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Letter From Leadership: Mary Beth Sojka

March 2023

Letter From Leadership

March 2023 ADAA Update

ADAA Board of Directors Headshot Mary Beth Sjoka

Dear Members,

Happy Spring! This is the time of year that brings renewal and rebirth. ADAA is in a season of rebirth and renewal with many exciting endeavors on the horizon. Next year, we celebrate 100 years of representing dental assistants all over the world. This centennial milestone marks a monumental feat for the association. As an organization serving over 20,000 dental team members—and growing—it warms my heart tremendously when I reflect on all the ways we’ve been able to serve you.

I’m so proud to stand along so many strong, courageous, smart, patient, loving, and caring individuals. Dental assisting is not easy. It requires a balance of interpersonal and technical prowess, coupled with compassion, persistence, and a fortitude not easily found in others. Your dedication to the practice and the patients you serve is inspiring.

Your commitment was especially evident in how you celebrated DARW early this month. It was such a delight to see so many members recognized for the good work they are doing. Let’s continue to acknowledge the importance of dentistry’s role in health care and honor our dental assistants for the significant part they play in carrying out that cause.

As you continue to support your patients, ADAA wants to be a support to you. We are an association that listens—always transparent and open about the direction we are heading. You can contact any member of the leadership team with questions or concerns you may have. Communication is vital for a growing association such as ours. And as we enter our 100 years of service, we want this to be a focus. So, look for more to come from us on topics of financial solvency, updates and minutes from our board meetings, new partnerships, and more.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already, please take the time to check out our new Career Center, webinar schedule for 2023, and updated e-Learning Center. Thank you to the Board, Kellen, and especially Sheila O’Neal for working tirelessly on the restructure of our organization, programs, and services. I look forward to what’s to come and I am confident the next 100 years will be even greater!


Mary Beth Sojka, CDA-Emeritus, RDA
ADAA President


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