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Kerri H. Friel

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Kerri H. Friel is a Professor in the Dental Health Department at the Community College of Rhode Island where she serves as the Director of the Dental Assisting Program and Vice-Chair of the CCRI Faculty Senate. She is a URI alumna having received both her Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene and a Master's degree in Adult Education. She has been a licensed dental hygienist for more than two decades, a Certified Dental Assistant since 2002, and a Certified Orthodontic Assistant since 2000. She also holds a permit to administer both local anesthesia and nitrous oxide and has held Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification. Prior to her faculty appointment in 2000, she worked in Rhode Island practices specializing in general dentistry and orthodontics. She is an active member of the Rhode Island Dental Assistant Association and currently serves as Immediate Past President of the State Dental Assistants Association. Kerri was appointed to the Board of Examiners in Dentistry by Governor Chafee in 2013, where she served two terms. She is also an active member in the CDCA-WREB as a Dental Hygiene Examiner, Dental Hygiene Captain, Lead Manikin Floor Examiner and Data Systems Manager. Kerri is also a member of the Rhode Island Oral Health Commission. Outside of work, Kerri volunteers with the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy and has been a rider with the Pan-Mass Challenge for the past 4 years.