ACPA Presents 2019 Award Winners

Alyssa KirkmanACPA News

Chapel Hill, N.C., May 7, 2019 – The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) presented its most prominent awards at ACPA’s 76th Annual Meeting: Emerging Leader, Family Services Leadership, and Honors of the Association.

“It is a pleasure to honor and recognize ACPA Award Winners for their service to the cleft and craniofacial field,” said Bernard J. Costello, 2019 ACPA President. “Each winner has exemplified characteristics of who we are as an organization, furthering our collective reach to patients, families and professionals.”

ACPA President Bernard J. Costello with 2019 Emerging Leader Award Winner Solomon Obiri-Yeboah, MD, DMD

The Emerging Leader Award is given to an early career professional who is a member of ACPA for at least three years and not more than 15 years, who exhibits exemplary accomplishment and dedication to the issues affecting people with cleft and craniofacial conditions. The recipient of the 2019 Emerging Leader Award was Solomon Obiri-Yeboah, MD, DMD, for his innovative leadership and character, including his success in developing and leading the first craniofacial surgery unit in West Africa.

2019 Family Services Leadership Award Winner Marley Dunnberg (center) with presenters Jamie Idelberg, BS, RDH and Theresa Snelling, MA, CCC-SLP.

The Family Services Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group, such as a parent, former patient, advocate, or community organization, who has demonstrated exceptional service and leadership on behalf of individuals with cleft or craniofacial anomalies. Marley Dunnberg, the co-founder and vice-president of Face-to-Face Colorado, received the 2019 Family Services Leadership Award. Dunnberg was recognized for her outstanding work as a patient advocate and community leader through her service with Face-to-Face Colorado.

ACPA President Bernard J. Costello, 2019 Honors of the Association Award Winner Court Cutting, MD and presenter John Jensen, MD

The Honors of the Association Award represents the highest expression of respect and gratitude ACPA bestows. It is granted to those individuals whose lifetime of research, healthcare delivery, or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral or social conditions of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial differences. ACPA recognized Court Cutting, MD, with the Honors of the Association Award for his contributions to research and advancement of care for patients with cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies. Cutting has developed refinements to establish cleft surgical techniques, published more than 190 journal articles and book chapters, and helped to develop presurgical nasoalveolar molding.

The ACPA’s 76th Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, explored advances in research, clinical and team-driven care. For more information, visit

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About the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association of interested individuals and health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. Since 1943, ACPA has worked to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. ACPA also provides information to affected individuals and families and seeks to educate the public about facial differences through its ACPA Family Services program. For more information, please visit