Executive Director Leaving American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

Alyssa KirkmanACPA News, Board Update

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. / December 12, 2019 – Wendy-Jo Toyama, executive director of The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), has announced she’ll be leaving the organization next spring. Toyama, who’s been with ACPA since September 2014, has accepted a leadership position for another association in her hometown of Chicago. She will continue to serve as ACPA’s executive director until April 9, 2020.

ACPA is an association of health care and research professionals dedicated to the treatment and understanding of oral cleft and craniofacial conditions, with a focus on an integrated, multidisciplinary team care approach. During her tenure, Toyama helped to successfully navigate many governance and operational changes for ACPA including the association’s separation from the University of North Carolina and a merger with the Cleft Palate Foundation. She increased and diversified ACPA’s revenue streams, launched a major donor society and secured the nonprofit’s first foundation grant of $250,000.

“We are grateful to Wendy-Jo for the many ways she has prepared ACPA for a sustainable future,” said Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD, FACS, ACPA president. “She has guided the organization through many significant changes including a high-profile merger, streamlined many processes, expanded revenue sources and built a passionate, engaged national office team. While we will miss her, we face the future well equipped and wish her the absolute best in all she does.”

ACPA’s executive committee is formalizing a search committee to find and recruit the organization’s next leader. At this time, there are no immediate plans to appoint an interim executive director. Toyama will work with staff and board members to ensure a smooth transition is in place for the next leader.

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 acpa-cpf.org.