Dear ACPA members,
It is truly an honor to join your organization as Executive Director, particularly during a moment in time that has presented extraordinary challenges for the healthcare community at large. ACPA’s mission is to create a world where people with cleft and craniofacial conditions thrive, and it has quickly become apparent how resilient this community is. This group rises to a challenge.
I join ACPA with a longstanding career in nonprofit management. My professional approach is enthusiastically team-oriented. Most recently, I led the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, serving a membership base on the frontlines of the COVID battle. In working alongside their leadership and volunteers for over seven years, I gained extensive experience in providing cutting-edge continuing education, navigating an unprecedented crisis in emergency medical care, and advocating to ensure that mental healthcare was prioritized for those caring for the public.
My commitment to serving members remains steadfast, working closely with volunteer leaders to create new initiatives, enhance member value, and continuously improve the education, research, networking, and professional development – the very fundamentals that make associations so valuable. I make the same commitment to you. The pandemic has upended our lives in varying ways and to different degrees. Providing care to those with cleft and craniofacial conditions requires human interaction in close proximity, and you continue your work in the face of inherent risk. I am personally and professionally moved by what you do.
Your ACPA Office Team remains steadfastly committed to serving you. I want to thank Alyssa Kirkman, a longtime ACPA team member who recently made the decision to prioritize her family during these unique times. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Alyssa a bit, and am grateful for the judicious direction, and indispensable leadership she has provided to the organization. Thank you, Alyssa, for ensuring a smooth transition.
I stand beside ACPA’s President, Patricia Beals, the dedicated Board of Directors, and the committed staff, to ensure that we continue to provide service, value, and knowledge, for all members across disciplines. In tandem, I will remain keenly focused on those we serve: the individuals and families facing their own challenges with cleft and craniofacial conditions, and how ACPA can best empower and support them.
I am confident that together, ACPA’s members will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever, and I look forward to the day when we can safely gather in person once again. You’ll find me with an outstretched hand, and a smile on my face.
Adam M. Levy
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association