President’s Letter

ACPAACPA News, President's Letter

Robert J. Havlik, MD2016 was a year of dramatic progress for the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association – our Association. As I step into the role of ACPA President, I would like to thank Dr. Richard Kirschner for both his exceptional professionalism and leadership. Serving with Richard on the Executive Council for the past year, I have had a close view of his thoughtful guidance throughout the year. We all owe him a debt of gratitude. I hope that you have recently had the opportunity to interact with the ACPA national office, and that you have witnessed the professionalism and service available to our ACPA members. This extends from meeting oversight and management to enhancing member participation and value. You may have participated in the ACPA Online Community over the course of the past year. In Colorado, we will be introducing two new Special Interest Groups (SIGS) – each designed with a specific focus within the umbrella of cleft care. These two new groups will focus on the care coordinator role and on the 22Q syndrome. While all of us enjoy the breadth of education and learning that occur at ACPA’s Annual Meeting, these groups allow for a focused ‘deep dive’ into individual topics. An exceptional meeting is developing for 2017 – The Broadmoor is an outstanding, luxurious five-star venue in the Colorado mountains, and Dr. Costello along with the Program Committee have been hard at work arranging a wonderful program – the meeting will be sensational. We have had record or near record meeting attendance for the past few years, and we certainly expect this will continue.We are currently in the process of examining the publishing operations of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. It has been gratifying to see that there is broad interest from several major publishing houses in partnering with ACPA. The transition to a new publisher not only promises enhanced capabilities for the Journal, including meeting the needs imposed by increased numbers of quality submissions, but also the potential for enhanced revenue for the Association – essential for further rebuilding and expanding the infrastructure of the Association. This is a year in which we have much more work to do – to roll up our sleeves and determine how to best balance the expenses which inevitably accompany growth.

I am committed to building on the fine work done by my predecessors. As your President, I pledge that I will work with the Board to preserve the personalized culture and the engagement of every specialty that makes the multi-dimensional ACPA our “go-to” association. We will continue to evolve and enhance what we do and how we do it. ACPA must continue to distinguish itself as a valuable component of your personal and professional life.

I certainly hope to see everyone at the Broadmoor in Colorado – a very special place for what promises to be a very special meeting!