Charlene LaVoie, JD, MPA, RDH, began her education at a women’s college. Convinced she needed a productive skill more than further classical education, she applied to the Fones School of Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Charlene later joined the faculty at Fones as coordinator of the second-year clinic and worked in a periodontal practice. Charlene enrolled part-time in a Master of Public Administration program at New York University, graduating in 1978. As a lawyer for 36 years, Charlene has practiced trial and public interest law working to empower people in the workplace and in their civic lives.