The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) created the Commission on Approval of Teams to manage an approval process which facilitates the improvement of team care and ensures that accurate information can be provided by ACPA to patients and families/caregivers regarding services provided by teams that meet the Standards for Approval of Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams. The Commission is responsible for maintaining the Standards for Approval, evaluating teams that voluntarily apply for approval, recognizing and upholding ACPA Approved Teams, and maintaining a list of ACPA Approved Teams.

The Commission makes decisions regarding Team Approval independently, following the procedures outlined in the ACPA Team Approval Procedures Manual. Members of the Commission on Approval of Teams are not eligible to serve on the ACPA Board of Directors or Nominating Committee during their term. The Commission operates under supervision of the Board. See more about the Commission on Approval of Teams.

2020-2021 Commission Members:

    • Celia E. Heppner, PsyD, Dallas, TX (Chair)
      Psychology/Social Work Representative
    • Martha S. Matthews, MD, Moorestown, NJ (Chair-Elect)
      Surgery Representative
    • Christopher M. Discolo, MD, Indianapolis, IN
      Other Medical Professional Representative
    • Paul W. Kloostra, DDS, MD, Charleston, WV
      Craniofacial Member Representative
    • Sibyl Scheve, RN, BSN, St. Louis, MO
      Team Coordinator Representative
    • Kirt E. Simmons, DDS, PhD, Little Rock, AR
      Orthodontics Representative
    • Anna Thurmes, PhD, MA, CCC-SLP, Minneapolis, MN
      Speech Representative
    • Nichelle B. Weintraub, MSIE, Charlotte, NC
      Public Member – Family Member/Affected Individual