Officer Bios

Susan Dahn

Susan Dahn RDA – President

Susan Dahn was first introduced to dentistry in 1979, when she was enrolled in a dental assisting ROP program. From the first day of class she knew she was going to love it and she continues to love it to this day. She earned her RDA license in 1982 and has held many different positions in the dental offices she has worked in. Her passion though, was found when she started teaching dental assisting in 1994. She learned that through engaging her students and sharing her love of dentistry, she could open doors for some that never thought could be opened. She currently is teaching Registered Dental Assisting for ROP/CTE and adult education.

Dawn Brewster

Dawn Brewster RDA, CDA, OA, BSM – Vice President

Dawn is a Registered Dental Assistant, Certified Dental Assistant, and holds an Orthodontic Assistant Permit. As a graduate of Baldy View ROP, she has been in the field of dentistry since 1983 working in general dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, and Orthodontics. Dawn earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management with emphasis on Leadership, from the University of Phoenix. Dawn received her Designated Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Diego. She began her teaching career in 1998, which was the same year that she joined CADAT. She has a drive for high quality education and a love of changing lives with students. Dawn has been a Program Director since 2002 and is currently a full-time faculty member and program director at Citrus College in Glendora. In her free time, she loves boating, camping, and spending time with family.

Tanya Cusick

Tanya Cusick CDA, RDA, BS – Treasurer

Tanya has been in the dental field since 1993. She graduated from Cerritos Community College in Norwalk and earned her bachelor’s degree in Organization Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Tanya has her Designated Teaching Credential and has taught at
Alhambra High School. She has a wealth of dental office experience. Her college teaching experience began in 2007 at Citrus College as Adjunct Instructor and Pasadena City College in 2010. She considers herself a life-long learner, as she prepares to continue her education. During her free time she enjoys hanging out with her three favorite guys—her husband and two kids. She enjoys watching her two sons play sports: roller-hockey, soccer
and football.


Cara Miyasaki CDA, RDA, RDHEF, MS – Secretary

Cara Miyasaki has been Director of the Foothill College Dental Assisting Program for almost 30 years. She received her Certificate in Dental Assisting from Foothill College, a B.S. in Dental Hygiene and a M/ in Oral Biology at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. Cara acquired her licensure for Extended Functions in Dental Assisting/Hygiene at UCSF and also received a Certificate in Educational Technology from UCSC in 1999. From 1994 to 2008 she has taught in the RDAEF program offered at the UCSF School of Dentistry. Cara has been a training consultant for Invisialign and was a consultant for eHuman 3D tooth educational software. Her publications include the 5th revision to Chasteen’s Essentials of Clinical Dental Assisting and Risk Management for the Dental Assistant. She also published several chapters (Medical/Dental History and Vital Signs) for Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice (Saunders/Elsevier). She is a member of many professional organizations including the American Dental Assistant’s Association (ADAA), the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA), The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the California Dental Assisting Teachers Association (CADAT), and is the co-founder of the Dental Assisting Educators Group (DAEGRs). She regularly attends educational conferences such as the American Dental Education Association Annual and Allied Directors Meeting. In 2015, Cara was a recipient of the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League of Innovation for Community Colleges. Recent appointments include Dental Assisting Council member of the Dental Board of California and Dental Assisting Council Secretary for the American Dental Education Association.