The Advocacy Committee oversees the creation and implementation of advocacy program strategies for the organization. The committee is responsible for advocating for causes that impact individuals with cleft/craniofacial differences to both the public and policymakers within the organization’s 501(c)(3) status. The committee is also in charge of identifying strategies for increasing awareness for cleft/craniofacial conditions and team care.

2022 Key Objectives:

  1. Work with the National Office to hire an advocacy partner agency/consultant to assist ACPA with implementing its advocacy goals.
  2. Compile a list of awareness days/weeks/months relevant to ACPA’s mission and vision for future communications.
  3. Gather information from the membership and public about advocacy areas of interest.
    1. Conduct a survey targeted at patients/families.
    2. Generate discussion within an advocacy group on ACPA’s Online Community.
  4. Discover and provide support on legislation impacting those with cleft/craniofacial conditions.
    1. Communicate updates to the membership and public on legislation supported by ACPA.
    2. Reach out to allied organizations to collaborate on advocacy efforts.

2022 Committee Members:

  • Christopher M. Discolo, MD, Indianapolis, IN (Chair)
  • Hannah Bergman, Columbus, OH
  • Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, Kansas City, MO
  • Michael S. Golinko, MD, FAAP, FACS, Nashville, TN
  • Steven L. Goudy, MD, Decatur, GA
  • Elena M. Hopkins, RN, MS, PNP, Palo Alto, CA
  • Michaela Kozaczka, LICSW, Northborough, MA
  • Kaitrin K. Kramer, DDS, MS, PhD, Columbus, OH
  • Daniel P. Lamb, Jr., MD, San Bernardino, CA
  • Ana M. Mercado, DMD, PhD, Columbus, OH
  • Rishi Modi, San Diego, CA
  • John Munday, Columbus, OH
  • Victoria Ratcliffe, Dallas, TX
  • Sarah M. Richards, MS, CCC-SLP, Chicago, IL
  • Mark E. Runge, DDS, MS, Chicago, IL
  • Suzanne Santomieri, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Peter J. Taub, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP, New York, NY
  • Melissa Tumblin, Broomfield, CO
  • James J. Cray, PhD, Columbus, OH (Board Liaison)