President’s Letter

Alexis GiannattasioPresident's Letter

ACPA President Patricia A. Beals, DMD, MS

The New Year always provides an opportunity to reflect. I am honored to be President of ACPA for the year 2020.  I look to the year ahead with excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to work with the ACPA Board of Directors and our National Office Team as we lead ACPA into the next chapter. I would like to thank them, along with 2019 President Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD, FACS and our membership, for ACPA’s many accomplishments in 2019–we are well poised for the changes, growth and opportunities on the horizon.

The vision of ACPA for 2020 is clear. One of my primary objectives is to continue the positive growth and long-term sustainability of ACPA. Thanks to the work and leadership of our past leaders, we have 75+ years of excellence in this area to build upon. As we say goodbye to Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE, our main goal is to secure a new executive director to lead us through the transition. Scott Dailey, PhD, MA, CCC-SLP, our treasurer, and I will continue to work with the Search Committee and Board to identify our next leader. In the meantime, we are also working with the National Office Team and our leadership team to continue the good work of ACPA.

Lastly, I’m excited to intensify our social media presence this year as we continue to increase awareness about cleft and craniofacial conditions and the interdisciplinary approach to care. As our community grows, I am reminded that our ultimate focus is to provide support for the patients, families and professionals we serve daily. They are at the heart of everything we do.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve as your president. I look forward to furthering the mission of ACPA this year with you and continuing the growth of our organization as a whole.