We Fly Higher Together!
Meet Hygienists For Humanity’s Executive Committee
Alicia Murria, RDH, MS(c)
Founder, Chief Executive Officer (2017)
Alicia is dedicated to helping reduce oral health disparities among communities experiencing homelessness. She is a graduate student with a primary focus on public health. She is passionate about giving back to individuals facing homelessness, quality oral health care, and dentistry as a healthcare modality. She is an active member in her local component of the ADHA and is a practicing dental hygienist in the DC metropolitan area.
Amber Auger, RDH, MPH
Secretary/Marketing Strategist (2018)
Amber Auger is a practicing dental hygienist and clinical innovation implementation specialist. With over 14 years of experience in the dental industry, Amber is a monthly contributor to RDH Magazine, featured author for DentistryIQ, Editor of RDH Graduate Newsletter, and host of #AskAmberRDH. Amber has a heart for humanity and consults with Hygienists For Humanity, ensuring we are effectively reaching communities in need.
Samantha Verdadero, RDH, BSDH
Media Relations Chair (2020)
Samantha’s passion for healthcare started off as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for her local first aid and rescue squad in Somerset County, NJ until she started fully committing to the dental field in 2010. She is a practicing dental hygienist in Maryland. Samantha has contributed articles for RDH Magazine and Today’s RDH as well as being a Hygiene Faculty member for Align Technology, Inc. The greatest joy in her dental hygiene career is fully connecting oral and systemic health that inspires change in her patients. She cannot wait to share her skills and talents with the dental hygiene and Hygienists for Humanity community.
Internal Affairs Committee (2020)
Kaitlin is going into her second year of dental hygiene school, and has a passion for dentistry and educating other on the oral-systemic relationship between oral health and overall well being. “One thing I am very passionate about is access to oral healthcare and how to [make oral healthcare more accessible], Hygienists For Humanity does just that. I knew I wanted to be a part of their team when I read what their mission was. A lot of people are not getting the adequate care they need, and I want to be a person who can make a difference in that aspect.”
Melat Hussein, RDH
External Affairs Committee (2020)
Melat was born and raised in Ethiopia until the age of 15. In 2007 she moved to Chicago and has called it home ever since. Melat graduated from dental hygiene school in 2017 and e currently works as a traveling hygienist. “I have always loved helping people and making sure everyone has basic needs. That passion even grew more when I went back home to visit in 2017, I volunteered in one of the public hospitals as a hygienist and learned about the need for dental care.” Melat also volunteers with Dental Access Day Evanston, IL and Colgate: Bright Smile Bright Future to help reduce the dental access disparities.
Tiffany Harrison, RDH
Strategic Partnership Liaison (2020)
Tiffany is a Maryland native with over 8 years of clinical practice, currently residing in northern Virginia with an undergraduate degree in Public Health Science. Her focus is directed towards primary prevention advocating for patient’s overall health and connecting the dots between heart health and oral health. Tiffany has served many leadership roles including Vice President at her local ADHA chapter, community service chairperson, volunteering for local dental missions, and hosting local study clubs to bring elite professionals together.
Lauren Hapeman, BSDH, RDH, PHDHP
Executive Member (2021)
Lauren is a public health dental hygienist who lives and practices in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in dental hygiene through the University of Bridgeport. Her passions include promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the profession, periodontal therapy, and increasing access to care for those who are experiencing a cycle of extreme poverty and homelessness. She is excited to work with Hygienists for Humanity.