Pam Ridilla, 2014
- Chairperson, School of Dental Sciences; Professor, Dental Hygiene
- DSC employee since January 1996
Degrees and schools where awarded: Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene, Pensacola Junior College; Bachelor of Arts in Technical/Vocational Education, University of Central Florida; Master of Science in Health Sciences, University of Central Florida.
Career/Professional honors: Received the first Yvette Blum Lifetime Mentor Award from the Florida Dental Hygiene Association; Contributor to the Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist; 10th, 11th and 12th editions; DSC Presidential Medallion for Teaching Excellence.
Outside interests: I enjoy researching and planning vacations, and traveling; reading for pure enjoyment; watching movies and eating popcorn; and volunteering through community service.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was a clinical dental hygienist for over 15 years in a private dental practice in Maitland, Fla.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I am serving as one of the Florida delegates to the American Dental Hygienists' Association House of Delegates, and also revising the chapter on "Family Abuse and Neglect" in the Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 12th edition.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Since I have been teaching in the dental hygiene program since its inception, it has been rewarding to be given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of all 16 dental hygiene graduating classes and the current two classes.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? To learn parliamentarian procedure in order to serve as Florida Dental Hygiene Association's Speaker of the House.
In life? I would like to visit all 50 states and a national park in each state that has one.
What's the best advice you've ever gotten? Don't sweat the small stuff, and live by the Serenity Prayer.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I have been known to grab a microphone and sing karaoke on cruises and at professional meetings.
Last book read: First Family by David Baldacci
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? A giving heart for service to others.
Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Alfred C. Fones ("Father of Dental Hygiene"), and my mom, Joan.
The Daytona State of Mind to me means opportunity for personal and professional growth in order to expand our choices for success.