Friday, February 03, 2012

FURTHER INFORMATION:               PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, CLAUDIA POHL (626) 914-8728


Professional Association Names Citrus College Faculty Member to National Position

by Stacy Armstrong


Claudia Pohl, a faculty member in Citrus College’s Registered Dental Assistant Program, has been named national president of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA).


The ADAA is America’s oldest, largest professional association serving dental assistants.  The 15,000-member organization is dedicated to the development and recognition of professionalism through education, membership services and public awareness programs.


 “It is truly an honor to have the opportunity and privilege to influence the organization and its direction, as well as the profession as a whole,” Pohl said.  “I have seen first-hand the potential and influence one person can have.”


The Alta Loma resident, who has been a certified and registered dental assistant for 36 years, initially became involved with the ADAA in 1973.


“As a student, I started working with this organization after receiving a scholarship from the local association.  They then invited me to participate as a leader,” Pohl said.  “Over the years, I have served in a variety of capacities, from the local and state levels to the national level.”


As the organization’s national president, Pohl is currently fulfilling a year-long commitment that requires several hours of work each week.


“I spend a fair amount of time working from home,” Pohl said.  “Our board meets three times a year in different cities across the country, so being president involves quite a bit of travel.”


Among other things, Pohl and the other members of the ADAA board are tasked with presiding over Dental Assistants Recognition Week in March and an annual session with the American Dental Association.


In addition to serving as the ADAA’s national president, Pohl serves as Citrus College’s Registered Dental Assistant Program Director.  It is a role she has fulfilled since 1999.


“For many, juggling the demands of a full-time faculty position and serving as president of a national association could prove to be overwhelming.  However, I have no doubt that Claudia is up to the challenge,” said Dr. Geraldine Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College.  “Her success in the classroom and leadership in the dental assisting profession are extremely admirable.  The Citrus College community is proud of Claudia’s many accomplishments.”


While Pohl’s multiple responsibilities may be demanding, she says the rewards are many.


“The friendships and relationships that have been developed over the years with my colleagues from across the country make everything worth it,” she said.  “The networking is also a big benefit and helps tremendously in my work with students.”


According to Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, Pohl’s involvement with the ADAA has additional benefits.


“When faculty members invest time into serving their communities, it allows them to acquire knowledge and resources that are invaluable in the classroom.  At the same time, it provides a good example to their students,” Montgomery said.  “There are many Citrus College faculty members who, like Claudia, spend their free time volunteering.  These inspirational individuals are what help make this institution so extraordinary.”


Pohl encourages others to consider giving back.


“Without volunteers, society would crumble,” she said.  “There is so much that is accomplished through volunteer work that I can’t imagine what the world would look like without it.”





FURTHER INFORMATION:                PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, CLAUDIA POHL (626) 914-8728