President’s Message

May 2017

Welcome to the newly installed 2017-2018 officers and board of directors! I am quite honored and humbled as we transition into our positions of leadership for the association and the local components.  Congratulations to our immediate past president, Claudia Pohl, for doing an amazing job these past years as our committed leader. She is a remarkable lady with abilities that continue to amaze us all! I look forward to having her expertise and wisdom assist in guiding our board as continue to make decisions to further our profession and our association.


I realize that no one person can know or do it all. It does take a village. We are all special and unique, and carry with us our gifts and talents. This year, I would like to focus on those specific gifts and talents, not only of the board members, but for all our members. So what does that really mean? That means that we need you! We need your talents and expertise applied to our state committees and to your local components.


CDAA has added two new local components in this past year, the Santa Clara Dental Assistants Society and the Greater Sacramento Dental Assistants Society. These two areas of our state were in need of having the right leaders at the right time. We are very excited to have these two new local components back on the map!


Our local components have wonderful opportunities to be an integral part of their entire community. Networking with local dental societies, dental hygiene societies, and local dental assisting schools is the just the tip of the iceberg. Our student population is a wonderful resource within our local components to not only foster future leaders, perhaps start a SADAA chapter, but to also keep a pulse on the new generations of our time!


Creating a future for community service in your areas, partnering with other organizations for volunteer opportunities, introducing yourselves into your local chamber of commerce, sponsoring a student event…all these things open doors for us to inform others of our great association, what we have to offer and how we are open to supporting our local communities by sharing our gifts and talents.


I have three main goals for this coming year. My goals are to solidify the foundations started with President Pohl, to integrate additional leadership practices into our board meetings, and to encourage and grow our board of directors, so that we can continue to move forward in meeting the needs of our members and fostering growth for the profession.


You are all special, unique and appreciated. Your time and talents are needed and appreciated! We also want you to be heard, and we, your CDAA board, want and need to hear from you. What are your concerns in the profession? What can your association do to assist you to become the best you can be?  What are your goals for the upcoming year?


If you are thriving, then WE, as CDAA will also thrive. You have chosen the best profession ever…the profession of dental assisting. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as together, we look ahead to the coming year!


Shari Becker, CDA, RDA, FADAA

“To advance the careers of dental assistants and to promote the dental assisting profession in matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public.”