at Jacksonville. She has been employed at the College for the past 13 years. She has served as a full-time Professor of Dental Hygiene for 7 years prior to transitioning into her current administrative role. Prior to beginning her career in higher education, Monica practiced dental hygiene clinically for approximately 10 years. She continues to participate in community service events such serving as the Dental Hygiene Manager for the Florida Mission of Mercy. Monica received her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Florida Community College at Jacksonville in 2000 and her Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College. She earned a Master of Health Science with a concentration in Higher Education and her doctoral degree in Health Science with a concentration in Global Health both from Nova Southeastern University.  Monica is excited to serve as the Vice President of NEFDHA.

Immediate Past President

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Marie Smith CRDH, AS, graduated from Sanford Brown College, and is an active member of the ADHA. She achieved her Associate in Science Degree for Dental Hygiene in 2016 and states it was the best career choice she ever made.  Marie has made it her personal mission to make sure each of her patients have a pleasant dental experience.  Marie finds joy interacting with her patients and making a difference in their lives. She also prides herself in ethics and doing what's right.  Aside from her career Marie enjoys volunteering,  traveling, time outdoors soaking up the sun, and spending time doting on her nephews.

Vice President


Ashley Worthington CRDH, AS Ashley Worthington has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2020. She received her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Florida State College of Jacksonville. Having started her career in general dentistry, the switch to pediatrics in 2022 opened many new doors and opportunities for growth and education. It was here she was introduced to the world of myofunctional disorders and Myofunctional therapy. The chance to see first hand how disfunction was affecting early childhood growth and development, as well as how prevalent oral dysfunction really is, was a turning point in which she found her passion and calling. Ashley is excited to be involved with the association and ready to see the bright future and changes coming to the dental hygiene field.



Shannon Frey CRDH, AS, graduated in 2016 from Sanford Brown College and is an active member of the ADHA. She received her Dental Assisting Expanded Functions Certificate in 2005 and knew dentistry would always be her career path. She plans on continuing with her education and intends on obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene. She is currently a clinician and has worked in private and corporate practices, as well as for a periodontal specialist. On her downtime, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, kickboxing, and music festivals.



Mackenzie Shuman CRDH, graduated hygiene school in may of 2023 and started her role as Secretary in June of 2023. She is very passionate about dental hygiene and the connection between oral and overall systemic health. NEFDHA is a wonderful association for all of us dental professionals to stay connected and informed of the changes that are, or should be, happening in our profession. I am happy to be a part of this amazing association.

E-Communications Director


Shanna Nicoletti, CRDH, EFDA, CNA, is a graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville. In addition to being a native of Upstate New York, she spent 15 years traveling throughout the United States while her husband served as a Deep Sea Diver in the US Navy. It was at that time Shanna began her healthcare career as a Certified Nursing Assistant, then as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, and now as a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist. Shanna’s eagerness for patient education and volunteerism is at the forefront of her passion in the healthcare field. She is heavily involved with several local and national organizations and events each year. These include: FSCJ Give Kids a Smile, FL Mission of Mercy, Special Olympics Florida, City Rescue Mission, Jax Mission House, American Heart Association, Her Song Organization, Travis Manion Foundation, Warfighters in Arms, and the St. Vincent’s Shircliff Society. With this new position, Shanna is looking forward to increasing her ability to serve the dental hygienists of Northeast Florida, her patients, and the underserved people of the community.

District Trustee


Cindy Wampler, CRDH, MS, has been a licensed dental hygienist for 46 years. She retired in May of 2022 following a 21 year career as a professor in the Dental Hygiene Program at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Cindy remains an active member of ADHA. Her current roles are Trustee for Northeast Florida and ADHA delegate. She is also active on the Council on Membership and Council on Governmental Affairs. She has been very active in moving our profession forward with her advocacy for improved access to care for all Floridians and mentoring others to do the same. She looks forward to continuing to serve dental hygienists in the Northeast district of Florida.

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