American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association

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The voting period for next year's council closes on October 12, 2015.  
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Robert J. Havlik, MD

It is a tremendous honor to be considered for the position of President-Elect of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.  Since the time of my early surgical training, I have focused my attention upon the surgical care of children with congenital differences.  I received my medical degree from Yale, and then completed my general surgery residency and plastic surgery residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  Following Yale, I completed a fellowship in pediatric hand and reconstructive microsurgery at Harvard University.  I was then fortunate to be selected for the fellowship in pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Over the course of the past twenty years, I have dedicated both my academic and clinical interests to cleft and craniofacial surgery.  I have previously served as Director of Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery at Riley Hospital for Children, as well as Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery.  I have relocated to Milwaukee to serve as Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and joined the cleft and craniofacial team at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  Professionally, I have been honored to serve as President of the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery, President of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, and Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Plastic Surgery.  In educational roles, I have led a fellowship in cleft and craniofacial surgery for over seven years, with almost all of the fellows active in cleft and craniofacial care.  I also have served as a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a previous Chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee of Plastic Surgery.  At ACPA, I have been honored to serve on Executive Council, the Task Force on Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research, the Program Committee on several occasions, and I have served as Program Chair for the Pre-Conference Symposium, the Program Co-Chair for the Saturday morning symposium, and the Program Chair for the meeting in Palm Springs.

ACPA is a unique organization that melds together the many specialties that provide care for children with cleft and craniofacial disorders.  The “cross talk” amongst specialties is both vibrant and essential for the continued progress in providing care for these patients.  ACPA provides the “common ground” essential for synergy to occur.  We must continue to build bridges and strengthen its ties with other organizations of similar focus.  Despite external constraints that threaten health care education and health care services, ACPA must remain healthy and it is only through the commitment of both its leadership and its membership that we will attain our goals.  I view this opportunity as one of the major ways in which I can contribute to the care of children with cleft and craniofacial disorders.



Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD, FACS

It is an honor to be nominated for the position of Vice President-Elect of the ACPA.  I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this organization from the very beginning, and other than patient care, I find the work I do for the ACPA some of the most rewarding that I have had the opportunity to perform.  Should I have the pleasure to serve in the role of Vice President-Elect, I will work to grow our unique organization for the betterment of our patients, and encourage more practitioners from all specialties to enjoy the interdisciplinary collaboration that the ACPA has to offer.

I studied performance saxophone at the Berklee School of Music and biology at the University of Scranton.  I then received my doctorates in dentistry and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  I enjoyed understanding more about the team care provided for children with clefts during my training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  My interactions with pediatric care lead me to fellowship training at the Georgetown Medical Center and the Posnick Center where the focus was pediatric cleft and craniofacial disorders.  I then became a full-time faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, where I currently serve as Professor and Program Director in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  I also serve as the chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and enjoy being dedicated to the care of children with cleft and craniofacial disorders.  I am an active surgeon of the long-standing team at the Pittsburgh Cleft Craniofacial Center.

Presently, I divide my time at the University of Pittsburgh between clinical care, teaching, and research in tissue engineering.  I have had the opportunity to publish a number of articles, reviews, and book chapters in the area of craniomaxillofacial disorders.  I have also held editorial positions for a number of publications and have recently been an editor for a comprehensive text in oral and maxillofacial surgery.  I have had the privilege of participating in a number of presentations at ACPA annual meetings including the pre-conference, panel discussions, session chair activities, and research sessions.  I have happily served as Treasurer of the ACPA and CPF, as well as on a number of committees including the Program Committee, International Outreach Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Council.  Locally, I have served my community on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  I am married to Jackie Sohn Costello (an orthodontist), and we have two children — Michael and Mia who have both been to the annual session.  I appreciate this opportunity to serve our great organization.



Carrie L. Heike, MD, MS

I am a pediatrician in the Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.   I completed my medical degree and pediatric residency at the University of Washington. In 2006, I graduated from a three-year fellowship in Craniofacial Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and received my master's degree in Genetic Epidemiology from the University of Washington.  I participate on our multidisciplinary team by diagnosing and managing patients with complex craniofacial conditions in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.  I also partner with colleagues at my institution to standardize clinical care.  In addition to my clinical work, I actively participate on several NIH-funded, multi-center grants and collaborate with healthcare providers and researchers to investigate the etiology of craniofacial conditions and conduct outcome studies.

Since joining the ACPA in 2003, I have attended annual meetings, served a one year term on the Executive Council, and participated on the Parameters, Program, and Data Standards Committees.  I would be honored to join the ACPA Executive Council as the Communications Officer and have the opportunity to collaborate with ACPA members to optimize holistic team care for children with craniofacial conditions.


COUNCIL POSITION # 1 – Vote for one: Scott Dailey, BS, MA, PhD, CCC-SLP or Lynn M. Grames, MA 


Scott Dailey, BS, MA, PhD, CCC-SLP

I am a speech-language pathologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.  I received my B.S. in psychology from Iowa State University and my M. A. in communicative disorders from the University of Northern Iowa.  While working at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, I continued my education and earned my Ph.D. in speech and hearing science from the University of Iowa.  I have served on the Cleft-Craniofacial Team at the University of Iowa for 18 years.  During that time, I have lectured at the state, national and international level on the topics of team care, feeding issues in individuals with cleft and craniofacial anomalies, and on cleft speech assessment and management.  I currently serve as the Assistant Coordinator of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association’s Special Interest Group 5 (ASHA SIG5), Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders.

