President’s Message

January 2021


Hello My Fellow Healthcare Workers:


2020 is behind us (thank goodness) and 2021 is here with the hope of all that comes with a new year and especially this one. Thank you for continuing in our essential career and in support of CDAA. Ten months into the pandemic we are, as of this writing, locked down in California as Covid continues on. Many of you, including myself, has experienced a loved one contracting the virus and many of you, myself included, has experienced the loss of a loved one to it. We do have a vaccine and have begun the roll out of administration of that. As I have reported previously we still don’t know what the future holds but the vaccination is a sign of hope.


Here at CDAA we have begun supporting our local components as they develop continuing education via Zoom. Both Diablo Valley and Pomona Valley presented successful CE courses in December in this format. We welcome suggestions for courses in 2021.


CDAA will hold our annual joint conference with CADAT in a virtual format April 16-17 with hours of learning opportunity for us. Mark your calendar now.


I also want to take a moment to mention that both your local and state organization welcomes leaders such as yourselves for volunteer opportunities. Our organization depends on all of our current and future volunteers in many capacities. If you have the time and interest, please reach out!


As I said before, thank you for continuing our essential career. And please continue to stay safe.


Here to help,

Kelly Lennier Thomas, CDA, CDPMA, RDA, MADAA

“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.”