Seizing Opportunities in 2019

Alyssa KirkmanPresident's Letter

Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD

Dear Colleagues and Friends of ACPA,

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019.  We are poised to take our organization to the next level, and I am thrilled to be working with the board, national office team, and our Executive Director Wendy-Jo Toyama, to continue the excellent membership experience for which the ACPA is known.

I could not feel more honored to serve as President of ACPA and join the leaders who have made a difference for all the things we care about deeply.  I look forward to working with each of you to be the best that we can be.  We have a shared responsibility for our success, and I believe that we will succeed most effectively by cultivating and celebrating the culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, diversity, equity, and cooperative interdependence that also makes us great in our teams at home.

A special thanks to the fine work of our Past-President Amelia Drake, the ACPA Board, our membership at large, and the ACPA National Office Team for putting us in an excellent position to continue ACPA’s legacy of success.  I want to personally thank Dr. Drake for her consistent support and boundless energy for the organization during some particularly critical times.  Also, I wish to thank the Past Presidents for their leadership in getting us beyond 75 years to this point of excellence.  We are better today due to their commitments.

I am incredibly grateful to be serving as your President this year, and I am particularly appreciative of all the members of the ACPA Board that I have had the pleasure of learning from and serving with over the last two decades.  The chance to help lead this organization is a rare privilege and I am humbled to have had the opportunity to work with such fantastic leaders.  ACPA is filled with people who know teamwork like no other organization of which I am a part.  One of the reasons I love this association is our unique collective ability to work synergistically and put the best minds together to build success—it is what we all do every day taking care of patients and families.  That makes this year particularly exciting for me and I look forward to working with you all to make my professional specialty home—ACPA—even better. To do this, we will aim to improve upon the notable successes of the past and innovate for the future.  I look to each of you to help us seize the opportunity.

Yours in service,

Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association