I became a member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association in 1998 and presented a poster at my first annual meeting that year.  Since then I have presented at many annual meetings.  I served on the Program Committee for the 2011 meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and have served on the Archives Committee and on a Revitalization Task Force committee.  Currently, I am a member of the Education Committee.   My other service positions include Chair of the Education Committee of ASHA SIG 5 and Coordinator of the ACPA-ASHA SIG 5 Post Conference for Speech-Language Pathologists, 2008-2010 meetings.  I continue to admire the multidisciplinary commitment of the membership of ACPA to excellent care for individuals with craniofacial differences.

It is an honor to be nominated for the Executive Council of ACPA, an organization that combines science and service.  My vision for ACPA is for the organization to continue to serve the members by leading and supporting our members in continuing the mission of ACPA:  “interdisciplinary care of persons affected by cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies,” by establishing and strengthening partnerships with each of our professional organizations.  Continued collaboration among the many professionals continues to be imperative to excellent care of affected individuals and families.


Lynn M. Grames, MA

After completing a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Saint Louis University, I became a craniofacial speech pathologist entirely by accident, which I have never regretted.  Since 1982, I have worked as a clinical speech pathologist and clinical researcher with the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  I have been mentored by, and have had the privilege of working with, amazing individuals who value each professional’s contribution to patient care, placing the patient’s needs and the team approach above the needs or preferences of one professional.

My craniofacial education has never stopped, thanks to colleagues and experiences at St. Louis Children’s, from ACPA, and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (including Special Interest Group 5: Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders).  In addition to learning through reading, research, collaboration, the ACPA meetings, and peer review work for the CPCJ, committee work with ACPA has also been an education.  I have served on the Task Force on Cost of Care and the Education, Membership, Organizational Alliances, ASHA SIG 5 Liaison, and Nominating Committees, chairing the last two for one year each.

My specific professional interests include speech therapy for the child with a cleft or craniofacial difference, collaboration with the local care providers, and inter-professional education, with particular concern for those care providers in the community who see children with clefts and craniofacial differences only rarely.

Serving on the council would be one way to give back to an organization and to colleagues dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients, but I will continue to serve ACPA in any way that I can. In addition to the support that ACPA gives to its members, it is my hope that ACPA will increasingly support collaborative professional and pre-professional education with all professions serving children with clefts or craniofacial differences.

COUNCIL POSITION # 2Vote for one: Sean P. Edwards, MD, DDS, FRCDC or Kristina Wilson, Ph.D


Sean P. Edwards, MD, DDS, FRCDC

I am honoured to be considered for a position on the Executive Council of the ACPA, an organization I love and hold in the highest regard.  My wife and I and our four children have been fortunate to call Ann Arbor, Michigan home for the past 10 years.  We are a busy hockey family and I spend many weekends and evenings at the rinks cheering for my kids along and coaching a couple of youth hockey teams.

My undergraduate education was in biology at the University of New Brunswick in eastern Canada.  From there, I completed dental school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I then moved to the United States where I completed medical school and residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Michigan. This was followed by a fellowship in pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a second fellowship in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction at the University of Michigan.

I joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in the section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery after my fellowships almost 10 years ago.  I am currently an Associate Professor of Dentistry and Surgery and serve as the residency program director for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  I am the Chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and a member of our Craniofacial Anomalies Program.  Cleft lip and palate care has been my passion from the outset and is a major focus of my clinical practice and research interests.  I have been an active member of the ACPA since 2006.  I have served on several committees including Ethics, Membership and Organizational Alliances.  I have also served as chair of the Ethics Committee.  I am a vocal advocate for the ACPA and have worked to recruit new members to our important organization.

I am the son of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who was infected with his passion for caring for children with clefts of the lip and palate.  I have always been drawn to the ACPA because of its unique interdisciplinary nature.  I would be honored to be a part of the ACPA Executive Council and have the opportunity to work to grow and strengthen this organization that I love and ensure that it remains the principle organization representing and advocating for children and families affected by facial differences.



Kristina Wilson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Thank you for the nomination to serve on ACPA’s Executive Council.

I earned a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and then a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  During my first quarter at Northwestern, I enrolled in a Cleft Palate course taught by Mary O’Gara; from that point forward, I focused much of my training on working with patients with cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies.  After completing my master’s degree, I worked for two years in Chicago and then returned for my Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   

I have been the lead speech-language pathologist on the Cleft Palate Team at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX since 2005.  In addition to providing patient care, I am passionate about educating new and practicing speech pathologists in the area of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies.  I mentor graduate student interns at our hospital, teach graduate-level courses through online university programs, and present regularly at state and national conferences.  I also value working closely with community-based speech pathologists with whom I share patients. 

I have been a member of ACPA since 2000.  I am currently a member of the Ethics Committee and Americleft Speech Group, and also serve as the Chair of the Archives Committee.  I am active within ASHA and am completing my first term on the Coordinating Committee for Special Interest Group 5 — Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders and have recently been re-elected to a second term.

Collaboration is a core value of ACPA and I believe it is one of the Association’s greatest strengths.  By working together on multi-center outcomes projects, strengthening alliances between ACPA and other professional organizations, and training new professionals within our related fields, we maximize knowledge and understanding to continually improve patient care.  As a council member, I will bring experience in building collaborative relationships and work to promote the goals of the Association within our local and national communities with an aim to increasing the visibility of the association over the next five years.

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The voting period for 2016 council ends on October 12, 2015.  Thank you for your participation.
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