Debbie founded cleftAdvocate and launched the website after a drawn-out battle with daughter Erin's (BCLP) insurance company which included a formal grievance committee hearing. A mother of six, she has been a stay-at-home mom since Fall 1997 and now serves as the AboutFace USA's Executive Director. The family makes their home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Debbie recognizes the commitment and hard work of all the family and parent volunteers who continue to promote the mission of AboutFace USA and cleftAdvocate. A personal trainer in New York City, and a top-notch musician on the New York club circuit, Kiku's high-energy approach to everything is a valuable asset to the cleftAdvocate organization. In December 2002, daughter Tani (BCLP) was featured in Parade Magazine; Kiku continues to seek venues for education and outreach to keep our mission in the public eye. She also coordinated development of the Lactation page at the website and is an avid participant at the Family-To-Family Connection.
Robert is the quiet, behind-the-scenes support system for cleftAdvocate. Whether he is researching material on the internet, keeping the computer equipment up-to-speed and up-to-date or making sure his wife and kids take time out to eat a nutritious meal every once in awhile, Robert continues to be a source of inspiration to his family and the Board. A personal thanks from his wife and cleftAdvocate co-founder, Debbie Oliver. Without his support, none of this would be possible!
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From day one, Milli has gone the extra mile for cleftAdvocate families! Her contributions include interfacing with other support listservs, coordination of the state page project, and the development of the Feeders and Sippy Cup pages at the website. Additionally, "Dr." Milli is the Chief-of-Staff at the Cairdeas Hospital. Her son Rowan (BCLP) is such an inspiration! Milli also coordinates a local Pathfinder outreach network in her home state of North Carolina and never lets an opportunity to educate slip past her! This working mother of three jumped at the opportunity to become part of the Pathfinder Outreach Network, the answer to the support she'd been seeking for nine years since her third son was born with a complete unilateral cleft lip and palate. Robin's goal is to make sure families have access to resources and support on a local, regional and national level. She assists with program development and always promotes our mission of public awareness and social acceptance of persons with facial differences. Robin is continually searching for financial resources and grant opportunities to fund the programs of our 100% volunteer-run organization.
Navigating the Early Intervention/Special Education system can be confusing, to say the least, but this working mother of two active boys knows the ropes and assists families from coast-to-coast. In addition, Joyce speaks to nursing students in her home state of Indiana, educating them with respect to families' needs, feeding alternatives for children born with clefts, and much more. She has been instrumental in helping plan the organization's annual conference and never hesitates to step up to the plate when it comes to outreach.