New Jersey
Dental Hygienists' Association
Rowan College at Burlington County
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054


Gail Vasilenko, MA, RDH, CDA

Student Advisor
Faith Zimnes, RDH

Rowan College at Burlington County
(formerly known as Burlington County College)

Rowan College at Burlington County
Presents 2019 Awards

The Dental Hygiene Program presented a number of awards
    • Samantha Bruno, Dental Hygiene Award for the highest non-matriculated GPA of the Class
    • Michael Carson, the NJDHA Gurenlian Student Leadership Award
    • Christine Kupczyn, the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award
    • Skylar Sabol, Southern New Jersey Dental Hygienists’ Association Award for Excellence in Communication
    • Jessica Applegate, Southern NJ Dental Society Award
    • Additionally, these freshmen, who all achieved at least a 3.0 GPA, were identified as recipients of the Delta Dental Scholarship: Patricia Schueler and Mariah Velez.

RCBC Students Start New Externship

Rowan College at Burlington County’s dental hygiene student, faculty and nursing faculty were treated to a 1 hour discussion with Angie Stone, RDH, BS the author of Dying from Dirty Teeth: Why the Lack of Proper Oral Care Is Killing Nursing Home Residents and How to Prevent It. Ms. Stone talked about her experiences with the elder community and their unique oral health care conditions. She identified the disconnection of oral care services between the dental and medical fields. This breakdown in collaboration of services occurs from the time when your geriatric patient leaves your dental office practice environment and goes into assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.

As our senior population makes their way into these programs, their discontinuation of optimal oral care causes rapid oral health deterioration. This occurrence is linked to the rapid decline in overall health. Angie Stone has experience, evidence-based outcomes and viable protocols in place for elder oral health care and improved quality of life. The only missing ingredient is a large dental hygiene grassroots movement.

RCBC dental hygiene program director Linda Hecker was so inspired by Angie Stone’s book that she is implementing Dying from Dirty Teeth into the senior Public Health curriculum. Senior externships, including brushing and flossing residents’ teeth at a local Assisted Living Community, are in the planning stages. These externships will hopefully begin in the Spring 2019 semester.

Community Service and Networking Events

Dental hygiene students spread the word to keep you smiling!  RCBC dental hygiene students often network with the local community to share information about our state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic at 1000 Briggs Road in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Braving the 100-degree heat and humidity, RCBC’s senior dental hygiene students Nicole Ansbach, Corinna Eveland, Anne Kezeli and Kristie Crisafi promoted the Dental Hygiene Clinic at the Burlington County Farm Fair. They shared information about the various services available at the clinic, including dental cleaning services, x-rays, sealants and fluoride treatments.

Seniors Jessica Frick, Patricia Schueler and Britney Simmons attended Westampton’s National Night Out to share information about our “Give Kids a Smile” event. Give Kids a Smile, a national dental health event, provides free dental hygiene care to children 12 years of age and under.

Appointments for a dental cleaning or Give Kids a Smile at the RCBC dental hygiene clinic can be made at 856-291-4215.  Great job all around to the students and their efforts to advance the local communities oral healthcare.

New Director at RCBC

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Gail Vasilenko, MA, RDH, CDA as the new director of the Dental Hygiene program as of 7.1.19. Gail succeeds Linda Hecker, Burlington County College/Rowan College at Burlington County’s inaugural director, who retired.

Being an adjunct faculty member at RCBC since September 2018, Gail has quickly assimilated to the RCBC program routines and teaching methodologies. Through collaborative conversations with her over the past academic year, she has proven to me to be an excellent addition to our strong, committed program.

Please join me in congratulating Gail on her latest appointment, which surely will advance and expand the vigorous dental hygiene program at RCBC.

Faith L. Zimnes, RDH, MS

Faith Zimnes with Samantha Bruno
Faith Zimnes with Patricia Schueler and Mariah Velez
Faith Zimnes with Jessica Applegate
Faith Zimnes and Lea D'Angelo with Skylar Sabol
Faith Zimnes and Jaci Klepadio with Christine Kupczyn
Faith Zimnes and Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian with Michael Carson
Congratulations Allyson Prekop!

​Allyson Prekop is the 2020 NJDHA Gurenlian Leadership Award winner from Rowan College in Burlington County!